Latest Production Tech: Larson Motion Sensor, Thorlabs Laser Sources & More
Vincent Charbonneau posted on September 03, 2018 |

Kinetics Piston Pump

KPP Piston Pump. (Image courtesy of Kinetics Automation.)
KPP Piston Pump. (Image courtesy of Kinetics Automation.)

Kinetics Automation has announced its KPP Piston Pump, a shape memory alloy-based positive displacement pump that uses Bundled Wire technology to provide a precision stroke. Driven by the company’s KLA Linear Actuator, the device requires AC or DC electrical power to operate, and allows for displacement or pressure control when additional sensors are used. This fluid power pump offers the functionality of a motor, pump and proportional valve in a single unit.

The KPP Piston Pump may also be configured with alternate bore sizes when higher pressures or displacements are required. The device can be equipped with a variety of accessories, including a range of mounting brackets and an adjustable home position switch.

For more information, visit Kinetics’ website.

Larson Motion Sensor

EXP-MS-N4X-AT-HV-12.4-15M Sensor. (Image courtesy of Larson Electronics.)
EXP-MS-N4X-AT-HV-12.4-15M Sensor. (Image courtesy of Larson Electronics.)

Larson Electronics has released an explosion-proof motion sensor approved for Class I, Division 1 and 2, Class II, Divisions 1 and 2 and Class III locations. This 400 watt motion sensor has adjustable sensitivity and time delay after motion, is able to power lights and other equipment in hazardous areas and comes with 15 meters of 12/4 SOOW cord with a blunt-cut end.

Theunit features microwave sensors, which perform well in unstable climates. The sensors send out waves which are reflected by surrounding walls and objects. They are not affected by line of sight, providing a wider and more accurate coverage of the area. In addition, the sensors can penetrate any non-metallic object, including glass and plastic.

For more information, visit Larson’s website.

Ruland Threaded Shaft Collars

Threaded shaft collar. (Image courtesy of Ruland.)
Threaded shaft collar. (Image courtesy of Ruland.)

Ruland has expanded its line of threaded shaft collars by adding inch and metric left hand threaded styles to give designers more options when working with standard off-the-shelf components. They are available in one and two-piece clamp styles (in steel and stainless steel) with bore sizes ranging from 1/8 inch to 2-1/4 inches and 4 mm to 30 mm.

Left hand threaded shafting is commonly used to reduce the risk of components coming loose in rotating applications and as a safety measure to prevent the unintended removal of critical components.

For more information, visit Ruland’s website.

Thorlabs SweptWavelength Laser Sources

MEMS‐VCSEL Swept‐wavelength laser source. (Image courtesy of Thorlabs.)
MEMS‐VCSEL Swept‐wavelength laser source. (Image courtesy of Thorlabs.)

Thorlabs has unveiled its 1300nm MEMS‐VCSEL Swept‐Wavelength Laser Sources. Based on a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) tunable vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL), these light sources include an active power control that maintains constant output power over the lifetime of the laser.

All drive electronics and trigger signals needed to integrate these sources into custom swept‐source OCT systems are provided. An output digital “k‐clock” signal generated by the integrated Mach‐Zehnder interferometer (MZI) and drive electronics can be used as a data acquisition sampling clock, with no further resampling in k‐space required.

For more information, visit Thorlabs’ website.

Vision 3D Laser Scanners

VCnano3D-Z-series laser scanner. (Image courtesy of Vision Components.)
VCnano3D-Z-series laser scanner. (Image courtesy of Vision Components.)

Vision Components has developed 3D laser scanners with integrated electronics. The VCnano3D-Z-series embedded vision systems are designed for use in OEM applications. They contain a Xilinx ZynqSoC, which comprises a dual-core ARM processor and an FPGA.

In order to determine line coordinates in laser triangulation, a point cloud needs to be calculated. In the sensors, this is done in the FPGA; the programmable circuit processes large amounts of data without delay. Thus, full processor power remains available for application-specific tasks.Featuring a 1-Gbit Ethernet interface, they are suited for real-time use in robotics, such as welding robot guidance and adhesive bead tracking.

For more information, visit Vision’s website.

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