Special Reports : Imaging
Robotics & Machine Vision

Advances in robotics and machine vision are transforming the factory floor. To help you keep pace with the latest developments in industrial automation, we present this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs, Automotive Engineering, and Medical Design Briefs magazines.

Special Reports : Transportation
Vehicle Electrification

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, with several major automakers announcing that their entire lineups will either be hybrid or all-electric by the 2020's. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we present this compendium of recent articles from the editors of...

Podcasts : Robotics, Automation & Control
Here's an Idea: Candy
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we explore how candy manufacturers large and small turn to technology to support their newest, sweetest ideas.
On-Demand Webinars : Software
Fatigue Analysis for Multiphysics Simulations

Cyclic loading can induce product failure at stresses much lower than the yield or fracture strengths. When designing products that will experience load fluctuations, it is important to perform a fatigue analysis to determine the expected service life of the products.

Blog : Test & Measurement
An ‘Active’ Machine-Vision Tool Adds Intelligence to Traffic Management
A new machine-vision tool extracts and reports valuable driving data from the standard traffic cameras already in place.
On-Demand Webinars : Design
All Roads Lead to FMEAs

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

Question of the Week : Communications
Will 5G Impact How You Test and Design?

We see a huge ‘Fear of Missing Out’ as companies, or even nations, become the first to release new 5G technologies and products,” said National Instruments’ Charles Schroeder during last month’s NIWeek event.

INSIDER : Nanotechnology
Increase Processing Capacity Without Adding Transistors

Computers and similar electronic devices have gotten faster and smaller over the decades as computer-chip makers have learned how to shrink individual transistors. Scientists’ pursuit...

INSIDER : Design
Breakthrough in Stretchable Electronics

With a wide range of healthcare, energy, and military applications, stretchable electronics are valued for their ability to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing...

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Building Animal-Inspired Sensors into the Shells of Aircraft, Cars

What if drones and self-driving cars had the tingling “spidey senses” of Spider-Man? They might actually detect and avoid objects better because they would process...

INSIDER : Wearables
A Washable Sensor Can Be Woven into Material

Researchers at University of British Columbia Okanagan’s School of Engineering have developed a low-cost sensor that can be interlaced into textiles and composite materials. While the research...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
How Lean Manufacturing Adds Value to PCB Production

Lean Manufacturing (Lean) philosophy focuses on eliminating any production component that does not deliver value to the customer. We will explore the impact of Lean on the PCB industry, including how it may provide competitive advantage to those organizations making Lean a key part of their...

White Papers : Communications
Evolving Critical Communications: 3 Key Trends

Public safety and military agencies are taking an increasingly diverse approach to update their radio communications systems. Learn about three key trends paving the way to heightened communications capabilities, enhanced security, and improved data sharing and download speeds.

On-Demand Webinars : Defense
Eyes in the Sky: Military Drone Technology

This one-hour Technical Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media examines some of the cutting-edge technologies being designed into modern military unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as UAVs.

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Energy-Efficient ‘SlothBot’ Moves Only When It Has To

While robots like the WildCat from Boston Dynamics reach speeds of just under 20 miles an hour, engineers from Georgia Tech have gone with a decidedly slower approach.

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Shaping the Future of Service Robotics

Robots emerged in the early 1960s as a way to automate the monotonous and dangerous tasks in factories around the world. As time passed and new technologies emerged, these robots have taken a place outside of the industrial market and alongside humans in manufacturing and non-manufacturing applications...

White Papers : Aerospace
SkySafe Defeats Drone Threats with Open-Source SDR

With the emergence of highly capable, low-cost, wirelessly controlled drones, bad actors can easily execute disruptive operations, such as airport intrusions or surveillance abuse. Read how SkySafe rapidly prototyped and deployed a cutting-edge software defined radio (SDR)-based drone defense...

Motion Design : Motion Control
New Products: June 2019 Motion Design

Rotary Ball Spline

NB Corporation of America (Hanover Park, IL) released a rotary ball spline that can be used for both rotational and linear motion. Applications include SCARA robots, the...

Motion Design : Materials
Snake-Inspired Robot

Researchers have developed a new and improved snake-inspired soft robot that is faster and more precise than its predecessor.

Motion Design : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Calculating the Estimated Fatigue Life of a Disc Spring

In discussing fatigue life, it is important to distinguish between disc springs and conical spring washers, as they differ by design and intended usage. Conical spring washers are...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Employing fluid power to achieve mechanical motion can be implemented via hydraulics using uncompressible liquids or via pneumatics using compressible gasses; typically, air. The latter provides several...

Motion Design : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Ultra-Low-Power Chips Enhance Performance of Small Robots

An ultra-low-power hybrid chip inspired by the brain could help give palm-sized robots the ability to collaborate and learn from their experiences. Combined with new generations of...

Briefs : Motion Control
Model Gives Robots a Better Feel for Object Manipulation

A new learning system improves a robot’s ability to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The system, known as a...

Motion Design : Photonics/Optics
Vision Sensors in Factory Automation

There are a number of ways to extract data from a production line. In factory automation, sensors are used in work cells to gather data for inspection or to trigger other devices. These sensors fall into...

Motion Design : Motion Control
Gear Bearings

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developed gear bearing technology that combines gear and bearing functions into a single unit that significantly improves gear drives for electrical, internal combustion, and turbine motors. The...

Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cross-Training Made Possible by Common Control Platform

EMAG L.L.C. is the U.S. subsidiary of a major German machine tool builder that specializes in machine tools for the production of automotive, off-highway, agricultural, and oil field...

Application Briefs : Transportation
Plastic Bearings Redefine the Wheelchair

For wheelchair users, the feeling of uneven ground can seem all too familiar. Determined to make ride discomfort a thing of the past, Israel-based SoftWheel has completely reinvented the wheel for a...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Monitor Babies in the NICU Without Wires

An interdisciplinary Northwestern University team has developed a pair of soft, flexible wireless sensors that replace the tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor babies in hospitals’...

Sensor Technology : Wearables
High Tech Comes to Fitness Monitoring

Early wearable fitness monitoring devices were designed to perform a set of valuable but straightforward activities: tallying the number of steps we take daily, recording the number of hours we sleep,...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
UCI Biomedical Engineers Develop Wearable Respiration Monitor with Children’s Toy

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a wearable, disposable respiration monitor that provides high-fidelity readings on a...

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