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Application Briefs : Aerospace
Custom System Rides the Rails at NASA Radar Range
Custom linear guide rails
NB Corporation of America
Hanover Park, IL
1-800-521-2045
www.nbcorporation.com

ADC USA, Inc. (Ithaca, NY) develops and supplies high-precision motion systems and instruments for large government laboratories and corporations around the...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Service Robots Use Flat Motors to Provide Reliable, Safe Motion

Unlike industrial robots for manufacturing, service robots come with their own specification requirements aimed specifically at the end user, and the most discriminating user at that — a human being. That’s why designing and manufacturing service robots takes a particular set of...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Encoders Ensure Position Accuracy of Linear-Torsion Tester

Instron (Norwood, MA) manufactures materials testing equipment and accessories that are used to test samples ranging from components for jet engines to medical syringes. The company’s ElectroPuls systems are used for fatigue testing, which examines the behavior of materials under...

Articles : Aerospace
Computer and Displays Help Control and Maneuver Crew Transportation System
Space-qualified boards and subsystems
Aitech Defense Systems
Chatsworth, CA
888-248-3248
http://rugged.com/space-products

The Boeing Company selected Aitech Defense Systems to provide space-grade products and services to support the...

Articles : Aerospace
CubeSat Launches With 3D-Printed Components
Windform XT 2.0 3D printing material
CRP USA, LLC
Mooresville, NC
704-660-0258
www.crp-usa.net

A team of students from the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University developed the KySat-2 project, a 1U CubeSat that launched into orbit as part of NASA’s ElaNa...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Implementing Color Machine Vision Inspection Systems

Color provides critical information that can improve the reliability of many machine vision inspection applications and make it possible to inspect many products that cannot be inspected in grayscale. Typical examples include ensuring that a tan rather than a taupe automotive interior...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Motion Solutions for Electric Expansion Valves

Expansion valves are flow-restricting devices present in any refrigeration system. The valve needle remains open during steady state of operation. The size of the opening, or position of the needle, is related to the pressure and temperature of the evaporator. When set and controlled properly, an...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Hamburg Airport Relies on Drive Technology to Keep Bags Moving

Hamburg Airport in Germany handles nine million pieces of baggage every year. For the baggage handling staff, the reliability of the conveyor system and the prevention of faults are the highest priorities. The breakdown of even a single component of the system would result in a...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
Servo Motors Help Launch Vehicles Optimize Fuel
Servo motors
MICROMO (the FAULHABER Group)
Clearwater, FL
800-807-9166
www.micromo.com

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) builds economical launch vehicles like the Falcon 9 to carry a range of payloads into orbit. One way to control cost is by optimizing fuel...

Articles : Aerospace
Electrical Connectors Provide Signal Integrity for Orion
KA Series PCB connectors and D-Sub Series connectors
Smiths Connectors
Costa Mesa, CA
714-371-1100
www.smithsconnectors.com

Development of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle was a complex undertaking involving a vast number of subcontractors across...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
The Increasing Use of Electrical Actuators in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems have traditionally been the market leader in providing power in the aerospace and defense industry because of their low cost and high power density. But in recent years, attention has been focused on the limitations of hydraulic...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Motion Controller Automates Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

A flexible hydrostatic test system for the oil and gas industry must precisely measure a wide range of pressures. Because the items tested vary widely, most testing is done manually. A test engineer sets appropriate parameters, and a skilled operator adjusts the pumping system for the...

Articles : Aerospace
System Tests Flight Control of Dream Chaser Spacecraft
DynoLAB™ data acquisition and control system
SAKOR Technologies
Okemos, MI
517-332-7256
www.sakor.com

SAKOR Technologies has supplied a test system to Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) to be used to test the atmospheric flight control system for the...

Articles : Aerospace
Ion Thruster System Powers Spacecraft to Deep-Space Destinations
Ion thruster system and power processing units
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Sacramento, CA
916-355-4000
www.rocket.com

Aerojet Rocketdyne is developing NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial (NEXT-C) Gridded Ion Thruster System. Managed at NASA’s...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
3D Machine Vision Using Laser Triangulation

Applications for 3D machine vision are rapidly expanding in a variety of industries for several reasons. The first is that vision systems can lower production costs by increasing yields and/or reducing scrap product and wasted raw material. One example of this would be extruded products from various...

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