28 Şubat 2009 Cumartesi


As technology makes life richer and easier, we leave a trail of information that is susceptible to prying eyesWithin the next four months, a major Bay Area supermarket chain plans to introduce a payment system that uses biometric fingerprint authentication to verify customers' identities. Under this system, shoppers in checkout lines won't need to use cash, checks, debit cards or credit cards. Instead, they can place their fingers on scanners that read fingerprints, and once the device links to their bank or credit card accounts, they can buy groceries, get cash back and do everything else shoppers do.ImagesView Larger Images--------------------------------------------------------------------------------More OpinionClinton first looks east 02.21.09Terrorism as a crime 02.21.09Past the point of no return 02.20.09The end of a budget battle 02.20.09<_script><_script>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------[Podcast: Insight Editor Jim Finefrock and reporter Jonathan Curiel talk about how Americans might as well face up the fact that there is little privacy left.]The system is already used in cities around the United States, including Portland, Ore., and Chicago, where one shopper says it has changed his life for the better. Linc Thelen, a 37-year-old interior designer, says the fingerprint system -- known commercially as Pay By Touch -- is convenient to use and expedites his way through grocery lines at Jewel-Osco, where he shops. Thelen says the system lets people leave their wallets behind, so they don't have to worry about being robbed or losing their credit cards."I had no reservation," Thelen said in a phone interview. "It's a safe way to store information."But no system is 100 percent foolproof.Despite the fact that armed men guard the computers that store the customers' virtual fingerprints, despite the fact that Bank of America's former security chief now heads Pay By Touch's security division, and despite the fact that Pay By Touch hires people to try to expose vulnerabilities in its computer system (so those vulnerabilities can be eliminated), Pay By Touch President John Morris acknowledges that "it's not impossible" for computer hackers to figure out how to tamper with its information.And therein lies one of the 21st century's most vexing problems: More and more of our personal data are captured and stored by corporate and government interests, and are potentially available to anyone with the technological, legal or financial means to access that information.Whether it's phone calls we make, library books we check out, CDs we buy on the Internet or divorces we finalize in court, we leave a trail of information that becomes susceptible to prying eyes. For the price of a bus pass, you can pay a company to supply anyone's address, phone number, political affiliation, estimated income and property history. For $20 more, you can find out if that person is married or divorced, has a criminal record, and what sort of jobs he or she has worked.Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., says she will introduce a "privacy bill of rights" because identity theft and security failures of personal records have become "one of the most important issues facing us as individuals and as a nation."The availability of personal information -- downloadable onto laptop computers, which are increasingly being fitted with fingerprint technology -- is changing the culture in ways that may seem trivial but are really benchmarks for a new society already in its formative stages.A small example: Unbeknownst to the men who date her, Judy runs background checks on all of them, using a private investigator to dig out any "red flags" that would presage troubling behavior. A businesswoman in Southern California, Judy, 50, uses a company called DateSmart, whose client base has boomed in the past five years as more people confront the perils of online dating."I'm glad the information is out there," says Judy, who did not want her last name used because of concerns her suitors would read this article. "The men I'm talking to online are complete strangers. And I have absolutely no knowledge of their character other than what they're saying in their profiles. I need to feel comfortable knowing that they're not an ax murderer. The people you meet might be well dressed, but you never know if they have any criminal history. It's for (my) safety."Background checks are nothing new. What's changed are the speed with which you can obtain them, their relatively small price (some companies advertise free checks) and their growing public acceptance. The information revolution has transformed the background check into a common and casual tool, and those being scrutinized probably don't have a clue. More obvious are the security cameras embedded in nearly every major American city, including New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and, yes, San Francisco, where lenses record people's activities in such crime-ridden neighborhoods as Bayview-Hunters Point