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Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, IEEE

Issue 1 • Date March 2002

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  • Smart plug and play sensors

    Page(s): 28 - 30
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    Using a sensor should be as easy and trouble free as plugging a mouse into a computer. An IEEE standard that is currently being developed may be the answer for self-describing, plug and play sensors. The IEEE P1451.4 standard defines the mechanism for adding self-describing behavior to transducers with an analog signal interface. Rather than defining yet another network, or bus, for sensors, IEEE P1451.4 defines a low-level transducer interface and information structure that can work across any type of measurement interface or network. View full abstract»

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  • Optimizing robotic performance

    Page(s): 31 - 34
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    Various types of force/torque sensor systems and components for robotic applications are available. Depending on the user's requirements, selecting the correct sensor system may be a challenge. A selection guide is presented which provides the basic information needed to optimize system application View full abstract»

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  • Japan's superconducting Maglev train

    Page(s): 9 - 15
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    We have developed a Maglev train under the guidance of the Japanese Ministry of Transport. The Maglev train is an advanced train that can run more than 500 km/h with a linear synchronous motor (LSM) that has both a superconducting magnet on board and an armature coil in the ground. The Maglev train was tested on the Yamanashi Maglev test line. Tests began in 1997, which exercised various functions of performance. The main results of the tests are reported in this article View full abstract»

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  • Transverse bow measurement system from Korea

    Page(s): 23 - 27
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    We have developed a measurement system for transverse bow in cold-rolled strip, which is convenient to issue and is accurate to about 0.1 mm deformation of tensile-stressed cold-rolled strip.This system has three parts: sensors to measure optical displacement, control, and a signal-processing computer. The system has been running well without interruption for four years. Since we applied this system to the tension leveler at the coil preparation line, the transverse bow has decreased from 0.13% to 0.038% View full abstract»

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  • A surface measurement system from China for large antennas

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    We have described a high precision measurement for surfaces of erected antennas. Besides high-precision measurement of antenna surfaces, the measurement system is easy to use in other applications View full abstract»

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  • Computer-controlled human operators

    Page(s): 35 - 38
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    Since computers have become more powerful, the essential nature of the relationship between humans and computers has evolved. Today, computers have become essential to our daily economic and social lives to the extent that people are now often dependent on the computer; the computer has become a more demanding partner. This article examines a new paradigm for human-computer interaction: humans guided and controlled by the computer View full abstract»

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  • Micro inertial measurement system from China

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    The micro inertial measurement system (MIMS) integrates measurement, sampling, quantization, coding/compression, and storage. It can be used in the measurement of dynamic data in rockets, missiles, and vehicles. It can also monitor, collect, and record data from the human body and ambient environment, and then provide output to a hard disk through a computer interface. These data will later be used to analyze human health. MIMS, which comprises a micro electronic mechanical system (MEMS) transducer, a signal acquisition module, a data compression module, a control circuit, and memory can be used in a variety of applications with different environments and requirements. Volume, cost, and reliability are some of the design variables that we considered. Our research on the MIMS includes a single-chip accelerometer and angle-rate transducer, a novel attitude algorithm and its ASIC, and buffer technology for high-acceleration overload View full abstract»

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