December 2010

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Electromobility Drives Green Vehicles

Environmental friendliness, economy, and individuality are the fundamental ideas associated with the topic of eMobility (electromobility). The increasing scarcity of resources and constantly rising...

Pricing pressures, intense competition, and strict regulatory demands are challenging scientists and researchers in the fast-growing, highly-regulated pharmaceutical,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Sensor

Piher North America (Libertyville, IL) offers the MTS 360 SMD rotary position sensor that combines a through-shaft design with 360° absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size. The non-contacting sensor measures 6 ×...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Universal Motor Controller

Oriental Motor (Torrance, CA) has introduced the SCX10 single-axis universal stepping motor controller that allows users to operate any motor via three serial communication protocols, including RS-232C, CANopen,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Cylinders

J.H. Williams Tool Group, a unit of Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI), offers single-acting lock nut cylinders in diameter sizes from 2 to 12". Units are designed to support loads for extended periods without hydraulic...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Triaxial Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) has released the 3363AT series miniature triaxial accelerometers for modal analysis testing and environmental stress screening. The IEPE-type piezoelectric sensors have a...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Pressure Valve

The Model 795 pneumatic dispensing valve from Tridak (Torrington, CT) dispenses very high-viscosity fluids, gels, and pastes that require high pressure to achieve suitable material flow. The valve can be used for silicone...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushed DC Motors

Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) offers two new motor sizes with IP54 protection rating and mounting brakes. The commutated DC motors, with output power of 200 and 250W, are protected on the commutation side with sealed...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuator Drive

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Hollis, NH) offers the PCM4806 IDEA™ programmable linear actuator drive that is RoHS compliant and optimized to regulate a low-current power stage suitable for controller can-stack linear...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Motors

Pittman® Series 8690™ brush-commutated DC motors from AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) are 26-mm motors for data storage, medical, semiconductor processing, automation, and other high-performance applications. The iron core DC motors incorporate bonded neodymium iron boron magnets, and include 7-slot skewed...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Piezo Driver

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the XPSDRVP1, an XPS-compatible driver card for the piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning line of sub-nanometer-resolution stages. The driver eliminates the need for either an XPS...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
MEMS Inclinometer

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) offers the Q42 dual-axis inclinometer sensor with a CANopen interface for angular tilt detection, and angle measurements of ±10, 45, and 60 degrees. The device measures angular tilt in reference to...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Single-Axis Accelerometer

Kistler Instrument Corp. (Amherst, NY) offers the Type 8640A miniature, single-axis, IEPE PiezoBeam® accelerometer for the multi-channel modal and structural analysis of small or thin-walled structures and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Ring Encoder

ASM Sensors (Elmhurst, IL) offers the PMIR7 series POSIROT® incremental en coder magnet rings in three sizes for different shaft sizes. They yield up to 184,320 pulses per revolution in conjunction with the quadrature encoder read head. The encoder system consists of a magnetoresistive read head, PMIS4, and a dual-channel...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Stages

The MS-2500 stage from Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) provides 100 mm of Yaxis travel and 250 mm of X-axis travel, and works on existing inverted microscopes. Custom configurations are available, including...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Hybrid Stepper Motors

Servo2Go (Greenville, DE) has introduced the Applied Motion Products HT24 NEMA 24 frame series of hybrid stepper motors for applications where additional power is required, but changing to a size 34 motor is not...

