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Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion Control Card

The MC302-K Motion Coor dinator motion card from Trio Motion Technology Ltd., Gloucestershire, UK, is designed to plug into the Kollmorgen S300 and S700 drive platform to provide a cost-effective, fully programmable single-axis control system. The digital interface gives the controller access to all drive parameters.

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Air Bearing Actuator

The Airpel-AB air bearing actuator from Airpot, Norwalk, CT, has a specially shaped stainless steel piston that is precisely fitted to a borosilicate glass cylinder. Introducing pressurized air into the air bearing’s cylinder produces a true bearing airflow effect around the piston. The air cushion prevents the piston from...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motor Stages

The ANT95-XY and ANT95-XY-H dual-axis linear motor stages from Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, allow travel in X and Y dimensions. They allow critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness, and flatness to be optimized. The technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling 5nm resolution, 50nm repeatability, and 250m...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Cylinder Position Sensor

A magnetically actuated linear displacement sensor from Turck, Minneapolis, MN, the Q25L, detects piston position on pneumatic cylinders. Suited for applications requiring precise signal transmission over long measuring distances, it is available with measuring ranges of 100, 125, 160, and 200mm. By utilizing an external...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder

The MR319 fiber optic rotary encoder from Micronot, Newbury Park, CA, has an industry-standard 58mm synchro housing and is installed like a conventional encoder. It optically connects to an MR310 module via a multimode fiberoptic link. The encoder operates from 15 to 32 Vdc and offers a range of standard interface...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Axis Compensation Unit

Schunk Inc., Morrisville, NC, has introduced two-axis compensation units. The AGE-F is self-centering using spring force and compensates for deviations of up to 5mm in the X and Y axis. Three spring rates are available for each of four sizes, which can be preloaded to specific sizes through an adjustment screw.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Short-Pulse Ultrafast Laser

Newport Corporation’s Spectra-Physics® Lasers Division (Mountain View, CA) introduces the Mai Tai SP, the first fully-automated, hands-free 60nm to responding to near transform-limited pulse widths from ® technology and proprietary EternAlignTM permanent optics mounting technology to ensure...

Products : Photonics/Optics
VGA Cameras

Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germanay) has introduced four new scout 120gm VGA cameras based on Sony’s ICX618 sensor. The cameras feature a compact 29 mm × 44 mm × 73.7 mm housing and are equipped with a C- or CS-mount lens adapter. They are available in monochrome and color, and with a Gigabit Ethernet or IEEE 1394b...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

ORTEC® (Oak Ridge, TN) offers the trans-SPEC DX-100 hand-held gamma-ray spectroscopic instruments that are suitable for a variety of in situ applications. The trans-SPEC DX-100 features a high-purity Germanium (HPGE) detector that eliminates the need for liquid nitrogen cooling, and has greater than 40% relative...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Vision Software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has released VisionPro 5.2 hardware-independent vision software that features SearchMaxTM and Color ExtractorTM color tools. SearchMax uses color features to search for objects, and Color Extractor locates colored regions in complex scenes with very minimal training. Color Extractor is...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Software

DALSA Corporation (Ontario, Canada) has advanced the color capability of its Sapera Essential software for machine vision applications. The cost-effective machine vision software toolkit bundles board-level acquisition and control with advanced image processing capability. Hardware independent, Sapera Essential offers...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Photodarkening-Resistant Fibers

nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) has released highly doped, photodarkening-resistant ytterbium fibers with up to 60% higher absorption at 920nm and pump conversion efficiencies routinely over 75%. The LIEKKITM Yb2000 fibers are available in core/clad geometries ranging from 7/125 μm to 30/250 μm in non-polarization and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
UV LEDs

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) introduces OUE8A ultraviolet LEDs in the UV-A spectrum. OUE8A UV LEDs are offered in a variety of wavelengths and are housed in hermetic TO-46 metal can packages. The UV LEDs are suitable for medical and industrial applications including phototherapy treatment; dental applications; fluorescence and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Ambient Light Sensor ICs

ROHM Semiconductor (San Diego, CA) releases analog and digital Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) ICs for the control of LED backlighting for LCD-equipped devices. Featuring ROHM’s proprietary trimming process and use of multiple photodiodes with different junction depths, the ALS ICs provide an accurate output with little...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Digital Wavefront Analyzing System

DataRay (Boulder Creek, CA) introduces PhaseProTM, a Digital Wavefront Analyzing system that measures intensity and wavefront phase with high resolution in real-time in one shot. PhasePro employs patented data reduction techniques and custom optics to process simultaneous beam images from two planes...