and the Western Addition. The spread of these cameras is championed by authorities, who say it reduces criminal activity, and criticized by the ACLU, which says the equipment is an unnecessary intrusion into public spaces.Civil liberties groups have joined the widespread outcry against the government's monitoring of Americans' phone-call records. Two weeks ago in federal court, the ACLU challenged the legal rationale behind the National Security Agency program, arguing that the NSA's actions -- involving "data mining" of records provided by AT&T and other telephone companies -- violate Americans' rights to free speech and privacy as guaranteed under the First and Fourth Amendments. Last week, privacy experts raised questions about the U.S. government's monitoring of international bank transfers -- previously secret data surveillance officials say is justified by the fight against terrorism.Americans' rights to privacy will be tested even more in the next few years as biometric technology creeps increasingly into everyday arenas. For example, on the campus of UC San Diego, biometric experts are testing a soda machine that uses both fingerprint and face-recognition technology. The machine is in a lounge for grad students in UC San Diego's computer science building."The students are very excited about getting it working," Serge Belongie, a UC San Diego associate professor of computer science, says in a phone interview. "People think it's very cool. ... No one uses money. They have accounts. What would be fun is if (the machine) recognizes you and says, 'Would you like your usual?' "If UC San Diego students are reluctant to use the machine, their privacy concerns are outweighed by convenience -- a sentiment echoed in survey after survey on biometric technology. In March, Unisys Corp. released a report on public perception of "identity management" that said convenience and efficiency were the two biggest reasons consumers would use biometric technology. (The most preferred biometric methods are fingerprints and voice recognition, according to the survey. The least preferred, because of its perceived intrusiveness, is an iris or eye scan.)Two of the biggest turnoffs for those who shun biometric technology: suspicion of how the technology works and loss of privacy. Among respondents from North America, just 56 percent said they'd be willing to share their fingerprint with a government organization such as a post office or tax authority. Among respondents from the Asia-Pacific region, 71 percent said they'd share their fingerprint with the government."As consumer confidence grows in the large-scale usage of (biometric technology) and standards are more generally comfortably adopted, you're going to see a pretty rapid migration" to it, says Mark Cohn, Unisys vice president for homeland security solutions.Cohn, a principal architect of the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT Exit system, which uses fingerprint technology to run background checks on visa applicants and verify their entry to and arrival from the United States, says Malaysia offers a preview of how the United States may change in the coming years.Since 2001, the Malay government has issued a biometric "multipurpose card" to Malaysians 12 years and older. The card, which features a thumbprint and photograph, acts as a passport, driver's license, ATM card, toll and parking pass, and medical record that lists blood type and any allergies.The card is convenient to use -- but it's a nightmare for Malaysians who lose it or have it stolen. Crime syndicates in Malaysia have altered cards with different photographs and used them to give members new identities, though the Malay government insists these identity thieves can't access the original cardholders' personal information. Special chip technology and other password features prevent this, they say. Also, the cardholder's fingerprint -- rather than being visible on the card -- is encrypted in the card itself: To reveal the fingerprint, the card must be inserted into a special biometric device that compares the encrypted print with that of the person claiming to be the cardholder.For anyone who has read Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four," where "telescreens" keep track of people's lives, this new biometric technology will seem like fiction come to life. It's showing up everywhere. By the end of this year, U.S. passport agencies hope to issue "electronic passports" with computer chips that have digital photos of the holders. With the help of face-recognition machines, airport security can compare a photo with the face of the passport holder. For two years, an American corporation, VeriChip, has sold government-approved electronic chips that are inserted under people's skin to give doctors instant access to patients' medical histories.In 2008, as mandated by the Real ID Act, states plan to issue driver's licenses linked to a database that includes each license holder's photo and Social Security number. These licenses (civil liberties groups call