October 2021

Q&A: Green Design & Manufacturing
A chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics.
Articles: Aerospace
Metamaterial printing, high-efficiency solar cells, and a noise-reduction material.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D-printed metals.
UpFront: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
Articles: Data Acquisition
These technologies provide a tantalizing glimpse into the future of manufacturing automation.
Facility Focus: Wearables
Today, Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering performs research in robotics, cyberphysical systems, artificial intelligence, biomedicine, energy, and other topics.
Application Briefs: Imaging
As the U.S. lands a craft on the Moon for the first time since 1972, technology built by Louisiana State University students will report back from the lunar surface.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pellistor/Catalytic Bead (CB) sensors can respond to flammable gases such as hydrogen, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, methane, butane, propane, and carbon monoxide.
Articles: Software

To find out about the impact of 5G mobile broadband service on the IoT/IIoT, I interviewed Jai Suri, Vice President, IoT and Blockchain Applications Development, Oracle, and Mike Anderson, Embedded Systems...

Articles: Automotive
A tiny investment in system capital expenditures can lead to huge rewards in reduced capital and operating expenses.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Eddy current displacement sensors can make measurements in harsh Industrial environments, even where pressure, dirt, or temperature fluctuations occur.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.
Application Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
The global interoperability standard supports manufacturing and manufacturing DX (digital transformation) in the digital era.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Drive and control platforms provide the vital protection of people and machines in automated manufacturing efforts.
Application Briefs: Propulsion
See how COMSOL is supporting upcoming modifications to railway infrastructure in India.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Learn seven key design considerations for implementing electrohydraulic valves.
Products: Electronics & Computers
DATAQ® Instruments announced the Model DI-4730 high-voltage isolated data acquisition system.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
UCLA engineers have demonstrated successful integration of a novel semiconductor material into high-power computer chips.
Blog: Propulsion
A NASA expert answers your questions about the upcoming Artemis mission that will send astronauts back to the Moon.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Deep Draw Stamping Process

Deep draw stamping is a proven process for the economical production of medium- to high-volume stamped sheet metal parts, requiring specific equipment and engineering expertise, and an understanding of how material...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Getting ePowertrain NVH Right the First Time with Simulation-Led Strategies

In this 60-minute Webinar, a transmission and electric powertrain NVH specialist discusses electric vehicle powertrain design challenges and simulation-led approaches to get to the right decisions faster and earlier in the design process.

Question of the Week: Automotive
Will We Ever Charge Our Cars (As We Drive)?

Cornell Engineering Professor Khurram Afridi wants you to be able to power-up your vehicle simply by changing lanes and driving over a charging strip.

White Papers: Communications
The Need for High-Performance Surge Protection for PoE Cameras

The application space and potential for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) continues to expand in today’s communications market. More network designers deploying cameras for...

White Papers: Research Lab
Making the Case For Micro-Precision 3D Printing

Miniaturization is expanding across industries, as the need for very small and very complex components increases in consumer electronics, medical devices, MEMS, life sciences and other...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Fuel Cell, Battery and Powertrain Test Integration

Our expertise and experience deliver complete test-in-loop-based, future-proofed test environments for OEMs. These range from component to full vehicle integration and validation across a...

Webinars: Medical
Getting to Market Faster: How to Select Pumps for Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Devices

With global aging populations putting pressure on healthcare systems and a rise in chronic diseases increasing demand for at home healthcare, the medical device market is set to continue growing. This growth will be more noticeable as the market...

Blog: Materials
The 2021 Create the Future Design Contest winner wants to build a truly recyclable bioplastic.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Batteries or Fuel Cells?

The regulatory climate is increasingly calling for fleets full of zero-emission commercial vehicles in the next couple of decades, which means widescale electrification is coming. As the industry continues R&D efforts to move in this direction, a question arises: Will these...

Blog: AR/AI
A deep-learning approach from Stanford University detects property damage caused by wildfires.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Keyless Vehicle Access via Smartphone and Bluetooth Enables More Efficient Commercial Vehicle Management

Physical vehicle keys have the disadvantage of not always being where the driver needs them. This is often the case with commercial...

INSIDER: RF & Microwave Electronics

Researchers have utilized two-dimensional hybrid metal halides in a device that allows directional control of terahertz radiation generated by a spintronic...

INSIDER: Data Acquisition

Although measuring the electrical activity of neurons is useful in many disciplines, making durable neural interfacing brain chip implants with negligible...

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Stacking extremely thin films of material on top of each other can create new materials with exciting new properties. But the most successful processes for building those...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Medical sensing technology has taken great strides in recent years, with the development of wearable devices that can track pulse, brain function, biomarkers in...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How Plant Operators Can Use AI to Eliminate Unplanned Downtime

Avoiding unplanned downtime is one of the most important tasks facing the plant operator. If critical production equipment such as cooling pumps or CIP systems suddenly stops...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Maximizing the ROI on Your Pressure-Boosting Investment

Purchase costs for different types of pumps used in water distribution and industrial pressure-boosting applications can vary significantly. Whether they are end-suction pumps,...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pumps and Systems for the Automotive Industry

Cost and quality assurance are main concerns for automotive companies as well as their suppliers and service providers. Growing environmental awareness is an additional topic: How can we...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Grundfos Solutions for Industrial Water Reuse

Water is such a fundamental necessity for life that it is often taken for granted. In modern industrial societies, the water from every tap is expected to be so pure that we can drink it without...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Orchestrating Automotive Product Development and Operations

Technological progress is accompanied by change. Organizations must adapt both product development and operational workflows. Having process models, at the level of detail to allow...

