January 2020

Special Reports: Propulsion
CONEXPO/IFPE - January 2020

Coming to Las Vegas in March, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are North America's largest events for the construction/commercial vehicle, fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. In this Special...

Special Reports: Design
Vehicle Electrification - January 2020

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, presenting new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we...

A new laser-based system offers an efficient way to detect fires in challenging environments such as industrial facilities or large construction sites.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
SPIE Photonics West 2020 returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 1 through February 6
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
A system senses tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there’s a moving object coming around the corner.
A nanoantenna-enabled detector boosts the usable signal of a thermal infrared camera by up to three times.
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
See how software supported the design of an advanced antenna.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
Have you heard of "Thubber?"
This electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.
The self-contained technology is similar to the smart watches that monitor heart rate.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Thin Heat Shield for Superfast Aircraft
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
These barrier coatings protect high-performance components in extreme environments.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Environmentally Friendly Process for Battery Recycling
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Micro Device Detects Ebola Virus Using Bio-Sensors
The device can be used to pre-screen for the virus using gene-editing assays before those infected can travel and expose others.
Applying a surface-active agent makes metal easier to cut and shape into parts and pieces.
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Power System for Hybrid Heavy-Duty Trucks
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
These robust materials convert excess heat energy into electricity.
This electronic skin can track heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, and other health data.
This thin film can be used for ground-based and airborne applications in aircraft, balloons, and other flight missions.
Products: Photonics/Optics
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
CubeSat Form Factor Thermal Control Louvers
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Briefs: Power
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs: Motion Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Vitrek introduces the PA920 Series ultra-high-accuracy power analyzer.
As additive manufacturing supports the creation of critical metal parts, designers need to know that the parts are high-quality.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
Question of the Week: Imaging
Will We Use Satellites to Fix Satellites?

A recent INSIDER described one researcher’s idea to fix a broken satellite: Send up a repair satellite! Read the Tech Briefs Q&A for details.

Here are five technologies that aim to add intelligence to the most surprising household objects.
Stuck in traffic? The Pegasus flying car can get you out of there.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Would You Ride in a Flying Car?

A flying car, also known as a rotable aircraft, is something that inventors have been dreaming about for a very long time. Stuck in traffic? Just take-off and get out of there.

NASA is using the International Space Station as a testbed for 3D printing.
To improve the aqueous lithium-ion battery, RPI researchers tried out niobium tungsten oxide.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

"View it as an infrared privacy shield," says Professor Mikhail Kats.

Researchers have demonstrated a new all-optical technique for creating robust second-order nonlinear effects in materials that don’t normally support them. Using a...

Photovoltaics used in solar panels are sensitive to environmental factors and often suffer degradation over time. International Electrotechnical Commission standards for...

Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at...

SWIR Camera

Princeton Infrared Technologies, Inc. (PIRT) (Monmouth Junction, NJ) will be introducing its new compact MVCam series shortwave-infrared (SWIR) and visible camera...

White Papers: Aerospace
The First Family of Rack & Pinion Dedicated Reducers

Redex-Andantex makes a family of high precision planetary reducers specifically designed for use with racks on linear axes and ring gears on rotary axes for machine tools and automation...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Customized Miniature Cartridge Heaters

Hotwatt manufactures mini cartridge heaters perfect for applications where space is at a premium. Available diameters start at 1/8" and are just the right size for valve actuators, optical equipment,...

Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The Next Building Material for Mars: Fungi?
When astronauts arrive on the Moon, their habitat may be one made out of fungi.
Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the potential of fungi as a building material. Aside from supporting theoretical space habitats, fungal mycelia have been used to create actual chairs and 2x4 structures. What do you think? Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Industrial Signal Conditioning – A Tutorial by Dataforth

The need to measure and control the operation of machinery or process equipment is as old as the Industrial Revolution. Plant instrumentation has now become the nerves and brain of...

White Papers: Aerospace
On-Demand Webinars: Medical
A Review of Ionizing Radiation Sterilization Modalities

The use of high-energy ionizing radiation for sterilization purposes is an established and proven method for the inactivation of microorganisms on healthcare, food, and general industrial products. Several ionizing radiation modality options are available including gamma, electron...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Combining Hardware and Software to Create an Effective Human Machine Interface

It’s well known that human beings are visual creatures and we would all choose a pretty picture over boring text any day. But on the scientific side, it’s...

INSIDER: Motion Control
Tractionless Motion is Possible

Cells are observed to “crawl” by attaching themselves to a surface and using these anchor points to push themselves forward (like crawling on the ground). Scientists have identified a different...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
VIPER Rover to Map Lunar Water Ice

An engineering model of the VIPER lunar rover is being tested at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. About the size of a golf cart, VIPER is a mobile robot that will roam around the Moon’s South Pole...

Cornell researcher T.J. Wallin explains what's so cool about a robot that sweats.

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Reducing the Cost of Quality in Automotive BiW

Upcoming Webinars: Automotive

Electric-Vehicle Transmission Development Priorities

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The Critical Role of Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors in Medical...

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Zinc Die Casting Concepts to Achieve Precision, Performance, and...

Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

Radar Measurements: Triggering, Analysis, and Generation

Upcoming Webinars: Materials

Designing with Silicone for Space

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