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Trek introduces new high-frequency amplifier for MEMS

Trek Inc., will introduce its new high-frequency amplifier, Model 2100HF, at the American Physical Society meeting being held March 21-23, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. Designed for use in micro-electro-mechanical systems, the unit can also be used in electro-optic, materials research, metrology, piezoelectric and ultrasonic applications. Specific applications, in addition to MEMS devices, include dielectric material characterization, electro-optic modulators, laser modulators, ion beam control, piezoelectric driving/control and ultrasonics.

Superabrasives leader Engis Corp. plans 54,000-sq.-ft. expansion at world headquarters

The 54,000-sq.-ft., multi-million-dollar expansion will bring total space to 121,500 sq. ft. and enable the company to consolidate all engineering, process development labs, manufacturing, warehousing and administrative offices into a single facility. In conjunction with this project, Engis will add new manufacturing, process development and testing and measurement equipment. Construction will start in April and be complete by fall of 2011.

New universal testers streamline analysis

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments’ new AG-Xplus Series offers precision materials analysis from tabletop and floor-type universal testing machines. Ultra-fast 5kHz (0.2 msec) sampling captures dramatic fluctuations in test force, and users can alter sampling conditions during testing for more detailed analysis. The AG-Xplus series features auto-tuning of control parameters in real time based on stress and strain data measured during testing, as well as reliable comparison of unknown sample data, without pre-testing. The auto-tuning function easily provides strain control required by ISO 6892-2009. In addition, control resolution has been improved by a factor of eight, enhancing the reliability of test results.

Solar Meets Glass’ in Berlin

Solar Meets Glass, the 2nd Industry Summit for Quality, Logistics and Materials Conference, April 13, 2011, brings together the glass and solar energy industry to discuss pressing issues from both sectors. Held within the framework of the “3rd Photovoltaics Thin-Film Week,” the world’s largest event for thin-film photovoltaics, at the Technologiepark Adlershof in Berlin, Germany, the event is geared towards the manufacturers of thin film as well as crystalline photovoltaics, solar system integrators and the manufacturers of PV installation systems.