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.
7014 Rock Springs Drive
Hamilton, OH 45011
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
The Cooke Corp.
1091 Centre Road, Suite 100
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
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
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.
125 Technology Park
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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,
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.
P.O. Box 18366
Fairfield, OH 45018
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
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
598 and 614.
Hydraulic Co. of America (HYCOA)
200 Williams Drive
Zelienople, PA 16063
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
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
measurements of liquids, gels, and solids using a variety of sample
52 Georgetown Road
Bordentown, NJ 08505
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
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
the materials sciences.
Molecular Imaging Corp.
4666 South Ash
Tempe, AZ 85282
Electro-Optical Systems has expanded its line of position-sensing
devices with the addition of several new quadrant detectors, w
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
Electro-Optical Systems, Inc.
1039 West Bridge Street
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.
Industries International, Inc.
390 Central Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716
new multifiber-input single- photon detector module greatly
light coupling onto the sensitive area of its indium gallium arsenide
avalanche photodiode and improves its sensitivity. Working
mode, the id 200- MMF counts single photons in the spectral range
between 1,100 and 1,600 nm and provides a quantum detection
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
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
Cingria, 10 1205
Comsol has released Femlab 3.0 as a stand-alone
program, but one that users can still tightly integrate into
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
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
the solution of large problems related to physical phenomena on
today’s standard personal computers.
8 New England Executive Park, Suite 310
has introduced Ampheres 6.1, the latest version of its
magnetostatic-solver software for use in the design and analysis
of magnetic equipment and components. The new package provides
a more efficient software program that includes increased ease-of-use,
speed, accuracy, and functionality through new or improved
tools, and commands. Applications include motors, solenoids, sensors,
coils, loudspeakers, transformers, MEMS devices, magnetic
magnetic shielding, circuit breakers, and recording heads.
Engineering Software, Inc.
220-1821 Wellington Avenue
MB, Canada R3H 0G4
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.
the interactive model, designers can view or change surface properties
with a mouse click, which allows them to efficiently modify
parameters. Code V 9.4 also enables the rapid visualization and
exploration of system characteristics, which provides a
tool to diagnose design problems and view complex system geometries.
Optical Research Associates
3280 East Foothill Boulevard
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
generates meshes with up to seven different parts, which can be
exported to a wide range of commercial simulation packages.
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
Innovation Centre, University of Exeter
Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN, U.K.
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