Special Coverage

Transducer-Actuator Systems for On-Machine Measurements and Automatic Part Alignment
Wide-Area Surveillance Using HD LWIR Uncooled Sensors
Heavy Lift Wing in Ground (WIG) Cargo Flying Boat
Technique Provides Security for Multi-Robot Systems
Bringing New Vision to Laser Material Processing Systems
NASA Tests Lasers’ Ability to Transmit Data from Space
Converting from Hydraulic Cylinders to Electric Actuators
Automating Optimization and Design Tasks Across Disciplines
Vibration Tables Shake Up Aerospace and Car Testing
Supercomputer Cooling System Uses Refrigerant to Replace Water

A Shape-Changing Display – Made from Fog

Researchers from the University of Sussex are the first to combine two cutting-edge visualization technologies in one: a fog screen and a shape-shifting display. The “MistForm” system, according to one of its creators, enables interaction capabilities that improve upon today’s virtual- and augmented-reality offerings.

Posted in: News, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Imaging
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Tech Briefs Q&A: Photocatalyst Device Turns Pollution into Power

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have built a proof-of-concept device that performs two noble functions simultaneously: purifying polluted air and generating power. Read the Tech Briefs Q&A with Professor Sammy Verbruggen.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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A New Material for Mars Habitats? Mars Itself

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a compaction technique that may someday be used to turn Mars soil into building blocks for the Red Planet. The scientists' new method of applying pressure offers construction possibilities as NASA plans manned Mars missions in the upcoming decades.

Posted in: News, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Materials
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What to Do After Finding a Positive BI in Your Routine EO Sterilization Cycle

Learn about the investigation, impact and outcome when receiving a positive Biological Indicator in your routine EO Sterilization cycle.

Posted in: Webinars, On-Demand Webinars, Medical
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Five Factors to Consider when Selecting an Overcurrent Protective Device for an Electric Vehicle System to Ensure Safe and Reliable Performance

In electric and hybrid vehicle applications, electrical systems are often pushed to their limits. Aggressive current pulses, combined with high temperatures and vibration profiles, push the limits of electrical system reliability. When selecting an over-current protection device (OCPD), care must be taken to account for these complex variables while still providing a system that is safe and reliable. This article will discuss five critical and often overlooked factors in OCPD selection in EV applications in order to ensure safe and reliable system performance.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Electronics & Computers
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Selecting the Right Standard High-Voltage Power Supply

High-voltage power supplies drive a broad range of applications across diverse segments, including semiconductor, scientific, medical, industrial, and more. Designed to deliver stable supply voltages at 50 V and up, the power supplies, comprised of sophisticated components and specialized materials, must carefully manage the high voltages and associated effects, for example, corona and arcing. For systems developers choosing standard high-voltage power supplies, the specialized nature of high-voltage power calls for a power supply selection process that reflects the unique characteristics of the high- voltage power supply and its operation.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Optics, Photonics
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Removing the Risk of Concentrated Salt Solutions to Precision Dispense Pumps

IVD instrument OEMs require high accuracy pumps for dispensing reagents, wash fluids and samples. The types and concentrations of fluids dispensed by these pumps vary widely and can be excessively damaging to the internal parts of pumps. For this reason, pump designers are continually challenged to create products that can survive increasingly aggressive environments.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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ASTM D4169: A Historical Perspective, plus Review and Implications of D4169-16

WESTPAK's protective package system testing professionals present a webinar focused on ASTM D4169. We begin with a historical perspective of D4169 and its origin to provide you with a background on protective package testing protocols. Then we review D4169-16 and compare it against the prior revisions. We discuss options available if your test fails the –16 revision after passing prior revisions. Live Q&A will be included during the broadcast.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Test & Measurement
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3D Printed Tensegrity Object Can Change Shape

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a way to use 3D printers to create objects capable of shape change. The objects use tensegrity, a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. The researchers fabricated the struts from shape memory polymers that unfold when heated. The technology could someday be used in applications ranging from space missions to biomedical devices.

Posted in: News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Mechanical Components, Motion Control
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Self-Learning Robot Hands Adapt to Grasp Objects

A new grasp system with robotic hands works without previously knowing the characteristics of objects. The system, which learns by trial and error, was developed by researchers at Bielefeld University in Bielefeld, Germany. It features two hands that are based on human hands in terms of both shape and mobility. The robot brain for the hands must learn how everyday objects like pieces of fruit or tools can be distinguished based on their color or shape, as well as what matters when attempting to grasp the object; for example, a banana can be held, and a button can be pressed. The system learns to recognize such possibilities as characteristics, and constructs a model for interacting with and re-identifying the object.

Posted in: News, Motion Control, Positioning Equipment, Automation, Robotics
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