Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brake System Development Accelerated With 3D Modeling

Tractair Ltd., based in Brough, UK, designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic brake systems for special applications. The company works closely with the design engineers of...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor System Enables Elevators to Ride Smoothly

Many factors have contributed to the fact that in the past five years, home elevator sales have doubled. These include the aging of the affluent baby-boom generation. In the next five years, an...

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Motion Control System

The MDrive 14Plus Motion Control system from Intelligent Motion Systems (Marlborough, CT) combines the motor, driver, controller, and encoder in one system using a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8° motor. It measures 1.9 ×...

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Motor Control Integrated Circuit

iC-Haus Corp. USA (Naperville, IL) introduces the iC-MH, a system-on-chip solution for magnetic sensor applications. The iC-MH’s 5 x 5 mm QFN28 package contains integrated Hall sensors with signal amplifier and gain control, two A/D converters for incremental and commutation signals, integrated RS-422 line...

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Vibrating Micro Motors

SANYO DC Micro Motor Division, Bensenville, IL, has developed the BSY-3089 vibrating micro motor suitable for applications requiring a small footprint on surface-mount circuit boards. The motor measures 11 mm in length, with a 4.4-mm-wide body × 3.4 mm height off the mounting surface. Typical speed is 14,000 rpm with a...

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Digital Signal Controllers

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ, has announced the dsPIC33FJ12MC family of motor control digital signal controllers. Hardware features include a motor control PWM with two independent clock sources for motor...

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Bearings

AST Bearings, Montville, NJ, offers a variety of bearings, bushings, spherical plain bearings, rod ends, linear bearing and slides, miniature and instrument bearings, and tapered roller bearings for rotary motion applications. The...

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Linear Slides

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) has introduced block-style linear slides in 12-, 20-, and 32-mm bores with strokes from 1/2" to 10" and guide shafts from 3/8" to 3/4" diameters. An anodized aluminum body has a built-in repairable...

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Linear Positioning Stages

The SR linear positioning stages from H2W Technologies (Valencia, CA) are compact, lightweight, and have a small footprint. They offer speed of 6 m/sec, acceleration up to 12 g’s, zero cogging, high resolution to...

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Motion Controller

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) introduced the E-755 NEXLINE® ultra-high-resolution motion controller that is designed to drive NEXLINE® linear motor actuators, enabling the combination of long travel ranges and picometer...

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Single-Axis Controller

The microMAXR from Agile Systems (Waterloo, ON, Canada) is a single-axis controller that integrates motion control, servo amplifier, networking capabilities, and user I/O in a compact package. The microMAXR allows...

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Encoder Protocol

The BiSS™ Model C encoder protocol from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) provides bidirectional communication between an encoder and a motor drive controller. Secondary data such as temperature, acceleration, alarm description, and safety information can be communicated without the need to stop collecting position data. The protocol can...

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DC Servo Motor

The PITTMAN® Series 6000™ from AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) is a 22-mm-diameter, brush-commutated DC servo motor that has a skewed 5-slot armature design and bonded neodymium iron boron magnets....

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NASA Briefs

Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH) has designed a power supply for a cordless drill in which ultracapacitors, rather than batteries, are used to store energy. Whereas charging of batteries usually takes hours, ultracapacitors can be charged in seconds. Read more here.

The figure is a simplified diagram of a relatively inexpensive controller for a DiCon VX (or equivalent) fiber-optic switch — an electromechanically actuated switch for optically connecting...

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Techs of the Week

The Biomedical Center in Moscow has produced a vaccine that induces cytotoxic lymphocyte (CTL) clones and enables them to recognize and selectively kill Listeria- infected cells. As the lifetime of CTL clones is very long (three-seven years or more), the formulation could be used for both prophylaxis and treatment of...

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Smart Cars

Cars already automatically lock doors when they sense motion and turn on warning lights if they detect engine problems. But they are about to get a lot smarter.

A research team at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) is designing cars capable of analyzing human behavior. Future models may, for example, deduce from...

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Technology Business Briefs

Vertical Take-Off and Landing with Fixed-Wing Speed and Efficiency

This technology, already proven under a US Army contract, creates a hybrid aircraft that combines the best attributes of helicopters with the best attributes of fixed wing aircraft, i.e. VTOL and safe auto-rotation of gyroplanes with the...

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Smooth Flying

A new turbulence detection system alerts pilots to patches of rough air as they fly through clouds. The system, designed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and tested by United Airlines on commercial flights, is designed to better protect passengers from injuries caused by turbulence while reducing flight delays...

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Create the Future & Win Big!

Your unique invention could win you $20,000 or other great prizes in the 2007 Create the Future Design Contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp. and NASA Tech Briefs. Innovative design ideas are being accepted in six categories: Machinery, Equipment, and Component Technology; Consumer Products; Medical; Safety and...

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Where There's Smoke

Glowing firebrands (burning wood pieces) make for a warm evening in front of the fireplace, but for homeowners in high fire-risk areas, windborne fire material can be a nightmare. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has built a firebrand generator to study how firebrands ignite structures. It generates...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A company is seeking an absorbent pad capable of being loaded with a terpanol, which, when saturated, will allow the free flow of air or other gases through its structure. The pad can be made of any thickness or material, and can be used in household, office, and industrial applications. Find out more here.

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Nano Memory

Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have developed nanowires that can store computer data for 100,000 years and retrieve the data 1,000 times faster than existing portable memory devices such as Flash and micro-drives. The self-assembling nanowire is made of germanium antimony telluride, a phase-changing material that...

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New Products

The MDrive 14Plus Motion Control system from Intelligent Motion Systems (Marlborough, CT) combines the motor, driver, controller, and encoder in one system using a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8-degree motor. It measures 1.9 x 1.4 x 2.0" and includes a programmable controller and programming instruction set. Communication is via...

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Long-Life Pump

Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, have developed a diaphragm pump driven by a piezoelectric actuator. The pump is a prototype of a lightweight pump for circulating cooling liquids in protective garments, high-power electronic circuits, and other medical applications.

The pump contains no sliding...

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Moving Towards Greatness

An unobtrusive sensor that collects and immediately transmits data from the human body could boost athletic performance. Developed at Imperial College London with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the new sensor also has potential in healthcare.

The sensor is...

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Current Attractions

Each month, NTB highlights tech briefs related to a particular area of technology in a special section called Technology Focus. Here are some of the technologies featured in the September issue focus on Composites & Coatings.

- Rapid Fabrication of Carbide Matrix/Carbon Fiber Composites

Researchers at...

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Techs of the Week

An epoxy coating for metals is a highly fluorinated, cross-linked polymer containing finely ground Teflon-like particles that impart permanent lubricity. The coated metal surfaces prepared with this technology have good corrosion resistance and durability. They are useful as seat rails, bushings, guide tracks, or any place...

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The Dark Web

Terrorists and extremists use the Internet to recruit new members, spread propaganda, and plan attacks. The size and scope of these dark corners of the Web are vast and disturbing. A team of computational scientists at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona is using new approaches to track terrorists' moves...

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