Products : Motion Control
Servo Drive

Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) offers the iPOS3602 MX micro-sized, pluggable servo drive for motion control applications where space is critical. The drive can be integrated into the user’s motherboard or PCB machine. All basic motor control functions, as well as motion control and PLC features, are embedded onto the drive....

Products : Motion Control
Torque Limiters

Zero-Max (Plymouth, MN) offers torque limiters in very large models for handling up to 37,000 foot pounds or 50,000 Newton meters of torque. These very large torque limiters are designed to protect drive trains, gearboxes, and generators from excessive peak loads. Features include factory preset torque, maximum bore sizes up to...

Products : Motion Control
Flow-Regulating Valve

The Lee Company (Westbrook, CT) offers the High Pressure 500 Flosert miniature flow-regulating valve that is pressure-compensated to provide a constant flow over a range of pressure differentials. The valve is suited for high-pressure hydraulic applications with system pressures up to 5000 psi. Available in forward and...

Products : Motion Control
Motion Control Systems

Aspen Motion Technologies, a Division of Pentair (Radford, VA), offers motion control solutions. Capabilities range from 0.5" in diameter to 36" in diameter for permanent magnet brushless synchronous motors/generators, with the associated drive electronics, from a few Watts to 25 kilowatts, often with a DSP/ARM core and...

Products : Motion Control
Stepping Motor

Sanyo Denki America (Torrance, CA) offers the F2 two-phase bipolar stepping motor with a frame of 0.55" and holding torque at 0.92 oz-in minimum. It features a step angle of 1.8 degree/ step, and rated current of 0.3A/phase. Single- and double-shaft models are available. Applications include electric grippers, electric cylinders,...

Products : Motion Control
Motor Control IC

Melexis (Nashua, NH) has announced the MLX81205/ 07/10/15 family of integrated circuits (ICs) for sensor-less and sensor-based BLDC motor control for automotive applications. The ICs combine a voltage regulator, LIN-Transceiver, MCU, EEPROM, Flash, RAM, Power FET Pre-Driver, and several dedicated circuit blocks. Each circuit is...

Articles : Imaging
Camera Trends 2012: Speed, Resolution, and Software

Cameras are still an important technology feature in manufacturing and inspection applications, but they are also increasingly valuable in non-traditional sectors. As part of June’s OEM Camera Directory & Guide, we look at three factors driving imaging tools: speed, resolution, and...

Products : Imaging
Imaging Module

Jenoptik Optical Systems (Jena, Thuringia, Germany) has released the CMOS USB 5.0 megapixel camera module. The module can be individually configured in terms of circuit board format and size, sensor type (CCD and CMOS), image resolution (from 1 megapixel), optical and digital interface (USB 2.0 & 3.0, FireWire), lens, and optical...

Products : Imaging
GigE-Compatible Camera

PPT Vision (Minneapolis, MN) has added a GigE-compatible, 16-megapixel camera to its M-Series, powered by PPT Vision’s configurable Impact Software. The device features Class-1 CCD sensors; industrial-grade construction and testing; thermal management and low noise performance; and precise alignment of a large sensor,...

Products : Imaging
Microscope Color Camera

The DP73 digital color microscope camera from Olympus (Center Valley, PA) delivers 14-bit depth and 17.28 mb pixel resolution. The device includes enhanced pixel-shifting optical technology. The Olympus Fine Detail function identifies edges and applies the appropriate filter to reduce pseudo-colors and moiré artifacts....

Products : Imaging
Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Cameras

Edmund Optics® (Barrington, NJ) has introduced new Power over Ethernet (PoE) Cameras. Each PoE camera includes software that allows users to set area of interest (AOI), gain, exposure, white balance, frame rate, trigger delay, and digital output (flash) delay and duration. The software can also implement edge...

Products : Imaging
High-Speed Camera System

Photron (San Diego, CA) has released the Fastcam SA7 high-speed camera system, which utilizes a 1280 by 1024 pixel CMOS imaging sensor. The system provides frame rates of up to 3,500 frames per second (fps) at full image resolution. The camera features 12-bit ADC and high light sensitivity (5,000 ISO monochrome, 2,500...

Techs for License
Commercial-Scale, High-Conductivity Graphene Inks for Printed Electronics

Vorbeck’s graphene-based Vor-ink™ conductive inks and coatings combine exceptional electrical conductivity with high-speed and cost-effective printability on a variety of printing and coating systems, including flexo and roll-to-roll. With conductivity levels as much...

