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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

Extended Testability Analysis (ETA) Tool V8.0

This tool provides fast, efficient, and effective diagnostic assessment reports.

An assessment of a system’s safety requirements is required early in the design process when cost and time impacts are minimal. These requirements include fault detection, failure isolation, and failure recovery. Systems engineering groups at NASA have been exploring model-based products to better support verification of these safety requirements. One such product involves qualitative failure propagation modeling as a means to achieve early assessment of the system prior to the availability of higher fidelity information. These early development products lack the advanced reporting and analysis capabilities required to address the needs of system designers and domain experts. Therefore, post-processing tools need to be developed to support the interrogation of the model, and the structured reporting required by system engineers.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Information Sciences, Software, Design processes, Failure modes and effects analysis, Systems engineering
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NASA Names 2016 Software of the Year

NASA announced the winners of the Software of the Year awards for 2016: Langley Research Center and Ames Research Center.

Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) was developed by NASA Langley and Engility Corp. of Billerica, MA. TAP is cockpit-based software that helps pilots determine the most efficient flight paths to their destinations while they are en-route and flying among other aircraft in the airspace. The application then allows them to make traffic aware strategic aircrew requests (TASAR) to ask air traffic controllers for a route change.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace, Software
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Signal Routing Software

Pickering Interfaces, Clacton-on-Sea, UK, offers Switch Path Manager™ signal routing software that simplifies signal routing through switching systems, and automatically connects system endpoints. CLOSE and OPEN commands with additional parameters like module number and channel number control the required relays. The software virtually describes any switching architecture and processes all stored project data for switching and routing at runtime.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software
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Operator Interface

Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives Division North America, Rohnert Park, CA, released the XT Parker’s Xpress™ Power Station operator interface with Xpress 4.1 runtime and development software. The solid-state device features 15G peak shock and 5-500 Hz vibration ratings, and a fanless, ventless design. The 1.83-GHz quadcore processor and 4GB DDR3L RAM support a graphical programming environment that enables remote viewing, controlling, and editing of the interface from a browser.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software
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System Implementation Software

EPLAN Software & Services LLC, Schaumburg, IL, released EPLAN Platform version 2.6 that includes features for terminal design and project data management, the representation of piping in fluid power engineering, and optimized IT integration. Using the Quick Input Filter for project management enables users to process and manage projects and project data. EPLAN Fluid Professional can represent piping and hydraulic hose lines directly in 3D with complete layout functionality. Users can be imported into an IT infrastructure instead of having to create a new user.

Posted in: Products, Software
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Will artificial intelligence do more good than bad for humanity?

This week's Question: World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.” Hawking noted the risks of creating superintelligence with a will of its own, while also mentioning AI's ability to "undo some of the damage done to the natural world" and eradicate disease and poverty. What do you think? Will artificial intelligence do more good than bad for humanity?

Posted in: Question of the Week, Automation, Software
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Quality Driven: Automotive Display Testing

Instrumentation, information, navigation and entertainment systems have moved to fully graphical, touch-enhanced displays, and customers expect the quality of these displays to be on par with that of their consumer electronics. Makers of in-vehicle displays must keep pace with improvements in display quality, increasing screen sizes, and higher resolutions. Quality inspection of these displays faces a unique set of challenges. They will be viewed in widely varied lighting and must withstand harsh environmental conditions. Detection of subtle flaws that could worsen as a result of these circumstances is critical to ensuring a high quality display throughout the lifespan of the vehicle.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Automotive, Software
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Achieving Reliable Inline Measurements in Production Environments

One of the most important changes in metrology in the past few decades has been the development of portable measuring devices. This has brought inspection right to the production line, as close to the part as possible. The change—sparked by the development of portable measuring arms and the emergence of laser trackers—has turned conventional industry inspection methods completely upside down.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software, Test & Measurement
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Can algorithms create a pop-music hit?

This week's Question: Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) in Paris is developing a system of algorithms which can create songs that cater to the user's taste, based on styles adapted from existing music. Starting with a sheet-music database of more than 13,000 existing songs, users choose several titles with the sound or feel that they would like the new song to incorporate.

Posted in: Question of the Week, Software
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Special Edition: Simulation Gets Personal

To drive sustainable innovation your research and development teams need creative and collaborative ways to think about product, nature, and life working together in harmony.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers, Software
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