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Quantifying Breast-Feeding Volume

A method is sought to provide a real-time quantitative measure of the volume of milk consumed as a baby breast-feeds. The solution must be safe, environmentally sound, non-invasive, retail for under $50, and should not interfere with mother- newborn bonding. It should be compatible with home use and relatively...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Like most mature industries, the automotive industry is highly competitive. Customers demand quality, security, and economy. Competition requires increasingly fast times to market for...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

As warfare becomes more asymmetric, civilians and other non-combatants become a larger percentage of the casualties, along with unintended property damage. The military, of...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

An atom laser now undergoing development simultaneously generates two pulsed beams of correlated 87Rb atoms. (An atom laser is a source of atoms in beams characterized by coherent...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

A rugged, tunable extended-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been developed to satisfy stringent requirements for frequency stability, notably including low sensitivity to vibration. This laser is...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Perceptron (Plymouth, MI) offers the ScanWorks® hand-held 3D laser scanner that features a scanning rate of up to 458,000 points per second and can maintain a dense point resolution of approximately 14 microns. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics

FARO Technologies (Lake Mary, FL) has released version 4.0 of its family of laser-scanning software: FARO Scene, FARO Scout, FARO Scout LT, and FARO Record. The user-friendly software packages are used for...

Products: Photonics/Optics

SCHOTT North America (Elmsford, NY) offers the Beam Shaper laser technology, capable of shaping “square” light from an individual laser diode or rows of strings of laser diodes into a beam of light that has a round profile...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The Microgage 2D system from Pinpoint Laser Systems® (Newburyport, MA) measures the flatness of machinery and production equipment. The unit measures flatness of rolls, moving machinery stages, gantry systems, actuators,...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Reynard Corp. (San Clemente, CA) provides Circular Variable Neutral Density (CVND) filters for use in optical systems to change light intensity from 100% to less than 0.1%. The filters are specified for linear optical density...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The Photonis Group (Lancaster, PA) has introduced the XP1322, a 13-mm-round photomultiplier tube featuring high gain and low noise that covers the spectral range of 270 to 650nm. The device is designed for applications...

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Headwall Photonics (Fitchburg, MA) offers the Raman ExplorerTM 532 Raman spectrometer. Featuring a retro-reflective concentric design, the device utilizes a 532-nm excitation laser for biological...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The LasirisTM PowerLine laser from StockerYale, Inc. (Salem, NH) is a line generator for industrial and scientific applications. A thermoelectrically cooled laser, the device is able to emit up to 1 W at 810...

Products: Photonics/Optics

LINX from Electron Tubes, Inc. (Rockaway, NJ) is a linear x-ray sensor that can be expanded to provide an array of any required length; x-rays are detected using a scintillator and photo-diode array. Detector pitch is 1.6 mm or...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Tyco Electronics Corp. (Harrisburg, PA) introduced a line of sealed circular LC ODVA compliant fiber optic connectors, carrying an IP67 environmental sealing rating. The units resist moisture, temperature, and...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Gamma Scientific (San Diego, CA) offers SynthiColorTM, a software program that equips the company’s RS-5B spectrally programmable light source with interactive programmability and control. The software...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Solid-State Lighting

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) released the white Cree XLamp® 7090 power LED. Available in volume quantities, the unit produces luminous flux of up to 95 lumens or 85 lumens per watt at 350 mA, and up to 160 lumens at 700 mA (typical luminous flux is 80 lumens at 350 mA, yielding 70 lumens per watt). Designed for general...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Fiber optic attenuator kits from Timbercon, Inc. (Lake Oswego, OR) provide a means of producing multiple levels of attenuation for several fiber optical cables, and can conduct testing or processing where exact dB...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Prosilica (Burnaby, Canada) offers the GC Series, a line of ultra-compact gigabit Ethernet cameras for machine vision and industrial applications. With dimensions of 4.3 × 4.6 × 3.3 cm and a weight of 99 grams,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Resonator Optics

Alpine Research Optics (ARO, Boulder, CO) provides off-the-shelf intracavity resonator optics for excimer lasers. These are rear high reflectors and uncoated output couplers for use with ArF (193 nm), KrF (248 nm), and XeCl (308 nm) excimer lasers. Both rear mirrors and output couplers are offered in 38.1 mm diameter MgF2...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Picoseconds Amplifier Laser

Time-Bandwidth Products, Inc. (Westfield, MA) offers a compact and sealed OEM version of its picoseconds, high repetition rate DuettoTM laser system for industrial and scientific applications like material processing, micro machining, biological tissue manipulation, pump-probe spectroscopy, surface...

Articles: Motion Control

Nowadays, there are many technologies available that are used to quantify the motion of humans and animals. However, recent innovations in optical motion capture systems...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

At full power, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN), will produce the world’s most intense pulsed...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

World cotton production in 2006/07 is forecast at 115.7 million bales, and global cotton consumption is forecast at a record of nearly 121 million bales, with 13.2 million acres...

Products: Motion Control

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) introduced the AEDS-964x optical encoder modules, with resolutions of up to 360 lines per inch, for printing applications. The modules are used with a transmissive code strip to detect...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

S. Himmelstein and Co. (Hoffman Estates, IL) released the MCRT® 48200V Series Compact Digital Torquemeters, having no pots, switches, and requires no manual adjustment. The non-contact devices have full-scale ranges from...

Products: Motion Control

Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) released the SEC-ACSMLC Multi-Axis Controller and SEC-SDD drive. Featuring the CoDeSys programming platform, the SEC-AC-SMLC is based on the IEC61131-3 standard, offering the...

Products: Motion Control

Danaher Motion (Wood Dale, IL) released the Thomson-Deltran Power-Off Magnetic Brake (PMB) series of power-off DC, spring-set, multifunctional brakes. Nine standard frame sizes from 30 to 120 are available. Torque range is 45...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) released size 8 hybrid linear actuators with encoder feedback. Encoder resolutions range from 120 to 330 cycles per revolution, or 480 to 1,200 pulses per revolution;...

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