MEMs

Spectrometer Platform

Ibsen Photonics (Farum, Denmark) recently announced the new FREEDOM HR spectrometer platform for integrators of compact analytical and process control instruments. The new HR platform consists of FREEDOM HR-UV, HR-VIS, and HR-VIS-NIR for high resolution down to 0.2 nm in the UV, 0.4 nm in the VIS and 0.6 nm in the VIS-NIR. The size of the spectrometer is only 61 x 64 x 19 mm. All FREEDOM spectrometers can be configured with a range of CCD, CMOS, and NMOS detectors as well as an optional USB controller and accompanying software. The spectrometers are robust and almost athermal and can operate under demanding environmental conditions.

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Laser Interferometer

4D Technology Corporation (Tucson, AZ) has introduced its newly improved AccuFiz compact laser interferometer for accurate, repeatable measurement of surface shape and transmitted wavefront quality. New features include long- range wireless remote control, motorized tip-tilt and a variable sensitivity alignment system. The wireless remote provides control over instrument set- up, data acquisition and the motorized tip-tilt, for precise system adjustment without disturbing the cavity. The improved alignment system makes it easy to align weakly reflecting samples and high-loss cavities, even in high ambient lighting conditions. The new Surface Isolation Source option adds a second, external laser source to measure plane parallel optical surfaces, without the need for messy coatings or back-surface treatments to eliminate unwanted reflections.

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Silicon Carbide Foam

Silicon carbide (SiC) foam from Goodfellow (Coraopolis, PA) provides the exceptional hardness, high-temperature durability and performance of solid silicon carbide, but in a lightweight foam structure. The matrix of cells and ligaments of silicon carbide foam is completely repeatable, regular and uniform throughout the material, yielding a rigid, highly porous and permeable structure with a controlled density of metal per unit volume. Characteristics of SiC foam include: exceptional hardness (Mohs 9) and resistance to wear and corrosion; can withstand temperatures up to 2200°C; high thermal and electrical conductivity; and low thermal expansion.

Silicon carbide foam is available from stock in a standard pore size of 24 pores per centimeter (60 ppi), with a bulk density of 0.29 g.cm-3, a porosity of 91% and a thickness of 10mm.

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Dual-Node, Short-Depth 4U Chassis

Advantech (Irvine, CA) has launched the 4U, dual-node, short-depth (350mm), industrial chassis ACP-4D00 designed for machine automation applications that require two computers in one piece of equipment. The dual node architecture allows the user to install two half-size slot SBCs in two sub-systems and integrate them in a compact 4U cage. Each ACP-4D00 node supports a PICMG 1.3 or PCI half-size CPU card with computing power up to desktop Core™ i7, 6-slot backplane with maximum 3 PCIe or PCI expansion slots (3 slots are occupied by CPU card) and 250W or 350W high-efficiency 80 Plus power supply.

Currently Advantech offers two PICMG 1.3 CPU cards— PCE-3028 (Intel® Q87), PCE-4128 (Intel® C226), and three PICMG 1.3 backplanes—PCE-3B03-00A1E, PCE-3B06-00A1E, and PCE-3B06-03A1E, for use with ACP-4D00. The system configurations support the latest Intel® 4th generation Core™ i processors, advanced PCIe Gen 3, or legacy PCI expansions.

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Custom 19” Fan Tray

Verotec (Derry, NH) recently custom designed intelligent fan trays for a major defence project. The 19-inch rackmounted 1U trays have six fans, strategically located within the tray to maximise the cooling of critical elements of the electronic system located above the fan tray. Key issues for the fan tray design were noise levels, current consumption and reliability. A custom control board sequentially powers up each of the fans in order of importance to minimise initial inrush current. An embedded microprocessor controls fan speed using PWM technology.

Reliability is critical, so three separate events will trigger a warning signal: if power is lost to the fan tray, if the controller board itself develops a fault or if the speed of any fan falls below 20% of maximum. The fan cooling the main processor board is deemed to be a critical component, so if its speed falls below 20% the relay latches into the alarm position. If triggered by any of the other five fans, the alarm relay will re-energise when the speed increases above the 20% threshold.

