Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stratasys today introduced the Fortus 250mc(TM) Production 3D Printer - a rapid prototyping and production machine designed to give users the convenience of a Dimension 3D Printer with the flexibility of a Fortus Production 3D Printer.

Fortus 250mc, the company's first cross-over system, combines the ease-of-use and affordability of Stratasys' industry-leading Dimension 3D Printers with the control of Insight Software, used to drive the Fortus line of production 3D printers. With Insight, users will have added control of build speed, part accuracy, and feature detail. Like all Stratasys additive manufacturing systems, the Fortus 250mc is based on the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM(R)) process.

"The engineers interested in this new product will likely be traditional 3D printer candidates, but who want more sophisticated build-parameter control," says product manager Mary Stanley. "Users are moving beyond prototyping into production with their additive manufacturing machines. The most common manufacturing application is to build functioning manufacturing tools, like jigs and fixtures to be used in the production process."

The Fortus 250mc has a 10 x 10 x 12 in. (254 x 254 x 305 mm) build envelope and offers three build layer options: 0.007, 0.010 and 0.013 in. (0.178, 0.254 and 0.330 mm). To create parts, the machine uses ABSplusthermoplastic, which offers excellent mechanical proprieties, including impact strength, tensile strength, flexural strength, and bonding strength for tough, functional applications. ABSplus comes in ivory, white, blue, fluorescent yellow, black, red, nectarine, olive green and gray colors.

The Fortus 250mc uses Stratasys SR-30 soluble support material, which has a faster dissolve time than other soluble support materials.

The Fortus 250mc is supported by a 12-month warranty and is now available for shipment.

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) today announced that it has been chosen by the Georgia Institute of Technology to provide its Dimension 3D Printers to select high schools across the U.S. as part of The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach (MENTOR) program.

The DARPA MENTOR program is designed to boost engineering skills for high school students, as well as spark an interest in engineering, design, manufacturing, math and science-related university programs. The four-year program is focused on engaging high school-age students in a series of collaborative design and distributed manufacturing experiments, including using additive manufacturing machines (or 3D printers).
"This program will provide students with skills they need to solve future design and engineering challenges, which will aid U.S. industry," says Dr. David Rosen, Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. "3D printers play an important role in the hands-on and 'minds-on' learning, which the MENTOR program facilitates. Stratasys FDM technology is instrumental to this program."

Starting in 2012, Stratasys Dimension and other brand 3D printers will be installed in more than 20 high schools selected by the DARPA program as part of the first phase roll-out. Currently, one system has been implemented by a pilot institution to begin developing curriculum for the program. Additional 3D printers will be placed in subsequent phases over a four year period.

"We estimate this program will generate orders for about 50 Dimension 3D printers over the course of the four year term," says Stratasys Vice President of Direct Digital Manufacturing, Jeff DeGrange. "And we think that serious interest in 3D printing from an organization like DARPA is evidence of a solid future for additive manufacturing."

Stratasys said it will begin leasing bundled 3D-printer packages that include new special edition uPrint 3D printers. The uPrint SE 3D Print Pack and the uPrint SE Plus 3D Print Pack are complete 3D-printing packages that include the 3D printer and everything needed to print 3D models. Besides the printer, the 3D Print Packs include startup supplies, a support-removal system, and cleaning agent. Monthly lease packages are USD $290 for uPrint SE and USD $380 for uPrint SE Plus. The monthly lease price is lower than the average cost of a single outsourced model.

Non-lease Print Pack purchase prices are USD $15,900 for the uPrint SE and USD $20,900 for the uPrint SE Plus.

“With the bundled package, engineers, designers, teachers and others can purchase a complete professional 3D-printing system," says Stratasys Product Manager Mary Stanley. “This makes it as simple as possible to purchase and get your machine up and running with no surprises.”

The uPrint SE and SE Plus machines replace the original uPrint and uPrint Plus. The new machines are available without the bundled package, and they are priced at USD $13,900 and $18,900 respectively.

The new uPrint special edition machines offer a substantially increased material capacity, with 40 percent more material per spool than the original uPrint series. Material spools contain 42 cubic inches of material instead of the 30 cubic inches previously available. This allows longer unattended print runs than previously possible and requires less frequent spool change.

Both 3D printers use SR-30 soluble support material, which enables faster support removal and therefore faster part production than previously possible. The material dissolves up to 50 percent faster than the previous support material in an agitation tank.

Designed for office use, the SE edition maintains the basic features of the previous uPrint models, including:
  • Industrial thermoplastic: produces strong ABS plastic parts
  • Affordability: one of the lowest prices for a professional-quality 3D printer
  • Ease of use: no dedicated operator necessary
  • Small footprint: requires only a 25-by-26-inch space
The uPrint SE and uPrint SE Plus 3D Print Packs are available through authorized sales representatives.

Stratasys says it will expand its WaterWorks soluble support material to be compatible with its polycarbonate build material (PC-10) for Fortus 3D Production Systems.

Previously, WaterWorks soluble support material was available exclusively for the company’s ABS-based material formulations.

The soluble support material – SR-100 – allows automated, hands-free removal, resulting in more efficient prototype and part production. SR-100 soluble support material will also enable a finer layer thickness. By combining PC-10 build material with SR-100, users can now produce parts in 0.005 in. (0.127mm) layers, for finer feature detail and smoother surface finish. This layer thickness setting was previously unavailable for PC-10.

Beta test user Joe Gibbs Racing previously used PC-ABS because it was the strongest material that could be coupled with soluble supports. Combining the SR-100 soluble support structure with polycarbonate build material allows JGR to use the more robust polycarbonate. This enables JGR to use its Fortus machine for more applications, giving it a faster return on investment.

JGR Design Engineer Brian Levy says he likes the superior mechanical properties of polycarbonate. The team makes a polycarbonate filter component with the FDM process, using the PC-100 soluble supports.

“The soluble material is more efficient to remove than the old break-away supports, so we’re now using polycarbonate regularly,” Levy says. “All of our cars have the PC filter component, and they use them every week.”

The soluble support material eliminates the process of manual removal with hand tools. The dissolved support material is washed away in a solution of heated-water and cleaning agent. It can take as little as 30-120 minutes to dissolve an SR-100 support structure in an agitation or ultrasonic tank.

The SR-100 soluble support material will be available for the Fortus 360mc, Fortus 400mc, Fortus 900mc, Fortus eV and Fortus eT systems. SR-100 is expected to ship in Q1 2012.

Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today announced that the Tektronix MDO4000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope series has been named a finalist for Test & Measurement World’s Best in Test 2012 and Product of the Year awards.  The revolutionary new MDO4000 is the world’s first oscilloscope to include a built-in spectrum analyzer, helping design engineers save time by looking at time-correlated analog, digital, serial and RF signals on a single instrument.

The Best in Test 2012 awards are intended to recognize innovative products introduced between November 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011. The finalists were selected by the publication’s editors based on vendor nominations. A total of 17 category winners will be determined by the magazine’s readers who can vote online between now and December 16. Winners will be announced on January 31 at DesignCon 2012.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the editors of Test & Measurement World as a finalist for the Best in Test 2012 industry awards for the MDO4000, which we believe is a true breakthrough for our customers,” said Martyn Etherington, vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Tektronix.  “We work hard to deliver the innovative, game-changing products that our customers demand — and this nomination showcases that dedication.”

Introduced on August 30, the MDO4000 Series is tailored to meet the needs of the more than 60 percent of oscilloscope users who also use a spectrum analyzer to troubleshoot embedded designs with wireless functionality. As the first oscilloscope ever to integrate the functionality of a spectrum analyzer, the MDO4000 provides a unique toolset which can save days or even weeks of debug time.

With the MDO4000, engineers can replace both a scope and spectrum analyzer with a single instrument. This enables them to continue using their tool of choice, the oscilloscope, to look at the frequency domain rather than having to find and relearn a spectrum analyzer.  For debugging, it goes well beyond typical spectrum analyzer functionality by allowing users to capture time-correlated analog, digital and RF signals across 4 analog, 16 digital and 1 RF channel. With separate instruments, it is virtually impossible to accurately correlate signals across domains. This enables a new realm of testing, simplifying common debug tasks for today’s integrated wireless-enabled designs.  For instance, now engineers can easily measure how long it takes their RF power amplifier to turn-on after a command is sent on the device’s serial bus.

In addition to its industry-first mixed-domain capabilities, the MDO4000 offers all the feature-rich tools of Tektronix MSO4000B Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Series combined with the features of a mainstream spectrum analyzer. The MSO4000B Series offers a robust set of features to speed every stage of debugging designs – from quickly discovering an anomaly and capturing it, to searching waveform records for the event and analyzing its characteristics and the device's behavior.

