Geared for production and training applications, the “Starter Lab” line is designed for low-cost precision prototyping and low-volume SMT assembly. The line includes a precision stencil printer, a computer-controlled pick and place unit, and a lead-free reflow oven.
The slumping U.S. economy is the top story these days and is covered in this issue with respect to its impact on government labs, funding, and the world of R&D.
The upcoming changes in government leadership will create temporary issues in the government’s network of research labs until new strategies are defined and funded.
In his quest to advance the early detection of breast cancer, Cameron Piron, the 2008 R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year, is staying at the forefront of a renaissance in magnetic resonance imaging.
At an Intel laboratory, R&D Magazine ’s 2008 Scientist of the Year is designing the chips that are revolutionizing photonics and pointing the way to the terascale age of optical communications.
The DR9051R wireless transmitter provides analog and contact closure data transmission to a DR9050 Controller, which acts as the portal between a Modbus Master Controller and from 1 to 247 remote transmitters. The DR9050 outputs standard Modbus RTU data via an RS485/422 data port.
The XFlash 5000 series of liquid nitrogen free silicon drift detectors is designed for use with Bruker’s Quantax microanalysis systems. Energy resolutions are improved to 123 eV at Mn-Ka and 100,000 cps input count rate, and are equipped with an optimized detector trap.
The KwikTurn rotary fixture marks around cylindrical or multi-sided parts in large or miniature sizes. The modular construction features a base with an adjustable headstock and tailstock. The controls include 2-D data matrix, serial numbering, graphics, and multiple font types. KwikMark, www.
The HyperQuant nuclear magnetic resonance reader uses time-domain spectroscopy to precisely quantify both the magnetic hyperpolarization and thermal polarization of a sample. A unique permanent magnet paired with novel pulse sequences enable volume sampling as low as 1 ml.
The SIMCA-Q Version 12 real-time multivariate calculation engine integrates with process software, generating predictions based on off-line SIMCA-P+ Ver. 12 models. Customizable interface allows inclusion into existing data platforms. Umetrics, www.umetrics.
Microstar’s new signal interface module, the MSXB 086, can monitor 4-20 mA current for real-time processing or later analysis. Up to eight SI modules can be connected to a single data acquisition processor. Microstar Laboratories Inc., http://www.mstarlabs.com/access/isolated-signals.
The X-TREME Nano-translation Cross Roller Stage is capable of accuracies up to .14 nm at speeds up to 6.5 m/s. The compact design measures 27 mm high x 70 mm wide with load-bearing capacities up to 1,100 pounds based upon 2 mil inch travel). Specialty Motions, Inc., www.smi4motion.
The GeneIOS system assembles synthetic genes up to 1 kb in size from DNA sequence information by creating optimal oligonucleotide reagents for successful one-step synthesis. Gene Oracle then provides a complete reagent package. Gene Oracle, Inc., www.geneoracle.
The latest digital-output, tri-axis accelerometer from Kionix, the KXTE9 series, features embedded algorithms for orientation and activity monitoring, and takes the consumption standard down to 30 µA, the market’s lowest for this type of instrument. Kionix, Inc., http://www.kionix.
The ScanStation 2 3-D scanner collects 50,000 measurements per second, allowing survey-grade accuracy. It has a detection range of 300 m @ 90 % reflectivity. The Texas city of Killeen’s police department is the state’s first agency to adopt the tool. Leica Geosystems, http://www.