Products : Motion Control
Rail Brakes

The RB Series of linear profile guide rail brakes from Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) use spring force to secure the load in holding applications. Each brake clamps directly onto the center of the guide rail for positive braking and holding in all axes. The brakes eliminate drive train backlash and elasticity, and are...

Products : Motion Control
Tie Rod Cylinder

The CA2 metric tie rod cylinder series from SMC Corp. of America (Indianapolis, IN) features aluminum die-cast covers to reduce weight. Cushioning capabilities were improved by increasing the volume of the cushion chamber and by using a floating cushion seal. The seal reduces movements of the piston rod at lower operating...

Products : Motion Control
Brushless Vibration Motors

Nidoc Copal USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) offers the LVB10 line of brushless vibration motors measuring 10 mm outside diameter and 3.4 mm axial length. The LBV10-003 model reaches speeds of 13,500 rpm and draws a rated current of 76 milliamps, while the LBV10-008 model reaches 12,000 rpm at 62 milliamps. The developed...

Products : Motion Control
Voice Coil Actuator

Gee Plus (Elgin, SC) has announced the VM2436 voice coil actuator that provides bi-directional linearity over a maximum linear stroke of 0.59". It develops a peak force of almost 11 ounces in a package size of 0.94" outside diameter by 1.49" long. The actuator is constructed using a Teflon-impregnated coating on the core of...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Motor

Nanomotion (Ronkonkoma, NY) offers the MM industrial servo motor that provides unlimited rotary or linear motion with 0.17 N of driving force and velocity to 235 mm/sec. The motor measures 9 × 17 × 5 mm and weighs 5 grams. It works with the company’s standard amplifiers and any servo control, and can be integrated into most...

Products : Motion Control
Direct Drive Actuator

Copley Controls (Canton, MA) offers the ServoTube actuator with twin outrigger bearings designed for applications subject to high side loading. A ball-bushing option with steel bearing rails provides maximum side-loading support. Optional polymer bushings, which use aluminum rails, are suitable for vertical loads. The new...

Products : Motion Control
Motor Driver

Allegro MicroSystems (Worcester, MA) has announced the A1441 full-bridge motor driver designed to drive single-phase, low-voltage, bipolar brushless DC motors. Commutation of the motor is achieved by the use of one Hall element to detect the position of an alternating pole ring magnet. The IC semiconductor process enables the...

Products : Motion Control
Vibration Analyzer

Datastick Systems (Campbell, CA) offers the VSA-1212 vibration spectrum analyzer, a PDA-based vibration analyzer that uses off-the-shelf ICP®-type piezoelectric accelerometers for machine condition monitoring and maintenance. The system includes the Datastick® analyzer module that attaches to PDAs running Palm OS, the...

Collet Chuck

Lexair (Lexington, KY) has announced the Lexair/ Production Dynamics Full Bore® chuck, a mechanical-grip, air-release, front-mounted collet chuck designed to make the full spindle bore available to handle larger bar stock. The design eliminates the conventional draw tube and external actuator. Air is used only to open the chuck....

Products : Motion Control
Brushless DC Motors

Pittman® Brushless DC servomotors from PennEngineering® Motion Technologies (Harleysville, PA) feature a slotless stator design for applications in data storage, medical, semiconductor, and automation. Features include low inductance and high current bandwidth for control during rapid acceleration in incremental motion...

Products : Motion Control
Electro-Mechanical Actuator

Exlar Corp. (Chanhassen, MN) has introduced the Exlar I Series electro-mechanical actuator with roller screw technology. Users have a choice of motor brand and type, including brushless servo, stepper, DC, or AC motor. Input transmission options include direct coupling, parallel belt and pulley drive, and in-line...

Three Reasons Why New Businesses Fail

The Business Briefs series of articles takes you through the basics of developing and presenting a design idea, obtaining funding, protecting and licensing your intellectual property, and getting your ideas to market. This month, learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls that cause a startup business to...

Who's Who
David Wilt, Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

As part of the Forward Technology Solar Cell Experiment (FTSCE), a team of engineers from NASA Glenn, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ohio State University has developed a new type of solar cell that is durable, lightweight, and highly efficient. David Wilt...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
Digital Thermometer and Surface Probe Help Repair Shuttle Tiles
Fluke 54 Series II digital thermometer and
Fluke 80PK-27 surface probe
Fluke Corp.
Everett, WA
Application Briefs : Software
Software Helps NASA Create Graphics Library
Deep Server™ PGM Software
Right Hemisphere
Fremont, CA
Application Briefs : Motion Control
Software and Hardware Automate Cylindrical Coordinate Measurement Machine Control System

The Mechanical Engineering School at the Georgia Institute of Technology needed to reduce the set-up time involved in centering a bearing ring on a rotating spindle in a cylindrical coordinate measurement machine.