Tektronix, the market leader in broadcast video test, monitoring and analysis solutions, today announced that company’s flagship Sentry® digital content monitor has been selected by Cogeco Cable, Canada’s fourth largest cable operator, to help ensure their video services are delivered with exceptional quality.

After carefully evaluating several competitive solutions, Cogeco Cable selected Sentry for its comprehensive approach to ensuring its subscribers consistently enjoy the best possible viewing experience. Sentry’s advanced monitoring capabilities enable the early detection and diagnosis of video and audio errors, which can help operators fix the underlying issues, and in many cases prevent costly in-home service appointments.  

Cogeco Cable will deploy Sentry’s advanced Quality of Experience (QoE) and Perceptive Video Quality (PVQ) modules. With QoE, Sentry does a full decode of each MPEG packet looking for structural errors that cause picture and audio impairments. Each impairment is scored based on the severity, taking into account the frequency, duration and position on viewers’ screens of each impairment. In addition to QoE, Sentry’s PVQ module detects picture blockiness and other artifacts caused by over-compression using an eMOS (effective Mean Opinion Score) based scoring algorithm. Sentry’s combination of advanced QoE capabilities and PVQ provides Cogeco Cable with the most comprehensive real-time monitoring and alerting system available today.

“Maintaining subscriber growth while reducing overall operating costs is a key initiative and we believe Sentry’s exceptional monitoring and management capabilities will help us achieve our goals,” said Jacques Gravel, VP of Network Services.  “Everyone at Cogeco Cable is committed to service excellence and deploying Sentry is the latest example of this commitment.”

Cogeco Cable will initially deploy Sentry in its master headend, where it will be comprehensively monitor the standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) programming throughout the company’s Ontario systems.  Cogeco Cable will configure and manage its Sentry units using Tektronix Medius™ applicat ion.

“Cogeco Cable has a well-deserved reputation for service excellence and their choosing Sentry shows their commitment to providing services with the best possible quality,” said Eben Jenkins, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix.  “Sentry’s cutting-edge QoE and PVQ monitoring capabilities are perfect for forward-thinking operators like Cogeco Cable that recognize quality is a competitive advantage in today’s increasingly crowded multi-channel video market.”

The award-winning Sentry is the industry’s premier content monitoring solution, proven in deployments with nine of the top 10 U.S. cable operators and now four of the top five Canadian operators.

Sentry utilizes advanced deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to give cable operators unparalleled visibility into network anomalies at the IP and MPEG layers at all critical locations in the network.  This enables the quick identification and diagnosis of video and audio errors regardless of where they occur in the network; from ingest at the headend through the network edge just before it is delivered to the home.  This unprecedented level of event specific information helps operators speed the repair of the underlying issues to limit the impact to viewers’ quality of experience (QoE).

Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today announced that the Tektronix MDO4000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope series has been named to EDN’s Hot 100 Products list of 2011 – and is one of just nine products in the Test & Measurement category. The revolutionary new MDO4000 is the world’s first oscilloscope to include a built-in spectrum analyzer, helping design engineers save time by looking at time-correlated analog, digital, serial and RF signals on a single instrument.

“Of the many thousands of products announced during the past year, the EDN Hot 100 products of 2011 represent the ones that especially caught the attention of our editors and our readers,” said Rich Pell, Executive Editor of EDN Magazine. “ The Tektronix MDO4000 mixed domain oscilloscope was clearly one of the most significant product introductions in the Test & Measurement category in 2011.”

More than 60 percent of oscilloscope users also use a spectrum analyzer to troubleshoot embedded designs with wireless functionality. With an MDO4000 Series on their bench, engineers can continue using their tool of choice, the oscilloscope, to look at the frequency domain rather than having to find and relearn a spectrum analyzer. For debugging, the MDO4000 goes well beyond typical spectrum analyzer functionality by allowing users to capture time-correlated analog, digital and RF signals across 4 analog, 16 digital and 1 RF channel.

In addition to its industry-first mixed-domain capabilities, the MDO4000 offers all the feature-rich tools of Tektronix MSO4000B Mixed Signal Oscilloscope Series combined with the features of a mainstream spectrum analyzer. The MSO4000B Series offers a robust set of features to speed every stage of debugging designs – from quickly discovering an anomaly and capturing it, to searching waveform records for the event and analyzing its characteristics and the device's behavior.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by the editors and readers of EDN for the MDO4000, which we believe is a major breakthrough for designers,” said Martyn Etherington, vice president, Worldwide Marketing, Tektronix.  “It enables faster time to answer by simplifying common debug tasks for integrated wireless-enabled designs.  For instance, engineers can now easily measure how long it takes an RF power amplifier to turn on after a command is sent on the device’s serial bus. In other words, a measurement that simply wasn’t practical prior to the introduction of this product.”

Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, today unveiled the THS3000 handheld oscilloscope series that bring a new level of measurement precision and accuracy to  engineers and technicians who need to debug, install and repair complex electronic systems in both field and lab environments. With up to 200 MHz bandwidth and 5 GS/s sample rate, the THS3000 oscilloscopes are the highest-performing handheld oscilloscopes available today.

In today’s world, engineers are often called upon to measure a variety of signals in variety of settings. For many industrial, power generation or power efficiency applications, measurements can include digital and analog control signals made in conjunction with high voltages and currents and often, these measurements are not only made in the lab but also in the field.  Another critical factor for making high voltage and current measurements is isolated inputs that are needed to minimize operator risk. The THS3000 delivers on all of these market needs with a combination of performance and ease of use packed into a compact, rugged chassis design.

“As electrical systems have become more complex and pervasive, there is a growing need for engineers to correlate field and lab measurements and to perform advanced debugging and analysis in the field,” said Roy Siegel, general manager for oscilloscopes at Tektronix.  “As the first true high-performance handheld oscilloscope, the THS3000 Series has the technical performance for analysis of low voltage analog and digital control signals.  In addition, the THS3000 Series offers isolated inputs for safely making high voltage floating or differential measurements.” 

  • Streams data to/from RAID array at up to 1600 MB per second
  • Allows mix-and-match of eight record and playback channels
  • Supports remote operation and data visualization
  • Designed to meet MIL-STD-810F requirements
Pentek, Inc., today announced the first in a planned family of instruments targeting operation in harsh environments: the Model RTR 2746 real-time data recording and playback instrument. The configurable, multi-channel instrument can digitize analog inputs at up to 200 MS/sec per channel and stream data to mass storage at an aggregate rate of 1600 MB per second. In the playback mode, it can also reproduce real-time analog outputs from the recorded data files. Remote users can control operation and visualize recorded data, making it suitable for installation in unmanned vehicles. The instrument is designed to meet MIL-STD-810F requirements for operation in harsh environments.

"This new family of ruggedized instruments opens our products to a wider audience," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. "We serve a lot of customers who need instruments that are flight-certified or must operate in severe environments. The RTR 2746 specifically targets that requirement."

Pentek collaborated with rugged computer manufacturer Crystal Group in development of these instruments. "We are pleased to team with Pentek on this project," said Scott Kongable, president Crystal Group. "Pentek's recording expertise joined with our rugged computer manufacturing capabilities gives developers a powerful new option for data collection and playback under airborne and other harsh operating conditions."

  • Dual-channel 500 MHz A/Ds capture 240 MHz of signal bandwidth
  • Digital up and down converters tune across a wide range of IF signals
  • Multiboard programmable summation circuitry simplifies real-time beamforming
  • On-board Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA comes preconfigured for turnkey operation
Pentek, Inc., today announced its fastest ever multichannel data converter with digital down and up converters. With two channels each of 12-bit, 500 MHz A/D and 16-bit, 800 MHz D/A, the Model 71651 delivers more than twice the bandwidth of Pentek's previous data converters. As a member of the popular Cobalt" family of high-performance XMC modules, the Model 71651 has a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA at its core. The FPGA is preconfigured with data acquisition and playback IP to give the module turn-key functionality, with room left for user customization.

"The Model 71651 handles a tremendous breadth of communications and radar signals," commented Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. "With its high speed data converters and digital up/down converters, tuning bandwidths range from 10 kHz to 240 MHz, two and a half times our previous modules." Hosking also pointed out that the 71651 FPGA is preconfigured for use out of the box. "Our embedded IP was inspired by what our customers most often require for their applications. We're simply giving them a quick start towards their final configuration."

