Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Rover Wheel-Actuated Tool

A report describes an interface for utilizing some of the mobility features of a mobile robot for general-purpose manipulation of tools and other objects. The robot in question, now undergoing conceptual development for use on the Moon, is the All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) rover, which is...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Second-Generation Electronic Nose

A report discusses the second generation of the JPL Electronic Nose (ENose), an array of 32 semi-specific chemical sensors used as an event monitor to identify and quantify contaminants released into breathing air by leaks or spills. It is designed to monitor the environment for changes in air quality, and is...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Automated Aerial Refueling Hitches a Ride On AFF

The recent introduction of uninhabited aerial vehicles [UAVs (basically, remotely piloted or autonomous aircraft)] has spawned new developments in autonomous operation and posed new challenges. Automated aerial refueling (AAR) is a capability that will enable UAVs to travel greater distances and...

Products
SolidWorks® 2008 3D CAD Software

SolidWorks Corp., Concord, MA, has announced SolidWorks® 2008 3D CAD software that features a new user interface and 3D graphics, an enhancement of the SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology (SWIFT), and advanced design analysis capabilities. A new intuitive workflow predicts which tools users will need in...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cobra Probes Containing Replaceable Thermocouples

A modification of the basic design of cobra probes provides for relatively easy replacement of broken thermocouples. [Cobra probes are standard tube-type pressure probes that may also contain thermocouples and that are routinely used in wind tunnels and aeronautical hardware. They are so named...

NASA Tech Needs
High-Birefringence Optical Material

A high-birefringence optical material suitable for implementation in optical systems is sought. This material has several qualities of interest beyond high birefringence: high hardness, making it amenable to standard polishing and manufacturing processes; low CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion); low CTRI...

NASA Tech Needs
Freshness Indicator for Consumer Packaging

A technology is sought that indicates that a product packed into a rigid metal container has not been tampered with and/or degraded over time. The solution must incorporate a method of communicating this information to the packager, retailer, or consumer. After packaging, and depending on the product,...

Techs for License
Printable Biosensor for On-Site, Online Measurements

Bioactive Hybrid Materials for Photonic Microsystems It allows samples to be analyzed on site within a few minutes by integrating biotechnology, information technology, electronics, physics, and chemistry to realize small and cost-effective bio-photonic microsystems.

Techs for License
High Performance Single Crystal Piezoelectrics

The new single crystals offered here possess exceptional properties and are poised to revolutionize piezoelectric materials applications. In addition to strain levels exceeding 1% (usable strain: 0.5% at 35 kV/cm), these crystals exhibit five times the strain energy density of conventional...

Techs for License
Novel Nano-Structured Concept for Thermal Protection System

Lightweight carbon-carbon (C/C) composites produced by pressure-assisted co- polymerization of carbon fibers, hydrocarbons and fullerenes have excellent mechanical properties and high thermal stability that make them ideal for thermal protection applications.

Techs for License
Mathematically Lossless Compression for Real-Time Medical Imaging

Qbit’s proprietary line of data compression software offers 100% mathematically lossless data reconstruction that ensures that every bit is reconstructed. It allows for an increase in digital throughput, workflow speed, and acts as an enabling technology for applications that...

Techs for License
Automated, In-Process Method for Surface Contamination Inspection of Panels

This patented surface contamination detection system enables accurate, automated, in-line inspection of metallic and composite panels prior to bonding, coating, painting, or welding operations. This technology is currently used for realtime, in-process panel inspection...

Articles : Motion Control
Encoders for Linear Motors in the Electronics Industry

The semiconductor industry and automation technology increasingly require more precise and faster machines in order to satisfy growing demands on miniaturization, quality, and manufacturing cost reduction. Linear motors gradually are becoming more important in such highly dynamic...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Magnetostrictive Sensor System Helps High-Performance Car Brake Quickly

The Bugatti Veyron is the world’s fastest street-legal motor vehicle, a high-end passenger car that can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. These high speeds require extra braking power, which comes from raising an aerodynamic rear wing and generating additional...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Creating Motion Control and Drive Electronics With an FPGA-based System

Complex machines in semiconductor manufacturing often have tough performance requirements for motion control. When traditional PLCor PC-based motion controllers fail to meet these requirements, machine builders turn to custom board development — a time-consuming and...

Products
Servo Controller/Driver

QuickSilver Controls (San Dimas, CA) has released the QuickSilver IGF, a simple servo controller/driver for its line of NEMA 11, 17, and 23 frame high-torque, direct-drive servomotors. The QuickSilver IGF features a DIN rail-mountable design, 7 TTL level I/O with optional 24 V, and an RS-232/285 interface. The device also...

