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New Scale Technologies Micro-positioner Has Applications in Retinal Microsurgery, Robotic End-of-arm Tooling, other applications

April 14, 2016

Tiny Micro-positioner Has Applications in Retinal Microsurgery, Robotic End-of-arm Tooling, MEMS and photonics micro-manufacturing, and fiber positioning and alignment

New Scale Technologies, Inc. ( is developing the world’s smallest commercial hexapod under a Phase 1 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant. Awarded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the grant funds development of a clinically-compatible, six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) hand-held micromanipulator for hand tremor cancellation in microsurgical systems.

A prototype micromanipulator was developed the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University with New Scale contributions. At less than 25 mm in diameter, it was the first hexapod or Gough-Stewart platform small enough for use in a hand-held instrument.

 New Scale is using the SBIR grant to develop an improved hexapod system with the same small size as the prototype, preparing the way for a clinically-compatible product ready for commercialization. Specific aims include improved dynamic performance, higher precision, and integration of a microcontroller with local feedback and motion control. Additionally, New Scale will evaluate the feasibility of a future wireless instrument with MEMS inertial sensors, on-board batteries and wireless communication.

 The hexapod system incorporates six piezoelectric SQUIGGLE® micro motors, miniature bearing assemblies, motor mounts, flexures, spring preloads and miniature drive electronics.

 In the handheld surgical tool, CMU algorithms enable the hexapod system to track its own motion, filter the undesired motion component, and deflect the tool tip with equal and opposite motion to reduce tremor amplitude. The CMU research was published in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Volume 20, Issue 2, by Yang, MacLachlan and Riviere.

 With its unprecedented small size and submicron precision, a commercialized version of the miniature hexapod has utility beyond microsurgery. Applications include use as a robotic end-effector for testing and manufacture of MEMS and photonics accessories, and positioning and alignment of collimated fibers or assemblies.NewScale-hexapod-SBIR-PRsmall


M3 “micro-mechatronic module” platform delivers key benefits

 The micro hexapod positioner builds on New Scale’s M3 “micro-mechatronic module” development platform, enabling the smallest, highest resolution, most repeatable closed-loop positioning solutions available. Each M3 smart module integrates New Scale’s patented and proprietary SQUIGGLE® or UTAF™ piezoelectric motors, drive electronics, position sensors, micro mechanical guides and control technologies. These “all in-one” smart modules plug-and-play directly with an embedded processor and provide the fastest time to market with the lowest total cost.

Sydor Instruments Developing Advanced X-Ray Detector

March 9, 2015

Sydor Instruments announced today that it has been awarded a $150,000 SBIR/STTR Phase I grant from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Cornell University to advance the development of a novel fast framing hybridized x-ray imaging detector. The hybridized detector is capable of capturing a sequence of quantitative x-ray images at rates compatible with the most commonly used bunch sequences such as the Advanced Photon Source, which is a frame approximately every 150 ns. The Phase I effort will focus on transitioning the technology from prototype to a commercial instrument that will meet immediate and future detector needs for emerging applications in the study of fast irreversible processes.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR/STTR Phase I grant and would like to thank Cornell University for its partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology. The capabilities of modern x-ray light sources have opened up new areas of research in the study of in-situ fast irreversible processes. However, the ability to do such research is limited by the current state of detector technology. The ultimate commercialization of this detector will provide researchers with capabilities not available today in commercial x-ray detectors, and will enable scientists to study fast physical processes with unprecedented accuracy,” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.

Latest New Scale Technologies focus module boosts OEM camera performance

August 24, 2014

The world’s only all-in-one focus system for OEM cameras is now improved, with three-times greater dynamic tilt and linear accuracy for industrial, medical and scientific applications.

New Scale Technologies' mini all-in-one focus module has improved tilt, accuracy and dynamic stability for high-performance embedded camera systems

New Scale Technologies’ mini all-in-one focus module has improved tilt, accuracy and
dynamic stability for high-performance embedded camera systems

New Scale Technologies of Victor has released the M3-FS focus module, a drop-in replacement for its original M3-F system, with compatible size and identical electrical connections and software commands. Its superior dynamic stability minimizes pixel shift with changing camera orientation, making it ideal for use in hand-held, portable and mobile camera systems.

Like its predecessor, the M3-FS features embedded closed-loop control and takes simple, high-level motion commands from the camera processor. It operates on 3.3 VDC with very low power needed to move the lens, and zero power needed to hold the lens in position, which makes the M3-FS ideal for battery-powered devices.

“The new M3-FS offers even higher performance in the same, easy-to-integrate platform,” said New Scale’s Chief Technical Officer David Henderson.

The module’s aluminum structure and internal ball-bearing guide improves accuracy over its predecessor’s molded polymer construction and internal pin-bushing lens guide. The M3-FS accepts lens diameters up to M16.

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Semrock markets newest fluorescence filter sets

June 24, 2014

Seven new fluorescence filter sets optimized for LED light engines are now available from Idex Corp.’s Semrock brand.

New fluorescence filter sets are available from Semrock

Semrock Inc. announces its newest fluorescence filter sets, compatible with most popular LED light sources.