The Model 71651 features two input and two output RF channels, transformer-coupled to allow direct connection to HF or IF radio stages. The input channels feature 12-bit, 500 MHz A/Ds that feed data into the Virtex-6 FPGA. The output channels incorporate a Texas Instruments DAC5688 digital upconverter that translates real or complex baseband signals to any IF frequency up to 380 MHz. Dual 16-bit, 800 MHz D/As create real or in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) analog outputs.

  • Recording of up to two 10-Gigabit Ethernet data streams with zero data loss
  • Support for copper, multi-mode, or single-mode optical interfaces
  • Up to 20 TB of magnetic or solid-state, hot-swappable NTFS RAID storage
  • Pre-loaded SystemFlow software includes easy-to-use graphical user interface and application programming interface for turnkey operation and integration
Pentek, Inc., today released the first in a new family of COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) turnkey high-speed digital recorders, the Talon RTS 2715. Available with either magnetic or solid-state disk drive arrays, the RTS 2715 can continuously record up to two 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) data streams to a RAID array without data loss.

According to Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek, "Many of our customers have sensors and computer systems communicating massive amounts of digital data over a network and they need a way to capture that information for archiving or post-mission analysis. Our new Talon line of digital recorders addresses that need. The first in the family, the RTS 2715, handles 10GbE with a variety of data protocols and physical interface types in a commercial-grade configuration. Ruggedized versions and other configurations are on the horizon."

The RTS 2715 can capture one or two simultaneous 10GbE data streams, guaranteeing zero data loss with an aggregate recording rate up to 2 Gbytes/sec. It accepts either TCP or UDP data packet protocols and stores data to files on a RAID disk array. The RTS 2715 can also play data back from its drives, streaming it over the 10GbE channels using either protocol. An optional GPS module provides time and position stamping during data capture.

  • Digitizes, records, and reproduces up to four 80 MHz bandwidth signals
  • Provides up to 4 Terabytes of rugged, hot-swappable RAID solid-state storage
  • Portable shock-resistant housing includes complete Windows 7 workstation
  • Eliminates need for separate oscilloscope or spectrum analyzer
Pentek, Inc., today released a rugged, portable, multiband recording and playback system for high-bandwidth IF and RF signals. The RTR 2726, latest in Pentek's turnkey Talon" recorder family, is a complete workstation, data acquisition, and solid-state RAID recording system in a box for the capture and playback of signals up to 700 MHz in shock- and vibration-prone environments such as vehicles, ships, and aircraft.

The RTR 2726 is Pentek's second-generation in portable recording devices, but the first to use the popular Cobalt" series of software radio modules. "Customers with our first-generation RTS 2721 were using it in flight applications and asked for an upgrade to solid-state disk drives for tougher environments," said Rodger Hosking, vice president of Pentek. "We went much further, increasing signal frequency and bandwidth, and nearly tripling the recording speeds."

The system includes built-in digital up- and down-converters, with record channels offering 16-bit, 200 MHz ADCs and playback channels offering 16-bit, 800 MHz DACs. It can stream data to and from storage at sustained data rates of 1600 Mbytes/second, allowing the RTR 2726 to support four channels of record and/or playback in a variety of configurations. Storage consists of eight hot-swappable solid-state disk drives in a RAID configuration with up to 4 TB in total capacity.

Data files include time stamping as well as recording parameters and optional GPS information. They are stored in the native Windows NTFS format, allowing drive units to be read by other PCs without the need for extensive file conversion. Files can also be downloaded from the system through Ethernet, USB ports, eSATA ports or written to optical disks using the built-in 8X double layer DVD±R/RW drive.

Anritsu Company, a worldwide leader in LTE test solutions, announces that its ME7834A/L Mobile Device Test Platform has been named the winner of the Best Network/Device Testing Products for LTE category, announced as part of the LTE North America Awards Dinner held in Dallas. By earning the award, Anritsu strengthens its position as a leader in LTE test solutions, and the ME7834A/L is recognized as an innovative product that is helping in the successful roll out and implementation of LTE technology worldwide.

"The LTE Awards recognize the best in LTE technology. Earning an LTE Award signifies that Anritsu is committed to providing innovative test solutions and establishing itself as a leader in LTE," said Wade Hulon, Vice President and General Manager, Anritsu Americas. "The award is especially significant because it was given after extensive review by a panel of industry experts who recognized that the ME7834A/L meets the needs of chipset companies, device manufacturers, carriers, test houses, and other parts of the wireless device ecosystem in a manner unlike any other test solution on the market."

Independently judged by an operator-led panel, the LTE North America Awards are a celebration of growth and success across the globe. The ME7834A/L was selected by the panel after extensive evaluation of countless entries in the Best Network/Device Testing category.

The ME7834A/L is a scalable system for protocol conformance and carrier acceptance testing of 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE wireless technologies. Wireless device OEMs, carriers, test houses, and other elements of the device ecosystem are able to use this system to quickly and easily determine a device's conformance to 3GPP and carrier-specific standards.

Integrated "best-in-class" signaling testers for LTE, UTRAN/GERAN, and CDMA2000 technologies allow the ME7834A/L to offer excellent platform flexibility, including simulation of inter-RAT handovers, complex cell selection environments, high-speed throughput, and mobility with fading. Additionally, the choice of test case programming and execution environments, including the graphical Rapid Test Designer (RTD) software, and TTCN3-based Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) software, allow the ME7834A/L to easily adapt to end-user requirements.

In October, Anritsu achieved the #1 position for protocol conformance test with the ME7834L in bands 1, 4, 5, 13, and 20, providing an even higher level of value for members of the LTE device ecosystem that choose to use this flexible platform.

Anritsu Company announces that Frost & Sullivan, a leading global research and analysis company, has presented Anritsu with a 2011 Global Customer Enhancement Award in Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Testing. The award was presented to Anritsu for its introduction of the innovative MW8219A PIM Master, and how the test solution addresses the growing market need to locate and correct PIM in wireless networks.

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement is presented each year to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers receive in its services or products. The award recognizes Anritsu’s focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive beyond customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

"Anritsu has always been committed to developing test solutions that can help field engineers and technicians successfully deploy, install and maintain wireless networks. As we recognized the growing need to measure PIM, we set out to design a test solution that would truly meet the challenges our customers face," said ANRITSU SPOKESPERSON. "Frost & Sullivan has recognized our R&D investment and the benefits PIM Master brings to the market."

In announcing the award, Frost & Sullivan SPOKESPERSON said, "Anritsu has always demonstrated a keen interest in developing advanced next-generation test equipment. In order to stay ahead of the competition, Anritsu invests heavily in research and development, enabling Anritsu to introduce cutting-edge products in many markets. Anritsu introduced its first PIM tester, the MW8219A, in early 2011, which has received excellent market acceptance. This product was developed to cater to the unmet market demand for an advanced PIM tester. Although a few companies had introduced PIM testers earlier, Anritsu differentiates itself by offering a complete solution."

Three factors were considered during the award evaluation - product performance, identifying market requirements, and close customer relations. Through Anritsu’s innovative Distance-to-PIM™ technology, the PIM Master is the only tool on the market that can determine if the cause of PIM is at the base station or in the surrounding environment. Frost & Sullivan noted that Anritsu worked closely with key customers to develop PIM Master and that Anritsu offers value-added services, such as measuring PIM training courses.

Anritsu Company introduces the MW8209A PIM Master, an innovative passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzer that covers the 900 MHz band to address the growing need to measure PIM in E-GSM networks, including UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8. Designed for use with Anritsu handheld analyzers, the MW8209A comes with Anritsu’s Distance-to-PIM technology, the only tool on the market that can determine if the cause of PIM is at the base station or in the surrounding environment.

Field engineers and technicians can use the MW8209A to help ensure optimum performance of UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8 networks by locating PIM faults before intermodulation distortion adversely affects signal transmission. The MW8209A has been designed to be integrated with Anritsu's industry leading handheld instruments, including the S332E/S362E Site Master™ Cable and Antenna Analyzers, MS2712E/MS2713E and MS272xC Spectrum Master™ Handheld Spectrum Analyzers, MT8212E/MT8213E Cell Master™, and the MT8221B/MT8222A BTS Master™ Handheld Base Station Analyzers.

Field personnel can use PIM Master to generate two high-power tones in the transmit band of a base station, and use any of the compatible handheld analyzers to measure the 3rd, 5th, or 7th order intermodulation products in the receive band that travel down the same cable. Using the GPS option available on all the analyzers, the location of the measurement can be recorded, as well.

