Products : Imaging
Single-Board Cameras

Vision Components, Hudson, NH, has introduced the VCSBC64XX series of stereo single-board cameras with a computational power of 7200 MIPS, 256 MB DDRAM, 16-MB Flash EPROM for program and data storage, and can be equipped with multiple head options. The cameras feature the internal VCRT real-time operating system that enables...

Products : Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, has introduced the Phantom Miro eX-Series handheld digital high-speed cameras available in three models: the Miro eX1, eX2, and eX4. They offer a custom-designed CMOS sensor and are offered in resolutions of 640×480 for the eX1 and eX2, and 800x600 for the eX4. Other features include frame rates of...

Products : Imaging
Widescreen Operator Interfaces

Maple Systems, Everett, WA, offers three widescreen graphic operator interfaces available in 4.3", 7", and 10" sizes. They feature a 400 MHz CPU and 128 MB of Flash and 64 MB DRAM. The 7" widescreen displays high-definition graphics on an 800 × 480 TFT touchscreen. Connectivity is via Ethernet, serial, or USB...

Products : Imaging
Fixed-Mount Reader

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, offers the DataMan 200 image-based ID reader that features real-time data and image transfer, and integration with plant controllers and information networks. Liquid lens technology, an optional feature, provides greater focal range and fast setup time. The technology adjusts the camera’s focus by...

Products : Imaging
Camera System

SICK, Minneapolis, MN, offers the ICR890-2000 CCD-based camera system that reads 1D and 2D bar codes, and includes an integrated real-time JPEG encoder that allows high-quality images to take up less storage space. It also includes increased processing power, support of multiple image output paths, optimized decoders, and extended...

Products : Imaging
Display Panels

Z Microsystems, San Diego, CA, offers the Ground Control Station display panels with real-time enhanced video. The LCD panels use an FPGA to execute image enhancement algorithms in real time for live video surveillance feeds. The display applies image enhancement and edge detection algorithms to incoming video streams without...

Articles : Software
NASA Awards 2008 Software of the Year

NASA’s Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH) and Boeing employees have won the 2008 NASA Software of the Year Award for the development of a general-purpose program used to perform trajectory optimization and performance studies for a wide variety of vehicles including aircraft, rockets, satellites, and...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Industrial PCs Offer Configurable System Options and Quad-Core Performance

Industrial PCs (IPCs) are all about performance, including processors, mass storage performance, and network throughput. In all applications — medical, communications, automation, process control, transportation, military and defense, and more — bandwidth requirements...

Articles : Imaging
Choosing the Right Camera for Thermography Projects

Infrared (IR) thermography is an indispensable tool for studying dynamic thermal phenomena. This type of imaging is accomplished with an IR camera (Figure 1) that converts infrared radiation into a visual image depicting temperature variations across an object or scene. In addition, a good IR...

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Comparing Emissivity Evaluation Methods for Infrared Sources

Heat transfer is governed by three distinct mechanisms: convection, conduction, and radiation. Unlike convection or conduction, heat transfer through radiation does not occur through a particular medium. To understand this phenomenon one must enter into the atomic or quantum realm. All...

Who's Who
Dr. Gerard Holzmann, Senior Research Scientist at the Laboratory for Reliable Software, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After a 23 year career at Bell Labs, Dr. Gerard Holzmann joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2003 to help create the Laboratory for Reliable Software (LaRS), which he currently manages. Dr. Holzmann is credited with...

Application Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Micro-Molded Spacers Protect Thermal Insulation of Cryogenic Propellants
Micro-Molded IMLI Matrix part
Phillips Plastics Corp.
Prescott, WI
877-508-0252
http://phillipsplastics.com

To achieve a high level of energy density as well as green environmental performance and safety, NASA prefers to use cryogenic...

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Lenses Monitor Hubble Space Telescope Servicing in Orbit
C-mount Xenoplan and Cinegon lenses
Schneider Optics
Van Nuys, CA
818-766-3715
www.schneideroptics.com

Schneider Optics’ C-mount Xenoplan and Cinegon lenses were selected by NASA to monitor aspects of the recent Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission....

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Disk Lasers in the Photovoltaic Industry

Diverse types of lasers, such as nanosecond, pulsed, and excimer, have been considered for various applications in the photovoltaic industry, including edge isolation, edge deletion, drilling for back contact, cutting of Si-wafer, and patterning of crystalline solar cells. High power lasers, with high...

