Electronic Components
Automated Generation of Failure Modes and Effects Document from a Simple SysML Model
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Tuesday, 01 December 2015
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California This software queries a model of system in the MagicDraw program and uses that information to create an Excel spreadsheet that represents a basic FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis). It automates the generation of an FMEA; the user only has to open MagicDraw, then run this plugin to produce an Excel spreadsheet.
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Space Network Access System (SNAS)
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland SNAS is a single, universally accessible, standards-based, full-featured customer interface for performing Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) planning, scheduling, and real-time service monitoring and control. It consolidates functionality of multiple legacy customer interface systems into a single system, and is the primary access system for managing TDRSS resources.
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Creating Stretchy Conductors for Flexible Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 09 September 2015
A team of engineers at Washington State University, Pullman, discovered how to stretch metal films used in flexible electronics to twice their size without breaking, which they say, could lead to dramatic improvements in flexible electronics. This may advance applications in bendable batteries, robotic skins, wearable monitoring devices and sensors, and connected fabrics.
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DoD Pushes for Wearable Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Patient Monitoring on Tuesday, 08 September 2015
As part of a Department of Defense effort to partner with industry and academia to ensure that the US continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Obama administration will award a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies, universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance.
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Converting Cotton Fabric into Transistors
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Monday, 13 July 2015
A team of fiber scientists at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, have created cotton fabric that, they say, can kill bacteria, conduct electricity, ward off malaria, capture harmful gas, and weave transistors into clothing. They explain that cotton, a cellulose-based material, can be controlled one atom at a time. Instead of adding electronics to fabrics, they have converted cotton fibers into electronic components like transistors and thermistors.
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3D Printing with Copper and Gold Achieved
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Metals, Patient Monitoring on Thursday, 18 June 2015
A team of scientists from the University of Twente in The Netherlands has discovered a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. They say that this technology would allow manufacturing of entirely new devices and components.
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Heart-Powered Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Coatings & Adhesives, Composites, Metals, Plastics, Implants & Prosthetics on Wednesday, 17 June 2015
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created thin, flexible electronic devices that efficiently harvest the mechanical energy from natural motions of the human body. In addition to advances in materials processing to enable fabrication of these thin film devices, accurate analytical models were developed to predict electrical output of mechanical energy harvesting devices as a function of key design parameters and materials properties.
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