Aiming at hard-to-reach applications that require high precision, Olympus is highlighting its Iplex FX videoscope, which trims weight to 16 lbs including battery. The system unveiled last month is designed for examining aircraft, petrochemical plants and other applications. It uses LEDs to illuminate the insertion tube, which provides viewing angles from 60 to 120 degrees. Data can be stored on the Gbyte of internal memory or CompactFlash cards. A USB connection provides more versatility for downloading data.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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