Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Motor

Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) offers a 70- Watt flat brushless motor that delivers a maximum continuous torque of 130 mNm at an efficiency of up to 85%. The motor measures 45 mm in diameter and is available with Hall sensors. It comes in four windings: 24, 30, 36, and 48 V, and can be combined with more than 54 different planetary...

Products : Motion Control
Three-Phase Motor

Lenze Americas (Uxbridge, MA) has released the L-Force Three-Phase MF Motor design for operation with a frequency inverter. The motor can be up to two sizes smaller than conventional asynchronous motors with the same rated power. Available in power ranges from 0.55 to 22 kW, the motors feature the modular system of the L-force...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Starter

ABB (New Berlin, WI) has released the PSE soft starter family with two-phase torque control. Additional features include built-in class-selectable electronic overload, built-in bypass, and an LCD display. The PSE features a compact design, and is suitable for all common applications including centrifugal pumps, fans, blowers,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Rail Platform

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) offers the Kerk® RGS/RGW linear rail platform that includes a 180° folded- over motorized design for motion applications where space is at a premium. The rail contains all the components needed for a complete motion subassembly, including the stepper motor, belt and pulley,...

Products : Motion Control
Machine Automation Controller

Omron Industrial Automation (Schaumburg, IL) has released the NJ-Series Machine Automation Controller (MAC) that integrates multiple, specialized controllers (motion, logic, sequence, vision, operator safety, and RFID tracking) with system synchronization on a single controller. The system features access to one...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Wrench

Advanced Torque Products (Berlin, CT) offers the ATP 40000 mechanical torque multiplier, a digitally controlled wrench that produces up to 40,000 ft/lbs. The device employs all-mechanical operation, which eliminates the need for heavy pumps, tubes, and bleed-off. Mechanical gears rotate on needle roller bearings with hardened and...

Products : Motion Control
Direct Drive Motor Systems

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings. The systems incorporate frameless motor kits into application-specific direct drive motors for special mechanical requirements, special sealing, autoclave heat cycles, and harsh environments. A selection of...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Voice Coil Motor

Equipment Solutions (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the RVC-5 rotational voice coil motor that creates rotational translation using a flexure bearing. The rotational translation is achieved by tilting a precision mirror, grating, or other user-supplied load ±5°. Typical applications include semiconductor fabrication, scanning...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Metal Gear Motors

Nidec Copal U.S.A. Corp. (Torrance, CA) offers the MG16B brush and LB16MG brushless metal planetary gear motors. The metal planetary gear train allows for higher torque and protection against shock and vibration loads. Eight gear ratios from 16:1 to 643:1 are available. The brush DC gear motor develops a range of rated torques...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Drive

Portescap (West Chester, PA) offers the LVD low-voltage servo drive designed to support small and large brushed DC or brushless motors. Packed in a high-power-density package, it is powered from a supply voltage of 12-48 VDC, and is capable of 7 amps RMS continuous and 12 amps RMS peak current with CANopen® communication interface....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion System Design Software

MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.2.0 motion system sizing and selection software from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) utilizes a mechanism project concept to collect and save load information for multiple axes, automatically calculates application results, and compares them against a database catalog of Kollmorgen...

Articles : Aerospace
Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, surrounded by high-tech companies, universities, and laboratories. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,500 research personnel, and a $900 million annual budget, Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of...

Who's Who
Dr. Bruce Wielicki, Senior Earth Scientist, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth scientist within the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center, works as lead of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission. The Tier-1 earth science decadal survey initiative will anchor a...

News : Energy
New Tool Appraises PV Systems

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have developed PV Value™ - an electronic form to standardize appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations.

Products
Product of the Month: ANSYS 14.0

ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, has launched ANSYS® 14.0 engineering simulation technology software that includes ANSYS Workbench™, the framework for the suite. Updates include enhanced customized work flows, automatic parametric evaluations, and transparent sharing of common data between different applications. An...

