The PICO-AMPTM ultra-miniature remote photoelectric sensing system from Banner Engineering consists of a modulated amplifier that clips to a 35-mm DIN rail and ultra-small, diffuse or op-posed-mode remote sensors that fit and function in tight locations. The amplifier includes a four-position switch to select variable modulation frequencies. Applications include wafer handling, small parts sensing, pharmaceuticals, and other applications with space limitations.
The Marathon SeriesTM infrared thermometers from Raytek Corp. feature a multidrop configuration, which lets users install up to 32 thermometer sensors in a single RS-485 LAN. A data communication protocol helps users integrate temperature data with their own communication systems. Both two- and four-wire RS-485 configurations are supported in polled mode, and temperature data can be transmitted up to 4,000 ft at 38.4 kbaud.
The Zoom 100D micro optical system from Optem Int'l delivers a 10:1 zoom range with a minimum target resolution of 300 line pairs/mm. The system provides extreme accuracy throughout the zoom range, the company says. The Zoom 100D optical system also offers a working distance of 89 mm and a magnification range of 0.62 to 6.23.
Accelerometer from Endevco measures 1/2 3 1/4 inch and weighs 4 gm. The accelerometer features built-in electronics and operates off of a 12V battery, targeting the instrument for field use. A magnetic mounting allows users to stick the accelerometers on anything metal without screws or adhesives.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.