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Air Squared describes the newest addition to its product line as “the world’s smallest scroll air compressor–pump.” The P5H7 measures 1.4 × 1.4 × 3 in., delivers up to 10 psi, and has a no-load flow of 0.14 ft3/min. Its target market includes small pieces of medical and laboratory equipment—such as portable nebulizers and suction devices—fuel cells, and mass spectrometers. The quiet, essentially vibration-free pump has a flexible scroll design that allows users to easily scale it up or down, and its oil-free operation makes it well suited for clean-laboratory and medical environments. The P5H7’s spinning scroll technology eliminates the need for counterweights and crankshafts. The pump–compressor comes as aluminum or injectionmolded plastic models.

Air Squared, Inc.
7014 Rock Springs Drive
Hamilton, OH 45011

High-Speed Camera

Cooke Corp.’s new CCD camera system uses advanced CMOS and electronics technologies and a novel on-board image memory in the camera head. With 1.3 million pixels, Cooke’s pco.1200 hs makes high-resolution images at high speed— 625 ft/s at 1,280 × 1024 pixels and 1,330 ft/s at 640 × 480 pixels. Users can select exposure times between 1 µs and 100 ms. The pco.1200 hs system consists of a compact camera head and an external intelligent power supply, and its double-shot sequence enables the capture of two full-resolution frames with 100 ns between them. It is also easily adaptable with a simple plug-and-play operation, which uses a choice of standard data interfaces.

The Cooke Corp.
1091 Centre Road, Suite 100
Auburn Hills, MI

Laser Scan Arm

FARO’s Laser ScanArm marks the entry of the first seven-axis, contract–noncontract device with a fully integrated laser scanner into the field of portable coordinatemeasurement machines. Full integration allows ScanArm’s hard probe and laser scanner to digitize interchangeably without moving either component. Because the device has no attachments, external electronics, or cables to interfere with ScanArm’s infinite rotation, users can obtain maximum data handling, accuracy, and efficiency without the need to integrate separate technologies. The device can collect more than 13,000 points/s, and its noncontact inspection and digitization capability makes ScanArm advantageous in computeraided manufacturing. Other features include an integrated light-emitting diode range finder to determine optical scanning distance, reduced setup time, and a thin profile for use in tight areas.

FARO Technologies, Inc.
125 Technology Park
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Oil-Shear Brakes

Force Control’s new oil-shear motor and holding brakes provide up to 10 times the service life of conventional dry brakes and deliver superior performance at a lower cost per cycle by reducing or eliminating line stops, brake repairs, and replacements. The Posistop X Class brakes, available for 0.5- to 10-hp drives, use oil-shear actuation, which enables cooler operation, minimizes wear, and reduces load shocks. Their multidisk design results in higher cycle rates, 10-ms response, and lower power demands. The Posistops are useful to originalequipment manufacturers for designing new, high-performance machines, and as replacement brakes, they increase productivity.

Force Control Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 18366
Fairfield, OH 45018

Transfer Valve

HYCOA designed its new Series JR-33 transfer valves as a solution to the operations difficulties and leakage problems that often beset cast-plug valves. The JR-33s are the only commercially available transfer valves with retractable, fully covered elastomer shoes. This design lowers operating torque and avoids dragging an O-ring seal around the valve, which reduces seal wear and damage. Other features include fabricated steel construction, a lower pressure drop than plug-type valves, and HYCOA’s positive mechanical lockdown device that prevents inadvertent valve movement. The JR-33 valves meet API standards 598 and 614.

Hydraulic Co. of America (HYCOA)
200 Williams Drive
Zelienople, PA 16063

Rheometer System

ATS RheoSystems has introduced the Dynalyser, a modular, research-level rheometer system designed specially for the diverse testing needs and requirements of rheologists. The Dynalyser’s environmental control system includes an innovative indirectly heated and cooled oven with a temperature range of –80 to +500 °C. The system was designed for testing any rheologically significant materials, such as thermoplastics, thermosets, elastomers, semisolids, and fluid systems. It performs steady, transient, and dynamic shear measurements of liquids, gels, and solids using a variety of sample holders.

ATS RheoSystems
52 Georgetown Road
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Precision Stage

Molecular Imaging has introduced its innovative motorized atomic-force microscope precision stage, which delivers fast, accurate positioning for imaging the surface characteristics of large specimens at the atomic scale. Its PicoMAPS, designed for use with the PicoSPM II or PicoLE microscopes, enables investigators to precisely locate and identify a surface feature and automatically reposition the sample to that area quickly and accurately for a more detailed analysis. With PicoMAPS, investigators can image an area up to 200 mm on a side in ambient air and fluids, and under controlled temperature conditions. Its versatile platform design allows the characterization of larger samples across a range of industrial and academic research applications from the life to the materials sciences.

