One of the show's best new products was Shape Tape from Measurand that can gather 3D, six-degree-of-freedom position information along the entire length of a thin strip of tape. Applications include virtual reality, robot control, and medical diagnostics .. A new generation of non-contact laser triangulation sensors was introduced by CyberOptics. The DRS digital range sensors offer resolutions ranging from 0.125 microns to 4.0 microns and an accuracy of 1 micron. Uniquely, it can measure reflective, translucent, or multicolored objects ...ATA Sensors announced the ARS-12 radial rate sensor, which uses magnetohydrodynamic technology to measure less than 100 nanoradians noise equivalent angle over a 1 to 1,000 Hz range ...STM Sensors showed the RL20, a tiny photoelectric sensor. Its sensing head measures 0.078 inch in diameter and uses copper cables to withstand 0.00-inch bend radiuses ...Need multi-axis force sensing in harsh environments? Check out the DX-300, which Bokam Engineering says is the first-ever smart, thick-film, all-metal design. It consists of a solid steel sensor covered with a network of conductive thick-film strain-sensitive elements. Output is several times that of ceramic-based sensors.
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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