them national identity cards) will likely include a biometric photo of the driver accessible by authorities.In the meantime, banks are considering using iris scans and even palm scans at ATMs in an effort to cut down on fraud. (In 1999, Bank United in Texas adopted iris-scan technology at three of its ATMs in a test that was discontinued when Washington Mutual took over the bank.)Some people love the new technology. Others shun it.Pay By Touch admits it has encountered some resistance among shoppers it approached in supermarkets that already use the company's fingerprint service. But Morris, its president, says many of these customers are quickly won over by the convenience of Pay By Touch, which is free for consumers, and that the company keeps data points based on users' fingerprints, not actual fingerprints. So far, supermarkets in 40 states use the Pay By Touch system.Pay By Touch, which is based in San Francisco, wouldn't say which Bay Area supermarket chain will start using its fingerprint system in the next four months -- only that the chain will use the system in just a handful of its Bay Area stores. Pay By Touch users sign up voluntarily and are under no obligation to use it at the checkout line.Pay By Touch says it takes great care to safeguard its users' data. After fingerprints are converted into algorithms, they're encrypted, then stored in IBM computers. Those algorithms can't be reconverted into an exact copy of the fingerprint, though Pay By Touch may eventually store users' actual fingerprints if the technology improves, Morris says. The company insists it will never sell users' personal information or fingerprints to anyone else -- a pledge that's backed up in writing when users sign up with the company. But what if federal authorities, citing national security, insist on the finger scan and payment history of a Pay By Touch user?Pam Dixon, who heads the World Privacy Forum, a public research group, went to Chicago to warn potential Pay By Touch users about possible dangers."It didn't stick," she says. "People were (more) concerned with (convenience than) the potential risks. People can put their thumb on a pad and be done with it. But meanwhile, their biometric data is sitting with another company, a third party, that's subject to subpoena. One argument that I made: Let's say that every supermarket in the country, particularly the large chains, (use) a biometric payment system. It's a law enforcement dream because who needs a biometric database run by the U.S. government when you've got one being run by private companies?"Citing the recent disclosure by the Veterans Administration, which said a computer with credit information on millions of veterans had been stolen, Dixon says, "The second issue is information security. If the VA can't keep its records secure, which is a government agency that has all sorts of strict controls that are supposed to be in place, how on Earth can a private company without the resources of something like the VA manage to keep something secure? When we have a credit card stolen, we can call the credit card company and say, 'Give me a new number.' But you can't do that with your biometric. You can't say, 'Give me a new fingerprint.' "Morris dismisses such concerns, saying that Pay By Touch will actually decrease the likelihood that consumers' credit information is stolen or misappropriated. "I think (Pay By Touch users) get pretty rapidly that it's the ultimate way to secure their private data," he says. "It connects (their accounts) to something that's uniquely them, as opposed to handing a credit card over to a stranger or writing a personal check that seven or eight humans touch before it gets in their statement. Securing information by a biometric is a giant leap forward. (Users) like that they don't have to pull their card out anymore. They (tell us they) like that they don't have to carry their (purses or wallets) through the parking lot of an urban supermarket. There's a physical security benefit. Their numbers are never displayed. The safety of securing their data is the No. 1 thing they like."The marketplace will determine whether the public is ready to accept commercial fingerprint identification. Investors in Pay By Touch believe that day is here, capitalizing the company with $190 million in the past 12 months. More than 2.5 million shoppers already use the Pay By Touch system. Morris envisions a day when all stores -- even mom-and-pop ones -- offer a Pay By Touch option.Soon, customers will be able to use Pay By Touch from home with the help of fingerprint readers attached to their computers. In ancient China, rulers would put their fingerprints on documents to give them an official seal. Artists would also mark their work with prints. It wasn't until the late 1800s that authorities realized they could use fingerprints to catch criminals. Their evolution as a way to pay for groceries is a 21st century twist fueled by technology. It's also a trade-off between privacy and convenience. Welcome to the brave new world in Aisle 5

