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Question of the Week : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Microbots Like HAMR-E Improve Search and Rescue?

Researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute created a 1.5-gram microbot called HAMR-E.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser World of Photonics 2019
The bi-annual Laser World of Photonics exhibition begins today.
On-Demand Webinars : Software
Simulation for Testing and Analysis of Autonomous Vehicles

With the spate of public highway accidents of autonomous vehicles, the conversation has become more intense regarding the need for simulation testing to reduce risky on-road testing and – more important – to accumulate the billions of miles said to be needed to develop robust vehicle...

Tech Talks : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Hydraulic Cylinders and the Search for the Perfect Seal

Large-scale manufacturers, such as those in the agricultural and construction industries, are tasked with finding a balance between the cost and performance of their hydraulic cylinders. This Tech Talk explains how to achieve that goal by optimizing advanced sealing technology. In the...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Engineers Develop Concept for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks

Heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world's goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for a significant portion of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, but little has been done so far to curb their...

News : Electronics & Computers
Next-Generation, Low-Cost Stop Sign Improves Driver Safety

It's dark on the back road as a motorist speeds toward the intersection. Up ahead, the stop sign blends with the night and in seconds a deadly crash occurs. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than half of all roadway fatalities occur on rural roads. Now engineers at...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Energy Monitor Can Find Electrical Failures Before They Happen

A new system devised by researchers at MIT can monitor the behavior of all electric devices within a building, ship, or factory, determining which ones are in use at any given time and whether any are showing signs of an imminent failure. When tested on a Coast Guard cutter, the...

News : Electronics & Computers
Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants Synthesized

Engine gears, plane thrusters, refrigerator compressors, wind turbines – the list of important industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications that depend on lubricants might be endless. These slick substances quite literally keep the world turning,...

Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a Device That Bonds Metal and Plastic in Seconds?

The connection of plastics and metals poses a challenge due to the different physical properties of the two materials. A joining gun from Fraunhofer Institute bonds metal and plastic in seconds.

Tech Talks : Medical
Fiber Extrusion for Medical Devices 101

The demand for polymer-derived fibers and yarns for medical device components gives original equipment manufacturers and fiber extrusion experts opportunities to work together in exciting ways. Successfully creating components for a finished medical device depends on a mutual understanding of each...

Tech Talks : Automotive
Getting a Grip on Friction

Friction is the reason bearings exist – without it, relative movement between two objects would require little more than a gentle push. This Tech Talk is intended to delve a little deeper into the influences of friction with respect to rotation, heat generation, bearing function, and bearing failure. Along the way, a...

INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Flexible Generators Turn Movement into Energy

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical.

INSIDER : Data Acquisition
Release of Solar Panel Dataset Helps Cities Make Power Grids Safer and More Reliable

Solar power researchers have traditionally only used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to estimate the power...

INSIDER : Transportation
Clean Fuel Cells Could Be Cheap Enough to Replace Gas Engines in Vehicles

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the...

INSIDER : Energy
Winter Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Problem for Power Grid

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6% in some places. But Cornell...

On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Uncovering Non-Obvious Variables in Surface Preparation Processes for Bonding and Coating

Surface preparation for aerospace, automotive, and medical device bonding and coating operations includes manual and automated processes, which frequently include some combination of solvent wiping and abrasion, among other uncontrolled preparation methods...

Special Reports : Propulsion
Powertrain

The latest powertrain innovations for cars and commercial vehicles are featured in this Special Report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Truck & Off-Highway Engineering.

Special Reports : Robotics, Automation & Control
Connected Commercial Vehicles

Trucks and other commercial vehicles are becoming smarter and more connected, moving rapidly on the road to autonomy. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Truck & Off-Highway Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle Engineering.

Special Reports : Defense
Unmanned Systems

The latest advances in aerial, ground, and underwater unmanned systems are covered in this special report, a compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology.

Special Reports : Test & Measurement
Automotive Manufacturing

Factories are getting smarter thanks to advances in robotics, analytics, simulation, metrology and more. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Automotive Manufacturing & Machining.

Special Reports : Communications
RF & Microwave Electronics

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how high-frequency electronics advances are enabling new applications in space communications, aviation, the military and more.