Tech Needs
Adhesion Prevention for Sheet Goods

A company produces and stacks sheet goods that have a naturally viscous and sticky surface material. The sticky material is applied at about 480 °F. During application, the coating has a specific gravity of 1.03 to 1.70, and a viscosity of >5000 cps. A release material needs to be applied to the substrate...

Tech Needs
Smooth Dispensing of Adhesive

Without producing clumps, a professional adhesive must be poured in a consistent and smooth way. A company seeks a dispenser/ applicator that can handle a thick, gelatinous, preformed, professional-quality adhesive. Currently, a polymer dispersion of polyvinyl pyrrolidone is used. While the stearates thicken the...

Techs for License
Manufacturing Process Supports Cost- Effective TPM Production

Transverse Flux Machines (TFMs) are brushless motors and generators that use permanent magnets. A TFM’s direction of magnetic flux is perpendicular to the direction of force, instead of parallel to it, as in a standard electric motor or generator. The machines are also inherently...

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Land-Intensive Solar Tracker Generates Photovoltaic Power

A solar tracker enables the construction of independent power sources and a micro-grid. The mechanism of the land-intensive system has two independent virtual axes for azimuthal moving and altitude moving. After the solar panel is aligned, the tracker drives it to move from east to west...

Where accuracy is concerned, robots have traditionally relied on repeatability. In the past, robotic accuracy has not been developed to a level of maturity acceptable to standard production...

Automotive design is going through one of its most profound changes since the gasoline engine eclipsed steam power. Fuel prices and growing environmental concerns have...

Articles: Automotive
SAE World Congress Preview “Achieving Efficiency”

The 2013 SAE World Congress and Exhibition, taking place April 16-18 at Cobo Center in Detroit, represents an unparalleled opportunity to explore new technology through both technical sessions and the Innovators Only Exhibition. This year’s Host Company is Chrysler, and ZF will serve as...

Orbital Technologies Corp. (ORBITEC) of Madison, WI, has been a longtime NASA partner, working with the Agency on numerous projects, many through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)...

Dr. Andrew Watson works on models of human vision and applies them to visual technology. The Founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Stage Brings Speed and Precision to Semiconductor Inspection

With some of the most demanding quality control regimens of any industry, semiconductor manufacturers use a variety of sophisticated metrology instruments to inspect wafers...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Satellite Sensors Produce Aerial Images of Hurricane Sandy

NASA’s Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is one of five instruments currently in use by the National Polar- Orbiting Operational Environment Satellite System...

Wilshire Media Systems, a division of Wilshire Home Entertainment, will allow NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to display ultra-high-resolution images from its active...

Autodesk, San Rafael, CA, has introduced Autodesk Fusion 360 cloud-based 3D CAD modeling software that allows users to create 3D product designs and collaborate...

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has added Raman Spectral Surface Mapping™ (S2M™) capabilities to its Apollo™ Raman microspectrometer line. S2M gives CRAIC Raman microspectrometer users the ability to...

Ophir Photonics Group (North Logan, UT) recently introduced a new low cost laser power/energy meter called StarLite that provides both digital and analog screen displays. A compact, handheld unit, StarLite displays a...

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has expanded its Elite Series of high-performance modular spectrometers with the introduction of the Ventana line of high throughput spectrometers. Ventana spectrometers combine an...

AFL (Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC) has introduced the family of NOYES FOCIS PRO automatic fiber inspection solutions. The FOCIS PRO System consists of the DFD1 Touchscreen Tablet, the DFS1 Digital...

Products: Imaging
Machine Vision Software

Microscan (Renton, WA) has announced AutoVISION™ 2.0 machine vision software. AutoVISION™ 2.0 provides additional capabilities, including Verification and OCV (Optical Character Verification) Tools to validate...

Products: Imaging
High-Resolution Camera

The Adimec SAPPHIRE S-25A45 camera from Adimec Electronic Imaging (Stoneham, MA) runs up to 45 fps. The SAPPHIRE S-25A45, based on ON Semiconductor’s VITA 25k image sensor, includes two-directional defect pixel...

Products: Imaging
3D Lens

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon, South Korea) has released the NX300 camera, which features a 45-mm F1.8 2D / 3D lens capable of capturing both stills and 1080p Full HD video in 3D quality. The NX300 includes a 20.3 Megapixel...

Products: Imaging
High-Resolution Cameras

Allied Vision Technologies (Newburyport, MA) has expanded the Prosilica GT camera series with five new high-resolution models from 9.2 to 29 Megapixels. The Prosilica GT4100, featuring a CMV12000 global shutter CMOS...

Products: Aerospace
Machine Vision System

KEYENCE Corp. (Elmwood Park, NJ) has introduced the CV-X100 Series. New tools include Auto-Teach Inspection, as well as pointand- click measurement. The Auto-Teach Inspection technology automatically makes detections...

Products: Imaging
Infrared Imaging

To aid identification of thermal breakdown problems, FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR) has introduced Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX™), a new patentpending technology for its T450SC / 650SC Series IR cameras. MSX adds...

Products: Imaging
USB 3.0 Camera

The Lt425 and Lt225 from Lumenera Corporation (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) use USB 3.0 technology to deliver images up to 170 fps. Image captures, complemented by 128 MB of onboard memory, can be synchronized using either a...

Products: Imaging
Zoom Lens

The Model 207 Motorised Mini Zoom Lens from Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) focuses on an object at infinity down to an object positioned 35 millimeters in front of the lens. The Model 207 (50 x 34 x 31 mm) is designed for use...

Products: Photonics/Optics
633nm Red Lasers

The new TopMode laser from TOPTICA Photonics, Inc. (Victor, NY) features proprietary CoHerence-Advanced Regulation Method (CHARM) technology that provides active stabilization of the lasers’ coherence. The TopMode laser...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Sensor

Truesense Imaging (Rochester, NY) recently announced its first CMOS image sensor specifically targeting applied imaging markets such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance. With 12 million pixels...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Tactical Fiber Optic Connectors

TE Connectivity (TE) (Harrisburg, PA) announced that their PRO BEAM Jr. expanded-beam tactical fiber optic connectors have achieved qualification to U.S. government standard MIL-DTL-83526/20 and /21. This...

Products: Photonics/Optics
IX3 Breadboard and Filter Wheel Assembly

Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) announced a new IX3 breadboard and filter wheel assembly for Olympus IX3 inverted microscope systems. Taking full advantage of the open access to the light path on the...

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