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Direct Drive Motor Systems

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings. The systems incorporate frameless motor kits into application-specific direct drive motors for special mechanical requirements, special sealing, autoclave heat cycles, and harsh environments. A selection of...

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Voice Coil Motor

Equipment Solutions (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the RVC-5 rotational voice coil motor that creates rotational translation using a flexure bearing. The rotational translation is achieved by tilting a precision mirror, grating, or other user-supplied load ±5°. Typical applications include semiconductor fabrication, scanning...

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Metal Gear Motors

Nidec Copal U.S.A. Corp. (Torrance, CA) offers the MG16B brush and LB16MG brushless metal planetary gear motors. The metal planetary gear train allows for higher torque and protection against shock and vibration loads. Eight gear ratios from 16:1 to 643:1 are available. The brush DC gear motor develops a range of rated torques...

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Servo Drive

Portescap (West Chester, PA) offers the LVD low-voltage servo drive designed to support small and large brushed DC or brushless motors. Packed in a high-power-density package, it is powered from a supply voltage of 12-48 VDC, and is capable of 7 amps RMS continuous and 12 amps RMS peak current with CANopen® communication interface....

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Motion System Design Software

MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.2.0 motion system sizing and selection software from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) utilizes a mechanism project concept to collect and save load information for multiple axes, automatically calculates application results, and compares them against a database catalog of Kollmorgen...

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Product of the Month: ANSYS 14.0

ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, has launched ANSYS® 14.0 engineering simulation technology software that includes ANSYS Workbench™, the framework for the suite. Updates include enhanced customized work flows, automatic parametric evaluations, and transparent sharing of common data between different applications. An...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Organic Solar Cell Initiative

Imec (Leuven, Belgium) has announced the European FP7 project X10D, an initiative aimed at developing tandem organic solar cells with an increased conversion efficiency and lifetime. The ultimate goal of the X10D project is to introduce organic photovoltaic technologies (OPV) into the thin-film PV market.

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Designing High-Speed, Rugged Data Recorders

High-speed recorders represent a major share of electronic instrumentation found in commercial, industrial, scientific research, government, and defense applications. Each system captures specific classes of analog and digital inputs from among an enormous range of sensors, networks, and...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Improving Software Reliability in Satellite and Spacecraft Applications

In the space industry, much of the effort to refine system engineering processes has been done by hand using tools as divergent as Microsoft PowerPoint to IBM Rational Doors. While these tools are valuable, they do not provide a direct connection to source code and test...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Solar Cell Manufacturing and Robot Automation: Right Fit, Right Robot

The United States has set 2015 as a goal to reach grid parity (that point where solar electricity is equal to grid electricity). No matter your thoughts on regulatory involvement, it is clear there will be a resurgence in investment, development, and innovation within the PV...

Articles : Motion Control
Motion Control and System Engineering Considerations

Motion control choices are best made in light of the whole system architecture, as the selection of system architecture will drive not only the implementation and integration stages of the project, but also manufacturing and field service, and even the ability to ship and install the final...

Articles : Aerospace
Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, surrounded by high-tech companies, universities, and laboratories. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,500 research personnel, and a $900 million annual budget, Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of...

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Dr. Bruce Wielicki, Senior Earth Scientist, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth scientist within the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center, works as lead of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission. The Tier-1 earth science decadal survey initiative will anchor a...

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Springs and Couplings Keep Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Track

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover “Curiosity” is the biggest rover to roam the Red Planet, measuring almost the size of a standard car. The rover is expected to land on Mars this summer, joining Opportunity, which has been exploring the planet since 2004. Working with...

Application Briefs : Software
Reverse Engineering Software Reduces Design Time of NASA UAV Engine Cowling

Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, needed to redesign the engine cowling of their Systems Integration Evaluation Remote Research Aircraft (SIERRA) to reduce drag and improve fuel economy. The SIERRA is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Optimized Machine Capability Through Mechatronics: Packaging for the Future

Mechatronics can be defined as the science to optimize the performance and capabilities of machines using a multi-domain synergistic design approach. It is also described as the combination of mechanical, electronic, computer, software, control, and systems de - sign...

