Automotive White Papers and Case Studies

  1. Automotive Precision Assembly: Hexapod 6-Axis Parallel Machines Add High Precision To Conventional Robots

    The need for advances robotics with high precision and alignment requirements continues to grow in the automotive industry. Many traditionally used articulated-arm robots are fast and can handle heavy loads, but they lack positioning accuracy. In the past, hexapod parallel kinematic robots were considered overkill for the automotive industry. Now, however, the situation is rapidly changing. This white paper describes the major benefits that hexapod 6-axis parallel machines have for conventional robots in automotive precision assembly lines. 

  2. High-Speed Infrared Imaging For Analysis Of A Diesel Engine Supplied With Premixed Methane-Air Charge

    Engineers are continuously looking to improve the efficiency of internal combustion engines (ICEs). This white paper walks through this experiment and investigates the different phases of the combustion cycle using four different spectral filters in order to see the difference in the exhaust fumes.

  3. Next Generation IR Technologies Solve High Speed Automotive Testing Challenges

    Non-contact forms of measurement are not fast enough to stop the motion on high speed targets and cannot take accurate temperature measurements. This application note discusses the need for cooled thermal cameras with short exposure times for these types of measurements

  4. Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine

    This application note describes how JUNO, the F150A-BB-26 thermopile laser power sensor, and StarLab measurement software are used to know the status of automotive etching equipment in order to keep the power beam stable.

  5. Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors

    Environmental air quality; proximity control; crowd counting; climate change; the “Internet of Things”.  Our world has become an increasingly monitored place where the proliferation of sensors and detectors allows us, and our devices, to better understand and interact with our environments.  

  6. Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat

    Unlike thermoplastics, which soften when heated, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is created in high heat and can easily withstand high-heat applications.. This article discusses the merits of LSR, a comparison between thermoplastics and thermosets, and design considerations for LSR parts.

  7. Application Note: Energy-Efficient, Process-Reliable Mass Production Of Thermoplastic Automotive Components
    Industrial series production of very large quantities of automotive components at one of Germany's largest automotive suppliers is a challenge. By Peter Bruns, Manager of Application & Technical Service, LIMO Lissotschenko Mikrooptik GmbH
  8. Application Note: CARS Microscopy
    In the last ten years multi-photon-microscopy has become increasingly popular to enhancing contrast and resolution for modern microscopic imaging due to the utilization of non-linear optical effects. Amongst many methods of multi-photon-microscopy, two-photon-excitation fluorescence- microscopy is the most popular one with more than a few hundred systems installed every year. The big draw back of two-photon-fluorescence microscopy, however, is the use of dyes for creating the images. Methods to overcome the problems connected with dyes are based on non-linear optical effects such as second and third harmonic generation (SHG, THG), Raman scattering or Coherent Antistokes Raman Scattering (CARS), a third order non-linear process (X(3) process) involving four photons.