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Diaphragm Pump

The 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) measures 3.3 × 1.2 × 2.1" and is designed for medical and other applications requiring high performance in a compact package. The pump features...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Nanopositioning Controller

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the E-709 digital piezo nanopositioning controller that features fifth order polynomial digital linearization, two notch filters for piezo operation at high frequencies, and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rail Brakes

RB Series Generation II linear profile guide rail brakes from Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) are designed for stopping and holding in e-stop and power-off situations. Each rail brake clamps directly onto the center of the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Control Platform

XMOS (Sunnyvale, CA) has released a motor control platform that contains XCore® processors, an XMOS motor control hardware board with support for dual axis motor control and communication, and a suite of control,...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Vision-Guided Motion Controller

A pocket-sized, vision-guided motion controller from Precise Automation (San Jose, CA) is based on a distributed network architecture that allows the device to be located at the point of use. Along with...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
EtherCAT Communication-Enabled Drive

The IDM680 Intelligent Servo Drive from Technosoft (Canton, MI) comes equipped with a CANopen, or EtherCAT communication interface, and combines motion controller, drive, and PLC functionality in one...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Food and Beverage Sensors

A series of food and beverage sensor products from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) includes AC and DC proximity, photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Strain System for the Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator

The Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator (MBSMS) Strain System is an innovative engineering tool used to monitor the stresses applied to the MBSMS motion platform tilt pivot frames during motion simulations in real time. The Strain System comprises hardware and software produced by...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pyrotechnic Actuator for Retracting Tubes Between MSL Subsystems

An apparatus, denoted the “retractuator” (a contraction of “retracting actuator”), was designed to help ensure clean separation between the cruise stage and the entry-vehicle subsystem of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The retractuator or an equivalent mechanism...

MEN Micro, Ambler, PA, has introduced the RS3 managed Ethernet switch and RS4 unmanaged Ethernet switch, each built with an aluminum housing and M12 connectors with eight Fast...

Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
Making Multicore Work With Minimal Pain Points

All major microprocessor vendors are introducing multicore architectures to deliver the latest installment of performance improvements and cost savings as required to remain competitive in the...

BU-67106K PCI-Express cards
Data Device Corp.
Bohemia, NY
651-484-6544
www.ddc-web.com

To support the Ares-1, an in-line, two-stage rocket configuration topped by the...

SolidWorks 3D Design Software
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
Concord, MA
800-693-9000
www.solidworks.com

Software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. has been...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Coherent Frequency Reference System for the NASA Deep Space Network

The NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) requires state-of-the-art frequency references that are derived and distributed from very stable atomic frequency standards. A new Frequency Reference System (FRS) and Frequency Reference Distribution System (FRD) have been developed, which...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
180-GHz I-Q Second Harmonic Resistive Mixer MMIC

An indium phosphide MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) mixer was developed, processed, and tested in the NGC 35-nm-gate-length HEMT (high electron mobility transistor) process. The MMIC mixers were tested and assembled in the miniature MMIC receiver module described in “Miniature...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Diamond Heat-Spreader for Submillimeter-Wave Frequency Multipliers

The planar GaAs Shottky diode frequency multiplier is a critical technology for the local oscillator (LO) for submillimeter-wave heterodyne receivers due to low mass, tenability, long lifetime, and room-temperature operation. The use of a W-band (75–100 GHz) power amplifier...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power Amplifier Module With 734-mW Continuous Wave Output Power

Research findings were reported from an investigation of new gallium nitride (GaN) monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers (PAs) targeting the highest output power and the highest efficiency for class-A operation in W-band (75–110 GHz). W-band PAs are...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Low-Noise W-Band MMIC Detector Modules

A monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) receiver can be used as a building block for next-generation radio astronomy instruments that are scalable to hundreds or thousands of pixels. W- band (75–110 GHz) low-noise receivers are needed for radio astronomy interfer- ometers and spectrometers,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
338-GHz Semiconductor Amplifier Module

A 35-nm-gate-length InP, high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) with a high-indium-content channel as the key component was developed to produce an MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) power amplifier. With a shorter gate length than previous transistor generations, it allows for electrons to...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multi-Stage System for Automatic Target Recognition

A multi-stage automated target recognition (ATR) system has been designed to perform computer vision tasks with adequate proficiency in mimicking human vision. The system is able to detect,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multiple Differential-Amplifier MMICs Embedded in Waveguides

