Special Coverage

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

Improving Corrosion Resistance of 303 Stainless Steel

Able Electropolishing, a leader in the electropolishing industry, teamed up with Swiss Precision Machining Inc., to test the effectiveness of passivation vs. electropolishing on corrosion resistance of machined 303 stainless steel components.

Posted in: White Papers, Green Design & Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials

ABLE TECHNICAL GUIDE: Your Solution to 7 Metal Surface Problems

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Test & Measurement

Personalized Healthcare Calls for Innovative Wearables and Medical Devices

Because the world population is aging, chronic diseases are on the rise and healthcare costs are reaching unsustainable heights, it is essential to detect pathologies early. The Internet of Things (IoT) is now poised to transform the healthcare industry by providing wireless connectivity and sensing. Body-worn electronics and implanted devices, equipped with tiny sensors that continuously monitor vital parameters and securely report anomalies to appropriate physicians, will improve patients’ quality of life while delivering timely medical help. Personalized healthcare is making medicine participatory, personalized, predictive and preventive (P4 Medicine). Medical device and high-tech companies are joining forces to satisfy a growing demand that might reach 20 billion medical connected devices by 2020. Successful medical device and pharmaceutical companies are using engineering simulation to develop systems that ensure high reliability, provide data privacy and achieve regulatory compliance quickly. Learn how platform-based engineering simulation maximizes the IoT opportunities for personalized medicine.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Bio-Medical, Medical

DESIGNING A VISION SYSTEM: A Comprehensive Guide to the Technical Requirements for Building a Vision System for Your Unique Imaging Application

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when designing a vision system, including: the hardware platform, the operating system, the software and API, and the very things that make the vision system “see” – the camera and its lens. Although each aspect plays an important role in achieving desired results, the camera and lens are the essence of the vision system. As such, it is recommended that both the camera and the lens be selected as a pair based on overall system requirements. Here we discuss various elements of vision systems with a focus on the camera and lens.

Posted in: White Papers, Imaging, Medical, Optics, Photonics

System Simulation for Aerospace and Defense Applications

In Conjunction with SAE

This 60-minute Webinar examines LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim™ software, which is used throughout the aerospace and defense industries because of its rich, deep libraries and robust, easy-to-use simulation platform. The LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim™ platform is presented in detail with specific emphasis on aerospace and defense applications. Its well-integrated set of libraries is shown, and specific examples in thermal, hydraulic, fuel system, electrical system, flight control, and propulsion are demonstrated. An example of a complete aircraft system, integrating each aircraft engineering discipline, is given. The examples focus on parametric studies, optimization, and design trade studies, which drive decision-making early in the design process.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Aerospace

The Ins and Outs of Spaceflight Passive Components and Assemblies

RF and microwave components deployed in space flight applications can experience hundreds of degrees of temperature variation, massive amounts of radiation, and can be expected to operate at an elevated level for sometimes decades. The demands of operating in a space environment bring many unique challenges and unforgiving reliability requirements; therefore, designing passive components to meet these rigorous operation criteria necessitates a high level of design expertise, qualifications/certifications, and testing capability.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, RF & Microwave Electronics

How the Automotive and Ground Transportation Industry is Accelerating with Pervasive Engineering Simulation

Consumers are demanding efficient, reliable, safe, environmentally friendly, smarter, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles. Regulators continue to demand improvements in safety and emissions. The automotive industry must deliver these increasingly complex products to market faster, in the face of increasing competition from traditional sources, new geographies and new entrants and with continued pressure to reduce cost. Failure of any magnitude can result in significant, and even irreparable, financial and brand impact.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Bio-Medical, Medical

Overcome Connected Car Design and Test Challenges

Today, radar systems, such as adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear crash warning, are being developed and integrated into automobiles to reduce possible collisions and prevent human casualties. Engineers are choosing the SystemVue Scenario Framework solution to increase design fidelity and save costs during design and test. Learn more by downloading the application note, Automotive FMCW Radar System Design Using 3D Framework for Scenario Modeling.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Electronics & Computers, Test & Measurement

Will the "ifbattery" catch on?

A new story on TechBriefs.com this week featured an interview with Purdue University's John Cushman. The professor's "ifbattery" system may someday allow drivers to recharge their cars as quickly and easily as filling up a gas tank. What do you think? Will the "ifbattery" catch on?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Automotive, Alternative Fuels

Adam Sidor, NASA Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) — heatshields — form the outer surface of spacecraft and provide protection as the vehicle plunges through planetary atmospheres. Conformal ablative materials are currently being developed to improve TPS performance. Adam Sidor is developing a fresh approach to designing and manufacturing these materials to produce larger tile sizes while reducing labor, cost, and waste.

Posted in: Who's Who, Materials

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