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  1. Precision Explosives Analysis Using High-Speed Imaging
    8/24/2017

    High-speed imaging can be used to quantitatively capture explosions, the resulting damage, and to measure other important parameters of the explosion. The data collected can aid in the understanding and characterization of a detonation.

  2. Frictionless Precision Motion Control Based On Air Bearing Stages - Key Element In Coordinate Measuring And Surface Metrology Applications
    8/23/2017

    The performance of precision metrology equipment such as coordinate measuring machines (CMM) depends on highly accurate, repeatable, and controllable motion systems and position sensors. Air bearings have played a critical role in the development and construction of CMMs and other metrology tools. They are inherently frictionless, highly stable, and feature geometric precision straightness and flatness for linear bearings.

  3. Automotive Precision Assembly: Hexapod 6-Axis Parallel Machines Add High Precision To Conventional Robots
    8/23/2017

    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. 

  4. Engineered Precision Motion Design Benefits From Systems Approach
    8/23/2017

    When controlling motion at the sub-micrometer or nanometer levels for alignment and handling applications, it is imperative to have high reliability, robustness, minimized latency, and high-speed synchronization with external devices to reach sub-micrometer path accuracy. The higher the dynamics and throughput targets of a multi-axis precision motion system, the more holistic the design approach must be in order to achieve success. A systems approach where the mechanics, control electronics, and software are designed by the same team provides a great amount of benefits for the user.

  5. 5 Ways To Improve Your Technical Communication
    8/15/2017

    Whether we’re pitching to investors, networking at a trade show, or giving a conference presentation, our message impacts the results. If we’re not thoughtful about how we structure that content, select details, and deliver the information, it’s easy to lose the quality and clarity of our communication.

  6. When Lightning And Rods Connect
    8/14/2017

    Marcelo Saba is a modern-day Doc Brown–except that instead of capturing lightning to power a DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future, Saba captures lightning with high-speed cameras to not only advance the understanding of how lightning connects with lightning rods, but also provide the field data necessary to improve current lightning protection systems.

  7. Fiber Optic Sensing
    8/9/2017

    The two types of sensing include local measurement points and distributed sensing. This paper presents the technical basics behind sensing over fiber technologies, its main applications, and the cabling solutions involved.

  8. Vision Systems 101: Start With The Video Interface
    8/7/2017

    Choosing the right video interface may mean the difference between success and failure for vision system designers. Although the video interface is a small part of the overall vision system, it has a large impact on the cost and usability of the final product.

  9. Understanding LIDT Laser Optics For High Power Lasers
    8/4/2017

    To analyze the specific damage characteristics of high-power laser optics, it is important to understand the laser induced damage threshold (LIDT), an analytical threshold determination method that can reveal damage diagnostics, and its testing provides a lower-cost option for coating development. 

  10. Why SWIR And InGaAs Are Useful
    8/4/2017

    Sensing in the shortwave infrared (SWIR) range (wavelengths from 0.9 to 1.7 microns) has been made practical by the development of indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) sensors. This white paper covers the importance of using InGaAs technologies in SWIR applications.