21 Şubat 2009 Cumartesi


With the ever-increasing emphasis on being able to demonstrate adequate anti money laundering procedures and prevention techniques, plus the draconian penalties for those failing to maintain suitable evidence of such activity, no financial institution can afford to be without an automated system such as MLTrac.MLTrac is part of our portfolio of banking software and is dedicated to identifying, tracking and regulating potentially suspicious or illegal activities in respect of money laundering and/or the proceeds of crime.internet banking software, wholesale banking software, retail banking software systems, bankware, branchware, tellerware, INTERNET BANKING SOFTWARE, WHOLESALE BANKING SOFTWARE, RETAIL BANKING SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, BANKWARE, BRANCHWARE, TELLERWARE, Internet Banking Software, Wholesale Banking Software, Retail Banking Software Systems, Bankware, Branchware, Tellerware, Criterion Banking Software,private banking,fx,money market,foreign exchange,S.W.I.F.T.,SWIFT,dealing,trade finance,lending,disaster recovery,payments,remittances,accounting,cashiers,treasury,offshore,reuters,online,on-line, Anti Money Laundering softwareMLTrac enables financial institutions to improve their internal disciplines,supplement their policies and procedures, and make a clear statement to the authorities about their commitment to effective anti money laundering controls.MLTrac's functionality is based upon a combination of our experience, together with contributions from our customer base and the relevant international financial authorities. Regular updates also take account of any future changes in market requirements and legislation.Functions:*KYC Document Management - The definition, scanning, management and tracking of customer documentation, and reporting of any deviations.*KYC Account Monitoring -The tracking of movements over account(s) looking for deviations outside of a pre-determined profile.*Manual Watch List Checking. Enter a name and the system will check to see if the name, or like sounding names, appear on any of the watch lists (e.g. OFAC, Bank of England and others) that the system monitors* Message Monitoring. MLTrac can be configured to check all inbound and outbound messages, irrespective of format, to see whether any field (normally the Ordering Customer and Beneficiary) appears on one of the supported checklists. The bank has control over the granularity of the name checking so as not to create too many false alerts. Messages that fail Watch List Checking are put to a quarantine queue for manual intervention. Full Audit Trails of all checks and actions taken is maintained by the system.*Cash Remittances. For the many institutions that originate from a country with a large overseas population the problems associated with accepting cash for remittance back home when taken against the potential ramifications of anti money laundering legislation means that the business is very risky and, often, not worth doing. The Cash Remittances module does away with this fear. Information concerning the remitter is maintained as part of the KYC Documentation Management module and is displayed and made available to the teller at the point of capturing data. A full record off all remitters and beneficiaries is maintained. Limits can be placed upon the individual remitter and upon the ultimate beneficiary (irrespective of source). The resulting SQL database can be interrogated for unusual payment patterns.


By continuously measuring surface tension, the OL-55 monitors the level of surface active chemical additives in water-based process liquids. Based on the information from the measurement the operator can either manually dose chemicals into the process or the optional auto-dosing system can be used.

On-line tensiometer
Continuous monitoring of surface tension and other parameters, including pH, temperature, and conductivity, in various process liquids for optimising the dosing of chemicals
Rugged design for factory applications
Fully automatic computer controlled operation
Patented technology
Eliminates overdosing of surfactants - reducing costs
Controls processes - improves efficiency and quality
Reduces waste and improves yield
Improves environmental control
Extends chemical lifetime in processes

Surface tension measuring range

20 to 80 mN/m

0.1 mN/m
Update time for liquid

3 minutes from change in process liquid
Temperature measuring range (optional)

15 to 85°C
pH measuring range (optional)

2 to 14
Flow rate

18 l/h
Self-cleaning filter

Standard 100 μm (others by request)

100-240 V (automatic) 50/60 Hz
Power consumpiton

< 60 W

315 mA

544 x 428 x 236 mm (H x L x D)
Optional features

On-line pH monitoring
On-line conductivity monitoring
On-line process temperature measurement
Automatic dosing of surfactants and clean water based on measurement data


