The XL-80 interferometer from Renishaw Inc. is lighter and more portable than its predecessors, making it simpler for quality control and maintenance technicians to calibrate manufacturing and laboratory equipment. The instrument can measure distances as long as 260 ft, yet it still provides measurement speeds of up to four meters per second.
Both speed and accuracy have been upgraded substantially. It runs at 50 kHz, compared to only 5 kHz for Renishaw units that are now in the field. Resolution is 1 nanometer, while accuracy is 0.5 ppm, substantially better than its predecessor's 0.7 ppm. Weight including cables, power supplies and sensors is under seven lbs. The unit can employ optics from previous generation hardware, helping keep costs down.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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