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Cables for Military Robotic Applications

The highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are designed for use on unmanned ground-based military robotic vehicles that require absolute reliability in mission critical and extreme environment conditions. Unlike bulky and stiffer round cables, Cicoil’s flat silicone...

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Low-Voltage BLDC Motors and Gearmotors

Dunkermotor (Elgin, IL) has released its 2012 catalog of low-voltage brushless DC and intelligent servo motors. The expanded catalog includes detailed specifications on custom configurable BLDC motors, controls, gearheads, brakes, encoders, and accessories and is available for download.

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DC Servo Motors

The 8540 Series brush-commutated DC motors from Pittman (Harleysville, PA) are ideal for high-tech applications found in medical devices, lab instrumentation, and precision automation machinery. The 8540 Series motors are 1.18” in diameter and are available in three lengths - 2.114”, 2.585”, and 3.057”. Depending on the...

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Magnetic Encoder

The RSM2800 magnetic encoder from Novotechnik (Southborough, MA) counts turns, measures angles exactly, and remembers shaft positions without power. The RSM2800 is based on Novotechnik’s patented non-contact multi-turn for absolute 5,760° (16 turns) measurement. The wear-free technology combines advanced capabilities with...

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Single-Axis Ethernet Motion Controller

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) offers the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller series single-axis Ethernet motion controller. It combines a high-performance motion controller and an 800-W sine drive in a low-cost, compact 3.9" x 5.0" x 1.5" package. The DMC-300xx is also available as a controller-only...

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Integrated PLC and Motion Controller

The A3200 MotionPAC from Aerotech (Pittsburg, PA) is a software-based PLC that is integrated with Aerotech’s A3200 motion controller to increase programming efficiency and decrease development time. The MotionPAC can be used independently for full machine control or in conjunction with AeroBasic™...

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IEPE Accelerometers

Kistler North America (Novi, MI) has introduced a new family of single axis and triaxial lightweight, miniature PiezoBeam(R) IEPE accelerometers with optional TEDS, designed for the multi-channel modal and structural analysis of small or thin-walled structures, components and subsystems, as well as full vehicle testing within...

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Oscilloscope Adapter for PCs

Saelig Company (Pittsford, NY) has announced availability of the MSO-28, a new USB-powered, entry-level mixed-signal 60MHz oscilloscope adapter for PCs. This scope adapter combines a two-channel oscilloscope with a synchronous 8 channel logic analyzer, sampling at 200MSa/s (5ns). Simultaneously-clocked analog...

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Night Vision Camera

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) announced the availability of its Tau CNV, a rugged compact and low-power CMOS HD camera for ultra low-light, video rate imaging applications. Incorporating Fairchild Imaging’s sCMOS technology, Tau CNV delivers a dynamic range of 90 db (30,000:1) and ultra-low read noise resulting in low-light...

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Protocol Analyzer

Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) has introduced a new comprehensive protocol test platform that allows engineers to analyze, stimulate, stress and characterize high-speed serial links, with support for speeds up to 10Gb/s. With the new TPI4000 Protocol Analyzer Series, customers can use one instrument to perform multiple test...

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Ultra-Low Phase Noise Clock Oscillator

Crystek Corporation (Fort Myers, FL) has launched the CCHD-957, a new Ultra- Low Phase Noise HCMOS Clock Oscillator with standby mode, featuring an extremely low close-in phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz @ 10Hz offset and a typical noise floor of -170 dBc/Hz @ 100kHz offset. The CCHD-957 also features a...

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Micro Box Computer

MEN Micro Inc. (Ambler, PA) now offers the BC1, a rugged, maintenance-free box computer using AMD’s T52R APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which integrates the Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor and a 1.5 GHz single-core x86 CPU. The unit comes equipped with two DisplayPorts, each offering a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600...

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Dual-Core Gyroscope

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced the market’s first dual-core gyroscope capable of handling both user-motion recognition and camera image stabilization. ST’s dual-core gyroscope employs separate output paths optimized for the two different functions in a 4x4x1 mm package. Addressing power...

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SMT to DIP Adapters

SchmartBoard (San Ramon, CA), a company that makes prototyping electronic circuits easier, has released two new SMT to DIP adapters that use the patented "ez" technology, which makes soldering the surface mount component simple. The two new boards are the first released that support DFN devices. Part number 204-0021-01 gives...

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