August 2020

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
When inspecting products for instance, machine vision is not only faster but also far more accurate.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Traverse System Enables Vertical Farming
See how a system feeds plants, delivering about 5,417 gallons of water per hour.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
Wiegand Wire: Energy Harvesting and More
With the emergence of a new generation of ultra-efficient electronic chips, the Wiegand technology is showing significant promise, especially in the exciting area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Motion Control
Wireless Aquatic Robot Cleans Water
Inspired by a coral polyp, this plastic mini robot moves by magnetism and light.
Complex locomotion techniques enable the rover to climb hills covered with soft granular material.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
Briefs: Motion Control
4D Printing of Morphing Structures
A new method manufactures complex shapeshifters for soft robots and biomedical implants.
Special Reports: Wearables
Medical Sensors & Wearables - August 2020

The wearable medical device market is expected to reach nearly $20 billion by 2025, driven by advances in sensor technology. This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical Design...

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Manufacturing - August 2020

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in connectivity, controls, sensors, and robotics. See the future of manufacturing in this compendium of recent articles from...

The device brings lithium metal batteries one step closer to commercial viability.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Active Battery Cell Balancing
Active cell balancing redistributes charge between battery cells during the charge and discharge cycle
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Spreadable Way to Stabilize Solid-State Batteries
A “butter-like” interlayer material boosts current density and increases safety.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Drop-in replacements for lithium ion batteries would not pose a fire danger.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Venting for EV Battery Packs
Cell chemistries, thermal dynamics, vehicle packaging, and even weather present challenges for optimizing electric vehicle battery functional safety.
To achieve vehicle manufacturers’ ambitious goals for electric vehicles, Li-ion batteries need to be improved.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: August 2020 Battery Technology
Power switches, battery pack adhesives, supercapacitor modules, and more...
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Semi-Liquid Metal Anode
Lithium batteries made using this electrode type could be much safer than typical lithium metal-based batteries.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Tiny, metal-rich particles can be excited with a low-power laser for deep-tissue imaging.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
The technique could easily be translated into existing medical device manufacturing processes for use in orthopedic implants.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Smart Sponge for Environmental Remediation
This highly porous sponge absorbs more than 30 times its weight in oil and can be reused up to several dozen times.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Transparent Graphene Electrodes
A new roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Video can be recreated from motion-blurred images and new cameras may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.
This technology shows potential for the detection of subtle human motions and the real-time monitoring of body postures for healthcare applications.
See how "APL" is developing ways to ensure the safety and performance of autonomous systems.
The hydrogel could be made into a contact lens that effectively treats corneal melting.
A new system from Oak Ridge National Laboratory enables electric vehicles to be charged while on the road.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Room-Temperature Magnon Switch
This approach could lead to entirely new and more efficient logic switches for computer chips.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nanosensors for Real-Time Plant Health Monitoring
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Materials
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
The NASA-funded nanoparticle lubricant also works in satellites and space vehicles.
An ultrafast image sensor with a built-in neural network can be trained to recognize certain objects.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
3D-Printed Glucose Biosensors
These biosensors could lead to improved glucose monitors for millions of people who suffer from diabetes.
This device could be used to find threats to ecosystems.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Products of Tomorrow: August 2020
A neural stimulator, a battery testing device, and a strain sensor.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Digitalization gives product teams a new way of looking at familiar challenges.
This coating could lead to safely reusable personal protective equipment.
The method determines whether circuits are accurately executing complex operations that classical computers can’t tackle.
This material could have applications such as mixing and delivery in the pharmaceutical industry.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.
Briefs: Materials
Magnetic Force Manages Pain
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pseudo-Random Coding Technique for 3D Imaging
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Biologically inspired ultrathin arrayed camera captures super-resolution images.
The technology could help call attention to important traffic information when it’s dark, with potential benefits for both drivers and pedestrians.
Briefs: Imaging
Ultrafast Camera Captures Transparent Objects and Phenomena
The camera can take up to 1 trillion pictures per second of transparent objects, shockwaves, and other phenomena.
Briefs: Imaging
Smart Surgical Microscope
Imaging technology used to map the universe shows promise for more accurately and quickly identifying cancer cells in the operating room.
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
This technology is useful for energy, industrial, and aerospace applications.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“Racetrack Memory” Digital Data Storage
This technology offers the possibility to both bolster computer power and create smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient computer memory technologies.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Tracking Lab-Grown Tissue with Light
A new proof-of-concept photonic pH sensor could advance studies of tissue regeneration.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Automated Diagnostic Kiosk
This kiosk provides an accessible and affordable method for rapid, one-stop diagnostics to reduce time to treatment.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
5 Ws of Slip-Resistant Shoe Coatings
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
The lab-on-a-chip device allows researchers to look at several different aspects of a disease simultaneously.
The self-adapting material was inspired by how human bone adjusts mineral deposits in response to surrounding environments.
The removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.
The system looks for chemical indicators found in sweat to give a real-time snapshot of what’s happening inside the body.
The sensor has applications in fields such as robotics, healthcare, and security.
Briefs: Aerospace
Polymer Composite for Radiation Shielding
The polymer composite could replace conventional radiation shielding materials such as lead.
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: August 2020 Tech Briefs
Altair released updates to all of its design, simulation, and data analytics software products.