Compact amplifier assemblies of a type now being developed for operation at frequencies of hundreds of gigahertz comprise multiple amplifier units in parallel arrangements to increase power and/or cascade arrangements to increase gains. Each amplifier unit is a monolithic microwave...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Special Component Designs for Differential-Amplifier MMICs

Special designs of two types of electronic components — transistors and transmission lines — have been conceived to optimize the performances of these components as parts of waveguide-embedded differential-amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) of the type...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Update on Waveguide-Embedded Differential MMIC Amplifiers

There is an update on the subject matter of “Differential InP HEMT MMIC Amplifiers Embedded in Waveguides” (NPO-42857) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 9 (September 2009), page 35. To recapitulate: Monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) amplifiers of a type now being developed...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Wideband Angle-of-Arrival Tracking Systems

Systems that measure the angles of arrival of ultra-wideband (UWB) radio signals and perform triangulation by use of those angles in order to locate the sources of those signals are undergoing development. These systems were originally intended for use in tracking UWB-transmitter-equipped...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Rapid Corner Detection Using FPGAs

In order to perform precision landings for space missions, a control system must be accurate to within ten meters. Feature detection applied against images taken during descent and correlated against the provided base image is computationally expensive and requires tens of seconds of processing time to do just...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Single-Receiver GPS Phase Bias Resolution

Existing software has been modified to yield the benefits of integer fixed double-differenced GPS-phased ambiguities when processing data from a single GPS receiver with no access to any other GPS receiver data. When the double-differenced combination of phase biases can be fixed reliably, a significant...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Propulsion Design With Freeform Fabrication (PDFF)

The nation is challenged to decrease the cost and schedule to develop new space transportation propulsion systems for commercial, scientific, and military purposes. Better design criteria and manufacturing techniques for small thrusters are needed to meet current applications in missile defense,...

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent...

Briefs : Software
Planetary Image Geometry Library

The Planetary Image Geometry (PIG) library is a multi-mission library used for projecting images (EDRs, or Experiment Data Records) and managing their geometry for in-situ missions. A collection of models describes cameras and their articulation, allowing application programs such as mosaickers, terrain...

Products : Imaging
Non-Contact 3D Digitizer

The Konica Minolta RANGE 7 non-contact 3D measurement camera from Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Ramsey, NJ, has a scan range of 450-800 mm, an accuracy of ±40 μm, and a scanning input time of approximately 2...

Briefs : Software
Automation Framework for Flight Dynamics Products Generation

XFDS provides an easily adaptable automation platform. To date it has been used to support flight dynamics operations. It coordinates the execution of other applications such as Satellite TookKit, FreeFlyer, MATLAB, and Perl code. It provides a mechanism for passing messages among a...

Products : Imaging
Thermal Imaging Processor

The combination of a ThermoViewTM Pi20 process imager and DataTemp® Pi (DTPi) software from Raytek®, Santa Cruz, CA, provides real-time viewing, archiving, and playback of both...

Briefs : Software
Product Operations Status Summary Metrics

The Product Operations Status Summary Metrics (POSSUM) computer program provides a readable view into the state of the Phoenix Operations Product Generation Subsystem (OPGS) data pipeline. POSSUM provides a user interface that can search the data store, collect product metadata, and display the results...

Products : Imaging
3D Automated Metrology System

Olympus Integrated Technologies America, San Jose, CA, has released the Olympus IR 3D-IC Automated Metrology System, which provides IR microscopy and imaging technology to verify alignment of bonded wafers and...

Briefs : Software
Mars Terrain Generation

A suite of programs for the generation of disparity maps from stereo image pairs via correlation, and conversion of those disparity maps to XYZ maps, has been updated. This suite implements an automated method of deriving terrain from stereo images for use in the ground data system for in-situ (lander and rover) cameras....