Podcasts
Dr. Bruce Wielicki, Senior Earth Scientist, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth scientist within the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center, works as lead of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission. The Tier-1 earth science decadal survey initiative will anchor a...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Organic Solar Cell Initiative

Imec (Leuven, Belgium) has announced the European FP7 project X10D, an initiative aimed at developing tandem organic solar cells with an increased conversion efficiency and lifetime. The ultimate goal of the X10D project is to introduce organic photovoltaic technologies (OPV) into the thin-film PV market.

News : Lighting
The Jan/Feb Issue of Lighting Technology is Here
The Jan/Feb Issue of Lighting Technology is Here

Check out the newly redesigned Jan/Feb issue of Lighting Technology. Cutting-edge research news, industrial lighting application stories, feature articles, products, and new technologies for...

The Jan/Feb Issue of Lighting Technology is Here
Question of the Week
Should more of an effort be made sending signals to space?

According to a New York Times article, a band of astronomers recently restarted the search for extraterrestrial life, after an appeal for financing. Last spring, the University of California’s Hat Creek observatory, a collection of radio telescopes that listen for radio broadcasts of...

Products
Cables for Military Robotic Applications

The highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are designed for use on unmanned ground-based military robotic vehicles that require absolute reliability in mission critical and extreme environment conditions. Unlike bulky and stiffer round cables, Cicoil’s flat silicone...

Products
Low-Voltage BLDC Motors and Gearmotors

Dunkermotor (Elgin, IL) has released its 2012 catalog of low-voltage brushless DC and intelligent servo motors. The expanded catalog includes detailed specifications on custom configurable BLDC motors, controls, gearheads, brakes, encoders, and accessories and is available for download.

Products
DC Servo Motors

The 8540 Series brush-commutated DC motors from Pittman (Harleysville, PA) are ideal for high-tech applications found in medical devices, lab instrumentation, and precision automation machinery. The 8540 Series motors are 1.18” in diameter and are available in three lengths - 2.114”, 2.585”, and 3.057”. Depending on the...

Products
Magnetic Encoder

The RSM2800 magnetic encoder from Novotechnik (Southborough, MA) counts turns, measures angles exactly, and remembers shaft positions without power. The RSM2800 is based on Novotechnik’s patented non-contact multi-turn for absolute 5,760° (16 turns) measurement. The wear-free technology combines advanced capabilities with...

Products
Single-Axis Ethernet Motion Controller

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) offers the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller series single-axis Ethernet motion controller. It combines a high-performance motion controller and an 800-W sine drive in a low-cost, compact 3.9" x 5.0" x 1.5" package. The DMC-300xx is also available as a controller-only...

Products
Integrated PLC and Motion Controller

The A3200 MotionPAC from Aerotech (Pittsburg, PA) is a software-based PLC that is integrated with Aerotech’s A3200 motion controller to increase programming efficiency and decrease development time. The MotionPAC can be used independently for full machine control or in conjunction with AeroBasic™...

Briefs : Lighting
Quantum Dot Light Enhancement Substrate
Quantum Dot Light Enhancement Substrate

A cost-competitive solution for increasing the light extraction efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with efficient and stable color rendering index (CRI) for solid-state lighting (SSL)...

Quantum Dot Light Enhancement Substrate
News : Energy
Looking at Atmospheric Stability to Predict Wind Power

Power generated by a wind turbine largely depends on wind speed. In a wind farm in which the turbines experience the same wind speeds but different shapes, such as turbulence, to the wind profile, a turbine will produce different amounts of power. Two researchers say that this variable power...

Question of the Week
Should the internet piracy bills be used to combat online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property?

Senate and House leaders announced last week that they are postponing work on two controversial anti-piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the (PIPA) Protect IP Act, in the wake of large online protests that spurred some...

News : Energy
Charged Quantum Dots Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

With military colleagues, a trio of University at Buffalo engineers have shown that embedding charged quantum dots into photovoltaic cells can improve electrical output by enabling the cells to harvest infrared light, and by increasing the lifetime of photoelectrons.

Products
IEPE Accelerometers

Kistler North America (Novi, MI) has introduced a new family of single axis and triaxial lightweight, miniature PiezoBeam(R) IEPE accelerometers with optional TEDS, designed for the multi-channel modal and structural analysis of small or thin-walled structures, components and subsystems, as well as full vehicle testing within...

Question of the Week
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’