November 2021

Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Rugged Computing & Electronics - November 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we...

Products: Test & Measurement
Power supply ICs, temperature sensors, DC-DC converters, and more.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Infrared lens testers, fiber optic transceivers, spectral radiometers, and more.
Products: Semiconductors & ICs
Dinkle International offers universal interface modules for connecting equipment signals to I/O modules.
Articles: Materials
A vision-based control algorithm saves a quadrotor after the complete loss of a single motor.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Articles: Materials
With Artemis II — the first crewed flight of SLS and Orion — four astronauts will travel to the lunar environment in 2024.
Articles: Automotive
See this year's product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.
Articles: Motion Control
Articles: Materials
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Halo replaces all metal retractors with one simple, one-size-fits-all design.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The third flight of SLS and Orion will carry the first woman and first person of color to the Moon.
Articles: Aerospace
With the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, NASA will return humans to the lunar surface.
Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Once triggered, the enzyme-embedded plastics self-destruct, completely degrading and eliminating microplastics in days.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Freetouch turns a smartphone into a touchscreen remote control.
Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
Nanotube fibers that turn heat to power; a NASA antenna system; and an antimicrobial coating.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Silicon Carbide (SiC) optics are becoming more and more prevalent in high-energy laser (HEL) designs, and manufacturers must be aware of the potential risks
Articles: Imaging
When even your iPhone can easily become a thermal imager, today's top cameras offer better sensitivity and measurement accuracy.
Articles: Aerospace
Artemis I will launch from Kennedy Space Center into Earth orbit, where it will travel 40,000 miles beyond the Moon.
Application Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Unmanned aircraft present a range of optics challenges.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.
UpFront: Sensors/Data Acquisition
How to be a NASA intern; a new ideas for moon fabrics; and NASA's need for a better rover.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Flexible carbon nanotube fibers woven into clothing gather accurate EKG and heart rate.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-voltage DC stepper and servo drives offer space-saving options for applications traditionally handled by AC servo drives.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include space structures, emergency shelters, backpack solar collectors, and inspection of hazardous environments.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
An off-the-shelf USB camera captures the shadows made by hand gestures on the robot’s skin.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Incorporating semiconductor components, microscopic robots are made to walk with standard electronic signals.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The 2D materials boost device performance for electronic devices, solar cells, batteries, and medical equipment.
Briefs: AR/AI
This robotic arm fuses data from a camera and antenna to locate and retrieve items buried under piles and completely out of view.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Directly visualizing external stresses of plastics is useful in development of materials with improved mechanical properties.
Briefs: Energy
This paves the way for innovative and more energy-efficient printed electronics.
Briefs: Aerospace
The material could be used to create housing in outer space.
Briefs: Imaging
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
Briefs: Materials
The optically powered machines self-assemble and could be used for nanoscale manipulation of tiny cargo.
Briefs: Aerospace
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed an optical amplifier that they expect will revolutionize both space and fiber communication.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Scientists are working to improve the image resolution of X-ray techniques.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The comb detects even the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases in the air or look for disease in human breath.
NASA Spinoff: Aerospace
A long-time apparel insulator develops its own takes on popular NASA spinoff material.
5 Ws: Energy
The wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors.
Q&A: Automotive

Jingcheng Ma, along with a team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, found a way to make ultra-thin water-resistant surface coatings robust enough to...

Technology Leaders: Software
Deep learning-based AI allows users to identify 3D objects of arbitrary shape and size in various orientations with high accuracy in the 3D space.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Easy-to-use reverberation test systems (RTS) measure the performance of wireless devices and antennas.
Facility Focus: Unmanned Systems
The "ERDC" helps solve problems in civil and military engineering, geospatial sciences, water resources, and environmental sciences.
Articles: Aerospace
Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief Technology Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, discusses how engineers can determine the best product for their application.
Question of the Week: Materials
Can Borophane Beat Graphene?

A Tech Brief in our November issue highlights a new material that’s super-thin and super-strong. By combining hydrogen with an atom-thick sheet of boron known as borophane, researchers from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have created a potential alternative to the breakthrough 2D material graphene. The Argonne...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Solutions for Automotive Interior Colors

While the exterior of the car may be the first thing you see, the interior of the vehicle is where your driving experience happens. The design and color of a car’s interior are central to consumer perception and play a pivotal role in the purchase decision. Controlling the interior color of a...

White Papers: Design
Testing Polyimide Materials: Higher Thermo-Oxidative Stability & Mechanical Performance

Polyimide materials are high performance polymers used for temperature resistance and mechanical performance, in particular when friction is involved....

On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
Operational Safety Assessment Metrics for Automated Driving System-Operated Vehicles: SAE J3237

As development of automated driving system (ADS)-operated vehicles (AVs) progresses, it’s essential for operational safety to be quantified with well-defined metrics. An established set of operational safety assessment (OSA) metrics is...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Latest Enhancements for ADAS Sensor Testing and Simulation

Building out advanced driver assistance systems appears to be the realistic pathway to higher levels of vehicle autonomy, placing a fresh emphasis on the fast-moving disciplines of sensor development. As sensor makers and integrators scramble to reduce cost and complexity while...

