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Titan Tool Supply Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., announced expanded options and accessories on its Micro-Video Zoom Objective microscopy system. Applications include industrial robots, machine vision, quality control, electronics fabrication of printed circuit boards, computer-related production, and three-coordinate measuring machines.

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Gouillart thumbAs the closing keynote speaker at the 10th annual MEMS Executive Congress held Nov. 5-7, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz., Francis Gouillart was there simply to plant a few seeds about the perils of big data in an agriculture industry that relies on a top-down flow of information.

GAGEpack software from PQ Systems has a Global Wear Trend Analysis tool that analyzes previous calibration results to find gages that are predicted to fail in the near future. The application offers 2D bar code capabilities, which can store more data than single-dimension bar codes, according to the company. Expanded options include printing 2D bar codes for status and location choice lists, as well as commands, gage information and a freeform setting.

A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Micro Waterjet LLC created a variety of parts in this device for its customer, HDT Robotics. The parts were used for the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder.

SmartRounds are non-lethal, non-impact smart bullets that offer an alternative to small-caliber weapons while retaining sufficient stopping power to disable an assailant. These active projectiles can be fired from 12-gauge shotgun launchers. They feature a MEMS accelerometer, along with the a CMOS image sensor that "sees" the target and actuates the projectile before it hits the target. The distance to target and the muzzle velocity do not affect the effectiveness of the weapon.

Sensor maker InvenSense has been sued based on allegations that it misled investors about the toll that deep discounts to Apple Inc. would take on the company’s financial performance, according to a post by Julia Love on Silicon Beat, the tech blog of The Mercury News.

The XM series of high-performance linear stages from Beijing-based Newport Corp. deliver consistent, reliable motion to 1nm, outstanding accuracy on complex trajectories and designs that minimize both wear and motor heating, according to the company. XM stages are stackable with other Newport stages to address multiaxis application needs.

Mechatronics technology is being used to develop and improve swallowable medical devices, according to a report by Sujay Parikh, marketing executive for the medical domain at eInfochips. These devices can include an encapsulated camera, transmitter and a battery in a package that a patient swallows in order to transmit images from inside the body.

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, a 3D printer builder, introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage 3D Printer.

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At MD&M West, to be held Feb. 10-12 at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center, Mazak Corp., Florence, Ky., will run simulations of its new SmoothX CNC, which quadruples in maximum speed over previous-generation controls, according to the company. Made for complex, multi-axis machine tools, Mazak engineered the CNC to coincide with its new Smooth Technology platform that spans the entire part production landscape, including programming, machine setup, metal removal, integrated automation and data collection.