Key considerations when selecting a lens for machine vision

One of the most common mistakes is that engineers /scientist will often choose a camera and a sensor before choosing a lens. This could lead to a situation where there isn’t an optimised lens available for the application. Remember all machine vision systems require production of an image of sufficient quality to enable the required

Belleville washers – big power, small space

When an application calls for high spring loading in a small space then Lee Spring believe that Belleville washers can often be the complete spring solution. Their conical configuration enables them to support high loads with relatively small deflections and solid heights compared to helical springs. Belleville Washers are often used to solve vibration, thermal

CO2 targets for trucks are seriously challenging – Smart strategy for emission reduction is necessary

The European Commission has proposed today for the first time binding EU emission standards for trucks. The proposal contains a reduction of CO2 emissions from trucks by 15% in 2025 against a 2019 baseline and at least 30% in 2030. The parameter recognises payload and mileage and is expressed as the number of grams CO2

ANSYS Launches Twin Builder for Digital Twins

There’s been a lot of talk about digital twins this year, and some of you may have been wondering exactly how a digital twin is made (we certainly have). And, as if to answer that question, simulation giant ANSYS has announced the release of the latest version of its simulation platform, ANSYS 19.1. What is

New explosion-proof flow monitor

The B3100 flow monitor from Blancett features advanced application options with user-friendly 'through-glass' operation, utilising finger proximity detecting buttons.   Data logging, remote data access and programming are available, without the need to open the enclosure — ensuring application integrity in demanding installations. The B3100 is explosion-proof in accordance with ATEX, IECEx, FM and CSA

New Ultra High Density 225W power supply

Gresham Power Electronics has launched its latest micro-footprint, Ultra High Density (UHD) 225W output power supply the OF(M)225.   The OF(M)225 Series of open frame switching power supplies utilises a highly advanced circuit topology to deliver 225 Watts with fan cooling and 120 Watts convection cooled in an industry standard package that has a 2.00

Power surge protection

Pasternack has just launched a new series of coaxial surge protectors that are designed to guard valuable communications equipment from power surges and indirect lightning strikes.   The 46 new coaxial lightning and surge protectors are perfect for use in cellular base stations, public safety systems, Wi-Fi networks, active antenna systems and GPS system applications.

New high-force actuator

The RSX080 actuator is the latest addition to the Tolomatic family of high-force electric actuators. It is an economical actuator solution with forces up to 18,000 lbf (80 kN) ideal for replacing hydraulic cylinders. Designed and tested for a 100% duty cycle, the actuator is roller-screw driven for long, consistent life in demanding environments. Applications

Analyzing a Spaceplane with HyperSizer

Artistic rendering of the Dream Chaser spacecraft. (Image courtesy of Sierra Nevada Corporation.) Meet the Dream Chaser Cargo System, an autonomous, reusable spaceplane under development by the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). The unmanned craft will serve NASA in several Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-2) missions to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS)starting in late

Radiation-tolerant camera gets a motor

Resolve Optics has launched a motorised version of its Model 357 non-browning zoom lens for use with radiation-tolerant cameras. The system combines remote control of lens functions with provision of true high definition (HD) quality images, over a 10x zoom range. Mark Pontin, Managing Director of Resolve Optics commented, "We introduced the motorised version to