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.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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