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Digital encoding innovation

A digital encoder by Scanlab can remove existing performance limitations. This approach to digital position detection substantially lowers the moments of inertia of the drives in high-precision semiconductor processing or micro-structuring.

The encoder technology is featured in Scanlab’s dynAXISse galvanometer scanner units, and in the intelliSCANse 2-D scan systems. Mirrors mounted on the galvos allow the laser beam to position for a specific application.

With its digital encoder, Scanlab removes existing performance limitations while also achieving precision. In a small space, the encoder uses a zero-mass laser beam to sense a stationary scale, much like the hands of a clock. Here, additional inertia-increasing components are no longer necessary. High precision is also indicated by lower position noise and stable long-term drift with minimal reaction to temperature fluctuations. This allows users to fulfill accuracy requirements.

Email: press@scanlab.de.

Visit: www.scanlab.de.

Handheld bar code reader

Cognex’s DataMan 8600 series of handheld direct part mark bar code readers provides readings for manufacturers implementing part traceability programs across the automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace, and oil and gas industries.

The DataMan 8600 series handheld readers provide Ethernet communication with industrial protocols enabling integration with factory automation equipment. Available with both corded and wireless communication modules, the DataMan 8600 series supports industry-standard communications including USB, RS-232 and Bluetooth wireless communication to an intelligent base station.

The DataMan 8600 series is built for harsh work environments, and offers a range of industrial cables and accessories to support the product.

Call: 855-426-4639.

Visit: www.cognex.com.

Bar code scanners

Sick has released the CLV600 IP 69K housing bar code scanners, which provide high read rates in challenging conditions.

The IP 69K housing is waterproof, enabling the scanners to be used in harsh wash-down environments where temperatures can reach 80°C. The stainless steel housing and plastic front window cover are designed to protect CLV600 series scanners from harsh chemicals and cleaning agents in food and beverage environments. These scanners also include IP 69K cables to protect against moisture and shock.

Because most common industrial interfaces are on-board the scanner, no external converters or extra hardware is required. The CLV600 scanners come pre-mounted and include variants for both line and raster, and oscillating mirror versions.

Email: tracie.manor@sick.com.

Visit: www.sickusa.com.

Data logger

Onset has announced the HOBO MX1101, a data logger that measures and transmits temperature and humidity data wirelessly to mobile devices. The self-contained wireless data logger, which works with Onset’s free HOBOmobile app for logger setup and data management, enables the user to access data from an iOS mobile device.

These capabilities, combined with audible and visual alarm notifications, make the HOBO MX1101 ideal for use in a range of building monitoring applications, such as tracking storage temperatures in a food warehouse, keeping tabs on humidity levels in a museum, or investigating occupant comfort complaints in an office building.

From an iPhone, users can view data in graphs, check the operational status of loggers, share data files and graph images for analysis in MS Excel and other applications, and store data in the cloud.

Email: sales@onsetcomp.com.

Visit: www.onsetcomp.com.

Analog frame grabber

Despite the machine vision industry’s multiyear migration from analog to digital imaging, there remains a large installation base of legacy systems that still acquire analog data from numerous sources. Because companies are ceasing production of their analog frame grabbers, users of specific software must now find analog board replacements.

Those users can swap out their analog boards with a BitFlow Alta-AN frame grabber and experience acquisition and minimal central processing unit use. Alta-AN boards acquire signals from many analog cameras on the market.

BitFlow Alta-AN frame grabbers have a virtual frame grabber (VFG) to support either one, two or four analog cameras. Each VFG operates independently so it can be configured for a different camera, triggering mode, and destination buffer, as well as for a different acquisition state than the other VFGs on the same board.

Call: 781-932-2900.

Visit: www.bitflow.com.

Sliding center clamp

R&R Fixtures’ adjustable sliding center clamp holds and sets cylindrical and tubular parts on a specific angle. With a linear rail, the center can be set and adjusted to fit your part.

The center clamp comes with six different female/male removable centering pin options to accommodate your part and gain as much viewing and probing access on your vision system as possible. The clamp can hold parts up to 4-3/4 in. length and 1-1/8 in. diameter.

Call: 616-847-6045.

Visit: www.rrfixtures.com.

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