In a potential breakthrough in wearable sensing technology, researchers from Cornell and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have designed a wrist- mounted device that continuously tracks...

University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers have made it possible to remotely determine the temperature beneath the surface of certain materials using a new technique they call depth...

Researchers have developed a new way to build power efficient and programmable integrated switching units on a silicon photonics chip. The new technology is...

A team of Brown University physicists has developed a new type of compact, ultra-sensitive magnetometer, 20 times more sensitive than many traditional sensors. The...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Distributed Sensing Beyond Rayleigh Scattering Limits in Single and Multicore Fiber Waveguides

Optical fibers with enhanced scattering properties can provide distributed reflection signals beyond the limits set by Rayleigh scattering in...

White Papers: Design
Dac Brief: Showcasing the Latest Innovations in Analog Mixed-signal Verification

This brief provides a high level summary of advancements in Mentor’s AMS Verification solutions since we saw you all last year at DAC 2019 in Las Vegas....

White Papers: AR/AI
Status Update + Latest Innovations in High-level Synthesis, Verification & Rtl Low-power

Catapult® High-Level Synthesis (HLS) is hot in markets like Deep Learning/AI, Computer Vision, Communication (5G, IoT), and Video, just to name a few....

Question of the Week: Imaging
Do the Advantages of Tiny Cameras Outweigh Privacy Risks?

A recent Tech Briefs TV video showcased a wireless camera from the University of Washington – a device that is small enough to fit on an insect’s back, literally.

While the imaging advancement offers potential applications in biology and exploration, the UW team acknowledged...

This 30-minute Webinar examines a proprietary shapeable desiccant that features remarkable compressive strength and can be shaped to fit into limited or complex...

Hendrik Kolvenbach sees the best way to get around on the moon as less of a step and more of a giant leap. Learn how Hendrik created a jumping space robot called Spacebok.
Dr. James Rees is spending the time in his lab testing sensors made from bacteria.
On-Demand Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous Bin Picking for Cobots: Is It Finally Here?

Bin picking comes in many shapes and sizes, from high payload automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing applications, to pick and drop e-commerce order fulfillment and part...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
BCON+ High Voltage Connection System: Touch-Safe Bolt Termination for Traction Batteries

TE Connectivity’s new BCON+ high voltage connection system is a versatile, compact, robust, and touch-safe solution for interconnecting cell modules...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA’s Robot Hotel Gets Its Occupants

A protective storage unit for robotic tools called Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS) was among the items launched to the International Space Station last December as part of SpaceX’s resupply services...

On-Demand Webinars: Aerospace
On-Demand Web Seminar: The Future of Manufacturing and Product Support in Aerospace/Defense

Aerospace and defense companies are experiencing a digital transformation that is leading to a period of exciting innovation. However, this also means they are faced with delivering new, more complex products to their customers faster and with...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will SpaceBok Someday Reach the Moon?

Our lead story today highlights the jumping space robot known as SpaceBok.

“We are at the stage where we want to go into more challenging environments: caves, craters, highlands, areas in which we would find water or other volatiles, or information about the geological history of a certain...