The Petroleum Technology TransferCouncil (PTTC) is an American national not-for-profit organization establishedin 1994 by producers, state organizations and the Department of Energy (DOE).While emphasizing the needs of independent oil and gas producers, PTTC’sactivities also benefit industry consultants, service and supply companies, andother industry participants. To ensure timeliness and relevance of technicalworkshops and other activities, PTTC’s regional programs are developed under theguidance of local Producer Advisory Groups. Through these volunteers and theNational Board of Directors, who are primarily domestic oil and natural gasoperators, hundreds of producers and other industry participants nationwidecontribute their time and expertise to the technology transfer program.PTTCis involved with foster networking people, who impact domesticproduction.Oil and Gas Producers rely upon the network for non-biased,straight forward technical information;Provides Technology providers with anavenue to communicate developing or under-applied technologies to producers,consultants, and explorationists;Consultants better equip themselves forserving producers, which further broadens application; andThe DOE uses thenetwork to disseminate its R&D results and gather insights on domesticconcerns and issues.The relationships that are developed between the variousentities and individuals have achieved technology information transfer throughthe PTTC’s programs and are reducing costs, while increasing profits, andultimately increasing recovery in existing mature fields, expanding recoveryfrom unconventional reservoirs, profitably developing ever-smaller domesticproduction and reserves, and increasing environmental stewardships.Since1994, the PTTC was funded primarily by the DOE with matching funds by the statesand Oil and Gas industry. The PTTC's work has been a recognized force fortransferring exploration and production technology to domestic U.S. producers.In 2006, the U.S. Congress declined to provide fiscal year 2007 funding for manyelements of the DOE’s natural gas and oil R&D program, from which PTTC drewits federal funds. DOE ultimately provided $1 million of funding throughSeptember 2008 to help PTTC transition to a primarily industry-fundedorganization.Due these evets, the Executive Committee of AAPG and the Boardof PTTC both voted in late September for AAPG to assume management of the neworganization. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the PetroleumTechnology Transfer Council have announced that AAPG has assumed management ofPTTC activities effective October 9, 2007.This includes fundraising, marketingand corporate operation of the PTTC Program. The vote followed a 90-day duediligence period. AAPG President Will Green, of Midland, Texas, said “PTTC hasperhaps the most successful scientific technology transfer program for theindependent U.S. producer and has proven its value to the industry. TheAssociation considers the program important for the industry, the members ofAAPG and the country.” Outgoing PTTC Chairman Gene Ames noted: “Strengths ofPTTC will be the same – most universities will stay engaged, regional volunteergroups will be autonomous and work closely with the universities,cross-discipline diversity will be encouraged, and producers will comprise themajority of the volunteers. DOE remains a strong supporter and will strivetoward some funding albeit at a lower level than historical.” Members of the newboard of directors will be announced later. Green said PTTC’s primary tool fortransferring E&P technology will continue to be regional workshops, whichwill be supplemented with a strong Web presence, newsletters and other personaloutreach. Using these tools, PTTC will continue to connect producers, theservice sector, consultants, researchers and others with the data and technologyinformation needed to spur technology application.Topics addressed by PTTCactivities have covered the full spectrum of E&P operations, includingexploration, unconventional resources, enhanced recovery processes, imagingtechnology, drilling and completion, hydraulic fracturing and many others.Serving industry locally through Regional Lead Organizations, typically atuniversities or geological surveys, PTTC’s primary focus has been servingindependents. This operation model will continue in the future