Products
Sub-Miniature Fans and Blowers

Nidec Copal USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) has announced its family of brushless DC sub-miniature fans and blowers suitable for use in office automation machines, video cameras, and portable medical and small industrial inspection devices. The tube axial family of sub-miniature fans comes in two fan models and one blower...

Products
Servo Motors

Elmo Motion Control (Westford, MA) has announced the integration of its SimplIQ core servo technology with plug and play capabilities into the Duet series of brushless DC servo motors. The Duet can support resolver feedback, programming capabilities, and communication protocols. The technology’s CANpen support in the motor enables...

Products
Linear Actuator

Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. (Pittsburg, CA) has released the SRX-150, an aluminum profile linear actuator in belt- or ball-screw-driven versions. Both versions are available in 400, 600, 1000, 1500, and 1900 mm stroke lengths. The SRX-150 provides to 66kN dynamic load capacity, roll moment capacity to 3,380 Nm, and speeds to 5 m/s. A...

Products
Slide Product Systems

TOPBALL® slide products from NB Corp. (Hanover Park, IL) offer 27 times more travel life to automation equipment, machinery, optical, and measuring instruments. Since the slide products have three times the load capacity, they minimize space requirements. The TOPBALL® slide products are suitable for new designs and are...

Products : Motion Control
DC Gearmotor

Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) has released the Model MMP-TM55-12V GPk52-124, a DC gearmotor that accepts any 12-volt DC source including battery power. This gearmotor measures 2.14" in diameter by 7.7" in length, and has a keyed output shaft of 12 mm in diameter by 25 mm in length. Mounting is done with 4 face-mount M5...

Products
Slotted Brushless DC Servomotors

AMETEK Technical and Industrial Products (Kent, OH) offers the PITTMAN® Series 1300 slotted brushless DC servomotors that are available in three lengths: 1.5", 2", and 2.5". The servomotors are housed in precision-machined aluminum to promote lightweight designs and to integrate the front-endbell. Optional...

Products
Rotating Machinery Software

Vector Fields (Aurora, IL) has announced a design software for rotating electrical machinery that is part of the OPERA electromagnetic design tool. The software combines finite element analysis modeling with a design entry system that allows users to create electric motor or generator models. The software provides a...

Products
VHD Assemblies

Kerk Motion Products (Hollis, NH) offers the VHD Series anti-backlash assemblies suitable for eliminating drag and wear associated with high pre-load forces. The VHD assembly uses Kerk’s patented axial take-up mechanism, creating a space that will continually expand to accommodate wear that may occur during use. The...

Products
Micro-Positioning Stages

LM76 (East Longmeadow, MA) offers micro-positioning stages available in travel lengths from 10 mm to 200 mm. The Micro Stage linear positioning stages are available with 6-mm anti-backlash lead screws or 4-mm lead ball screws. They are suitable for pick-and-place, assembly, sampling, testing, and robotics. The Lead Screw...

Products
Direct-Drive Frameless Motors

The ULT Series of direct-drive frameless motors from Applimotion (Loomis, CA) is available in sizes down to 27 mm in diameter with axial length to 8 mm and up to a 20-mm through hole. They operate from traditional three-phase trapezoidal or sinusoidal motor controllers ranging from 12 to 320 volts DC. They can...

Products
Flexured Couplings

Helical Products (Santa Maria, CA) offers miniature couplings, u-joints, and machined springs with integrated attachment components. The line includes couplings with an unlimited variety of customized ends. All of these products utilize the HELI-CAL® Flexure. The configuration of attachments can vary from plain bore to pinion...

Products
Linear Actuators

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) has added the size 14 hybrid to its line of linear actuators. The devices are available with a 0.9-degree step angle and come in all four designs: captive, non-captive, external linear, and linear rotary. Combined with a stainless steel lead screw, the linear actuator provides...

Products
Pressure-Compensated Flow Control Valve

Beswick Engineering (Greenland, NH) has released the PCFCD-1N1, an ultra-miniature pressure-compensated flow control valve with low-friction diaphragm. The device is designed to maintain a constant flow rate, which the customer can adjust, regardless of upstream or downstream pressure variations. It works...

Products
Shaft Grounding Ring

The AEGIS SGR™ Conductive MicroFiber™ Shaft Grounding Ring from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) is suitable for predictive maintenance programs on VFD-controlled AC and DC motors. By protecting bearings from electrical damage, the SGR may extend motor life by preventing bearing noise, downtime, and motor...

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