Articles: Information Technology
Smart-Grid-Ready Instrumentation

The term “smart grid” is an umbrella term used to refer to new technologies that aim to address today’s electrical power grid challenges. At a high level, these technologies address challenges...

NASA Technology

NASA has sent more than a few robotic missions into space, but it never loses sight of its goal to enable human exploration of the cosmos. A core component of planning for...

Rice University scientists have developed a two-­dimensional, atom­-thick, light-­sensitive material called CIS, a single­-layer matrix of copper, indium, and...

Visual Flight Rules (VFR) define a minimum of clear weather conditions under which a pilot can operate an aircraft using visual cues, such as the horizon and buildings. Under...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
The Hubble Space Telescope

On April 24, 1990, something happened that forever altered mankind’s view of the universe. It was on that day that the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Articles: Imaging
Interview with Jim Odom, Hubble Project Manager 1983-1986

Jim Odom served as project manager on the Hubble Space Telescope from 1983 to 1986. As the world celebrates Hubble’s 25th anniversary, Mr. Odom shared some of his experiences on the project.

Over the last 25 years, some of the sophisticated technology developed for the HST has been successfully spun off and commercialized to improve life on Earth.

There are many ways to coat an optic and optimize the coating for a specific application, some more interesting than others. But any thin film coating process requires raw materials, coating...

A geologist by training, Carolyn Parcheta had an idea in July of 2013 to develop a robot that explores and measures the shape of volcanic fissures. She...

SSL 1300 commercial satellite bus
Space Systems/Loral
Palo Alto, CA
650-852-4000
www.sslmda.com

NASA continues to advance the journey to Mars through...

Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Data Recorders Prepare Orion for Splashdown Test
Data recorders and software
Diversified Technical Systems (DTS)
Seal Beach, CA
562-493-0158
www.dtsweb.com

It’s no simple task to travel 3,600 miles into space,...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D Vision System Aids 560-Mile Piloted Drive

Audi completed a long-distance test drive of its Audi A7 Sportback semi-autonomous concept vehicle, finishing the journey at the International CES 2015 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The...

Application Briefs: Imaging
3D Volumetric Display Technology

The United States government spends a lot of money on its defense programs, investing in the training and technology necessary to arm and prepare the most advanced fighting force on the planet. The price tag...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Test it Like da Vinci

Do you see product testing and checking as a necessary evil? Then take some time to change your mind. In the long process from vision to reality of a product, intelligent and efficient testing is indispensable. The...

Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Creating a Unique Solution to Test Indoor Climate Systems

In the past, controlling the indoor climate in homes consisted of a thermostat regulating the heat, and ventilating the homes by opening the windows. New energy performance...

Luxion, Irvine, CA, released KeyShot® 5.1 real-time ray tracing and global illumination software for rendering and lighting of models and assemblies. New features include procedural textures...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Digital Controller

ZMDI, Dresden, Germany, released the ZSPM2000 configurable digital PWM controller with integrated MOSFET driver for smart digital point-of-load (POL) solutions. The controller operates as a synchronous step-down converter...

Products: Communications
Serial Communication Cards

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, announced mPCIe-ICM Series PCI Express Mini Card isolated serial communication cards that measure 30 × 51 mm and feature a selection of four or two ports of isolated RS-232...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Source Measure Instrument

Keithley Instruments, Cleveland, OH, introduced the Model 2460 SourceMeter® Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface. It offers power sourcing up to...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Circuit Design Tool

Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, OR, announced DFMplus, a Design to Manufacturing tool that allows potential issues to be fixed in the PCB design phase. The tool helps users verify PCB designs before ordering. The tool features a preview of possible failure points, provides efficient transfer of design file data into manufacturing,...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Position Sensors

H. G. Schaevitz Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) introduced the LR-19 series inductive linear position sensors. The contactless devices are designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial or...

Products: Motion Control
Stepper Motor

Lin Engineering (Morgan Hill, CA) released the Xtreme Torque E5618 stepper motor that has been designed to reduce stalling, skipped steps, and provide efficient torque. The new design allows users to stay within the same frame...

Products: Motion Control
Motor Driver ICs

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) offers four motor driver ICs, ranging from precision stepper motor drivers to sensorless brushless DC motor drivers. The TB67S269FTG bipolar stepping motor driver has a...

Products: Motion Control
Encoders

CUI (Tualatin, OR) offers the AMT31 modular encoder series that generates standard U/V/W commutation signals for vectoring current to brushless motors. Positional information is generated using a patented capacitive code generation...

Products: Motion Control
AC Drive

The VACON® 100 FLOW from VACON (Milwaukee, WI) is an AC drive designed to improve flow control for multi-pump applications in which several pumps are used in place of a single one. The drive offers control of flow and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Table Motors

Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) offers the Simotics DP motors based on the 1LE1 motor platform. The ventilated roller table motors are designed for applications in the steel industry where they must meet requirements for vibration...

Products: Motion Control
Motion Controller

FANUC America Corp. (Rochester Hills, MI) offers the Power Motion i-MODEL A motion controller for multi-axes general motion applications. The controller is an integrated solution supporting up to 32 axes of motion control,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuators

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Irwin, PA) released the High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series that features five different frame sizes, two different drive train options, an...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rod-Style Actuator

The RSA-HT high-force rod-style actuator from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) can also be considered as a replacement for hydraulic applications and offers maximum force capabilities of 12,900 lbf (57.38kN). Features include an IP67...

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