12 Şubat 2009 Perşembe


Do you have what it takes to become a successful Forex Trader?Forextrading, or any trading for that matter, is an occupation that requiresexperience and the accumulation of proficiency not unlike any other highlyskilled profession. Whether you are a leading executive at a major publicallytraded company, a professional golfer or trading from your kitchen table, thereare 5 key ingredients that one must possess in order to become successful.1. Youmust be Passionate about what you do.As Forex traders we all face one unique setof circumstances that does not exist in any other profession. We get rewardedfor when we succeed and equally punished when we don’t! Could you image acorporate worker one quarter receiving a significant accomplishment bonus andthe next quarter actually getting money taken from their paycheck for missingperformance targets? Not on your life!We do as Forex traders and that is whypassion for what you do will carry you through the tough times that are part ofyour trading business. Asked yourself why you trade currencies and would youstill do it if Forex were not potentially lucrative? Your answers will be quiterevealing. You’ve got to feel your passion for trading!2. You have to ApplyYourself and work hard at it.I talk to so many people that enter into Forextrading with the aspiration of getting rich quick. Without putting the time andenergy into really getting good at trading I see them jump from strategy tostrategy looking for the goose that will lay the golden egg and eventuallyquitting while blaming everything else, except the true cause.I got news for you– you are the goose and your Forex education is the golden egg. The magic hasalways resided with the magician and not some strategy. Work hard at trading andthe rewards will eventually come your way. Remember what Tiger Woods said,“Funny, the harder I work the luckier I get.” Apply yourself as a trader and itwill be no accident when your account begins to blossom.3. You must Focus toreally get good at what you do.Now here is the hurdle most Forex tradersstruggle to get over. You have the passion and you are applying yourself to yourtrade, now focus and really get good at just at what you are doing. Be theexpert to the experts at just that one thing. Become the master of a strategy orrisk management methodologies. Really focus on getting good at it.Stop jumpingaround or getting pulled from the last “latest and greatest” into the next“latest and greatest” and focus on one aspect of Forex trading and know itinside out. Know it strengths and weakness. Set your sights on becoming experton just one aspect of trading and watch it spill over in all other aspects foryour currency trading. This is the time to fail forward fast, use every setbackas a learning opportunity that will propel you 3-steps ahead!4. You must PushYourself beyond the point everyone else might have quite.In Forex Trading thisis simple. Assume there is someone on the other side of your trade that ispushing themselves and sharpening their edge. To be successful you must you mustdo the same thing. Now is the time to examine your mental edge. Do you know thesingle most critical factor in any currency trade? It is you, the trader!Sharpening you mental edge is the most difficult aspect of trading, but also themost rewarding.Start with your Forex education and gain the self-awarenessnecessary to maximize your strengths and suppress your weaknesses. Any expertwill tell you that trading is 80% mental. It’s time to sharpen your trading tothe razor’s edge and you do this through Forex education. A constant and neverending process that will become the cornerstone of your Forex experience.5. Youmust, without wavering, be Determined and Persist to your objective.You willfail. I can state that emphatically. However, you will not be defeated unlessyou allow your failures to control your trading. It is the old adage; failure isnot falling of your horse, failure is refusing to get back on. Your successdepends on your ability to dismiss the criticism, rejection, self-doubt andpressures associated with Forex trading.Defining what is a winning trade, losingtrade and bad trade will go a long way into developing you as a successfultrader. Without the determination and persistence in all aspects of your tradinglife, obstacle will definitely appear closer and larger than they actuallyare.Take a moment and assess yourself and your trading. Do you have the keyelements to succeed? Which areas are presents development opportunities? Whenconducting a self-evaluation it is critical to be totally upfront and honestwith yourself. After all, you will only be dishonest with yourself. One of themost interesting observations you can make is that all key success factors areinterwoven. One factor supports the other. This is why your Forex education is acontinuous journey of forex strategy, money management and self-mastery. Setthese factors as your Forex education goals and take your currency trading tonew heights.