The filters are optimized for use with most popular LED light sources on the market today and are available in single-band, full and Pinkel multiband configurations. All configurations are available preassembled in a microscope cube. The new filter sets can be used for theoretical modeling using the Semrock Searchlight online toolbox, and are  in stock and ready for next-day shipping. Rapid delivery is available on custom-sized filters. Additional LED light engine optimized sets will be added to Semrock’s product line throughout the summer.

Semrock Inc. manufactures high-volume optical filters used for the biotech and analytical instrumentation industries, along with filters for more general laser and optical systems applications.

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Lumetrics ships latest lens inspection system

June 13, 2014

The newest intraocular lens inspection system from Lumetrics is headed to a major U.S.  manufacturer this month.

Lumetrics has shipped the CrystalWave 765, the latest in the company's line of Intraocular and contact lens inspection systems

Lumetrics has shipped CrystalWave 765, the latest in the company’s line of intraocular and contact lens inspection systems

Lumetrics has shipped its CrystalWave 765, the latest design in the RRPC member’s CrystalWave line of  intraocular (IOL) and contact lens inspection systems. CrystalWave systems are used by the major IOL manufacturers in the world as well as the FDA. Focal length, wavefront and MTF measurements are combined in a single instrument to minimize handling of the lenses.

The CrystalWave 765 system allows lenses to be inspected either wet or dry and can be configured either horizontally or vertically for inspection.  The new system can incorporate Lumetrics’  latest IOL rotating cuvette. The cuvette rotates each IOL and allows the axis reading on the CrystalWave to be a direct measurement of cylinder axis error. This measurement is critical, especially as newer, more complex lenses are designed for use in patients.

The CrystalWave K765 also supports production line installations and is insensitive to vibrations. The measurement zone accepts a single IOL or multiple IOLs in a carousel. The optional CrystalServer software allows user-written programs to control CrystalWave in coordination with robotic equipment for fully automated inspection.

With the recent addition of products acquired from Abbott Medical Optics, Lumetrics provides wavefront analysis of IOL and contact lenses, and laser beams in industry, government and independent research labs.  The systems provide real-time measurements to improve quality, reduce costs and increase yields.

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Slaughter Congratulates Rochester-based Sydor Instruments on Federal Grant

March 8, 2014

 $150,000 grant will fund cutting-edge detection camera

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that  Rochester-based Sydor Instruments, LLC (Sydor) has been awarded a $150,000 STTR Phase One grant.  The grant will be used to fund development of a Spectro CCD X-Ray Camera for Energy Dispersive Spectrometers.  Sydor’s work to develop the camera will dovetail with the opening of the new NSLS II material accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory and will allow scientists there to investigate the interactions of materials at the atomic scale.  The development of this ultra small pixel pitch CCD will allow the full power of the accelerator to be tapped.

“I strongly supported Sydor’s application because I know that their engineers are the best-trained in the business, and the potential for this technology is enormous,” said Slaughter. “Improved X-ray detection will lead to advances in key U.S. high tech industries such as thin films and energy storage devices. I look forward to Sydor’s continuing contributions in this field.”

“We are very pleased with being awarded this STTR Phase One grant for our VacuumPg_CameraPic and would like to thank Congresswoman Slaughter for her strong support of Sydor Instruments throughout the grant process.  This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the significance of the technology.  The STTR award will enable the commercial engineering needed to transition the concepts demonstrated at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to the point that commercial detectors can be produced and made available to a broad community of researchers in order to support fundamental energy science.   Sydor Instruments, in collaboration with LBNL, will produce a novel direct-detection, soft x-ray imaging camera with 5 to 10 times better spatial resolution than the current state-of-the-art.  This will translate to faster and more accurate data collection in applications where data accuracy is paramount, ” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.

About Sydor Instruments

Sydor Instruments ( is a comprehensive diagnostics solution provider.  We provide our customers with custom diagnostics and ultrafast imaging systems for a variety of applications in science and industry.  Sydor Instruments specializes in streak cameras and single photon detectors where the highest resolution and accuracy is required.

About SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research Program is a highly competitive Federal program that provides research funding to small businesses.  The SBIR Program encourages the commercialization of technologies developed by America’s small businesses.

New Rectangular Aperture Shutter from Vincent Associates

March 6, 2014

RS20BVincent’s first UNIBLITZ® product to be released in 2014 is the bi-stable RS20B shutter system.
The shutter’s unique rectangular 20 mm diagonal aperture and blade sets itself apart from the other shutter series within the UNIBLITZ® product line.

“The RS20B is our market response to provide a rectangular aperture shutter that is able to cover an entire CCD area with one single blade. Its overall size and scalability make it useful for a proof of concept device in OEM applications,” states Stephen Pasquarella, President of Vincent Associates. This product contains only two moving parts, the rotor and the blade making it incredibly reliable.”

The RS20B shutter device is based on the patented actuator technology found in “TS” series (i.e, TS2, TS6 shutter series). The bi-stable shutter system contains a single blade that is fabricated from a black, carbon impregnated material which is lightweight and provides high emissivity suitable for non- uniformity correction applications (NUC). The RS20B is the latest in innovative designs that provides a built-in driver and integrated connector in order to maximize space when paired with the appropriate imaging sensor. Its scalable design and use of alternate blade materials enables Vincent Associates to customize the shutter to each customer’s unique specifications.

Vincent Associates is headquartered in Rochester, New York. For more information visit