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Technology Help to Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Our October Q&A in Tech Briefs highlighted an achievement from Professor Aaron Sadow of Ames Laboratory in Iowa. Sadow’s chemical process produces valuable biodegradable chemicals from discarded plastics, which are then used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications.

On-Demand Webinars: Imaging
X-ray Computed Tomography: Enabling Safe and Effective Battery Technology

Next-generation battery technology has dominated headlines in both scientific and mainstream news outlets for years. The number of critical applications that rely on this technology is rapidly growing. With battery-powered devices making their way into every facet...

White Papers: Automotive
Discrete Proportional Valve Technology

Control valves for fluid management should ideally be capable of zero hysteresis, zero steady-state power, a leak-free off state, and a fail-safe condition in the event of power loss. Extant valves,...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Imaging in Challenging Lighting Conditions — A Better Way

Choosing just the right camera for a particular application can be difficult. Common camera specifications that are normally considered include resolution and frame rate. However,...

White Papers: Automotive
Testing Windshield Glass to Ensure High-Quality Head-up Displays

Automotive head-up displays (HUD) project virtual images onto the windshield that are visualized through the glass at a perceived distance of several meters. This enables...

White Papers: Materials
Energizing & Enabling e-Mobility with Elastomers

As a new era of e-mobility emerges, it's accompanied by new manufacturing challenges that require new material solutions. Companies must innovate in order to meet these challenges.

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Encoders Support Stabilization Control of a Self-Balancing Two-Wheeled Robotic Vehicle

In the design of a self-balancing two-wheeled robotic vehicle, accurate high-speed measurement of angular rotation is a key requirement....

White Papers: Automotive
Process Control Significantly Reduces Cycle Time and Delivery Delays for Automotive Parts Manufacturer

Officine Meccaniche (OMG) manufactures high-tech mechanical parts and subassemblies for cars, vans, trucks, and tractors. Its extensive...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Tremec Mexico Reduces Shop Floor Gauging Time of Daimler Parts by 85% with Equator™ Gauges

At the Tremec Queretaro plant near Mexico City, transmission systems are produced for Daimler, Volvo, GM, John Deere, and CNH. Tremec decided that...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Perfect Fit Castings for Ricardo

Tridan Engineering, based in Clacton-on-Sea, UK, is using Renishaw machine tool probes to align complex castings as part of a motorsport machining contract for Ricardo. For the first batch of parts, a project...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Advanced Methods for Analyzing Ultra-Wide Automotive Radar Signals

Radar makes it possible to quickly and precisely determine the velocity, distance, and azimuth angle of multiple objects. Automobile advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Automotive Radar – Chirp Analysis with R&S RTP Oscilloscope

Continuous wave radar signals with a linear frequency modulation are applied in many radar systems. Although the Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) technique has been in...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Automotive Radar Sensors – Transmit Signal Analysis and Inference Tests

Road safety is a global challenge at present and will be in the future. Automotive radar has become a keyword in this area and pushes again a step forward to increase...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Peak and Mean Power Measurements on Wideband FMCW Radar Signals

With increasing object resolution requirements for the future of fully autonomous driving, the bandwidth of automotive radars is going to increase rapidly. Modern automotive...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implementing Automotive Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

Vehicles are becoming increasingly complex with many convenience, functional, performance, and safety features added constantly. Such complexity and multitude of features also...

White Papers: Automotive
3 Reasons Functional Safety is Important in Electric Vehicle Development

The HORIBA Functional Safety Team helps battery and fuel cell manufacturers, as well as OEMs, integrate electrified technologies into their vehicles and address hazards...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Chassis Dynamometer for Electrified Vehicle Testing

When investing in a chassis dynamometer for your vehicle test facility, it is important to make a decision with the long term in mind. As technologies...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
A Guide to Future-Proofing Your Light-Duty Test Cell

Planning to upgrade your light-duty powertrain or chassis test cell? There is a lot to consider. With new technologies and impending regulation changes, it has become difficult to ensure...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
How Repeatable is Your Emissions Lab Performance?

Is your emissions lab ready for the measurement challenges ahead? As technologies and regulations change, you need flexible, accurate, and efficient solutions to keep your testing efforts on...

On-Demand Webinars: Motion Control
Zip Chain Revolution: Power Transmission Solutions That Transform Operations

In this 45-minute Webinar, a product specialist of power transmission components discusses a revolutionary high-speed electronic actuator designed to help solve process bottlenecks and unique applications that require a small installation footprint.

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Linux: Entering a New Era with Automotive Software-in-the-Loop Test Tools

Trends such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) make software the differentiating factor in the automotive industry. To keep pace with innovations and to shorten development cycles, testing of electronic control units (ECUs)...