Special Coverage

Soft Robot “Walks” on Any Terrain
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Using Microwaves to Produce High-Quality Graphene
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

Sound-Off: How Does ‘Cold Forming’ Impact a Part?

The manufacturing process of "cold forming" applies force to a metal as it is staged in a die. The technology, used originally in the early 1900s to create artillery shells, supports the creation of a variety of sophisticated, small parts, including fasteners, pins, and screws. But how do the residual stresses caused by the process affect the life of the part?

Posted in: News, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling
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Sound-Off: How Do Collaborative Robots Spot Human Operators?

In a “speed and separation” manufacturing scenario, a safe distance must be maintained between a collaborative robot and a human operator. When the gap reaches below a specific threshold, the cobot then initiates a monitored stop. But how does the robot “see” the human?

Posted in: News, Automation, Robotics
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Researcher Sees the Power of Solar Glasses

New eyeglasses from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology generate solar power. Featuring semitransparent organic solar cells, the eyewear powers a microprocessor and two small displays integrated into the solar glasses’ temples. In a Tech Briefs Q&A, one KIT researcher explains why the proof-of-concept is the first step to even smarter devices.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Detectors, Sensors
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Writing with Light: An ‘Etch A Sketch’ Electrical Circuit

Physicists from Washington State University (WSU) have used lasers to draw conductive circuits into a crystal. The achievement demonstrates a new kind of transparent, three-dimensional electronics: circuits that can be erased and reconfigured, like the drawings of an Etch A Sketch.

Posted in: News, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics & Computers, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics
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Using Spider Silk, Surgeon Hits a Nerve

Christine Radtke, a Professor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Austria’s MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital, has 21 spiders. The silk obtained from the Tanzanian golden orb-weavers offers Radtke and her team a valuable material to repair nerve and tissue.

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Wideband Radar Signal Generation and Analysis

In designing modern radar systems you face significant challenges. You must develop solutions with the flexibility and adaptability required for next-generation threat detection and avoidance. To succeed, you need capable tools for the generation and analysis of extremely complex pulse patterns and you need to validate designs with advanced scanning methodologies – tools that can handle complex radar baseband, IF and RF signals.

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Coming Soon - Advanced Catheter Manufacturing with Liquid Crystal Polymer Monofilament

The development of minimally invasive surgical technologies has revolutionized healthcare by making possible a growing variety of complex cardiovascular and neurological interventions that would otherwise be unthinkable. But using the body’s vascular system like a network of access routes is not without challenges—including especially the need for intravascular access catheters that can be used in interventional procedures relying on magnetic resonance imaging.

Posted in: Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Medical
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Off-Highway Vehicles: Taking Torque Measurement from the Lab to the Production Floor and Out into the Field

As the demand for higher performance from off-highway vehicles grows, the industry will see breakthroughs in the advancement of telemetry torque technology. By allowing for the economical transmission of highly accurate and reliable rotating torque measurement data, these advances make it possible to move beyond the controlled environments of the lab or field testing and into production-level vehicles themselves allowing the industry to take a big step forward in the quest for lower emissions, fuel savings, and vehicle stability control.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Defense, Automation
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Critical Factors in Selecting an EMS Company for Aerospace Products

For aerospace products, where requirements are stringent and device failure is not an option, choosing an EMS partner can be critical. Knowledge of an EMS company’s certifications, processes, facilities, service, and support, can lead to success in your selection.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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New Products: September 2017 Photonics & Imaging Insider

Fiber Optic Cables

OFS (Norcross, GA) has expanded its AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable product family to include fiber counts up to 864. Currently, AccuRibbon DC cables are offered in fiber counts up to 432. Super-absorbent polymer (SAP) tapes replace the gel in AccuRibbon DC cables to impede water migration in the cable core. These cables and water-blocking tapes have a 15-year, field- proven history in diverse outside plant (OSP) installations and applications. In addition to meeting Telcordia GR-20 Issue 4 requirements, the AccuRibbon DC cables have successfully met OFS’ aggressive coiling simulations where the cables are twisted and coiled under real-world installation conditions.

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