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Analysis Software Used to Test Solar Car Steering and Stability

The Toronto, Canada-based Power of One solar car was built to set world distance records and promote the use of sustainable energy, unlike most solar cars that are built for racing. Most solar cars are designed only for controlled conditions on a track, but the Power of One...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Lead Screws Play Role in Case Packer Retrofit

In the industrial automation market, an increase in speed results in an increase in production rates. Increased production rates, in turn, lead to increased profit.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Current Loop Controller (CLC) Eases Industrial Automation Retrofits

Micronor Inc.’s (Newbury Park, CA) MR267 Current Loop Controller (CLC) option remotely controls a motorized potentiometer and/or rotary cam switch via current, voltage input, or external potentiometer.

Products : Electronics & Computers
Hardware Debug Software Adds 64-bit JTAG, Flash Support

Macraigor Systems LLC (Brookline, MA) has added JTAG debug and Flash memory programming support for several Freescale PowerPC and MIPS processor support, in addition to existing ARM microprocessor support to its OCDemon debug suite.

Full JTAG debug and Flash programming support has...

Products : Electronics & Computers
USB Digital I/O Board Enables High-Speed Digital Monitoring and Control

ACCES I/O Products (San Diego, CA) offers the Model USB-IIRO-16, featuring 16 Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relays and 16 optically isolated digital inputs. The board is designed to meet the needs of industrial systems monitoring and control. The industrial I/O market...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PLL/Synthesizer Includes VCO

Crystek Corporation’s (Fort Myers, FL) CPLL66 family is the company’s first foray into the PLL/Synthesizer market. Designed for digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems, base stations, personal communications systems, portable radios, and test instruments, the CPLL66 is a...

Articles : Software
A Software Development Process for Small-Scale Embedded Systems

Developing software for small-scale embedded applications is different from developing large-scale software applications. Large-scale applications use commercially available ‘one fits all’ software development solutions that are difficult to scale downward and usually miss the...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Choosing Among ZigBee RF Power Options for Your Wireless Application

While often associated with home automation, the new ZigBee wireless data standard is making fast inroads into industrial, military, and aerospace applications. By supplying highly reliable, wireless mesh networking at very low cost, ZigBee enables improvements to traditional...


Matrox Graphics, Montreal, Canada

, has introduced DualHead2Go™, an external device that connects to the monitor connector of a computer to add support for an extra monitor. The operating system treats the device like a monitor, supporting resolutions twice as wide as standard resolutions. The device divides the...
Product of the Month: Broadband Mirror

Semrock (Rochester, NY) offers the ultra-broadband MaxMirror in a 2-in. (50.4 mm) diameter version. According to the manufacturers, the 2-in. mirror is designed for use in imaging systems or for the delivery of large optical beams, and has greater than 99% reflectivity for all wavelengths from 350 nm to...

Field Spectroradiometer

The FieldSpec 3 field spectroradiometer from Analytical Spectral Devices (Boulder, CO) offers Ethernet and wireless connectivity for remote data collection of up to 150 feet away in addition to built-in diagnostics, including the all new ASD FiberChecker and detector stability indicators. FieldSpec 3 covers the 350-2500...

Ti:Sapphire Laser


(Mountain View, CA) newest addition to the Mai Tai Ti:Sapphire laser product line delivers more than 2.5 W of average power and is now available with a 700-1020 nm tuning range. The laser is fully computer controlled and produces 100 femtosecond pulses. With a broader tuning range, the laser enables...
Medical CCD Camera

Designed for medical applications, the TrueFrame FT50M CCD image sensor from DALSA (Waterloo, ON, Canada) comes in a 1k × 1k-pixel array with 5.6 × 5.6-μm square pixels. Combined with high linear dynamic range of 67 dB, high sensitivity, and vertical anti-blooming, the camera has high-contrast and greater detail retention...

Refractive Index Elastomer
(Carpinteria, CA) offers Lightspan LSR-9562-30, a two-part, high-viscosity elastomer designed for injection molding of clear silicone parts, or as a potting and encapsulating compound because of its glob-top-like consistency. LSR-9562-30 is designed to protect electronic components and assemblies against shock, vibration,...

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