The FLIR i5 and FLIR i7 thermal imagers from FLIR Systems, Portland, OR, produce infrared images with a 2.8" color display and 2% thermal accuracy. The FLIR i5, which has an 80 × 80 pixel resolution, provides...

Briefs : Software
Application-Controlled Parallel Asynchronous Input/Output Utility

A software utility tool has been designed to alleviate file system I/O performance bottlenecks to which many high-end computing (HEC) applications fall prey because of the relatively large volume of data generated for a given amount of computational work. In an effort to reduce...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Economical Fabrication of Thick-Section Ceramic Matrix Composites

A method was developed for producing thick-section [>2 in. (≈5 cm)], continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Ultramet-modified fiber interface coating and melt infiltration processing, developed previously for thin-section components, were used for the...

The GigE Trigger Device from Baumer, Southington, CT, controls triggering, power, and image acquisition functions of GigE cameras. With eight inputs, the device integrates light barriers, encoders, sensors,...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process for Making a Noble Metal on Tin Oxide Catalyst

To produce a noble metal-on-metal oxide catalyst on an inert, high-surface-area support material (that functions as a catalyst at approximately room temperature using chloride-free reagents), for use in a carbon dioxide laser, requires two steps: First, a commercially available, inert,...

Products : Imaging
LCD Display Modules

Saelig, Pittsford, NY, has introduced the uLCD-32PT, a 65K thin film transistor liquid crystal display that has a 3.2", 240 × 320 pixel color panel with an integrated 4-wire resistive touchscreen. A 5-pin connection...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stacked Corrugated Horn Rings

This Brief describes a method of machining and assembly when the depth of corrugations far exceeds the width and conventional machining is not practical. The horn is divided into easily machined, individual rings with shoulders to control the depth. In this specific instance, each of the corrugations is identical in...

Products : Imaging
Four-Camera Vision System

The IMPACT® M-Series Embedded Vision System from PPT VISION, Bloomington MN, allows users to perform up to four inspections that can be initialized independently — at different times or simultaneously...

Some refinements have been conceived for a proposed apparatus that would generate hydrogen (for use in a fuel cell) by means of chemical reactions among magnesium, magnesium...

Products : Imaging
GigE Line Scan Camera

Basler Vision Technologies, Barrington, NJ, has introduced new features to its Basler Runner GigE Line Scan Camera, adding Shading Correction, Multiplier, and Divider features. The Shading Correction option can...

A proposed apparatus for generating hydrogen by means of chemical reactions of magnesium and magnesium hydride with steam would exploit the same basic principles as those discussed...

Products : Imaging
Gigabit Ethernet Camera

DALSA Corp., Waterloo, ON, Canada, has introduced a GigE Vision®-compliant camera called the Genie HC Series. Typical applications include electronic manufacturing inspection, intelligent traffic systems...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ko Displacement Theory for Structural Shape Predictions

The development of the Ko displacement theory for predictions of structure deformed shapes was motivated in 2003 by the Helios flying wing, which had a 247-ft (75-m) wing span with wingtip deflections reaching 40 ft (12 m). The Helios flying wing failed in midair in June 2003, creating the...

Products : Imaging
Micro-Optics

The Micro-optics business unit of Jenoptik Optical Systems, Huntsville AL, has expanded its single crystal Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) process capabilities for applications in the semiconductor market. The product range...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Surface-Enhanced X-Ray Fluorescence

Surface-enhanced x-ray fluorescence (SEn-XRF) spectroscopy is a form of surface-enhanced spectroscopy that was conceived as a means of obtaining greater sensitivity in x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy. As such, SEn-XRF spectroscopy joins the ranks of such other, longer-wavelength surface-enhanced...

Products : Imaging
Remote-Head Camera System

Panasonic System Networks Company of America, Secaucus, NJ, has released the GP- KH232 single-chip HD Remote Head Camera System. The multi-format camera head, which measures 28 × 27 × 31.5 mm, is designed with a...

