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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
Computer Chips Calculate and Store in an Integrated Unit
Electron-to-Photon Communication for Quantum Computing

Connecting the Unconnected: Evolving Manufacturing Connectivity, Part I - Challenges to Brownfield Development

Learn about common obstacles encountered on the road to connected manufacturing, and preview some solutions provided by ADLINK and Intel. Cisco estimates that 92% of the 64 million manufacturing machines in worldwide operation are unconnected to any network, despite remaining in full use on production lines everywhere. To prevent considerable costs being incurred, viable optimization of existing machines embodies connection to the Internet, effectively integrating them into Smart Factory systems while maximizing acquisition and analysis of operational data, all within acceptable cost constraints.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Solving Your Toughest Design Challenges with Silicones

How do you ensure efficient component molding and manufacturing? How do you solve self-healing issues with your flow control valves? How do you improve resistance to repeated sterilization? How do you minimize hysteresis and enhance resilience in your devices? The answer is simple: Momentive silicone elastomers can deliver the performance required to meet healthcare’s most rigorous design challenges – including clarity, flexibility, durability, biocompatibility, processability and more that outperform other materials.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Bio-Medical, Medical
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New SAE Standards on Additive Manufacturing: World’s First for Aerospace Industry

Industry standards play an important role in helping the public by ensuring quality and consistency in the products produced for the marketplace. The emerging field of additive manufacturing (AM) enables parts to be printed in 3D from electronic files created on a computer. These parts are being used in critical applications such as aircraft engines. It is imperative that these parts be manufactured and tested to the strictest standards. SAE International has created the Aerospace Material Specification committee on Additive Manufacturing (AMS-AM). The FAA provided SAE with a task request in support of the formation of a standards committee to develop aerospace material specifications and other related documents that would assist the FAA in developing guidance material for AM certification — certification of parts for use on aircraft such as parts for commercial jets that carry passengers over large bodies of water where there is no room for error or inferior quality.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG: Advances in Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are gaining widespread use in industries such as medical, military/defense, and consumer products. These devices range from passive monitors and diagnostic systems to complex surveillance devices. One area where great strides are currently being made are robotic prosthetics and powered exoskeleton bionic devices to help people with severe disabilities live more normal lives. As the technologies incorporated in these wearables – including sensors and electronics – become increasingly more complex, design engineers must learn how best to package and integrate them for maximum comfort, durability, and efficiency.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Upcoming Webinars, Electronics
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Requirements Engineering for Safety-Critical Systems

In safety-critical projects, Requirements Engineering is often perceived as a “necessary evil” rather than active support in the development process. Challenges arise between the writing of requirements, categories and levels of abstraction, and the high degree of freedom in Functional Safety Standards, and the practical benefits of effective requirements engineering are lost.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Software
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Core Competencies Staying Competitive in the Medical Device Industry

Outsourcing helps medical companies fill proficiency gaps and keep pace with innovation. This whitepaper explains what factors are driving the growth in the medical device industry, and how these market dynamics have led to an increased demand for outsourcing of noncore OEM competencies and processes to reliable partners. It will present the many ways outsourcing can help OEMs minimize technology investments and integration efforts to accelerate time-to-market and increase their ROI. The attributes required in an ideal outsourcing partner are also discussed.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical
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Smart Windows Get Smarter (and Self-Powered)

A “smart window” from Princeton University uses a transparent solar cell to selectively absorb and harvest near-ultraviolet light. The advanced window controls the transmission of visible light and infrared heat into the building, while the new type of solar cell uses near-UV light to power the system.

Posted in: News, Energy, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
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Could lenses and thick cameras become obsolete?

A team at the California Institute of Technology designed a lens-less camera. "Once scaled up, this technology can make lenses and thick cameras obsolete," said graduate student and camera researcher Behrooz Abiri. What do you think? Could lenses and thick cameras become obsolete?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Cameras, Imaging
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Adhesive Strength Enhancement of Shape Memory Polymer Composite and Metal Joint

This technology has applications in adaptive space structures, smart fabrics, intelligent medical devices, morphing structures, and packaging.

NASA Langley Research Center has developed technology to increase the adhesive strength between shape memory polymer composites (SMPs) and metal alloys. Shape memory materials, including SMPs, have been explored for numerous applications because of their unique shape memory capabilities. These materials can change shape and/or other properties in response to changes in an external stimulus such as stress, temperature, or an electric field.

Posted in: Briefs, Materials
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Personal Annunciation Device (PAD)

The PAD can be used where chemical, biological, or other hazards are present, and traditional notification means are not adequate.

Many industrial and commercial plants, government and private research facilities, and industrial facilities perform potentially dangerous processes. Automated warning and alarm systems alert personnel to dangerous or abnormal conditions inside or near a plant so the personnel may take prompt protective action such as evacuation, co-location, or shelter in place. Such automated systems include simple fire and smoke detectors that detect the presence of fire or smoke and immediately activate a connected, audible alarm confined to a specific area of a plant. Many systems include a central hub for receiving detection signals from detectors located throughout a plant. In some systems, the central hub also is connected to a network of alarms including audible alarms — both siren-like and information-based — and visual alarms, including flashing emergency lights and textual-based information screens.

Posted in: Briefs, Communications
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