A unique feature of the MW8209A is its 40 W testing, compared to alternative methods that only measure at 20 W. Using double the power allows the PIM Master to locate intermittent failures due to light corrosion, high-traffic loading, or changing weather conditions. It also permits users to find faults in a multicarrier antenna system or discover microscopic arcing in connectors.

Innovative PIM Technology
Anritsu's proprietary Distance-to-PIM helps field engineers, technicians and contractors pinpoint passive intermodulation faults, eliminating the unknown of whether the PIM source is from the antenna system or surrounding environment. Simple, immediate, and accurate, Distance-to-PIM simultaneously informs the user of the distance and magnitude of all the PIM sources, both inside the antenna system and beyond the antenna.

Distance-to-PIM testing provides the detail and insight that can expedite repairs, control repair costs, and help plan budgets. Historical data can be used to monitor a site and determine if corrections need to be made before a failure results in dropped or blocked calls.

Anritsu Company introduces the MA24105A, a standalone, compact, and highly accurate in-line peak power sensor that provides a wide range of power measurement capability over a frequency range of 350 MHz to 4 GHz. Featuring a widest-in-class 2 mW to 150 W measurement range, and a combination of forward and reverse measurement functionality, the MA24105A can be used by both manufacturing and field engineers in a variety of commercial cellular, land mobile radio (LMR) and general-purpose military/defense RF applications.

Highly accurate average power measurements can be made with the MA24105A. The wide measurement range eliminates the need for lower power sensors, reducing setup and measurement times. Accuracy is assured because the calibration data is stored directly in the sensor and all necessary corrections are done inside the microprocessor of the sensor. Also, return loss and directivity are optimized to maintain high accuracy.

A "dual path" architecture in the MA24105A enables widest-in-class measurement range for bi-directional True-RMS measurements over the entire frequency span, allowing users to measure CW, multi-tone and digitally modulated signals, including GSM/EDGE, CDMA/EV-DO, W-CDMA/HSPA+, WiMAX, and TD-SCDMA, and LTE. Forward direction power measurement includes a 4-MHz bandwidth channel that has peak and comparator/integrator circuits that add functions, such as peak envelope power, crest factor, CCDF, and burst average power. The addition of reverse True-RMS power measurements enables the calculation of reflection coefficient, return-loss, and SWR. The presence of a micro-controller, along with signal conditioning circuitry, ADC, and power supply in the sensor, make the MA24105A a complete miniature power meter.

Versatile, the MA24105A can be used in numerous applications. Its good match and low insertion loss make the sensor well suited for continuous power monitoring of transmitter systems and antennas. Additionally, the 350 MHz bottom end frequency makes the sensor perfect for testing P25 and TETRA networks.

The MA24105A is compatible with the S3xxE series Site Master™ cable and antenna analyzers, MS271xE and MS272xB Spectrum Master™ handheld spectrum analyzers, MT8212E Cell Master™, MT822xB BTS Master™, and MS202xA/B and MS203xA VNA Master™. It can be used with the MS271xB economy bench top spectrum analyzers, as well.

Operation can also be performed through a PC. When working via a computer, the PowerExpert™ application replicates a front panel display to make the computer appear like a power meter. Users can record measured power over time to a hard disc or other storage media via a data logging function. Other features include power vs. time graphs, and the ability to add an offset for quick and accurate measurements and analysis.

Techsil is pleased to add Devcon’s new range of high performance structural adhesives to its existing portfolio of epoxy and methacrylate adhesives for industry. Now companies needing to bond difficult substrates such as glass, plastics and dissimilar metals can do so in seconds without environmental and safety hazards by utilising Devcon’s new range of UV light-curing adhesives.
Devcon is well known for its special methacrylate and epoxy adhesives which are designed to bond metals, plastics and wood-based components such as signs, external lights and aircraft seats. These adhesives have been growing in popularity since their introduction to Europe 25 years ago and recently new products have been added to the range. Two part polyurethane adhesives are very fast setting and will bond unprimed ABS, steel, aluminium and composites.

Says Devcon’s UK/ROW Business Manager Gareth Lewis ‘These products offer customers specific advantages over ordinary products. What is very different is once the adhesive is applied the parts can be left for hours if necessary before the bond is formed but once UV light is applied to the glue line, the bond is cured within a few seconds. We have developed one of the products to bond some difficult plastics such as ABS, acrylic and polycarbonates’.

Andy Briars Sales Director of Techsil Ltd. says, “We are looking forward to presenting these new products from ITW Devcon to the marketplace.”

Techsil has launched a two phase protection system for LED lighting modules consisting of a top coat and a base coat. The two materials can be applied consecutively and will cure concurrently; reducing production time to a matter of hours.

The top coat is a fast-curing, optically clear polyurethane encapsulant. It is UV stable (non yellowing), bubble resistant and offers excellent light transmission. The properties of this clear compound will be of interest in LED applications where environmental and mechanical protection are important such as outdoor lighting used for pathways, buildings and signage. 
The base material is a bright, white, rigid polyurethane designed to offer mechanical protection with elevated thermal dissipation to avoid heat build up in the chip. It is easy to pour but is capable of gelling quickly.

VT2420LV encapsulant (top coat)
  • UV stable by design
  • Crystal clear
  • Low viscosity making it easy to dispense
  • 1:1 mix ratio
  • Rapid cure; no sticky surface
  • Semi-flexible once cured
  • Moisture resistant - no bubbles during cure
  • Variations in hardnesses available
 PU2600FS WT encapsulant (base coat)
  • Thermal conductivity 0.8w/m/k
  • Dissipates heat from devices up to 140°C service temperature
  • Fast cure;takes 8 minutes to gel
  • Can co-cure with top coat
  • Low viscosity
 Both products are available in bulk or twin pack. 

Californian based BJB Enterprises have recently launched a new product guide. Techsil are proud to have exclusive European distribution rights for BJB's very high quality, liquid resin casting systems and have successfully supplied their products to the rapid prototyping sector for a number of years.

BJB product updateThe new product guide includes a comprehensive range of polyurethanes including: Shore A, Shore D, rigid filled and unfilled urethanes, water clear, sprayable and polyurethane foams.

Techsil have released a new set of One Pagers detailing the RTV Silicone PCBElectronics range from Momentive Performance Materials – providers of leading-edge silicone technologies to help meet performance and productivity challenges in a wide range of automotive and electronic applications. Techsil are Momentive’s largest RTV silicone distribution partner in Europe.

The new One Pagers cover products in the following categories:
  • High Performance Silicone Adhesives & Sealants
  • Protective Silicone Potting and Encapsulation Materials
  • Thermal Management Silicones
  • Low Viscosity, Silicone Conformal Coatings
  • Dielectric Silicone Gel Potting Materials
The products contained in these One Pagers can help offer solutions to Design Engineers working in the fields of Automotive Electronics, Power Electronics, Lighting and General Electronic Assembly.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

As an aerospace stretch-forming specialist, there's hardly a part or a die in Triumph's shop that is not sporting a parabolic, compound curved or cone shape. Rapid, precise measurement of machining work on these parts – while still fixtured on the machine tool – is a core skill the company's CAD/CAM department developed and refined to facilitate lean manufacturing. But it took an RMP600 strain-gauge probe to bring the refined “touch” needed for consistent, high-accuracy measurement of small hole diameters, contours and geometric tolerances, to name a few. With no lobing (i.e. true 3-dimensional triggering characteristic) and a repeatability of 0.25 μm  (0.00001”), the strain-gauge probe delivers high accuracy when triggered from any direction, after a one-time calibration routine.

The RMP600, combined with Renishaw's OMV Pro software, gives the company's Zimmerman CNC 5-axis portal mill CMM-like capability, allowing complex parts to be “bought off” the machine with measurement results that routinely come within 0.025 mm (0.001”) when double-checked with other devices. As a result, offline checks of work on a true CMM have been essentially eliminated, saving the company many hours of production delays, potential damage, and accuracy problems that arise when moving and re-fixturing high-value parts.
Triumph Fabrications' core capability is stretch forming of sheet, extruded, rolled shape and light plate metals for the aerospace industry. The company's press capacity ranges from 10 to 750 tonnes, with the ability to stretch-form reverse forms using bulldozer attachments of 150 and 400 tons on its Cyril Bath presses. The company also has unique stretch forming capabilities to support complex single-plane and multi-plane forming of a variety of metals.

Various types of CNC machine tools are used to produce features on these formed parts, as well as to shape the forming dies themselves. Supporting this work upstream and downstream is a CAD/CAM department equipped with Catia V4 and V5, Vericut 7.0, Renishaw OMV Pro, AutoCAD, Inventor and other desktop engineering tools.

