Articles : Motion Control
Underwater Autonomous Vehicles Combine Robotics and Vision to Inspect Oil Pipelines

Among the various components of a submarine pipeline, the vertical section known as a riser is critical to managing the pipeline. This section connects the piping that runs along the bottom of the sea with the floating production platform.

Who's Who
Michael Gazarik, Director of Space Technology Programs, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC

As NASA’s Director of Space Technology Programs, Michael Gazarik contributes to the development of technology that can be applied to NASA’s exploration systems, space operations, and science missions. Gazarik integrates and tracks all investments across...

Application Briefs : Software
Mission Control Core Trajectory Subsystem Gets Software Upgrade

Lockheed Martin Corp. is supporting the upgrade of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Control Center’s Core Trajectory Subsystem (CTS) using a.i. solutions’ FreeFlyer® software. The contract has an initial value of $3.2 million, with options for additional support and...

Application Briefs : Medical
Medical Robotics Experts Help Advance NASA’s Satellite Surgery Project

Johns Hopkins engineers, recognized as experts in medical robotics, are helping NASA with a space dilemma: How can the agency fix valuable satellites that are breaking down or running out of fuel? One option — sending a human repair crew into space — is costly,...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Creating a Fully Automated Pharmacy Warehouse

Previously, the walk from the sales counter of the pharmacy to the medication drawer wasted valuable time. Today, the fully automated picking system for European pharmacies by KLS requires only eight seconds. Image-based Cognex DataMan® 500 barcode readers can now guarantee rapid resupplying from...

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Triaxial MEMS Capacitive Accelerometer

Silicon Designs (Issaquah, Washington) has announced its new model 2445 series, a family of single-ended low-noise analog MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules, designed to support a variety of low-to-medium frequency triaxial measurement requirements. The rugged design of the model 2445 features three...

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Linear Hall-Effect Sensor IC

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) is extending its Linear Hall-effect Sensor Integrated Circuits (IC) product line with the addition of the new SS39ET Series to its SS49E and SS59ET portfolio. Honeywell’s Linear Hall-effect product family now consists of three package styles with different lead configurations: SS39ET:...

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FPGA Development Kit

Avnet Electronics Marketing (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced the Xilinx Kintex(TM)-7 FPGA Mini-Module Plus Development Kit – a completely customizable development kit for system architects and field programmable gate array (FPGA) designers. The Avnet Mini-Module Plus system consists of a modular baseboard with three slots...

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HDL Code Generator

MathWorks (Natick, MA) has announced HDL Coder, which automatically generates HDL code from MATLAB, allowing engineers to implement FPGA and ASIC designs from the widely used MATLAB language. MathWorks also announced HDL Verifier, which includes FPGA hardware-in-the-loop capabilities for testing FPGA and ASIC designs. With...

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Product of the Month: WiPry-Combo

Saelig Company, Pittsford, NY, has introduced WiPry-Combo, a dynamic power meter and spectrum analyzer accessory for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. It turns an iOS device into an ultra-portable spectrum analyzer and dynamic power meter. WiPry-Combo brings RF power measurements to a graphical interface to show...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Organic Solar Cell

Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has developed 1.1 cm² tandem cells manufactured with a low temperature deposition process that have an efficiency of 9.8 %, a new world record for organic solar cells. The percentage was measured and certified by the independent Fraunhofer ISE CalLab (Freiburg, Germany) under standard test...

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Metal Adapter

The ELIO® AQ metal adapter from Souriau (York, PA) enables a standard ELIO® optical contact to be inserted into the size-8 Quadrax cavity of several connector types. The ELIO® AQ adapter is already available for connectors in the MIL-DTL-38999/EN3645 series III, ARINC 404, and ARINC 600 ranges. The adapter operates in a harsh...

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LED Driver ICs

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has announced LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs in an eSIP™-7F (L package) that measures 2mm high. The Lpackage includes a heat transfer tab on top of the device, which is electrically quiet so additional heatsinks do not contribute to electrical noise propagation.

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Laser Welding System

Miyachi Unitek Corporation (Monrovia, CA) has released its new LF Fiber Laser Welding Systems, specially designed for fine micro welding. The LF handles focused spot sizes down to 10 microns, and offers control of pulse width and peak power. The laser is available in either single-mode or multi-mode options.

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Tunable Short-Pulse Laser

The Vitara laser from Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) delivers pulsewidths shorter than 12fs. The product offers automated wavelength tuning over a 755nm to 860nm range and pushbutton bandwidth adjustment from 30nm to 125nm. The output power of Vitara peaks at over 450mW due to its integrated Verdi G 5W pump laser.

