White Papers: Motion Control
Direct Drive Motor vs. Rotary Gear Motor

For decades, geared servo motors have been one of the most common tools in the industrial automation toolbox. Offering excellent performance for positioning, velocity matching, electronic camming,...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
Testing and Optimizing Low-Power Designs

Power consumption is a key performance parameter for almost every electronics device. Conserving energy is good for the environment and has a large impact on operational costs, customer experience,...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

MIT researchers have designed a sharp-tipped robot finger equipped with tactile sensing to meet the challenge of identifying buried objects. Digger Finger was able to dig through granular media such as...

INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

USC researchers unveiled a new simulator for robotic cutting that can accurately reproduce the forces acting on a knife as it slices through common food such as fruit and vegetables....

White Papers: Software
A Closer Look at TVS Diodes for ESD Protection

Transient voltage suppression (TVS) diodes help protect electronic circuits from surge voltages associated with an electrostatic discharge (ESD) event and are commonly placed alongside I/O...

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Say Goodbye to Stencils

Using stencils is how assembly manufacturers traditionally transfer solder paste onto the surface of printed circuit boards. Simply put, PCB assemblers use customer-provided stencil files to laser-cut metal stencils....

Webinars: Medical

It’s a fact that 60% of a device's cumulative lifetime cost is committed in the concept/architecture phase. Breaking away from traditional trial-and-error product development can reduce...

White Papers: RF & Microwave Electronics
Evolution of the NanoRF Interconnect

SOSA is the future of standardization. The new military standards accelerate design, testing and upgrading. TE Connectivity (TE) has the SOSA-aligned products and expertise to support defense engineers....

On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
New Frontiers in Dynamic Gesture Sensing for Automotive Applications

Automakers predict driver safety will improve when gesture and proximity sensing replace knobs and touchscreens for infotainment, phone, side mirror, climate, trunk, sunroof, and reading lamp controls. However, most gesture-sensing systems in today’s market are based...

On-Demand Webinars: Electronics & Computers
Maximizing Power in High-Reliability Applications – Applying SWaP to Connectivity

This 60-minute Webinar examines SWaP (size, weight, and power) and how it relates to connector selection for high-reliability applications. It looks at each aspect in detail and reviews the implications that system designers must consider when selecting...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will ‘Air Power’ Boost the Use of Soft Robots?

Our second INSIDER story today highlighted William Grover and his UC Riverside team’s efforts to swap electronics with air.

Articles: Motion Control
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Articles: Motion Control
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Products: Software
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Articles: Connectivity
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Kristin Sampayan from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found a fast way to switch high voltages.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
WPI supports research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cybersecurity, and fire safety.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Briefs: Motion Control
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Energy
A connection between electricity and mechanical motion in soft, rubber-like materials could improve robot range.
Briefs: Motion Control
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Briefs: Motion Control
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Briefs: Materials
The chemical process turns plastic into biodegradable chemicals for surfactants and detergents.
Briefs: Energy
The tough circuits could withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration, and more.

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