Application Briefs

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multicores Affect Algorithm Choices

Design engineers soon will need to bridge the growing gap between hardware reality and software capabilities in the highperformance computing (HPC) realm as the use of multicore microprocessors grows. If your software development or sourcing plans haven't anticipated these development situations, your...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
CNC Wood Routers Use Drive for Precision Control

The woodworking industry is as advanced and under pressure to deliver high-quality goods quickly as any. One of the most versatile tools devised to quicken production with flat panels of wood is the wood router, used to rout (hollow out) an area in the face of a piece of wood, and used for 3D...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Drive Utilized in Filament Respooler

Optical fiber, now the mainstay of telecommunications as well as sensor, illumination, and imaging systems, is made by first pulling a large-diameter preform into a long, filimentous fiber. Then divided into bunches, a resin cladding is applied to keep the transmital of light uncontamintated. The finished...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Guide Used in Leak-Testing System or Plastic Bottles

Container leaks can range from mildly annoying to potentially dangerous. To avoid faulty containers from ever leaving the production line, producers have installed testing devices as part of the bottle production process to ensure integrity. As many bottle/container manufacturing systems were...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mars Exploration Rovers Use Amplifier System to Transmit Information
580412 SE 20 Power Amplifier Package
StratEdge Corp.
San Diego, CA
858-569-5000
www.stratedge.com
Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Interferometer Enables Precision Metrology on James Webb Space Telescope
SpeckleCam Electronic Speckle Pattern
Interferometer (ESPI)
4D Technology
Tucson, AZ
520-294-5600
www.4dtechnology.com
Application Briefs : Imaging
Camera System Inspects Shuttle and Space Station
Laser Camera System (LCS)
Neptec Design Group
Houston, TX
281-280-8555
www.neptec.com
Application Briefs : Medical
Monitoring System Helps Astronauts Sleep on Space Station
VivoMetrics® LifeShirt System ambulatory
monitoring system
VivoMetrics
Ventura, CA
805-667-2225
www.vivometrics.com
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Actuator Controls Valving in Micro-Satellite Thruster

In the 1980s and 1990s, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA) began developing advanced microsystems and microelectronics technologies and components for future space applications. One of these experimental designs, the Micro-Inspector Spacecraft, is capable of visual inspection...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder Helps Guide Aerial Tramways

In situations where human travel is necessary but where the geography is too steep or treacherous, aerial tramways often are used as a convenient alternative. Ski resorts, mountaineering centers, even archeological sites and cities with a diverse geography have tapped tramways as a method of...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Pneumatic Cylinders Used in Robotic “Hand”

Robotics are now and have been an inextricable aspect of American industry, performing tasks as varied as the robots themselves. Robots can, in most cases, accommodate greater production speeds, and can be re-tasked for any future changes or even re-assigned to a different application. As technology...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Data Loggers Store and Record Critical Data for NASA Experiments
Precision temperature data loggers
Veriteq Instruments
Richmond, BC, Canada
604-273-6850
www.veriteq.com
Application Briefs : Software
Mission Planning & Scheduling Tool for Mission to the Moon
FlexPlan mission planning and scheduling tool
GMV Space Systems
Rockville, MD
301-216 3840
www.gmvspacesystems.com
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Water Jets and Lasers Cut Through Electronic Industry’s Problems

Semiconductor manufacturers need the flexibility of a wafer-cutting machine that supports various wafer sizes and cuts them without the mechanical and thermal damage often seen with traditional cutting methods, including the mechanical stress that occurs with conventional sawing,...

Application Briefs : Imaging
CCDs Find Applications in Diverse Space MissionsCCDs Find Applications in Diverse Space Missions
Charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors
e2v Technologies
Elmsford, NY
914-593-6841
www.e2v.com
Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Aging Computer System to be Replaced by Supercomputer
Linux Supersystem supercomputers
Linux Networx
Bluffdale, UT
877-505-5694
www.linuxnetworx.com
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Software Used to Control Master-Slave Haptics Experiment

Haptics, also known as “force feedback teleoperation,” attempts to provide environmental interactions through a robotic system. Users mimic these interactions with robotic arms. By varying the amount of force the haptic devices exhibit, a user can achieve the sensation of interacting...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Motor Used to Stabilize Remote-Controlled Camera Crane

It is a staple of the summer box office blockbuster: the car chase. Car chases have not only become a vital component of an action movie, they have also had to evolve, with audiences demanding even more thrills. To put the audience directly into the flow of traffic, studio executives turn to...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Plasma Cutter Utilizes Motor for Gantry Control

To cut through metal and other materials, a plasma cutter sends an arc of electricity through a high-speed jet of an inert gas. When electricity and gas meet, plasma is formed, hot enough to melt through sheet metal, and still moving fast enough to blast molten metal away from the cut. When...

Application Briefs : Propulsion
Electromechanical System Provides Satellite Propulsion
Cold Gas Micro Thruster (CGMT)
Marotta Controls
Montville, NJ
973-334-7800
www.marotta.com
Application Briefs : Software
Analysis Software Plans Inter-Planetary Trajectory Maneuvers
Satellite Tool Kit (STK) data analysis software
Analytical Graphics (AGI)
Exton, PA
610-981-8000
www.agi.com
Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power Systems Find Use in Multiple Future Space Vehicles
DC-DC power systems
VPT
Blacksburg, VA
540-552-5000
www.vpt-inc.com
Application Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Oil Recycling System Controls Contamination
OilTrac™ fluid maintenance program/oil recycling system
COMO Filtration Systems
Janesville, WI
608-756-3838
www.como.biz
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Hundreds of Gearmotors Drive Times Square Scrolling Sign

With a zoning ordinance requiring businesses to throw up big, bright, eye-catching signs, Times Square in New York City has an illuminated-sign density rivaling Las Vegas. When Toys “R” Us moved into the neighborhood, it contacted Revolution Display Systems, (Toronto, Canada) to create...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Drive Retrofit Update Enables Smoke-Removal System at Atlanta Airport

When the City of Atlanta finalized plans for the capital-improvement project at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, an integral part of the 10-year, $5.4 billion project included upgrading the ventilation system of the underground Automated People Mover (APM)....

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Device Simulates Spine Motions

The spine is the most complex mechanical system in the human body. With the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Instron (Norwood, MA) is utilizing the BioPuls™ Multi-Axial Spine Testing System to characterize the multi-axial dynamism of the backbone. Such testing will help further the understanding of spine...

Application Briefs : Physical Sciences
Human Physiological Model Helps Evaluate NASA's Liquid Cooling Garments
Advanced Automotive Manikin
(ADAM) human physiological model
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
303-275-3000
www.nrel.gov
Application Briefs : Imaging
Deformable Mirror to be Used in Space
Micromachined deformable mirror (DM)
Boston Micromachines Corp.
Watertown, MA
617-926-4178
www.bostonmicromachines.com
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom-Built Machining Centers Create Telescope Mirrors
Custom horizontal machining centers
Mitsui Seiki USA
Franklin Lakes, NJ
201-337-1300
www.mitsuiseiki.com
Application Briefs : Software
PLM Software Enables NASA to Manage Collaborative Environment
ProductCenter™ product lifecycle management (PLM)
software
SofTech
Tewksbury, MA
978-640-6222
www.softech.com