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Signal Conditioning Modules

Precision Filters Inc. (Ithaca, NY) has introduced a new family of signal conditioning modules for measurement systems built on National Instruments™ rugged, compact, low power cRIO™ platform. The four analog input/output modules condition charge, bridge, dynamic strain, IEPE or voltage-based sensors. With the supplied LabView™ driver VI, you can integrate PFI™ signal conditioning module technology with proven NI™ voltage input A/D modules to build a complete high performance sensor measurement system for charge, voltage, bridge and dynamic strain.

For applications where a rugged, low-power, compact standalone signal conditioning system is required as a front-end for a data acquisition system, the new signal conditioning modules can be housed in low-cost 4-slot or 8-slot chassis and controlled by PFI’s Graphical User Interface software with no code development needed. All modules feature fully programmable gain and excitation and are equipped with Precision Filters’ Test Input for inserting calibration signals at the module input allowing full end-to-end verification.

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Flange Couplings

RINGFEDER POWER TRANSMISSION (Westwood, NJ) has announced the launch of its new RfN 5571 series flange coupling for heavy industry. RINGFEDER® flange couplings provide a superior solution to standard press fits. Equipped with the Ringfeder Shrink Disc this new series eliminates the needs for additional components such as keyways or shims. Eliminating the need for heating and cooling of the part reduces installation complexity. RINGFEDER® flange couplings are slip fit with frictional engagement achieved by torqueing the shrink disc screws. Available with hexagon head screws or hexagon socket head cap screws. Some of the advantages provided by this system are: a stronger connection than keyway systems, no wear parts, higher torque carrying capacity, backlash-free shaft hub connection, and a high level of true running accuracy.

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Digital Meter

The New Technology Meter (NTM) from OTEK (Tucson, AZ) has everything you need to measure and control your process while operating with less than 50mW of power. OTEK’s NTM boasts a full tricolor bargraph with 2% resolution and four alarm set points. The NTM includes isolated Serial I/O, isolated O.C.T. or SPDT relays and isolated analog output with P or PID algorithm. OTEK has included signal failure (open or short) detection with date and time transmission. The meter is available in over 30 different input signals. It is also available in loop or signal powered versions, but feature restrictions apply.

The NTM-9 replaces fit, form and function any 6" × 1.74" panel cut-out and has up to two channels. The meter is available in an industrial plastic or a metal housing and can meet nuclear or military grades.

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Virtual Environment Tool Chain

The DiSTI Corporation (Orlando, FL) has commercialized their scalable tool chain and process for producing 3-D virtual maintenance training environments. Previously only available in conjunction with DiSTI’s professional services, the Virtual Environment Software Development Kit is now productized as VE Studio and allows users to engineer their own virtual environments for maintenance training.

The foundation of VE Studio is the Fidelity Matrix, a relational database that correlates requirements, 3D objects, 2D support equipment, environment properties, and constraints that feed the automated build and testing tools. The tools that populate and reference the Fidelity Matrix include: Requirements Analyzer, an optional tool to analyze job procedures that in turn auto-populate the Fidelity Matrix with the objects and actions needed to complete the tasks; a graphical user interface for creating and modifying Fidelity Matrix content (FM Editor), a 3ds Max plug-in to associate 3-D model geometry with objects in the Fidelity Matrix (MaxLink), VE Builder, and VE Tester.

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Rugged 1U MicroTCA Chassis Platform

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height designed to meet MIL-STD- 901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 holds up to 6 Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMCs) and has an integrated MCH with IEEE1588/SyncE/GPS capabilities. This includes clock disciplining with arbitrary clock frequency output and holdover (Stratum-3 option) including 1 pulse per second (PPS) regeneration and holdover. The MCH can use various fabrics such as 40GbE/10GbE, PCIe Gen 3, or Serial RapidIO.

The rugged 1U chassis offers front-to-rear cooling with a 500W universal AC or 400W DC power supply. Another feature of the VT950 is an optional JTAG Switch Module, including a Virtual JTAG probe. MicroTCA.1 modules with front panel retention screws can be plugged into the chassis. VadaTech offers special retention clips so that standard MicroTCA. 0 AMCs can be securely held into the chassis during shock and vibration.

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