7 Şubat 2009 Cumartesi

Robotic suit helps paralyzed walk

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A new robotic suit could transform the lives of paralyzed people, giving them the ability to walk again.
The invention, known as ReWalk, acts like a kind of exoskeleton. It consists of lightweight, motorized leg supports and an assortment of intricate motion sensors.
Users wear a backpack that holds a computerized control box which helps the medical device recognize when a step needs to be taken.
"Standing changes my whole environment. I don't have to look from the bottom up. Now I am eye to eye with everybody," Radi Kaiof, who has used the device, told CNN.
Kaiof, a former Israeli soldier, was paralyzed from the waist down 20 years ago. He doesn't have feeling in his legs but is still able to move with the use of the robotic suit
With the assistance of crutches, which offer balance and support, people paralyzed from the waist down can walk, bend, sit and even climb stairs when they wear the suit.
The futuristic invention offers an alternative to using a wheelchair for those who have functioning upper bodies and are capable of standing with the use of supports.
It is the creation of Dr. Amit Goffer, an engineer and founder of Haifa, Israel-based high-tech firm Argo Medical Technologies. Goffer was inspired to create the device more than a decade ago after he became disabled in an accident.
The medical technoloqy that could help paraplegics do what was once considered impossible isn't available for purchase yet. The device wasn't ready for testing until late 2007 and currently is in clinical trials in Tel Aviv.
More trials are planned for the United States and Europe, and if the product receives the necessary approvals, it could hit the market in 2010.
The price of the device hasn't been set yet, but is expected to be comparable with the typical average yearly expense of using a wheelchair.
The robotic suit improves the quality of life of people paralyzed from the waist down, according to Goffer, who wanted to give paraplegics an alternative to using a wheelchair. It also benefits their overall health since it keeps their bodies active all day long, he says.
But when it comes down to it, the invention is all about helping people regain respect. Dignity is "the No. 1 problem" for people who use wheelchairs, says Goffer.
For Kaiof, the former soldier, the robotic suit has changed his life. Before he tried it on, his daughter had never seen him stand before.
When he stood before her for the first time, she couldn't believe just how tall he was, he recounted to CNN.

ASC process systems

ASC is a leading manufacturer of specialized process equipment, control systems, and custom manufacturing software used in the composites, plastics, glass, solar, lumber, and concrete, coatings, and finishing industries. Our product lines include composite autoclaves, glass-laminating autoclaves, concrete autoclaves, industrial ovens, composite ovens, electroplating automation systems, process control software, autoclave control software, oven control software, and crane and hoist control software including scheduling. We're located in Los Angeles, CA and support thousands oAutoclaves and other equipmentASC manufactures a range of process equipment, including autoclaves, ovens, presses, heating systems, cooling systems, vacuum systems, and specialty pressure equipment. We also buy and sell used equipment.systems and hundreds of customers wControl & power systemsASC is a leading supplier of control and power systems for a wide variety of equipment and industries. We specialize in PC-based and PLC-based control solutions. Our PC-based systems typically feature our industry-standard CPC control software package.orldwide.Software for controls and manufacturingASC can develop custom software solutions for a wide variety of manufacturing applications. Our CPC software is the world's leading software for control of autoclaves, ovens, and many other applications. Our FLEXTIME software is also the leading PC-based solution for electro-plating and anodizing control


Adding a Huntron® Scanner to your Tracker Model 30 system lets you access components using standard DIP clips and cables, custom cables to PCB connectors or interface to a bed-of-nails.You can compare one component with another in real-time (64 pins max.) or use your PC to automate testing and scan up to 128 pins.Huntron Scanners can be used with a Huntron Access Prober to provide Common line connections while the Prober is probing a PCB. This method gives you up to 128 selectable Commons to use. For example, you can connect the Scanner to a connector on a PCB mounted in the Prober using a common ribbon style cable. While the Prober is probing, any one of the lines on the connected ribbon cable can be selected as the Common reference. This would provide you true point-to-point testing capabilities.Note: The ProTrack Scanner will be replaced by the Scanner II and/or the Scanner 31S effective 1/1/2008. This applies to commercial sales only.Scanner II and Scaner 31S users may want to consider these Optional Accessories to enhance their test capabilities.
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The Scanner II and Scanner 31S accessories add scanning capability to the Tracker Model 30
All Scanners have a minimum 64 pin capability
The Scanner II can scan up to 128 pins when the A and B channels are combined
The Scanner 31S use standard IDC style connectors
The Scanner II uses the common SCSI-2 (68 pin) style connectors
Up to 8 Scanner IIs can be “daisy-chained” to increase the available number of test pins
Selecting Accessories for your Scanner IIThe Scanner II accessories for interfacing to your printed circuit board come "ala carte". This means that you select the accessories you want included with your Scanner. Choose from SMT or through-hole style DIP clip and cable kits (Scanner Adapter required with Scanner II) or a mutli-pin breakout cable. Details on these accessories are provided on this page