Blog: Aerospace
Prof. Jake J. Abbott is leading a team that has discovered a way to manipulate orbiting debris with spinning magnets.
Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
A reader asks a simulation expert: How do you compensate for the interaction of rain or snow storms on lidar sensors?
INSIDER: Imaging

Time-of-Flight Camera

LUCID Vision Labs, Inc. (Richmond, BC, Canada) recently announced its new Helios™2+ 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera offering two new on-camera depth...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Infrared (IR) light is invisible to humans. However, some animals, such as rattlesnakes or bloodsucking bats, can perceive IR radiation and use it to find food. But even for humans, the ability to...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

On isolated mountaintops across the planet, scientists await word that tonight is the night. The complex coordination between...

Tech Talks: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Innovations in Distributed Acoustic Sensing

This Tech Talk looks at how to achieve improved distributed acoustic and vibration sensing using optical fiber with continuous, grating-enhanced backscattering. It examines how increasing the power budget of distributed optical fiber acoustic and vibration sensors can provide freedom to system...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Color Sensors for Color Detection, Sorting & Innovative Automation Tasks

Determination, measurement and detection of colors in industrial applications are complex measurement tasks. Compared to other physical quantities, it is difficult to...

Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will Spinning Magnets Clean Up Space Debris?

Our lead story today highlights an effort from the University of Utah to use spinning magnets – and robots – to someday retrieve scraps and bring them to a decaying orbit.

Tech Talks: Automotive
Protecting Battery Management System Electronics with Conformal Coatings

A key component in the design of any electric vehicle is the battery management system (BMS). The BMS helps to optimize the usage of the vehicle’s batteries and maintain an optimal temperature. Keeping the BMS working is critical for overall vehicle safety and...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Adhesives and the Future of Battery Designs

Automotive powertrain design is gaining traction in fully electric vehicles, and adhesives are offering impressive benefits and opportunities for advancement. Adhesive bonding also provides significant advantages for EV battery assembly by contributing to lean manufacturing processes, improved...

Special Reports: Tubing & Extrusion
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - November 2021

In this new report from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs magazines, discover how the latest advances in 3D printing, machining, molding and more are changing the way...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smarter Products Need Smarter Development

As demand for connected products grows, the pressure to quickly create and launch innovative digital products also increases. To get an idea of how modern manufacturing organizations are adapting to...

On-Demand Webinars: Imaging
Using High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography to Inspect Additive Manufactured Parts

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques are quickly replacing conventional “subtractive” machining for producing low volumes of complex parts. While some of these parts may be used for safety-critical functions, their complex nature means they are...

Blog: Materials
A team has created a new type of carbon fiber reinforced material that reverses any fatigue damage -- you just need a little heat.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive

This 60-minute Webinar discusses digital solutions that can be used by OEMs to find and mitigate potential noise issues from the earliest stages of design, reducing...

Question of the Week: Materials
Will Mars Habitats Be Made from Blood?

Transporting a single brick to Mars is extremely expensive. The high cost presents a challenge for those planning the future construction of a Martian colony.

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Understanding and Selecting Power Sensors

A power sensor is a fundamental measurement tool in RF engineering. However, today's marketplace is filled with myriad choices, and many are making bold claims about attributes such as measurement...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Principles of Injection Molding

Optimizing custom part designs for injection molding requires a thorough understanding of the process and outcomes. In this ebook, you'll learn about common molding resins, special molding terms you should...

White Papers: Motion Control
When are Linear Motors the Right Choice?

Knowing when and how to apply linear servo motor technology requires that you understand the components that comprise a linear motor stage, as well as the components that are used to make other linear...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Data Supply Chain for Data Centric AI

The pivot of AI/ML teams toward “Data Centric AI” means more attention on data quality, diversity, and fit for the intended purpose of training and improving model and system performance.

White Papers: Automotive
Beyond Battery Cycling

As automotive battery technologies continue to advance, battery testing is a critical step in the process of bringing a vehicle to market, particularly for hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Lifecycling is an...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Trends, Material Solutions, and Industrialization Concepts for Front and Rear Automotive Panels

In this 60-minute Webinar, automotive plastic producer SABIC and plastics machine-maker ENGEL combine their knowledge and experience to provide insights on the evolution of an emerging application space – front and rear exterior panels on...

On-Demand Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Application of Industrial Metrology in Industry 4.0

This 20-minute Lunch & Learn explores how industrial metrology tools have been successfully applied to overcome the challenges faced by manufacturers engaged in precision machining. The discussion draws from experience in aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer, and military...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Increasing ROI with Flexible Automation

Part variation is often said to be the enemy of automation. The design of custom automation equipment starts with the part, whether it’s the carrier nest that must transport the part from one...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Volume Ramps Versus Capital Spends

As the automotive industry continues to invest in clean energy, the volume requirements for these vehicles continues to rise. This has caused automakers and tier suppliers to be creative when purchasing...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Auto-Tuning Variable Frequency Drives

Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) make applications all over the world work better, more efficiently, and with their keypad displays, make the equipment easier to interact with.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Factories Need Smarter Machines

There are many different types of businesses and companies in the machine and equipment manufacturer (OEM) space but one challenge is always the same — the market is highly competitive. Each generation...