CAD/CAM Department Manager Gary Medlock says on-machine probing is vital to the company's goal to reduce cycle time, eliminate rework and reduce errors that can creep in from multiple fixturings of a part. “We prefer to measure as soon as we cut, rather than move the part to a CMM,” he said. “These are high-value parts to begin with, and we're adding value with each operation on the Zimmerman. On parts such as the forming die for a leading edge (shown in accompanying photos) our alternatives would be to lose nearly a day to tear down, measure, and re-setup the part; or finish the part completely, then inspect, and hope no rework is needed. In-process measurement confirms that each phase of the work meets spec before we put more value in the part.”

More typically, parts processed on the Zimmerman mill are formed sheet metal, 0.635 mm (0.025”) to 3.18 mm (0.125”) thick, that require machined holes and cutouts. These parts are vacuum fixtured. Holes of 2.5 mm (0.098”) to 9.5 mm (0.375”) – typical of aircraft applications – are drilled and reamed to accuracies of 0.05 mm (0.002”), with true position tolerances of .30 mm (0.012”) to 0.71 mm (0.028”). “We measure hole size and true position with the RMP600 probe, using a 1 mm (0.039”) tungsten or stainless steel stylus, 50 mm (1.97”) extension, and the two-touch probing method,” Medlock explains. “We prefer the tungsten ball for the ability to reach deep into a hole. If you are careful about orientation, you can measure just about anything with this ball. The 50 mm extension on an RMP600 probe causes no loss of accuracy, keeps the probe at a distance from the workpiece to minimize crash potential, and is cheaper to replace if there is a collision. We use two-touch probing because we have calibrated at the same speed we're using in the software, so the timing and angles are all established.”

Machine calibration is one of the keys to Triumph's success with, and confidence in, its probing results. “We calibrate the machine once a year with a laser and ball bar unless there's a wreck,” Medlock says. “We also have a small calibration sphere on the machine that we calibrate with once a week, rotating the machine through a known set of angles and touching the sphere with the probe. These results are plotted on a histogram, with data going back two years, so it's easy to see any trend developing. In addition, we have a traceable artifact with cone, sphere, slots and other features that we probe whenever there's a change to any component of our QC program.”

Triumph has two Zimmerman portal mills. The newer FZ-30 model built in 2008 is equipped with a Siemens 840D CNC. This particular machine has a 6 x 2.8 x 1.5 m (236” x 110” x 59”) X-Y-Z linear axis range, 110° A-axis, and 360° C-axis. Its spindle produces a maximum of 40 kW power and 48 Nm torque, with a top speed of 25,000 rpm. The plant itself is climate controlled. “This machine has a volumetric accuracy of 0.1 mm (0.004”), and for a large, well used machine tool, this compares very well with typical CMM accuracy,” Medlock explains.

“Our alternative without the probe would be to take parts to the CMM room, measure them, then return and setup again,” Medlock says. “We'd have to add a checking groove or other feature to aid in making sure each setup is identical to the first, which means more cost in the part, not to mention a lost day for the entire inspection cycle to be completed.

These delays, and the uncertainty that comes with each new setup, are simply unacceptable in a lean operation. On average, our probing cycle is about equal to the machining cycle, but this is a very broad average and some parts inspect much quicker, depending on the number of features. When probing holes, for example, we average about 8 seconds each.”

The other key to Triumph's success is programming the model and geometry. “All the features must be on the part if you want things to run properly,” Medlock stresses. “We usually start with a STEP file that's imported into the OMV Pro software to create the probing program offline. The software simulates the probing routine for collision detection and includes an ‘auto orient' function that allows the probe to be automatically oriented into a suitable measuring position, without requiring manual input of the required angle. You can measure features many ways – for example, a hole can be measured as a circle or cylinder.”

The probing program runs on the CNC to collect the measurement data, which is then evaluated offline in OMV software with CMM-type algorithms. The software compares the measurement data with the map/model file and produces graphical and numerical reports. The software reports on the deviations from the nominal, and will plot a graph to show the ranges.

A GD&T wizard in the OMV software leads programmers through the process of creating standardized report elements based on internationally recognized symbols, allowing comparison of measurement results from the machine to the manufacturing drawing. “We currently use perpendicularity, angularity, surface profile and true position,” Medlock adds.

Unlike a conventional machine tool probe, the strain-gauge-based RMP600 does not have to be calibrated for each vector, which saves significant cycle time in a 5-axis environment. “We do measure from all vectors, because it's a 5-axis application,” Medlock explains. “Because of the strain gauge triggering system in the RMP600 we get a good reading – the same reading – no matter what direction we touch the stylus from, which is perfect in a 5-axis world. When you do 5-axis work, the probe is used in some strange orientations, and the ball might be touched from any practical direction. We've confirmed that when we measure something with the RMP600, we'll get the same identical readings if we have to re-measure. Among the RMP600's superior capabilities, we have proved that we can measure true diameter of smaller holes, down to (0.098”) using a 1 mm stylus.”

The RMP600 is fundamentally different from conventional machine tool probes in that its patented RENGAGE™ sensing mechanism eliminates lobing, an error inherent to all conventional machine tool probes. If the lobing is excessive and high enough to impact measurement accuracy, users must compensate by calibrating the probe along each measurement vector. This requires a complex calibration cycle and management of numerous probe offsets.

The RMP600 eliminates this. Strain gauges measure the contact force applied to the stylus and generate a trigger once the strain threshold is exceeded. This results in low trigger forces, less stylus bending, sub micron repeatability (0.25 μm 2σ), no lobing and a true 3-dimensional triggering characteristic. The RMP600 delivers significantly higher metrology performance, especially on 3D surfaces where many sensing directions are used, or in setup, when approach vectors to the workpiece may not be known. Logic inside the probe eliminates unexpected triggers resulting from shock and vibration by determining whether the strains seen at the gauges are caused by contact with the part surface or a random event.

“It's critical to keep in mind that, in the end, the probe is only as accurate as the machine,” Medlock stresses. “With our knowledge of this machine's capabilities, condition and calibration history, we believe an inspection on this machine is equal to a CMM inspection. The machine is tested and calibrated to essentially the same requirements as our CMMs, and easily capable of producing part profile accuracies of 0.38 mm (0.015”). We can verify our metrology performance by probing a known artefact which has all the features we would encounter on our parts. Because of the high accuracy of this machine and its 5-axis capability, the strain-gauge probe has proven to be a better match for our measurement requirements. Periodic double checks against other measurement devices rarely show deviations greater than a thousandth of an inch, giving us a high level of confidence and operational efficiency.”

Renishaw's RESOLUTE™ absolute optical encoder is now compatible with the Panasonic serial communications protocol in linear encoder formats. This allows RESOLUTE to be used with Pansonic's MINAS A5 range of drives, which are often employed in industries such as electronics assembly, semiconductor processing and flat panel display manufacturing.

A priority for these industries is to increase throughput, and maximise yields, thus the choice of encoder for accurate motion control is crucial. RESOLUTE true absolute encoders are the key to highly dynamic axes that can be run harder, for longer; increasing work output and maximising up-time and yield. Axes run more smoothly with less vibration thus reducing the risk of damage to fragile products. This is crucial in areas such as wafer dicing and chip packaging where attempts to use thinner silicon wafers make the process more fragile and susceptible to microcracks.

RESOLUTE is a true absolute encoder, meaning itaccurately reports the position of axes immediately upon switch-on, prior to any movement. This eliminates the need for reference returns and provides instant commutation for linear motors, so machines can be re-started more quickly and in a controlled, safe manner. Indeed, if work is in progress and a machine suffers power loss, the RESOLUTE absolute encoder allows the machine to maintain complete control and security of valuable parts. For example, fragile silicon wafers can be extracted safely, with greatly reduced risk of collision.

RESOLUTE linear encoders with Panasonic protocol boast sub-micron accuracy, a super-fine resolution of 1 nm and impressively high speeds of up to 100 m/s, whilst ensuring excellent electro-magnetic immunity. RESOLUTE is ideal for machine builders who demand more performance from linear axes; it facilitates smoother velocity ripple, enhanced servo stiffness and confers ultra-low hysteresis errors. Furthermore, higher-fidelity position feedback means less heat is generated in the linear motors, so machine efficiency is improved.

