Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators

Warner Linear (Belvidere, IL) has introduced the S-Track line of linear actuators for generalduty applications. Models are available with aluminum or engineered plastic housings. Enhanced control allows for 12 or 24 VDC switched power operation by turning power off to the motor automatically when the internal end limits are...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Systems

Wittenstein (Bartlett, IL) offers the RP+ and RPM+ linear rack and pinion systems. The RP+ combines the alpha TP+ gearbox, pinion, and rack into one solution for linear motion; the RPM+ combines the TPM+ actuator, pinion, and rack. Maximum power density and functional design are fused into a unit featuring visible length benefits....

Products : Motion Control
Servomotors

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has introduced Value-Line servomotors that cover the torque range from 0.5 Nm to 16 Nm (peak or continuous). The servomotors are available in most popular motor sizes with 12 standard windings, in both NEMA23 and NEMA34, and Metric (60 mm and 90 mm) mounting standards, and with multiple shaft configurations...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rubber Mountings

Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) offers the V12Z55M062M Series bell-shaped rubber mountings to dampen shock and vibration for loads up to 887 kgf (1956 lbf). They are made from a combination of natural rubber and styrene-butadiene rubber compound for pliability and elasticity. Of the 12 isolators in the...

Products : Motion Control
Drives

Advanced Motion Controls (Camarillo, CA) has released the DZE and DZS series EtherCAT® servo drives and DxM (Demultiplexed Motion) technology. The servo drives for EtherCAT-enabled control networks are housed in a package size that can fit in the palm of a hand. DxM technology allows connectivity of up to 3 DZS drives (sub-nodes) to a...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Software-Based PLC

The A3200 MotionPAC from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) is a software-based programmable logic controller (PLC) that is integrated with the company’s A3200 motion controller. The MotionPAC can be used independently for full machine control, or in conjunction with AeroBasic™ programs, and complies with IEC 61131-3 and PLCopen....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tri-Axial Inclinometer

Sherborne Sensors (Wyckoff, NJ) has introduced the T835 Series gravity-referenced tri-axial inclinometer for challenging and space constrained environments. Available in angular ranges ±14.5° to ±60°, and measuring 25.4 mm in diameter, the unit is manufactured from aerospace-quality stainless steel for measurement in...

Products : Motion Control
Piezo Stage System

Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) offers the NZ400 NanoScan Piezo Stage System for researchers producing rapid Z sections and live cell 3D images of specimens grown in well plates, large petri dishes, or mounted to glass slides. The stage can create a stack of images using multiple objectives in the Z axis with nanometer...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Drive/Controller

Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) offers the ACS with Ethernet, which adds Ethernet connectivity to the ACS Stepper Drive/Controller. It supports both Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP, allowing connectivity to PLCs and HMIs. It offers built-in configurations for all of the company’s electric actuators. The combination of the ACS and the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Diaphragm Micropump

The KNF Type NMP05 diaphragm micropump for sampling air and gases is available from KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ). It provides efficient operation for a wide range of portable, battery operated equipment applications. The miniature pump measures 17 x 26 x 31 mm, and weighs 18 g. Features include a bolted-on pump head for gas...

Techs for License
Detection of Pathogens, Environmental Contaminants, and Illicit Materials

The University of Georgia Research Foundation has a portfolio of technologies for the fast and accurate detection and identification of pathogens and chemicals. The technologies provide for a scalable and inexpensive method for the detection of disease agents as well as...

Techs for License
Smart Grid Technology for Monitoring Power Generation of Each Solar Panel

The National Institute of AIST in Japan has developed a communication technology that uses the direct current (DC) power line of a solar panel as a communication line. The technology helps monitor the power generation in each solar panel, which is useful for the...

NASA Tech Needs
Naturally Derived Chemicals Exhibiting Pesticidal Effects

A company seeks biorational approaches to new pesticides. “Biorational” approaches include processes, organisms, or chemistries that occur spontaneously in nature. By isolating these substances, a biorational pesticide may be created. These naturally derived (or synthesized products...

NASA Tech Needs
Natural Ingredients for Foods That Improve Insulin Sensitivity

Healthy people and pre-diabetic individuals may have a reduced sensitivity (or resistance) to insulin. A company seeks natural ingredients that can be added to foods that will enhance the body’s sensitivity to insulin, and help maintain post-absorptive blood glucose control at a...

Who's Who
Michael Gazarik, Director of Space Technology Programs, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

As NASA’s Director of Space Technology Programs, Michael Gazarik contributes to the development of technology that can be applied to NASA’s exploration systems, space operations, and science missions. Gazarik integrates and tracks all investments across...

