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Smart Camera

The In-Sight® 7000 smart camera from Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA) features a vision tool library; In-Sight measurement, location, and inspection vision tools; and the EasyBuilder® setup and deployment environment. The smart camera provides various model options, all with a tough metal IP67 package. Each includes acquisition speeds of more than 100 image captures per second. The device has the capability to power and control specialized lighting directly.

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Optical Matrix Switch

Polatis (Andover, MA) has introduced its Series 6000 Optical Matrix Switch — a non-blocking, all-optical single-mode fiber cross-connect for up to 192x192 fiber ports. The switch features less than 1dB typical optical loss. The Series 6000, based on Polatis’ patented DirectLight® optical switch technology, doubles the maximum matrix size previously available from Polatis.

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DC Cabling

Amphenol Industrial (Sidney, NY) has announced an active trunk and drop cabling product, in conjunction with Ampt (Fort Collins, CO), a designer of active electronics for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules.

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Machinable Glass Ceramic

MACOR® machinable glass ceramic from Goodfellow Corp. (Oakdale, PA) is machinable with ordinary metalworking tools rather than diamond grinding equipment. The rigid, radiation- resistant ceramic, which has a maximumuse temperature of 1000°C, has a low thermal conductivity, and can be highly polished. MACOR® machinable glass ceramic is available as rods, bars, sheets, and finished components.

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Fiber-Pigtailed Laser

Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) has expanded its OBIS family of plug-and-play smart laser modules with a new fiber-pigtailed (FP) option at several wavelengths, including 405nm, 488nm, and 640nm. The OBIS FP lasers are offered with 1 meter of single-mode, polarization-preserving fiber, terminating in a standard FC/APC connector. OBIS FP lasers achieve low noise and output stability due to two factors: an output beam with low beam drift to maintain efficient coupling, and telecom-type architecture and methods, such as laser welding to yield drift-free opto-mechanical coupling.

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Digital Laser Diode Driver

Portable Power Systems (St. Louis, MO) has expanded its line of Digital Laser Diode Drivers by offering the new series of PPS drivers, which are offered in CW, Pulsed or CW/Pulsed versions. The pulsed versions have rise times of

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CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced new HXG cameras that combine CMOS sensor technology with a dual GigE interface and PoE (Power over Ethernet). Available with 2- and 4- megapixel resolutions, Baumer HXG cameras transfer more than 100 frames/s. Dual GigE technology allows the cameras to double GigE bandwidth, achieving a bandwidth of 240 MB/s. If one GigE line becomes disconnected, the camera continues to operate on the remaining GigE line without requiring a power-down or reset.

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Diode Laser Bars

DILAS (Mainz, Germany) offers water-cooled laser diodes for alkali laser pumping at 766nm, 780nm, and 852nm on micro-channel heat sinks at CW power levels of 40W, 60W, and 100W, respectively. The laser bar geometry has a 1cm bar width, with 19 emitters on a 500μm pitch. Typical power conversion efficiency is in the range of 56% at rated power for all three wavelengths, as measured at 20C. The diodes are assembled in watercooled stacks to power scale up to kW levels, according to customer requirements. Diode laser stack arrays can also be offered with volume Bragg gratings (with standard or low reflectivity coatings), and with both optical axes collimated.

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Silicone Solar Cables

Rated for voltages up to 42,000 Volts DC, Cicoil’s (Valencia, CA) Silicone Jacketed Solar Power Cables have been designed to provide absolute reliability in solar panel interconnection and photovoltaic applications. These halogen- free cables are flame retardant, highly flexible and perform exceptionally well when exposed to severe cold & heat (-65°C to +260°C).

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Near-Infrared Photon Counter

The id220-FR-SMF from id Quantique (Carouge, Switzerland) provides a cost-effective tool for applications that require asynchronous photon detection. The cooled InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode and associated electronics achieve low dark count and afterpulsing rates in free-running mode. The module operates at two detection probability levels of 10% and 20%, with a deadtime that can be set between 600ns and 25ms. Arrival time of photons is reflected by a 100ns TTL pulse available at the SMA connector; the timing resolution is as low as 250ps at 20% efficiency. A USB interface allows users to set the efficiency level and the deadtime. A standard FC/PC connector followed by a single mode fiber is provided as optical input.

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