AUTOMOTIVE WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

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...  Continue Reading...
High-Speed Infrared Imaging For Analysis Of A Diesel Engine Supplied With Premixed Methane-Air Charge
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.  Continue Reading...
Next Generation IR Technologies Solve High Speed Automotive Testing Challenges
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  Continue Reading...
Laser Ablation Makes Automotive Interiors Shine
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.  Continue Reading...
Clear The Air: New Optical Filters For Sensors And Detectors
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.    Continue Reading...
Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat
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.  Continue Reading...
Application Note: Energy-Efficient, Process-Reliable Mass Production Of Thermoplastic Automotive Components
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  Continue Reading...
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AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS

Surface Reflectance Analyzer: RA-532H Surface Reflectance Analyzer: RA-532H

The Surface Reflectance Analyzer RA-532H is a device designed to comprehensively measure and evaluate the surface conditions of objects. Utilized measurement methods include standard compliant gloss, haze, Image Clarity (IC), and 2-D BRDF (Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function) measurements.

Thin Film Coating Solutions And Processes Thin Film Coating Solutions And Processes

DSI is capable of producing a variety of durable, reliable, and heat resistant optical coatings within the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, shortwave infrared, mid-wave infrared, and long-wave infrared spectral wavelengths. Along with standard products, DSI is able to work in close collaboration with customers in order to develop innovative coatings that meet specific requirements within real-world applications.

High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation: H-900KSCO High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation: H-900KSCO

The H-900KSCO is a reference-class, 6-axis positioning system designed for dynamic motion in all degrees of freedom (X, Y, Z, pitch, roll, yaw). This compact hexapod provides linear travel ranges up to 200 mm and rotation to 66 degrees for applications such as motion simulation, industrial production, precision machining, automotive industry, and stabilization of motion on moving vehicles and vessels.

HDR CMOS Camera for Automotive and Mobile OEM Applications: Blue Eagle Cameras HDR CMOS Camera for Automotive and Mobile OEM Applications: Blue Eagle Cameras

First Sensor’s HDR CMOS camera offers a greater than 100 dB dynamic range, a wide range of digital data interfaces, and an operating temperature range of -40 to +95oC. These specifications coupled with their ruggedness make them ideal for front/rear/blind spot detection in cars, heavy trucks, forklifts, agricultural equipment, and mining machines.

AR and AF Automotive Display Coatings AR and AF Automotive Display Coatings

Iridian Spectral Technologies has developed oleophobic and hydrophobic AF coatings for easy cleaning and smudge resistance, and AR coatings to suppress surface reflections for use in touch-screen technology in vehicle interiors.

Automotive Electronics Micromolding Automotive Electronics Micromolding
Many of today's cars and trucks are as hi-tech as your home computer. Accumold's expertise with small and micro-sized injection molding is an ideal fit for this industry
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

  • Ford's Argo AI Buys LiDAR Startup Princeton Lightwave
    Ford's Argo AI Buys LiDAR Startup Princeton Lightwave

    Ford-controlled Argo AI has acquired New Jersey-based Princeton Lightwave, a developer of LiDAR (light detection and ranging) cameras and sensors for autonomous driving vehicles, for an undisclosed amount.

  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Introduces New Automotive Platform For Connected Cars

    GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled AutoPro™, a new platform designed to provide automotive customers a broad set of technology solutions and manufacturing services that minimize certification efforts and speed time-to-market.

  • Quality Of Pulsed Laser Diodes Meets Highest Demands
    Quality Of Pulsed Laser Diodes Meets Highest Demands

    LASER COMPONENTS USA, specialized provider of laser and optoelectronic components in the US and Canada, is proud to announce that the first of its products has achieved ­qualification for use in the automotive industry. Pulsed Laser Diodes (PLD) with a wavelength of 905 nm are key components for the LiDAR technology (Light Detection and Ranging) used in autonomous driving.

  • U.S. House of Representatives Approves Self-Driving Car Bill
    U.S. House of Representatives Approves Self-Driving Car Bill

    The United States House of Representatives has unanimously approved a key bill that aims to set the regulatory framework for self-driving vehicles.

  • Vision Systems 101: Start With The Video Interface

    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.

  • Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras Have Double The Memory At 32GB
    Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras Have Double The Memory At 32GB

    ­­­­­Photron, Inc. recently announced the new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB. Photron’s recently introduced product families are also renowned for their remarkable light sensitivity.

  • New Fast, High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation
    New Fast, High-Load Hexapod For Motion Simulation, Stabilization, And Cancellation

    PI (Physik Instrumente) recently introduced the H-900KSCO hexapod, designed with dynamic motion in XYZ, pitch roll, and yaw. 6-axis parallel kinematics motion is perfected by PI hexapods delivering nanopositioning precision, high speed, and stability necessary to meet today’s demanding motion control applications.

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AUTOMOTIVE VIDEOS

  • Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications
    Challenges In Operating Pulsed Laser Diodes For LIDAR Applications

    Jeff Briton and Dragan Grubsic spoke to us about some of the challenges involved in operating pulsed laser diodes and avalanche photodiodes in LIDAR for the automotive and sensor markets.

  • Considerations For Specialized Fiber Optics In Rugged Environments
    Considerations For Specialized Fiber Optics In Rugged Environments

    At Photonics West 2017, Frank Weiss with Gooch & Housego offered practical advice on considerations one should take into account when specifying fiber optics for deployment in rugged environments, including life cycle requirements, the pitfalls of underspecifying, and the potential headaches that can be involved in not paying close attention to export control parameters.

  • Car Safety Testing Using the pco.dimax cs Camera
    Car Safety Testing Using the pco.dimax cs Camera

    The pco.dimax cs camera with its true 12-bit performance is ideal for providing crisp, brilliant color images for all car safety testing applications involving onboard, offboard, and sled testing. This high speed video presents car safety testing situations recorded with the pco.dimax cs camera.

  • Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments
    Surface Measurements In The Most Challenging Environments

    In this video, one of Zygo’s applications engineers provides a demonstration of the ZeGageTM 3D optical surface profiler as it measures the roughness of the surface of a sealing valve used in the automotive industry. That might sounds fairly unremarkable, but check out how the system does on a rickety plastic table in a machine shop full of noise and vibration.

  • Two New High Speed Cameras
    Two New High Speed Cameras

    Photron launched two new high speed imaging solutions for slow motion analysis at Photonics West 2015. Andrew Bridges broke down both of the camera’s features and specifications for us this year. Watch the video to see if they can provide you with a solution for your next slow motion analysis application.

  • Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses
    Buzz At Umicore Booth Over New Catalog Lenses

    John Franks of Umicore tells about the lenses the company provides for applications involving automotive night vision, defense, security and surveillance, thermography, and personal thermal vision. He also shares some exciting news about new catalog lenses that are currently available.

  • Two New Cameras For High-Speed Imaging Applications
    Two New Cameras For High-Speed Imaging Applications

    Photron has launched two new cameras over the last few months: the FASTCAM SA-Z and the Mini UX100. North American sales manager Tim Callenbach tells us about them and their role in applications involving ballistics, off-board automotive testing, shockwaves, broadcasting, fluidics, welding, materials science, plasma and arc studies, and more.

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