High-Efficiency Generators for Hybrid Vehicles

Free-piston engines could be used to generate electricity as efficiently as, and less expensively than, fuel cells.An unconventional engine design is attracting attention as a potential alternative to hydrogen fuel cells or conventional engines in some hybrid vehicles. Called the free-piston engine, it could be used to generate electricity as efficiently as fuel cells yet cost less.Free-piston engines aren't new: they were invented in the 1920s. But the increased recent focus on hybrid cars has led a growing number of research groups and automakers to start research programs to develop the technology. Unlike in conventional engines, there is no mechanical connection between the piston and a crankshaft (hence the name free-piston). Since the design allows for improved combustion and less friction, the engines could be far more efficient in generating electricity than either conventional generators or newer fuel-cell technology.Having a cheap and efficient way to generate electricity is becoming more important as automakers develop electric vehicles with onboard generators for recharging the battery pack and extending range. Such vehicles, called series plug-in hybrids or extended-range electric vehicles, are to be sold starting in late 2010. (Click here for a comparison of different hybrid and electric vehicle types.) The first will use generators based on conventional engines. But later models could incorporate fuel cells or other unconventional generators, such as free-piston engines.The potential high efficiency of free-piston engines gives them an advantage over conventional generators, and their ability to use a variety of fuels is an advantage over hydrogen fuel cells. What's more, free-piston engines don't require expensive materials such as the platinum catalysts needed in fuel cells, so they could be cheaper too.Automakers such as GM, Lotus, and Volvo have started to investigate the possibility of using such engines in future vehicles. Meanwhile, in the past couple of years, an increasing number of academic research teams have started developing the engines. So far, most have focused on computer simulations. An exception is a research group at Sandia National Laboratory led by Sandia researcher Peter Van Blarigan that has been testing physical components of free-piston engines. He is assembling a complete free-piston engine prototype, a project that he expects to complete within a year.In conventional internal combustion engines, multiple pistons are connected via rods to a crankshaft that, via the transmission, drives the wheels. Free-piston engines do away with the crankshaft: the pistons aren't connected to anything. Instead, two opposing pistons just shuttle back and forth inside a chamber. To generate electricity, the pistons could be equipped with rows of magnets that shuttle past metal coils to create an electrical current.Van Blarigan's experiments suggest that these engines could be 50 percent efficient at generating electricity--close to the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells and much more efficient than conventional generators. Free-piston engines are efficient in part because they have fewer moving parts than conventional engines do. The engine configuration also makes it practical to tune the engine so that the fuel in a combustion chamber burns very quickly. Faster combustion allows the engine to get more work out of a given amount of fuel, improving efficiency. It can also improve emissions.The free-piston design can also allow the engine to be instantly optimized for different fuels, such as hydrogen, natural gas, ethanol, gasoline, and diesel. Ideally, drivers could use whatever fuel is cheap and readily available.The development of free-piston engines, however, is still at an early stage. "The free-piston has some unique features--simplicity and variable compression--which make it intriguing," says Gary Smyth, the science director of GM's Powertrain Systems Research Lab. "But [they] also pose a number of challenges."Van Blarigan says that one major concern is the sound of the engines: the fast explosions are very loud and will be difficult to muffle. But perhaps the biggest issue is control. In a conventional engine, the movement of the pistons is constrained by the rods and crankshaft, which help even out any variations from cycle to cycle. The free-piston engine is more flexible. That allows for using different fuels, but it makes necessary some sort of active control mechanism to ensure that each cycle is the same: variations could cause poor performance and increased emissions. High-speed computers and the ability to electronically control piston movement in a free-piston generator (via the coils and magnets) could help engineers solve this problem.Whether the engines will be significantly cheaper and more efficient than conventional engines is unclear, says John Heywood, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "There's been enough development to say that it works. But with very different engine geometries, it's hard to work out just how good it is. Is it really better?" As research progresses, it will need to answer questions about efficiency, emissions, performance, and especially cost, Heywood says.Meanwhile, conventional internal combustion engines keep getting better, which could make it difficult for the free-piston design to get a foothold