Products : Photonics/Optics
DUV Dynamic Interferometer

The FizCam DUV interferometer from 4D Technology (Tucson, AZ) provides accurate measurement of optics and optical systems at 193 nm wavelength (deep ultra-violet), even in the presence of vibration and air turbulence. The FizCam DUV incorporates a single camera, high-speed optical phase sensor that measures in less...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Thin Film Measurement Instrument

The Craic Technologies QDI 2010 FilmTM is available from Elliot Scientific (Hertfordshire, UK). The QDI 2010 Film is a specialized instrument developed from the existing QDI 2010 UV-VIS-NIR microspectrophotometer, combining UV microscopy and microspectroscopy into one tool. The QDI 2010 Film can...

Products : Photonics/Optics
LED Color Correction Filters

Abrisa (Santa Paula, CA) has introduced color correction filters for energy-efficient LEDs. The durable LED filters are ideal for interior and architectural lighting design, and can be easily interchanged to achieve color variations, subtle diffusion, or to create a specific lighting atmosphere. The color correction...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Marking Laser

The TruMark 3010 marking laser from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) is suitable for users who need to mark small batches or individual workpieces. The marking laser features user-friendliness, compact size, and low maintenance. Due to a convection-cooled laser head, the TruMark 3010 is a silent companion without creating unwanted air-flow...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Organic Photovoltaic Technology

Cytec Industries (Woodland Park, NJ) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) have collaborated to develop a commercially viable technology for organic photovoltaic devices with enhanced stability and extended lifetime. The operational lifetime of organic solar cells must be improved to extend beyond 5 years. Intrinsic...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Specialty Fibers for Er:YAG Lasers

Infrared Fiber Systems (Silver Spring, MD) produces HPTM Fiber, a Germanium Oxide glass fiber for use with Er:YAG and Er:YSGG lasers. Transmission range is from visible to 3.0 microns, with typical absorption of 0.5 dB/m at 2.94 microns and 0.25 dB/m at 2.79 microns. HP Fiber is non-toxic, has good...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Switches

New fiber optic switches from Leoni (Nurnberg, Germany) offer reproducibility in the range of 0.1%, they can act up to 50 Hz, and they have ed as well. Up to 16 output channels can be provided by cascading switches. All types of quartz fibers, from single-mode types up to 16 output channels, can be inserted.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Light Guide Foils

CoActive Technologies KDM (Newton, MA) has expanded its family of light guide foils to include devices with a thickness of less than 200μm. The light guide foils are designed to evenly distribute light from side-firing LEDs, providing bright, uniform illumination of keypads for handheld electronic devices. Backlight coloring...

Products : Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Nanopositioner

The new Nano-LPQ piezo nanopositioner from Mad City Labs (Madison, WI) is the lowest profile high speed XYZ nanopositioner available and offers 75 × 75 × 50μm travel with picometer position noise under closed loop control. The Nano-LPQ features equal millisecond response times in XYZ, an integrated sample holder,...

Products : Energy
Solar Panel Power Optimizer

SunMizerTM from Xandex Solar (Petaluma, CA) is a new per-panel DC-to-DC power optimizer that increases solar energy harvest by recovering power that is lost when shade falls on a panel. SunMizer can be installed selectively - only on the solar panels that experience regular shading or soiling.

Products : Energy
Reducing the Cost of Energy in Concentrated Solar Power Systems

Concentrated solar power (CSP) and concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) methodologies generate electricity by focusing a large amount of sunlight onto a much smaller area. To maximize efficiency, the sunlight needs to be accurately focused, and the accuracy is limited by the accuracy of...

Products : Energy
Signal Conditioners Ideal for Wind Turbines

The SCM5B, SCM7B, and SensorLex® 8B signal conditioning modules from Dataforth (Tucson, AZ) are all fully encapsulated, making them corrosion-resistant and well suited for use in rugged environments like wind turbines.

Products : Energy
Wind Turbine Grounding Ring

The AEGIS WTG™ grounding ring from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) channels harmful shaft currents away from bearings to ground - preventing bearing damage that could cause wind turbine generator failure, unplanned downtime, and repairs.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Stackable USB Host Microcontroller

Micro/sys (Montrose, CA) has released a host microcontroller equipped with StackableUSB architecture. The USB1032 industrial-grade microcontroller allows OEMs to fit their control system within a 1.85" x 1.78" footprint. Powered by the Microchip PIC32, the USB1032 provides 125 DMIPS performance while using only...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Portable Netbook Computer

Fidelity Electronics (Toronto, Canada) has announced the release of the Very Personal Computer (VPC), a low-cost, fully preloaded, Wifi portable netbook computer. The VPC weighs only 1.5 lb. and measures 8.4" x 5.5" x 1". All programs and applications are preloaded and ready to use. Preloaded programs include an...