The idea of designing a microfluidic channel to slope upward along the direction of flow of the liquid in the channel has been conceived to help prevent trapping of gas bubbles...

Products : Imaging
Multi-Sensor Camera

VRmagic, Cambridge, MA, offers a programmable multi-sensor camera that produces pixel-synchronous images from several positions. With a standard Debian Linux operating system, the camera provides developers with a...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Infrared Sensor on Unmanned Aircraft Transmits Time-Critical Wildfire Data

Since 2006, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and Ames Research Center have been perfecting and demonstrating a new capability for geolocation of wildfires and the real-time delivery of data to firefighters. Managed for the Western States Fire Mission, the...

Products : Imaging
Scientific Cameras

Oriel®, a Newport Corporation Brand, Stratford, CT, has introduced two scientific cameras, the InstaSpec® ISX CCD and the InstaSpec ISX IR. The cameras are available with InstaSpec ProTM...

Atmosphere revitalization (AR) systems control carbon dioxide, humidity, and trace chemical contaminant levels in a crewed spacecraft cabin atmosphere to provide a safe,...

Products : Imaging
CCD Cameras

IDS Imaging Development Systems, Woburn, MA, offers the UI-2280 (USB) and UI-6280 (GigE) series CCD cameras that feature the Sony sensor ICX-655 with a 5-megapixel resolution. The uEye models combine the performance of a global...

Techs for License
Self-Healing Slide Ring Material Paint

A slide ring material (SRM) paint is able to heal a majority of surface scratches by itself. When disturbed by minor abrasions, the paint’s cross-linked molecules retain mobility, and the oleophilic polyrotaxane coating redistributes its tension to slide back into place along the polymer chains, erasing...

Products : Imaging
EMCCD Camera

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT, has released the iXon X3 range of electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD) cameras. The OptAcquireTM interface allows users to single-click various camera acquisition...

Techs for License
Electronic Device for Damping Impacts

Springs, polymers, and pneumatic or hydraulic devices react to impacts, but a recently developed damping technology calculates and controls the forces that should be applied. Within the device, two electromagnets with different polarities are put in contact, and the repulsion force is used against the forces...

Tech Needs
Treatment System to Enable Re-Use of Waste Water

An organization seeks a low-cost way to render dirty, contaminant-filled water clean enough to use for washing or sanitary purposes. The treatment system should reduce dirt particles, lower pH levels, and remove surfactants like linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS). A large water treatment plant...

Tech Needs
Oxygen Barrier Coating on Anodized Aluminum Substrate

A company is interested in licensing a film material that can be printed, sprayed, or transferred onto an anodized aluminum surface, such that the applied layer prevents oxygen from reaching and reacting with copper or other colored metals that are electro-deposited into the alumina pores....

As recent events in Haiti and Argentina have highlighted, many urban buildings in seismically active regions worldwide are in need of reinforcement to resist earthquake damage. One challenge...

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent...

After a brief career teaching at University College London in the U.K., Dr. Robert Youngquist returned to the U.S. and went to work as a contractor...

Podcasts
Dr. Robert Youngquist, Lead Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, Kennedy Space Center, FL

After a brief career teaching at University College London in the U.K., Dr. Robert Youngquist returned to the U.S. and went to work as a contractor at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in 1988. He established KSC’s Optical Instrumentation...

As the year comes to a close, we’re asking NASA Tech Briefs readers to cast their votes in the annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards.

Each month, the...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Programmable Logic Controller

The new Vision1040™ PLC and integrated HMI from Unitronics (Quincy, MA) allows machine manufacturers and system integrators to add both a brilliant 10.4” color touch-screen equipped with 9 programmable function key display, and full PLC functionality to their systems. The memory holds 2MB of application logic,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PCIe/104 Single Board Computer

Kontron (Poway, CA) has introduced the world’s first PCIe/104™ embedded single board computer (SBC) based on the Intel® Atom™ E600C processor series, pairing an Intel Atom E600 series processor with an...