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Camera Platform

The Visiosens VFU Camera Platform from FRAMOS (Camberley, UK) has more than 200 camera variants per image sensor. The tool comprises CCD and CMOS image sensors ranging from 0.3 to 10.0 megapixels, a variety of output interfaces including USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 (through a Mini-B USB jack with horizontal screw lock), complementary...

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CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced its HXC20NIR and HXC40NIR CMOS cameras, which measure electroluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) light spectrum. Compared with monochrome technology, the cameras are twice as sensitive at a wavelength of 900 nanometers, using electroluminescence to effectively detect fractures and failures...

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Custom Optical Mirrors

Precision Glass & Optics (Santa Ana, CA) recently provided optical mirrors that are integrated into a 360-degree high definition (HD) video camera system developed by Social Animal (www.socialanimal.tv). The SA360 Video Camera System offers 2K resolution, cinema-quality footage, captured simultaneously and stitched...

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USB Laser Control System

Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) now offers a USBKIT interface board and software package for its laser control systems. The bus-powered USB 2.0 interface board is easily wired using on-board screw terminals, and the Quick- Connect™ virtual control panel provides strip chart graphs that show real-time laser system...

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CoaXPress Digital Cameras

Imperx (Boca Raton, FL) has introduced high-performance cameras utilizing the CoaXPress interface standard. The ICX camera family provides resolutions ranging from VGA to 29 megapixels, and the devices capture images at up to 260 frames per second (fps).

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Solar Module Encapsulant

Willard and Kelsey (W&K) Solar Group (Perrysburg, OH) has announced commercialization of its "WK1-75" photovoltaic (PV) module. Designed for utility-scale clean energy projects, the module incorporates a cadmium-telluride (CdTe) thin-film power-generating layer, which is given extra protection by the moisture-resistant...

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Camera with USB 2.0 Interface

IDS GmbH (Woburn, MA) has released the UI-2280SE, a camera with USB 2.0 interface and Sony ICX655 CCD sensor in 5 megapixel resolution (2448 × 2050 pixels). The camera achieves color depth of 12 bits per pixel, thanks to its internal field programmable gate array. As a result, it offers 16 times more accurate...

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Non-Contact Laser Scanner

ROMER (North Kingstown, RI) has announced the CMS108, a non-contact laser scanner available for its portable coordinate measuring machines. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.

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Evaluation Module

The DLP® LightCrafter™ platform from Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) allows developers to harness spatial light steering from a compact module. Users can create, store, and display high-speed pattern sequences through DLP LightCrafter’s USBbased application programming interface (API) and graphical user interface (GUI).

Products : Imaging
Split Camera

Industrial Sensor Vision International (ISVI) Corp. (Cheshire, CT) has introduced two split cameras for automation, PCB, and wafer inspection. The 5 Mega Pixel / 30 FPS Split camera has a 1.67 x 1.67 μm pixel size; CMOS sensor size of .22"; Camera Link functionality, and global shutter. The device features 8 bits per pixel and a...

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Contrast Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has announced DK12-11-IO Series Contrast Sensors. The DK12-11-IO sensors use a three-color light source to detect differences in two colors of media. The components are IO-Link-compatible, enabling them to provide enhanced configuration options and visibility of the sensor’s color evaluation....

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Near-Infrared Camera

The Piranha HS NIR Line Scan Camera from Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) features improved sensitivity in near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths from 700 to 1050 nanometers. The Piranha HS NIR, which includes time delay and integration (TDI) technology, meets the requirements of low light applications such as solar cell inspection,...

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Programmable Camera

Linux-based, programmable cameras from VRmagic (Cambridge, MA) are now available with miniature connectors. For its Linux-based intelligent cameras, VRmagic offers a back end with Picoblade™ connectors for Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host, RS232, and General Purpose I/O Analog Video Output. Additionally, a PCB with DVI or HDMI output...

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Infrared Zoom Lens

The f/5.5 Atalanta IR zoom lens from IRZoom, the infrared zoom lens division of Computer Optics Inc. (Hudson, NH), offers a 15-435 mm focal range with 3-second, end-to-end continuous zoom. Optional 2x and 2.5x extenders allow 1000-mm imagery in the mid-wave infrared range.

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Embedded Vision System

Adlink Technology (San Jose, CA) has released the EOS-1200, a Gigabit PoE embedded vision system that implements the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7 quad core processor, providing four independent gigabit PoE (power over Ethernet) ports with data transfer rates up to 4.0 Gb/s.