Molecular Imaging Corp.
4666 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282

Quadrant Detectors

Electro-Optical Systems has expanded its line of position-sensing devices with the addition of several new quadrant detectors, w h i c h include siliconb a s e d units for the ultravio l e t – v i s i b l e spectral region and indium gallium arsenide detectors for the 1- to 1.7-µm range. They are available as single components, with thermal electrical cooling as an option, or as integrated fourchannel receiver modules. The primary engineering uses are laser-beam steering and tracking. Other applications include instrument, test-equipment, and processcontrol- system manufacturing; industrial, academic, and government research; and military, aerospace, and defense programs.

Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
1039 West Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Green Lasers

Photonics Industries has brought to market its DM series of compact diode-pumped Nd:YLF Q-switched green lasers, which provide high pulse energy, high repetition rates, and long-term reliability. The DM series delivers pulse energies of 30, 20, 10, or 5 mJ at l kHz and 527 nm. Optical features include an automated power attenuator, fiber-coupled output, and twin-pulse operation–separation from 1 µs and greater. Its uniform beam distribution makes it particularly useful for applications such as the pumping of Ti:sapphire or dye lasers, high-speed imaging, and particle- image velocimetry.

Photonics Industries International, Inc.
390 Central Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716

Photon Detector

id Quantique’s new multifiber-input single- photon detector module greatly simplifies light coupling onto the sensitive area of its indium gallium arsenide avalanche photodiode and improves its sensitivity. Working in gated mode, the id 200- MMF counts single photons in the spectral range between 1,100 and 1,600 nm and provides a quantum detection efficiency higher than 10% at 1,310 to 1,550 nm. It has a dark-count probability smaller than 5 × 10–5/ns and a jitter smaller than 800 ps. The id 200-MMF comes as a stand-alone unit with a counter and display, and it has an internal clock with synchronization output. Its applications include areas such as quantum optics, fiber-optic characterization, spectroscopy, and lidar.

id Quantique SA
Rue Cingria, 10 1205
Geneva, Switzerland

New Software

Femlab 3.0
Comsol has released Femlab 3.0 as a stand-alone program, but one that users can still tightly integrate into MATLAB from The MathWorks. The new package solves large, complex sets of partial differential equations for scientists and engineers —particularly those in the field of multiphysics—using the finite-element analysis method. Comsol’s designers wrote new code for Femlab in C++ and Java that allows the software to compute some models as much as 20 times faster than its earlier version but use as little as 1/20th the memory in doing so. As a result, Femlab 3.0 enables the solution of large problems related to physical phenomena on today’s standard personal computers.

Comsol, Inc.
8 New England Executive Park, Suite 310
Burlington, MA 01803

Magnetostatic Solver

Integrated Engineering has introduced Ampheres 6.1, the latest version of its threedimensional magnetostatic-solver software for use in the design and analysis of magnetic equipment and components. The new package provides users a more efficient software program that includes increased ease-of-use, speed, accuracy, and functionality through new or improved menus, tools, and commands. Applications include motors, solenoids, sensors, coils, loudspeakers, transformers, MEMS devices, magnetic assemblies, magnetic shielding, circuit breakers, and recording heads.

Integrated Engineering Software, Inc.
220-1821 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3H 0G4

Optical Design

Optical Research has added powerful system-visualization capabilities to its newly released Code V 9.4 optical-design software. The new package enables users to create detailed three-dimensional renderings of an optical system as solid, translucent, or wire-frame images and to dynamically rotate, pan, and zoom in on them. Within the interactive model, designers can view or change surface properties with a mouse click, which allows them to efficiently modify system parameters. Code V 9.4 also enables the rapid visualization and exploration of system characteristics, which provides a powerful tool to diagnose design problems and view complex system geometries.

Optical Research Associates
3280 East Foothill Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107

Finite-Element Models

Simpleware’s ScanFE software automatically converts three-dimensional data sets of medical images—such as computerized tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging—into finite-element meshes in less than 10 min. The robust, rapid, and easy-touse software generates meshes with up to seven different parts, which can be exported to a wide range of commercial simulation packages. The software can also perform fine-element analysis (FEA) of a mesh, and it can produce physical models representing the exact topology of an FEA model. Simpleware will license ScanFE to users, or it will contract to carry out conversions and do FEAs using the software package.

Simpleware Ltd.
Innovation Centre, University of Exeter
Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN, U.K.

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