Podcasts
Michael Gazarik, Director of Space Technology Programs, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

As NASA’s Director of Space Technology Programs, Michael Gazarik contributes to the development of technology that can be applied to NASA’s exploration systems, space operations, and science missions. Gazarik integrates and tracks all investments...

News : Energy
Using Electricity to Generate Alternative Fuel

Electrical energy generated by various methods can be difficult to store efficiently. Chemical batteries, hydraulic pumping, and water splitting suffer from low energy-density storage or incompatibility with current transportation infrastructure. UCLA researchers have demonstrated a method for...

News : Energy
New 3D Designs Double Solar Power

A team of MIT researchers is building cubes or towers that extend solar cells upward in three-dimensional configurations. The results from the structures they’ve tested show power output ranging from double to more than 20 times that of fixed flat panels with the same base area.

Question of the Week
Would you enjoy a 'digital detox?'

 A recent event called the "Day of Unplugging" kicked off last week, challenging people to go without their cell phones and technology for 24 hours. The "digital detox" idea encourages everyone to step away from their computers and smartphones. Some people are opposed to the idea and see no need to unplug...

News
Amplifier Chip Speeds Up Measurements of Single-Molecules Such As DNA

A team of researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania has figured out a way to measure nanopores — tiny holes in a thin membrane that can detect single biological molecules such as DNA and proteins — with less error than can be achieved with...

News
Microfluidic Chip Streamlines Fossil Fuel Measurements

Bitumen and heavy oil are difficult to extract from reservoirs because they are thick and do not flow easily. There are several methods of extraction, one of which uses carbon dioxide-rich gas injections which helps liquify the bitumen for easier extraction, while presenting opportunities...

News
Lab-on-a-Chip Device Evaluates Efficacy of Malaria Treatments

Spread by mosquitoes, malaria is caused by a tiny parasite that infects human red blood cells. University of British Columbia researcher Hongshen Ma and his team designed a lab-on-a-chip device to better understand the changes in red blood cells caused by Plasmodium falciparum, the...

News
New Imaging System Peers Around Corners

A new imaging system could use opaque walls, doors, or floors as 'mirrors' to gather information about a given scene. The camera produced recognizable 3-D images of a wooden figurine and of foam cutouts outside of the device’s line of sight.

The principle behind the system is essentially that of the...

News
NRL Tests Robotic Fueling of Unmanned Surface Vessels

Engineers from the NRL Spacecraft Engineering Department (SED) successfully demonstrated the robotic fluids transfer from a stationary platform to an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) in wave heights greater than three feet. The Rapid Autonomous Fuel Transfer (RAFT) project exhibits the ability...

News
NVIDIA and Dell: Improving Interactivity in SolidWorks

Engineers working with a design application like SolidWorks know that more interactive capability in a design application means greater productivity. The key to better interactivity is the ability of the workstation to process the most complex models in a fast and fluid manner. Dell and...

News
Butterflies Could Help Create Bug-Size Flying Robots

To improve the next generation of insect-size flying machines, Johns Hopkins engineers have been aiming high-speed video cameras at butterflies in an attempt to figure out how they flutter among flowers with such amazing grace and agility. The researchers hope to help small airborne robots...

Products
Triaxial MEMS Capacitive Accelerometer

Silicon Designs (Issaquah, Washington) has announced its new model 2445 series, a family of single-ended low-noise analog MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules, designed to support a variety of low-to-medium frequency triaxial measurement requirements. The rugged design of the model 2445 features three...

Products
Linear Hall-Effect Sensor IC

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) is extending its Linear Hall-effect Sensor Integrated Circuits (IC) product line with the addition of the new SS39ET Series to its SS49E and SS59ET portfolio. Honeywell’s Linear Hall-effect product family now consists of three package styles with different lead configurations: SS39ET:...

Products
FPGA Development Kit

Avnet Electronics Marketing (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced the Xilinx Kintex(TM)-7 FPGA Mini-Module Plus Development Kit – a completely customizable development kit for system architects and field programmable gate array (FPGA) designers. The Avnet Mini-Module Plus system consists of a modular baseboard with three slots...

Products
HDL Code Generator

MathWorks (Natick, MA) has announced HDL Coder, which automatically generates HDL code from MATLAB, allowing engineers to implement FPGA and ASIC designs from the widely used MATLAB language. MathWorks also announced HDL Verifier, which includes FPGA hardware-in-the-loop capabilities for testing FPGA and ASIC designs. With...

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3D Printed Metals Are Not All the Same

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Testing and Inspecting 3D-Printed Parts

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Using Simulation to Design Robust Adhesively Bonded Structures

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Electric-Vehicle Transmission Development and Simulation

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Thermal Management Crisis: Knowing Your Passive Solution Options

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IoT’s Role in Today’s Transportation Systems

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