The RESOLUTE absolute encoder achieves this unique combination of performance because it works in a completely different way to any other encoder: RESOLUTE is analogous to a miniature, ultra-fast digital camera, taking photos of coded scale. The pictures include redundant data which is cross-checked by error-rejecting algorithms within the readhead, to confer outstanding immunity to dirt and contamination. Unique to RESOLUTE, further data-processing continually monitors position to ensure the integrity of output data and hence safety of operation. The scale is arranged as a single-track of code, which combines absolute position with incremental phase. Compared to the traditional arrangement with 2 or more tracks, RESOLUTE allows far greater set-up tolerances and delivers excellent immunity to dirt, scratches and light oils on the scale.

RESOLUTE absolute encoders use sophisticated optics to read a variety of fine-pitch, single-track linear scales. Scales include the RELA Invar® spar scale offering 'zero' thermal expansion and ±1 µm accuracy on lengths up to 1130 mm, RSLA stainless steel spars with a total accuracy of ±4 µm over 5 m, and FASTRACK™ RTLA for the quickest and easiest installation offering ±5 µm/m accuracy and lengths up to 10 m (up to 5 m on self-adhesive RTLA-S).

The RESOLUTE absolute encoder range is also available with other protocols, including FANUC and BiSS®, and in rotary format. RESOLUTE is RoHS/WEEE compliant, has CE approval, is manufactured in-house by Renishaw under strict quality controls that are certified to ISO9001:2008, and like all Renishaw encoders, is backed by a truly responsive global sales and support network.

From 1st July 2011, the business operations of PulseTeq Ltd have been fully integrated within Renishaw as the PulseTeq Products Division, which will specialise in developing a range of radio frequency coils, test objects, and radio frequency electronic products, which have various applications within clinical research, neurosurgery, multinuclear imaging and spectroscopy.

The new Division is based at Renishaw's new facility in Charfield, close to the company's Gloucestershire headquarters, where many of its other healthcare businesses are also located. A key focus is to provide close fitting surface coils, providing the best possible signal to noise ratio for all multinuclear applications.

PulseTeq Ltd was first established in April 2002 by Chris Randell along with a skilled team of people who all had long established experience in MRI, both with Marconi Medical and SMIS. The company worked with academic groups and other companies in collaborative projects to customise coils when required.

Speaking about the formation of the new division, Mr Randell, who is now Director and General Manager of the PulseTeq Products Division, said: “This is a very positive move which will mean an increased investment by Renishaw in its RF coil business, plus it will allow us take further advantage of the extensive resources available within the Renishaw group. The benefit will be felt in all aspects of our business, from product development and production, to sales, marketing and customer support.”

A vibration transducer capable of operating in excess of 450°C is now available from Sensonics. The PZEHT offers ICP type connectivity by separating the high temperature element from the signal conditioning electronics, connecting by means of a hardline cable. Robust and hermetically sealed, this latest instrument from Sensonics is designed for use on Gas Turbines and joins an established stable of high temperature accelerometers currently manufactured by the company.

The unique feature of this product is the built-in calibration function which offers a full mechanical check of the piezoelectric arrangement. The transducer is configured to allow the user to excite the sensing element in a vibratory fashion to confirm sensitivity and frequency response. For gas turbine applications the high temperature vibration sensors are positioned in hard to reach or in non-serviceable parts of the turbine making regular calibration checks extremely difficult. This product offers an evolution for accelerometers with the ability to confirm calibration in situ.

ATEX approved for use in hazardous areas, the transducer provides excellent stability over the full temperature range and an operating bandwidth of 4Hz to 5kHz. The charge amplifier has a temperature rating of 140°C and is contained in a cylindrical threaded arrangement for mounting on simple bracketry. Sensonics can also supply a range of smart monitors to interface with the transducer to provide further signal processing for turbine shutdown or vibration trending purposes.

Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS has enhanced its range of DN monitors with the introduction of their DN8033 thrust and rod drop transmitter. This unit is designed to measure shaft axial or rod position on a range of rotating plant.

The 4-20mA loop powered module provides easy integration with either the local machine PLC or a plant wide DCS since it is powered through the measurement loop. The unit operates in conjunction with Sensonics Senturian range of 8mm diameter proximity probes, offering a maximum measurement range of ± 1mm. This extended range over similar products on the market provides further scope in application, particularly for the set-up and calibration of thrust measurement systems, which can be restricted by float in the shaft and physical access to the target.

Providing an output current proportional to displacement, the Din Rail mountable unit provides two miniature multi-turn potentiometers for the setting of the gain and zero point parameters. Also, suitable for rod drop measurements the DN8033 is ideal for OEM applications, offering lower cost option to existing systems without sacrificing measurement accuracy.
To further compliment this product range the DN8032 variant offers similar functionality but for the measurement of shaft vibration.

The established range of SENSONICS PZS accelerometers have been extended to provide a vibration monitoring solution for wind turbine applications.  The proven shear mode constructed PZS accelerometer series have been supplied for many applications, including wind turbine monitoring over the past 5 years.  This enhancement of the product range provides a frequency response down to 0.1Hz and permits effective monitoring of both the wind turbine main shaft and input gearbox bearings below rotational speeds of 20RPM. This is important as it’s an industry requirement for wind turbine condition monitoring systems.

As with any rotating machinery in a critical application the monitoring of vibration plays an effective role in the early detection of mechanical problems on the machine. The PZS accelerometer response is suitable for measuring vibration across the full wind turbine machine train. This is for not only the low frequency front end, but also the planetary gearbox stages and generator, providing an upper frequency response in excess of 10kHz.

The shear mode sensor is electrically and thermally isolated from the main accelerometer housing, minimising the effect of electrical interference on the measured signal and the impact of thermal changes, which can result in base strain effects. These are key factors to the successful implementation of low frequency accelerometers.

Available in straight and side exit mechanical configurations with mounting threads to suite most applications, the PZS is supplied with either a 2-pin connector or integral cable, offering protection up to IP68.

Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS have added a new option to their established range of proximity probes which virtually eliminates the detrimental effects on measurements caused by both side and rear targets. The PRSVBeam proximity probe has an innovative tip design which overcomes the problems associated with traditional probe designs, such as poor accuracy, system non-linearities and extended set-up time.

In certain monitoring applications, for example where the probe tip is installed close to the machine casing or in a counter bore where the side view can distort readings, the effectiveness of proximity probes can be compromised. Also, in many applications, such as those requiring accurate measurement of thrust bearing wear or shaft position, probe access to the target is restricted. While the probe face can be fixed opposite the main target (end of a shaft or collar), it is likely additional side and rear targets will also impact the measurement and this situation worsens as the designated target moves away from the probe face, hence system non-linearities and extended set-up time.   

Proximity probes operate on the principle of eddy currents set up in the surface of a conductive target material perpendicular to the axis of the probe tip. Proximity to the target affects the eddy current magnitude and therefore field strength which is detected through the probe driver as a linearised distance from the probe face. Traditional probe tip designs are exposed to not only the target, but also side and rear views.

The new PRSVBeam offers a fully protected rear and side view through complete metallic encapsulation of the probe sensor assembly and its unique tip design provides a beam effect towards the target resulting in excellent linearity, even if fitted with the tip flush to the machine case or mounting assembly. At the extreme end of the probe range the effect is a 0.5% measurement error which reduces to less than 0.2% in the middle of the probe measurement range.  Another benefit of this tip design is its ability to withstand pressures up to 300bar and to provide sensor tip protection when utilised in heavy particle based fluids.

The introduction of this new probe option provides a measurement range spanning 0.2mm - 1.7mm and linear within 1% in a 10mm diameter tip probe, providing micrometre resolution for both critical fluid film bearing vibration and shaft position applications. Another advantage of the probe is it’s suitability for use in ‘blind-hole’ measurement situations where certain applications restrict the ability to calibrate the in-situ probe system and rely on the bench calibrated performance to set the target gap and sensitivity. Thanks to the performance of the PRSVBeam when subjected to multiple targets the measurement accuracy can be guaranteed and therefore can be recommended for these types of application.

The new PRSVBeam can be supplied with a choice of fixed cable lengths of 2m, 5m, 7m, 9m, 14m and with a separate driver module in accordance with the API670 standard.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, is guaranteeing a sustainable future and broad scalability for the ETX standard with the launch of the conga-EAF Computer-on-Module (COM). With a choice of seven AMD G-Series processors, the conga-EAF also offers the best price/performance ratio. Ranging from the AMD T56N 1.6 GHz Dual Core (L1 cache 64KB, L2 Cache 512KB x2, 18 W) multi-core processor to the AMD G-T40R 1.0 GHz (L1 cache 64KB, L2 cache 512KB, 5.5W) single-core processor with extremely low power consumption, the conga-EAF provides a perfect form-fit function setup for ETX. congatec is thereby granting all ETX applications a life-time extension into a second generation.