A reader asks: How can self-driving car manufacturers guarantee safety when snow, ice, or mud impair a vision system?
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Scientist Proposes Life on Mars, Below the Surface
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Considerations for Effective PXI Test System Matrix Maintenance

A goal of any manufacturing organization is to maximize the time that their test systems are operational. Switching systems, in particular, matrices, are central to most...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Non-contact Early Recognition of Fever Thermal Imaging Camera for Body Temperature Monitoring

The TIM QVGA-HD-T100 is a compact thermal imager for automatic body temperature screening. The camera is designed for temperature measurement of a...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Simulation-Driven Design for the Thermal Management of Electromagnetic Devices

Thermal management factors into the design of all electronic devices, as it can affect the reliability, energy and cost efficiency, safety, and overall user...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Industrial IoT from Edge to Cloud

In the field of industrial automation, digital transformation, the industrial internet of things (IIoT), and edge computing have become common topics of discussion. Today's businesses and end users...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Comparison of Fittings For Use with Plastic & Rubber Tubing

This report examines types of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Deploying Hybrid AI to Reduce Inspection Costs

Artificial intelligence (AI) brings promises of reduced costs and increased efficiencies for inspection applications, equally balanced by concerns over complexity and usability among other...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Equator Gauging System Leads to 30% Increase in Manufacturing Capacity

Olympus NDT is a world-leading manufacturer of non-destructive testing (NDT) instruments that are used in industrial applications such as aerospace, power generation,...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
I/O for the IIoT

In an era of increasing connectivity and technical capabilities, it seems like simple ideas should be simple to achieve. But IIoT projects, even simple ones, are still expensive, demand special skills, and involve many...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
RLS Magnetic Encoders Enable Marsi Bionics to Build “Life-Changing” Exoskeletons

Marsi Bionics S.L. is a technology start-up based in Madrid, Spain that designs and builds custom exoskeletons for medical applications with the aim of...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
How to Use Imaging Colorimeters to Correct OLED, MicroLED, and Other Emissive Displays for Improved Production Efficiency and Yields

Emissive OLED, microLED (μLED), and miniLED are emerging as the next wave of displays. This is exciting...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
ATOM™ Encoders Help JUSTEK Deliver Custom Motion Control Solutions that Drive up Profits

One of the greatest commercial challenges that OEMs face is one they share with their component manufacturers: understanding what the market will buy...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Measuring Near-Infrared (NIR) Light Sources for Effective 3D Facial Recognition

Near-infrared (near-IR or NIR) light sources include LEDs and lasers, which enable quick, automated sensing applications such as facial recognition, gesture...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
CMM Retrofit Reduces Cycle Time by 60%

Precision Machine & Auto Components (PMAC) is one of India’s most respected manufacturers of large, high-quality mechanical components. PMAC’s manufacturing base is in an area prone to heavy...

White Papers: Aerospace
Spin Testing

Spin testing is a relatively expeditious, cost-effective, and reliable way to evaluate rotor integrity and durability. Many problems with spin testing in the past have been solved with advanced high-technology developments in...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Automotive Ethernet 1000Base-T1 TC9 Measurement Using a VNA – Application Note

Inside a typical car, you will find over 100 electronic control units (ECU) controlling everything from brakes, transmission, engine, A/C, steering, cameras,...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
How to Improve Laser Diode Lifetime

Laser diodes have increased in output power and the increased power means added waste heat. The mounting or heatsinking of the laser package is of tremendous importance because the operating temperature...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lasers for Machine Vision: Selection Criteria

Machine vision can utilize a variety of schemes for image detection and analysis. Lighting can influence that analysis, and lasers are often used to illuminate objects with structured...

White Papers: Imaging
How Mode-Locked Lasers Affect the Past, Present, and Future of Two-Photon Microscopy

For more than 100 years, fluorescence microscopy has been utilized in biological sciences as a means for identifying the spatial distribution of molecules...

White Papers: Medical
Considerations for Connector Design in Mobile And Patient-worn Medical Devices

Medical device designers face some of the most stringent requirements in the world. Everything must be safe for the patient and safe for the operator. In...

White Papers: Aerospace
Laser Requirements for Time Gated Active Night Vision Imaging Systems

In 1929, physicist Kalman Tihanyi made a significant impact on the world when he invented the world’s first night vision camera. While the original night vision imaging...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smaller, Faster, More Accurate: How Advances in Rotary Encoder Technologies are Revolutionizing the Sensing Industry

As motion control systems have grown in complexity, the need has expanded for sensors to measure the many shaft rotations...

White Papers: Medical
Superior Alloys for Innovative Medical Implant Devices

Precision rolling and shaping of stainless steels and special metals plays an integral role in creating life-saving medical devices. With industry-leading dimensional control, real-time...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
2020 Trends in Electronics Sourcing

Trade wars, Covid, and other disruptive forces have created increasing complexity and uncertainty for most manufacturers. Nowhere is this more evident than in the high-tech value chain – which also is a...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Making Sense of Sensors

LiDAR scanners are critical components for autonomous vehicles and serve as a key input into current onboard systems such as adaptive cruise control (ACC), collision avoidance systems, traffic sign recognition, blind...