Products : Lighting
Large Area OLED Device

Novaled (Dresden, Germany) developed a 15 x 15 cm white OLED with a thickness of less than 2 mm. The Novaled OLED stack allows for a natural and warm white light, performing with a high color rendering index (CRI) of 90 - which looks similar to sunlight or what is delivered by incandescent bulbs.

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Ultra-Portable Data Acquisition System

Dewetron USA, Wakefield, RI, has introduced the DEWE-43-V, an ultra-portable data acquisition system that includes eight 24-bit dynamic analog input channels with >100 dB dynamic range; eight synchronous counters for recording speed, counts, RPM, and duty cycle from tachometer and pulse train sources; 24...

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Piston Pump

Parker Hannifin, Marysville, OH, has added a 45cc model to its P1/PD line of piston pumps. The variable displacement, axial piston pump is optimized for medium pressure, open-circuit mobile and industrial applications.

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Heavy-Duty Slide

The Heavy-Duty Slide 2 from Techno, Inc., New Hyde Park, NY, is constructed of single rigid aluminum extrusion and able to handle heavy cantilevered loads. It measures 225mm wide and is available in travels from 122 to 2,722mm (4.8 to 107.2in.), with a wraparound motor mounting kit that allows for longer travel with shorter...

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Servo Coupling

The EKC Series servo coupling from GAM, Mount Prospect, IL, combines high precision and custom configurability with a low price. It is engineered to minimize space requirements as well as design and installation time. Key features include a single bolt radial clamping hub, star-shaped elastomeric element with an involute tooth...

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Pressure Control Valve

HAWE Hydraulics, Charlotte, NC, has introduced the type CLK, a pressure control valve with an additional safety function to provide operational ease within hydraulic systems where temperature increases and/or external load peaks can lead to problems.

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Two-Way Valves

The Mini-Mizer two- and three-way valves from Humphrey Products Company, Kalamazoo, MI, operate over a -40 deg F/C to +150 deg F (+66 deg C) range. They are available in a wide range of coil voltages, with power consumption as low as 0.5 watts. The valves’ captured sealed construction allows for easy design of custom manifolds,...

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Fluid Sensor

Optek Technology, Carrollton, TX, has expanded its family of fluid sensors to include automatic calibration and a preset trip level feature. Designated the OCB350 Series, the fluid sensor requires only an optical device and power supply for operation. It uses an LED/phototransistor to sense the change in refractive properties...

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Intelligent Actuator

Tolomatic, Hamel, MN, has introduced the ICR Basic rodstyle actuator, an all-in-one linear actuator integrating servomotor, drive, controller, and actuator. Requiring only a DC power source and motion inputs from the host PLC, the actuator can directly replace pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders in packaging, material...

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Linear Motor Stage

The NanoTranslation ANT95-L linear motor stage from Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, provides 5G acceleration, 500mm/s velocity, 5nm resolution, and an accuracy of 250nm. The stage uses non-cogging, noncontact, direct-drive technology. The stage is available in x, xy, xyz, and other combinations.

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Linear Stage

The PMT320 precision linear stage from Steinmeyer Inc., Burlington, MA, provides a repeatability of +/1 micron and travel distances of 600 to 1,500nm. It has a 320mm wide die-cast base profile, a 1,000mm stroke, and weighs 70kg.

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Inductive Encoder

The MILE inductive encoder from Maxon Motor USA Inc., Fall River, MA, delivers up to 64 pulses at up to 120,000 rpm. Measuring 6mm in diameter, it is said to be the smallest inductive encoder available.

Articles : Software
Beyond the Box: A Software-Defined Approach to RF Testing

The traditional engineering response to testing a new wireless standard often involves selecting a box instrument with the closest specifications. For automated test systems with multiple test requirements, this approach usually results in a different box for each measurement requirement...

Articles
The Opportunity of Economic Uncertainty

There’s no question that the economic slowdown has taken an enormous toll on the industrial and manufacturing sectors. But despite the downturn, the glass, in my view, remains half full for industrial businesses, including the many firms that we talk with every day. Companies are telling us they’ve...

Articles : Motion Control
Introduction to Linear Actuators

Students trained in classic mechanical engineering are taught to construct a system using conventional mechanical components to convert rotary into linear motion. Converting rotary to linear motion can be accomplished by several mechanical means using a rotary motor, rack and pinion, belt and pulley, and other...

Articles : Motion Control
Fluid Handling Products Gain in Performance, Efficiency

Today’s pumps, valves, and flow meters are being designed with greater accuracy and flexibility to handle a wide range of fluids, chemicals, and other materials. Demands for more reliable operation and lower energy usage dictate these parts be made of materials lighter than previously...