A particularly noteworthy benefit of the new COMs is native PCI support. ETX applications are based on this primary data bus and therefore continue to rely on unlimited data transfer for the connection of PCI peripherals. Direct native 32-bit PCI support from the chipset has substantial advantages with regard to PCI bus latency over comparable PCI Express bridge solutions.

The discontinuation of the Intel® 855 chipset family left a serious gap in the market for ETX computer modules. Processor manufacturer AMD has closed this gap with the introduction of its Fusion architecture which combines two previously separate computing functions – the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) – into one Accelerated Processor Unit (APU). Fusion also opened up completely new perspectives for a wide range of innovative graphics-related applications.

The conga-EAF modules are equipped with the embedded controller hub Hudson E1 and provide a powerful and inexpensive compact two-chip solution with up to 4GB of single channel DDR3 memory.

The integrated graphics core with the Universal Video Decoder 3.0 for seamless Blu-ray processing via HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) videos supports DirectX® 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D imaging as well as OpenCL 1.1. The APU comes with two independent graphics controllers providing VESA-compliant video output with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.

The conga-EAF supports 2 x Serial ATA interfaces, native 32-bit PCI (Rev. 2.3), 2 x EIDE, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, ISA bus, 2 x COM, PS/2, 10/100M Ethernet and high-definition audio. A choice of LVDS, CRT, DisplayPort, HDMI or DVI graphics interfaces is also provided.

congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, announces the expansion of its Qseven product line.

The conga-QAF Qseven module, which is based on the AMD Embedded G-Series, is the first module to combine high graphics performance, dual core processing power and low power consumption in such a small form factor. It is therefore a perfect solution for cost-sensitive low-power control and visualization applications.

The conga-QAF is available in two processor variants: AMD G-Series G-T40E 1.0 GHz Dual Core (6.4 W); and AMD G-Series G-T40R 1.0 GHz Single Core (5.5 W) with up to 4 GB of low power onboard DDR3 memory.
The integrated graphics core with the Universal Video Decoder 3.0 for seamless processing of Blu-ray content via HDCP (1080p), MPEG-2, HD and DivX (MPEG-4) video supports DirectX® 11 and OpenGL 4.0 for fast 2D and 3D image display and OpenGL 1.1. LVDS. DisplayPort and HDMI graphics interfaces are provided.

The AMD G-Series graphics unit can also be used for compute-intensive parallelizable operations that are normally executed by the processor. OpenCL support is offered to ensure that non-graphics related standard operations are also easy and straightforward to perform.

The new conga-QAF Qseven module, which measures just 70 x 70 mm and uses the AMD Hudson E1 Fusion controller hub in combination with the G-Series processor, provides a powerful and compact two-chip solution with a complete feature set. Differential interfaces such as PCI Express and SATA are available. Support is further available for 8x USB 2.0, 2x SATA 3.0, 1x SDIO, 4x PCIe 2.0, LPC bus, I²C bus, Gigabit Ethernet and high definition audio.

Extreme performance efficiencies make this a suitable concept for user-friendly control of mobile applications in automation, medical technology, digital signage, POI/POS, transportation, and many other fields.

congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, presents the conga-QMCB, a new mini carrier baseboard for space-critical applications based on the Qseven standard.

The baseboard is ideal for fast prototype design and compact, mobile applications. Measuring just 145x95 mm, the easy-to-integrate mini carrier board is packed with a wide range of state-of-the-art interfaces and is designed to accelerate the evaluation process in the design-in phase, thereby facilitating faster time-to-market. DisplayPort, HDMI and LVDS 18/24 Bit graphics interfaces have been implemented, together with six USB interfaces and an Ethernet connection. The board also offers additional standard interfaces such as high definition audio and a mini PCI express socket, which can be used for WLAN. SD-Card, 2x SATA and CFast have also been integrated on the baseboard to enable the connection of mass storage devices.

The conga-QMCB is powered by a single 5V DC supply. Battery management signalling is fully incorporated, enabling the use of the congatec Smart Battery Manager (conga-SBM2) and making the baseboard a simple solution for mobile systems. When using ACPI-compatible operating systems such as Linux or Windows, battery system communication is fully implemented; no special software or BIOS adjustment is required.

The conga-QMCB is designed for use with the new conga-QAF computer module, which is based on AMD Fusion technology, and the conga-QA6, which is based on the current Intel Atom E600 series.

The conga-QMCB is available with immediate effect.

congatec AG has unveiled the conga-TM67, a new high-performance module for future designs. The Type 6 Pin-out and digital display interfaces ensure improved display options and increase bandwidth with additional PCI Express Lanes availability.

The new module features the second generation of Intel® Core™ processors – such as the Intel® Core™ i7-2710QE processor (2.1 GHz, 45W, PGA) and the dual-core Intel® Core™ i5-2510E processor (2.5 GHz, 35W, PGA) with up to 8 GByte high-speed dual-channel DDR3 memory (1333 MHz). Type 6 Pin-out is the ideal solution for the implemented Intel® QM67 Express chipset series and its following generations. In addition to VGA and LVDS, it offers three digital display interfaces, each of which can be configured for DisplayPort (DP), HDMI or DVI. Unlike Type 2 modules, these are no longer multiplexed. Type 6 also provides a PEG (PCI Express Graphics) port enabling connection to other high-performance graphics components and thereby offering maximum display support for gaming and medical applications.

The main highlight of the COM Express Basic (95x125 mm) module is its outstanding graphics capacity. 3D performance has again been significantly increased by comparison with previous Intel generations. The Intel® HD graphics supports Intel® Clear Video Technology and DirectX Video Acceleration (DXVA) for faster video processing. Thanks to the increase in computing power offered by the second generation of the Intel® Core™ processor family, the conga-TM67 is the ideal graphics solution for gaming, medical technology, automation and digital signage applications. The integrated video coding function enables real-time processing of incoming video streams.

Seven PCI Express Lanes, PCI Express Graphics (PEG) x16 Lanes for high-performance external graphics cards, eight USB 2.0 ports, four SATA interfaces with RAID support, one EIDE and a 1GB Ethernet interface make for fast and flexible system updating. Fan control, an LPC bus for the easy connection of Legacy I/O interfaces and Intel® High Definition Audio round off the range of functions on offer.

All conga-TM67 modules are fitted with the new UEFI embedded firmware solution. The congatec board controller comes with an extensive embedded PC feature set. The independence from the x86 processor means functions such as system monitoring and the I²C bus work faster and more reliably – even when the system is in standby mode.

A COM Express Type 6-compatible evaluation carrier board is also available.

  • Only a 5 pin feed-through is required to operate multiple Zaber positioners in a vacuum chamber. *See below for more details.
  • The high-vacuum units are vacuum rated to 10^-6 torr. All components are chosen for low out-gassing and low CVCM.
  • The low-vacuum units are vacuum rated to 10^-3 torr and use vacuum compatible greases and epoxies. All have non-anodized components.
  • You can easily make Zaber's devices do a complicated series of moves with our free software.
  • You don't need to worry about finding the right accessories. With the kit version, you get a power supply, data cables, and a serial adapter. The only other thing that you may need is a T-USB , which converts a USB port into an RS 232 serial port.
  • Installation is easy as 1-2-3: Connect the device to your computer; connect the power supply to your device; send instructions to your device from the computer.
Reduce Wiring/Feedthroughs by daisy-chaining devices with built-in controllers inside the vacuum chamber: Two or more devices can be daisy-chained inside a vacuum chamber, eliminating the need for extra feedthroughs. Just solder the signal wires directly from one device to the next in the chain. In addition, you can transmit power though data cables: Power to vacuum devices is transmitted through the data cables, eliminating the need for extra feedthroughs. A Zaber T-DSUB9-P (included with kits) is used to splice the power into the data cable - it is connected to the data cable outside the vacuum chamber.

Exor announced his new HMI software suite JMobile. A new innovative HMI software platform, flexible, powerful and intuitive.

It’s a suite of software components that provides solutions for connecting equipment and visualizing data. JMobile is a software suite designed to offer a complete HMI solution. Thanks to its client server architecture it is possible to create a seamless data transfers from field level up to system management layers. Centralized collected data can be shared through advanced communication interfaces based on web technologies.

JMobile provides remote access to equipments. Performant native Clients and flexible web access modules are available to ensure the best possible remote connectivity experience, even from mobile device systems just with a simple browser interface.