Products : Electronics & Computers
3-Axis Acceleration Sensor

Saelig Company, Inc. (Pittsford, NY) has introduced JoyWarrior24F14, a high-resolution USB-connected 3-axis acceleration sensor with 125μg sensitivity. The new USB-powered JoyWarrior24F14 offers acceleration...

Products : Electronics & Computers
ARM-Based 32-Bit MCUs

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has announced that the roadmap for its breakthrough STM32 family of 32-bit MCUs based on ARM® Cortex-MT processor cores will include new devices centered on the Cortex-M4 and...

Water purification requires a lot of energy, while utility companies need large amounts of water for energy production. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver College of...

Blog
Baby You Can Charge My Car

We’ve been hearing for some time now how emissions-free electric vehicles (EVs) could someday save the planet – or at least our part of it – by replacing cars powered with internal combustion engines. What nobody can seem to tell us is when that day will come.

Two companies that hope to answer that...

Products : Green Design & Manufacturing
Integrated Offline Switcher IC

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) offers the LinkZero-LP, an integrated offline switcher IC that automatically enters a zero-input-power mode when the load is disconnected, cutting no-load power consumption to...

A team led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton, UK have measured the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean at the highest wind speed...

MathWorks (Natick, MA) announced the R2010b release of Data Acquisition Toolbox, which enables engineers and scientists to use National Instruments CompactDAQ data acquisition hardware directly from MATLAB....

VISTAGY, Inc. (Waltham, MA) has released SyncroFIT® 2010, which improves the efficiency and accuracy of airframe assembly development by enabling commercial 3D CAD users to fully define and...

Products
Virtual Machine with RTOS Platform Support

Atego (San Diego, CA) has released Aonix Perc Ultra® with support for execution on Wind River’s VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1. Aonix Perc Ultra for VxWorks MILS responds to the need for Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) that enables deployment of embedded and real-time Java™ applications...

Green Hills Software, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced SuperTrace™ Probe v3 that starts with 4 gigabytes of trace - expandable to higher capacities - and has a sustained JTAG download speed of over 10...

Blog
Emergency? A robot will be right with you

The emergency room may look a bit different in five years. And when I say "different," I mean that mobile robots will be waiting on you and collecting your blood pressure and pulse rate.

Computer engineers at Vanderbilt University have a new idea about improving a hospital's emergency department,...

National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the LM5119, a high voltage, dual-channel, dual-phase, synchronous buck controller with emulated current-mode (ECM) control. The LM5119 is ideal...

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric...

Renewable energy comes out of an electricity socket, but to get there it has to travel a long journey – from wind turbines out at sea or regional solar, wind, and biogas power plants....

News : Energy
A Trip to the WEEC

Last Thursday, I left New York for DC to check out the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held at the Washington Convention Center. Though my Amtrak train was a little slow in getting there, the show flew by in a...

Blog
Biologically Inspired = Highly Desired?

Mother Nature is a great innovator. In fact, one might argue that some of today's most efficient technologies were not engineered, but rather, exist in nature as the byproducts of a little process called evolution.

As such, it comes as no surprise that scientists sometimes look to nature as a source...

Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
High-Resolution Wind Measurements for Offshore Wind Energy Development

A mathematical transform, called the Rosette Transform, together with a new method, called the Dense Sampling Method, have been developed. The Rosette Transform is invented to apply to both the mean part and the fluctuating part of a targeted radar signature using the Dense...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Funding Opportunity for Vehicle Research and Development

The DOE is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Rapid Decompression and Sealed Containers: Why Choose Magnet...

Upcoming Webinars: Motion Control

Advantages of Smart Servo Steppers vs. Smart Brushless Servos

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Large Cable, Large Problems: Considerations for Innovation

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Collaborative Robots: Are They as Safe as They Sound?