Why things fail, jam, rust and smudge

Water vapour causes electronics to fail, drugs to lose potency, printers to jam, metals to rust, seals to leak, missiles to crash, products to print poorly

Optical surfaces delivers parabolic mirrors for petawatt laser

Optical Surfaces Ltd has delivered three off-axis parabola of 175mm diameter to the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Optimised lenses for very large formats

Resolve Optics has developed a specialist lens system designed to provide high resolution performance for very large format cameras and sensor arrays in excess of 200mm diameter such as are used in aerial surveying

Macro lens allows close-up imaging

Applications include medical technology, kiosk systems, surveillance, transportation and logistics

Going wireless

Jonathan Wilkins examines the latest trends in wireless machine-to-machine communication, including 6LowPAN

Versatile technology for precise measurements

Capactive sensors are known as highly precise displacement and position measurement technology, achieving resolutions well below one nanometre

Best methods of conducting level sensing

Simon Dear explores sensing technologies for liquid level and depth measurement applications

Why it makes sense to add a ground choke

Herbert Blum presents a simple and safe solution for ground connection interferences

Low cost energy harvesting device

Printed energy harvesting device that is powered by near-field communication

Innovations in user interfaces transform human-machine interaction

Key enabling technologies such as gesture recognition, image recognition and natural language processing help boost customer experience

Pocket-sized thermography camera

FLIR C2 offers professional grade thermal imaging in a slim and lightweight package

Non-contact infrared thermometers

Software enables the simultaneous storage and analysis of data from up to 40 spot thermometers

Precise eddy current sensors

Latest sensor solutions from Micro Epsilon designed to be cost effective and compact

Connector range expanded to meet growing demand

Binder M12 range of connectors now includes 8-pole angled receptacles

Connectors fill a power gap with a small footprint

Alleviate same circuit size cross-mating, optimise space savings and reduce terminal backout occurrences

Synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter

Designed to prolong battery life and efficiency in single-cell Li-ion battery applications where output voltage is within battery voltage range

High speed vision inspection

Optimal develops system that inspects a 500mm wide web at 1.5 metres per second to a resolution of 125μm

Hazardous threat detection

Tony Gerillo reports on how the latest high-voltage converters are being put to use in a range of applications and are finding many fans in high-risk areas, where they are used to detect potential hazards



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