JMobile stands for HMI visualization and control across desktop and embedded platforms. Designed to be a multiplatform HMI software it is supporting various runtime target systems as HMI’s, PC and mobile devices. Exor provides with the new eTOP400 and eTOP500 series a wide range of touchscreen panels with display sizes from 4.3” to 15” for the HMI runtime version.

JMobile applications are easily and quickly configured using JMobile Studio, powerful IDE with a graphical drag & drop interface. A rich set of more that 1000 symbols, icons is included in the Studio; Widgets, dynamic objects and advanced function, as rotating menus and RSS feed reader, allows users to create applications for various market fields. The full vector graphic object library, created using SVG standards, allows users to resize applications without loosing quality of visualization. Page templates and project skins, as known from cell phones applications, reduces the time for project creation.

Through simulation mode is it possible to review the project off-line without the need to download it to the target device. Typical HMI and SCADA functions as trends, recipies, data storage , alarm management, user management, scheduler, multilanguage switching are completing the solution.

HMI applications can be automated and completed in functionality by using the powerful scripting language included.

JMobile provides the option to integrate the powerful CoDeSys controller, as well the complete set of communication drivers to connect to external CoDeSys based devices. With the JMobile software suite Exor release the HMIStudio for project engineering. Further clients versions also for 3rd party hardware in following releases will increase the range of possible solutions.

Galil Motion Control, an industry leader in motion control technology, is announcing the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller Series, their latest generation, single-axis Ethernet motion controller. It combines a high performance motion controller and a 800Watt sine drive in a low cost, compact 3.9 in. x 5.0 in. x 1.5 in. package. The DMC-300xx is also available as a controller-only model which can be connected to a stepper or servo motor amplifier of any power range. Using a 32-bit RISC processor and improved power technology, the DMC-300xx provides higher speed, better power efficiency and smaller size than their prior generation controllers. The DMC-300xx is designed for single-axis motor control applications where compact size, low cost and remote location are important.

The DMC-300xx is higher speed than Galil's prior generation single-axis controllers; The 125 µs servo loop update time is twice as fast and the 15 MHz encoder frequency and 3 MHz stepper pulse output are 25% faster.

"A powerful new feature of the DMC-300xx is that it provides two 100Base-T Ethernet ports which can be daisy-chained," said Lisa Wade, vice president of sales and marketing. "This allows multiple units to be connected without the use of an Ethernet hub."

The DMC-30012 model is packaged with an 800 W amplifier for driving brushless servo motors at 20–80 VDC, up to 10 A continuous, 15 A peak. The fully digital, transconductance amplifier is a sinusoidally commutated brushless motor amplifier which minimizes torque ripple compared to drives using trapezoidal commutation. This is especially important for applications using low friction linear motors. The amplifier provides commands for initialization of the brushless motor using either hall sensors or encoder feedback.

Other features of the DMC-300xx motion controller include PID compensation with velocity and acceleration feedforward, non-volatile memory for user programs, multitasking for simultaneously running up to four programs, and I/O processing for synchronizing motion with external events. Modes of motion include point-to-point positioning, position tracking, jogging, contouring, electronic gearing, ECAM, and PVT.

The DMC-300xx provides optically isolated inputs and outputs as a standard feature. I/O include forward and reverse limit inputs, homing input, 8 uncommitted digital inputs, 4 uncommitted digital outputs, 2 uncommitted analog inputs and 1 uncommitted analog output. The DMC-300xx accepts position feedback from both a main and auxiliary encoder. Quadrature encoder feedback is standard with BiSS and SSI formats available as an option. A 115 kb RS232 port is also provided.

The DMC-30012 controller and 800W drive unit is $695 U.S. in single quantity and $445 U.S. in quantities of 100. The DMC-30010 controller-only unit is $295 U.S. in 100 quantities.

Applied Motion Products is excited to announce the availability of an EtherNet/IP connectivity option for our popular, low cost SV7 servo drive The SV7 is a compact, 24 to 80 VDC sine servo drive and is available with specially matched 50 to 400 watt V series NEMA mount servo motors as well as M series metric mount, IP rated servo motors.

The SV7-IP includes eight digital inputs, four digital outputs and two +/-10V analog inputs. The EtherNet/IP command set provides access to all drive control modes, I/O and parameters using EtherNet/IP class 3 explicit messaging. Q language programs stored in the drive can also be triggered over EtherNet/IP. This servo drive is the perfect solution for applications requiring connectivity to Rockwell/Allen Bradley PLCs.

Matching 24 VDC and 48 VDC power supplies ship from stock.

SV7 models are also available supporting SCL and Q languages over Ethernet UDP and TCP, RS-232 and RS-485 communication ports. CANopen and Si programming units are also in stock.

Ethernet/IP with M12 connectors - MAC00-EI4:
  • Control and setup through Ethernet/IP
  • 1 Ethernet/IP input and 1 output
  • 1 digital input for enable, limit etc.
  • 1 analog input for Homing og adjustment etc.
  • 1 digital opto isolated Outputs up to 200mA for In Position, Error etc.
  • Protection IP67
  • RS232 interface
  • 4 x M12 connectors
  • See accessories for versions with complete cable set.
Ethernet/IP with M12 connectors - MAC00-EI41
  • Control and setup through Ethernet/IP
  • 1 Ethernet/IP input
  • 4 digital input for enable, limit etc.
  • 2 analog input for Homing og adjustment etc.
  • 2 digital opto isolated Outputs up to 200mA for In Position, Error etc.
  • Protection IP67
  • RS232 interface
  • 4 x M12 connectors
  • See accessories for versions with complete cable set
The Industrial Ethernet Protocol (Ethernet/IP) was originally developed by Rockwell Automation and is now managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA). It is an already well established Industrial Ethernet communication system with good Real-Time capabilities.

Ehernet/IP has a strong presence in America and Asia and has been selected by General Motors as a plant wide communication system for all GM factories worldwide.

Ethernet/IP is standardized in the International standard IEC 61158 and Ethernet/IP devices are certified by ODVA for interoperability and conformance.

EtherNet/IP extends commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) — the same upper-layer protocol and object model found in DeviceNet and ControlNet.

CIP allows Ethernet/IP and DeviceNet system integrators and users to apply the same objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors and in multiple sub-nets. Combined, DeviceNet, ControlNet and Ethernet/IP promote transparency from sensors to the enterprise software.

EtherCAT with M12 connectors - MAC00-EC4:
  • Control and setup through EtherCAT
  • 1 EtherCAT input and 1 output
  • 1 digital input for enable, limit etc.
  • 1 analog input for Homing og adjustment etc.
  • 1 digital opto isolated Outputs up to 200mA for In Position, Error etc.
  • Protection IP67
  • RS232 interface
  • 4 x M12 connectors
  • See accessories for versions with complete cable set.
EtherCAT with M12 connectors - MAC00-EC41
  • Control and setup through EtherCAT
  • 1 EtherCAT input
  • 4 digital input for enable, limit etc.
  • 2 analog input for Homing og adjustment etc.
  • 2 digital opto isolated Outputs up to 200mA for In Position, Error etc.
  • Protection IP67
  • RS232 interface
  • 4 x M12 connectors
  • See accessories for versions with complete cable set
EtherCAT is the new open real-time Ethernet Master/Slave network developed by Beckhoff. Today, it is an open standard, managed by the EtherCAT technology group.

EtherCAT sets new limits for real-time performance since it processes 1000 distributed I/O in 30 µs or 100 axis in 100 µs using twisted pair or fiber optic cable.

Regarding topology, EtherCAT supports a simple low cost line structure, a tree structure, daisy chaining or drop lines - no expensive infrastructure components are required.

Alternatively the classic more expensive switched star topology can be used.

QuickStep, the Integrated Stepper Motors from JVL.

A wealth of possibilities in a series of of the world´s most compact stepper motors with the higest microstepping resolution.

The motors are basically available in 3 sizes:
  • MIS340 - 3.0Nm
  • MIS341 - 6.1Nm
  • MIS342 - 9.0Nm
The QuickStep series of Stepper motors with integrated electronics represents a major step forward. All the necessary electronics in a stepper system are integrated in the motor itself.

The stepper motor, encoder and electronics are specially developed by JVL so that together they form a closed unit in which the power driver and controller are mounted inside the motor in a closed section.

Choose MOTOR SELECTION CHART to find the motor for your application and select ACCESSORIES, CONNECTIONS, VERSIONS, and SOFTWARE below to optimize your choice for your application.

Note that the driver and controller are also available a separate unit - SMC85.