Techs for License : Materials
MothEye Non-Reflective Display Coating Kills Glare and Improves Contrast

Sub-wavelength nanostructures virtually eliminate glare and minimize reflection while enhancing contrast and light transmission to over 99% in the visible wavelengths. Sony Chemical has developed manufacturing expertise in this nanostructure coating, which is called...

NASA Tech Needs
New Shipping Alternatives for Liquid and Granular Materials

Liquids and granular materials can often be of high weight and mass. A firm seeks new shipping alternatives to handle both kinds of material. Alternative means of shipping product, inter-plant, between plant and distributor, to the retailer, and ultimately to the consumer are required....

News : Materials
New Materials May Cut Energy Costs for Carbon Capture

A study of over four million absorbent minerals has determined that industrial minerals called zeolites could help electricity producers slash as much as 30 percent of the parasitic energy costs associated with removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. The research was done by...

Question of the Week
Are you hopeful about NASA's new ventures with private companies?

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) made history last week when its Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station. Although the spacecraft was unmanned, the capsule held about 1,000 pounds of...

Question of the Week
Would you want a computer that can be controlled with hand motions?

A host of companies, including Microsoft, have been working to create a new way of interacting with computers: motion sensing technology. With everyday movements like drawing, waving, and rotating, users can control functions on their computers. Many are entering the...

Products
PCI Express Packet Processor

GE (Charlottesville, VA) recently announced the WANic(TM) 66512 PCI Express(R) Packet Processor. Designed for ease of development and deployment – resulting in reduced risk, faster time-to-market and faster time-to-revenue – and supported by GE’s expertise and experience in fulfilling the requirements of Tier 1...

Products
Tiny Embedded Device Server

Lantronix (Irvine, CA) recently introduced its xPico(TM) device server, which it claims is the world’s smallest embedded device server. xPico can be used in designs typically intended for chip solutions. However, with the xPico module there is no need for software development, which results in a much lower...

Products
Mini PC

Stealth.com Inc. (Stealth Computer) (San Jose, CA) recently released their LPC-680 LittlePC, which measures just 6.5" x 6" and less than 2" in height. Featuring the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Mobile Processor Family, the LPC-680 supports up to 8GB in DDR3 memory and has a built-in 2.5” mobile hard drive with up to 750GBs of...

Products
Ventilated 19" Rack Cases

METCASE (Bridgeville, PA) has launched ventilated versions of its all new COMBIMET 19” rack case series. These new rack cases are designed to assist in-rack thermal management by allowing unrestricted airflow through the enclosures. To achieve this, a matrix of specially designed ventilation slots is provided in the...

Question of the Week
Will these types of "private space station" boost space tourism?

Rather than participate in fly-by suborbital flights, which are being offered by companies like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX Corp. has teamed up with Bigelow Aerospace to offer an experience in a microgravity living environment. The plan, laid out in a jointly issued news release, calls...

News : Energy
Generating Electricity From Viruses?

Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a way to generate power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity. Their generator is the first to produce electricity by harnessing the piezoelectric properties of a biological material.

News : Energy
Sensor System Spurs Biofuel Production

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a genetic sensor that enables bacteria to adjust their gene expression in response to varying levels of key intermediates for making biodiesel. As a result, the microbes produced three times as much fuel. The sensor-regulator system could...

Question of the Week
Will these holographic tools, and similar technologies, catch on?

This week's INSIDER story demonstrated a Star Trek-like, human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod  that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Technology Awarded for Improving Submarine Air Quality

Creators of a nanotech-based system that captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere within a submarine while providing a more environmentally friendly removal process have won the Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award for 2012. The technology — Self Assembled...

News : Energy
Copper-Gold Nanoparticles Efficiently Convert Carbon Dioxide

Copper is one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy, but it is temperamental and easily oxidized. MIT researchers have engineered nanoparticles of copper mixed with gold - which is resistant to corrosion and oxidation -...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Air Gaging for Non-Contact Measurement of Complex Geometric Tolerances

Air gaging relies on a law of physics that states flow and pressure are directly proportionate to clearance and react inversely to each other. As clearance increases, airflow also increases and air pressure decreases proportionately. As clearance decreases, airflow also...

Briefs : Information Technology
Absolute Position of Targets Measured Through a Chamber Window Using Lidar Metrology Systems

Lidar is a useful tool for taking metrology measurements without the need for physical contact with the parts under test. Lidar instruments are aimed at a target using azimuth and elevation stages, then focus a beam of coherent, frequency modulated laser...

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