Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Drive Rack

The Npaq® 6U from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) is a high-power drive rack that uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush, or stepper motors. PWM amps offer up to 320...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrated Motors

Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) offers Lexium MDrive® LMD42 integrated motors. The NEMA 17 integrated motors are available in four communication versions for a range of motion applications. They...

Products: Motion Control
Force Control Software

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Integrated Force Control, a consolidation of the discrete software features that were available separately in either the machining or assembly Force Control offerings into...

Products: Motion Control
Speed Reducers

Emerson Industrial Automation (Florence, KY) offers Morse Raider Plus speed reducers that use finishing techniques, additional bearings, and special seals to arm them for leak-free performance. For use with conveyors, mixers,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Drive-Motor Systems

Elmo Motion Control (Nashua, NH) has released the Gold Duet drive-motor system that integrates a servomotor with an intelligent Gold servo drive, making it suitable for use in compact lab machines and medical devices. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Cylinder

Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Bethlehem, PA) offers the CDL2 mill-type cylinder for pressure ranges of 160 and 250 bars. They are designed for two million load cycles. Design engineers can calculate the cylinder’s lifecycle for...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Cylinders

SMAC (Carlsbad, CA) has released the CBL series of electric cylinders that feature a “snap-together” design that controls tight tolerance stack-up. The CBL35 cylinder has a 35-mm diameter and stroke lengths of 10 mm...

Products: Motion Control
Shaft Collars

Amacoil/Uhing (Aston, PA) has introduced Easylock shaft collars that hold reels, spools, and other objects in place on shafts. Objects are held between two pintles, one of which has a clamping force control. The clamping...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
AC Drives

Vacon (Vaasa, Finland) has introduced the VACON® NXP System Drives, a line of standardized AC drives that is based on the VACON NXP and VACON Common DC bus products, which include a variety of modules in a wide power...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Automation Software

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has announced Kollmorgen Automation Suite IDE Version 2.7, which includes new runtime features and IDE enhancements that accelerate machine integration for OEMs. The software is used to program...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Glass-Handling Robots

QComp Technologies (Greenville, WI) offers robotic glass-handling systems and conveyors for the flat glass industry. Using precision conveyors and robotics, the systems provide accuracy, handling, and gapping of glass...

Articles: Automotive
SAE 2014 World Congress Preview

The SAE 2014 World Congress, which takes place April 8-10 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, assembles the best talent in the automotive industry — experts, management teams, engineers, and executives — to...

Articles: Automotive
Steering Toward the Future

The global automotive industry faces incredible pressures today. The skyrocketing costs of traditional fuels — along with worldwide supply uncertainties — are forcing automakers to not only increase the...

Application Briefs: Communications
Thrusters Support Communications Satellite Launch
Monopropellant (hydrazine) thrusters
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Sacramento, CA

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, played a vital role in...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Spectrometer Gratings Enable Mars Sample Analysis
Volume-phase, holographic-grating Raman
Wasatch Photonics
Logan, UT

Raman laser spectroscopy technology from...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Oxygen Containers Transport Tank Assembly to ISS
Oxygen shipping containers
Waxahachie, TX

Americase designed, developed, and completed the first HM224B/DOT31FP shipping...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Harnessing the Power of NASA Technology

Have you ever felt nauseous reading a book in the back seat of a car? Did you ever wake up from a deep sleep feeling disoriented? Momentary incidents like these happen when the sensory systems that...

A powerful tool in understanding the role that greenhouse gasses play in climate change would be real-time data from laser chemical sensors providing concentrations and locations of...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Adaptive Periodic-Correlation Algorithm for Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensing

Conventional Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensing requires a point source such as a star to perform wavefront sensing. This software allows one to conduct such sensing using an extended-scene or scene-based image. The software allows a Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
In Situ Health Monitoring of Piezoelectric Sensors

On occasion, anomalies in the highly dynamic test data obtained during rocket engine tests may appear. These issues must be investigated, and corrective action is generally mandated before testing resumes; usually only three days are allotted to identify and correct the issues. Spurious signals...

The current radio infrastructure for firefighters provides voice communications, but does not support data transfer capability for continuous monitoring of...

Car air conditioners operate in all seasons to keep the cabin temperature cool in summer and warm in winter. In summer, for air conditioning systems without humidity...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Self-Aligning Lug for Adapting Carbon Fiber Rods to a Bolted Metallic Connection

The enormous strength of unidirectional carbon fiber composite rods is difficult to take advantage of at their ends because of inadequate joining technology. Bolting does not work with unidirectional composites, and bonding is difficult due to stiffness mismatches...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Growth Method for Chalcongenide Phase-Change Nanostructures

Recently, one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructures such as nanowires and nanotubes have become the focal point of research in nanotechnology due to their fascinating properties. These properties are intrinsically associated with low dimensionality and small diameters, which may lead to...

This electronic device is designed to provide optimal control of an electromagnetically actuated shutter used on a digital or photographic camera. The SD36B1 Electromechanical Shutter...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Sub-Nanosecond, Compact, Low-Power Time-Interval Measurement

This innovation is a sub-nanosecond time-interval measurement that is compact and inexpensive, implemented in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Currently, high-speed count ers or semi-custom or custom ASICs (application specific integrated circuits) are used for time-interval...

A vehicle electronic control unit consists of various high-side power stages for driving different loads. Common faults that these power stages experience are Short Circuit to...

Briefs: Materials
Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes Into Polymer Matrices to Produce Unique Properties

The present invention addresses the effective dispersion of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into polymer matrices. The nanocomposites are prepared using polymer matrices and exhibit a unique combination of properties, most notably, high retention of optical transparency in...

Briefs: Materials
Carbon Nanotube Growth Density Control

This method provides control over the growth density of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on a relatively coarse scale, with density adjustment over several orders of magnitude, using an applied electrical field or voltage difference that is aligned substantially perpendicular to the substrate surface, which is...

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