White Papers: Energy
Managing Pipelines of the Future Through Digitalization

Digitalization and Industrial IoT (IIoT) are major disruptive trends. Both will reshape how industries and companies conduct business and manage their assets in the future. Many...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Success at the Edge

Digital transformation is imperative for all businesses and Edge Computing plays a critical role to drive predictable, peak performance with minimal risk. This emergent technology is helping turn data into actionable...

White Papers: Energy
Deploy Edge Computing to Accelerate Digital Transformation

Edge Computing platforms give oil and gas operators the ability to monitor performance and gain real-time insight through data collection and analysis at the industrial edge....

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Five Tips for Power Integrity Measurements

Rail voltages are getting smaller and tolerances are decreasing. As a result, making accurate power rail measurements has become much more difficult. In the past, any scope was able to measure...

White Papers: Transportation
Recirculating Chillers for Automotive Battery Testing

The transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to hybrid or battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the automotive and transportation industry requires an enormous amount of...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Signal Generator, Signal and Spectrum Analyzer and Power Sensor Applications for 5G

Three things distinguish the 5G air interface from previous cellular generations: higher carrier frequencies, wider carrier bandwidths, and flexible physical...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Receiver Testing - Why Test Signal Quality Matters

A key test of any receiver is the ability to detect small signals in the presence of much larger ones. An underperforming receiver is likely to create problems such as dropped calls in a...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Continuous Versus Discrete Calibration Sources: Considerations for Use

Radiometric and photometric calibrations have relied on lamp-based sources of radiant flux for decades. Lamps that produce a broad continuum of radiation serve as...

Upcoming Webinars: Aerospace
The Impact of SOSA on Military Computing

The Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) is a relatively new standard being driven by the Air Force, Army, Navy, and various government agencies to develop a unified, technical, open systems architecture standard for complex systems such as radar, EO/IR, SIGINT, electronic warfare, and...

White Papers: Automotive
Streamline and Optimize Your Production Line

Conveyors are designed to move products from point A to point B and beyond. But how do you move a product while it is still being assembled, painted, tested, or all of these? What about when you...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Providing EMC Solutions for mmWave and Multi-Gigabit Applications in a Variety of Use Cases

Complying with FCC limits for radiated emissions has long been an increasingly difficult challenge for designers of digital systems. Selecting the...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Key Technology Trends Driving the Medical Connector Market

The quality and reliability of electronic equipment is vital for every industry but it is especially critical in the medical industry where human life and safety depend on equipment...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Design Considerations for Harsh-Environment Connectivity

By highlighting a variety of harsh environment use cases, this whitepaper from LEMO aims to encourage designers to consider several critical factors at the beginning of their design...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Getting Up to Speed With 5G

Approximately every decade, a new generation of cellular communication is developed to meet the demands of the day. As a society, our latest set of demands includes faster communication with more information to...

White Papers: Medical
Get Your Wearable Technology a Step Ahead

Wearable technology is a growing industry due to society’s desire to be connected on the move and the industry’s ability to supply wireless connectivity in increasingly small and useful ways. New...

White Papers: Aerospace
Cause and Effect: The Fundamentals of Aerospace Failure Analysis

There are millions of large and small parts, assembled components, subsystems, and structures built by a myriad of suppliers that all must come together to manufacture the...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

An autonomous robotic rover, Benthic Rover II, has provided new insight into life 13,100 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. The data collected are fundamental to understanding the...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers from Harvard University developed a new approach in which robotic exosuit assistance can be calibrated to an individual and adapt to a variety of real-world walking tasks in...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

A robotic hand system was developed at MIT that can reorient over 2,000 diverse objects with a hand facing both upward and downward, in a step toward more human-like manipulation....

Articles: Photonics/Optics
See top suppliers and manufacturers in over 20 categories, including high-speed cameras, sensors, and optical components.
Blog: Materials
With some help from mussels and spider silk, a team of researchers has developed a strong, biocompatible adhesive that works well underwater.
Blog: Transportation
A reader asks our industry expert:""Do the materials of construction have a big effect on gear generated noise?"
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

University of Cincinnati researchers developed an autonomous robot that can open a door for itself. It uses an appendage on a simple motorized lift the robot can raise and lower to reach a...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

NASA Kennedy Space Center developed the Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor for motion control applications. The sensor was designed to monitor the precise movements of an optical inspection system that...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Will Automotive and Aerospace Industries Adopt Self-Healing Composites?

An INSIDER story this month highlighted how researchers from RPI and the University of Washington have created a composite that reverses fatigue damage — after applying some heat.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
How to Integrate Thin, Flexible Force Sensors into a Portable, Wearable Device

As consumers demand devices that are smaller and sleeker, more design engineers are turning to thin, flexible sensors like FlexiForce™ sensors because of their...