White Papers: Automotive
Automotive Radar Technology and Test Requirements – White Paper

Radar sensors are increasingly used for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). They make it possible to quickly and precisely measure the radial velocity, range, azimuth...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting the Right Camera for Vehicles and Transportation Applications

With high resolution and wide dynamic ranges, miniaturized digital video cameras are being deployed for safety, security, and law en­forcement applications. They are...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Teleoperation: Remote Operation of Connected & Autonomous Vehicles - Application Note

Innovators from around the world are trying to disrupt the automotive industry by developing autonomous vehicles, thereby removing the need of a human...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
On Track for Growth: Why Spin Testing Matters for eDrive Systems

Optimizing the amount of air gap in a motor is one of the key design concerns for electrical motor engineers. The gap between the rotor and the stator, of course, is a...

White Papers: Medical
The Top 20 Tubing and Hose Buying Tips, Part 1

This white paper was developed to help avoid the downtime, costs and frustration involved when the wrong plastic tubing or reinforced hose is ordered. Topics include pressure and vacuum...

White Papers: Automotive
Introduction to the Vehicle-to-Everything Communications Service V2X Feature in 3GPP Release 14 – White Paper

One pillar of modern society is mobility. Conveyance of goods and passengers is essential for a prospering economy. The growing...

Question of the Week: Test & Measurement
Will Rovers Find Life Below the Surface of Mars?

Our lead story today highlighted a hypothesis from astrophysicist Dimitra Atri. Atri believes that the sub-surface conditions of Mars could be home to organic molecules.

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
OpenVPX Technology: The Future of Military Computing

The U.S. Department of Defense and other users are demanding the implementation of open standards and interoperability, not just at the board level but also at the system level to improve interoperability and reduce customization, testing, cost, and risk. The OpenVPX Architectural...

Tech Talks: Medical
Force Measurement: Enabling the Future of Medtech

In the rapidly evolving field of surgical robotics, precision is literally at the robot's fingertips, as miniaturized force sensors bring advanced sensing capabilities to the very tip of prosthetic tools. This Tech Talk discusses how these kinds of advanced force and torque measurement...

Automotive lighting engineers and designers face increasing challenges as electronics and lighting converge with electric, autonomous, and styling trends. Solutions are needed...

Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clang! Robots Detect Objects By Sound
Carnegie Mellon researcher Lerrel Pinto wants to prove that sound can be a valuable asset for robots.
Tech Talks: Materials
Ultra-Thin, Lightweight, Waterproof Coatings for Unmanned Vehicles

Used extensively in the aerospace industry, ultra-thin and lightweight Parylene conformal coatings provide dependable protection in extreme environmental conditions for components used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) while adding little dimension and mass. Parylenes...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Electric Vehicle Battery System - Standards Solutions & Test

In this all-encompassing ebook about Electric Vehicle Battery Standards and Solutions, you will learn about new EV Battery Standards and factors to consider. You will get an...

White Papers: Imaging
Single-molecule Localisation Microscopy (Smlm): How to Overcome the Abbe Diffraction Limit?

The Abbe diffraction barrier, which fundamentally restricted the lateral optical resolution to 200 – 300 nm until the early 1990s, can be overcome...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Sound Support Valuable Robotics Tasks?

Our lead story today demonstrated how Carnegie Mellon researchers are building a dataset of sounds to help robots detect specific objects.

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Practical Guide to Electrical Enclosures for Industrial Applications

AutomationDirect’s Enclosures Handbook provides informative chapters on selecting the correct enclosures for your environment, NEMA and IP ratings as well as thermal...

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
The New DIS ISO/SAE 21434: Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering

The Automotive Cybersecurity Draft International Standard (DIS) ISO/SAE 21434 has just been published. There are 15 clauses in this release of the standard with 17 cybersecurity management processes. A new clause has been added from the previous version on continuous...

The Army Research Laboratory released a software suite that simulates conditions of an underground tunnel network. Researchers interested in developing robots for subterranean environments can...

A NASA team is working on Mars robot autonomy to make future rovers more intelligent, to enhance safety, to improve productivity, and to drive faster and farther. Two novel...

White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Design-for-Assembly Fundamentals To Get PCBs Back Faster

If your PCB cannot be fabricated and assembled, any other design decisions simply do not matter. Additionally, just because your board can be fabricated, does not necessarily mean it...

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