An advanced digital optical inspection system is used on three insert injection-molding machines. These real-time inspection systems prevent improper loading of inserts and ensure that they are loaded. The systems feature three different types of optical sensors for specific applications. One uses fiber optics and infrared light, which filters out interference of ambient lighting; another is a laser-detection system which can focus a split-second light beam on a part less than 0.25 mm in diameter; the third system employs compact digital cameras with built-in processors.
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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