Omron's ZS smart measurement sensor combines two-dimensional CMOS imaging with precise laser measurement to serve in applications in the automotive, electronic parts assembly and semiconductor manufacturing industries. Its 110 µs response time and 0.25 µm resolution enable it to inspect moving work pieces and capture data on the fly. Omron offers five different sensor heads for the ZS, for distances ranging from 20 to 200 mm, measuring ranges from ±1 to ±50 mm. The sensor can be expanded to include multi-controller unit for calculations, a data storage unit for data logging, and software for setup and reporting. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-506.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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