Global farmers could get better decision-making help as refinements are made to North Alabama soil moisture modeling research being done by an atmospheric science doctoral student at The...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
NASA Radar Demonstrates Ability to Predict Sinkholes

New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal that radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations in Louisiana that year. The...

News: Software
NASA Model Provides 3-D View of L.A. Earthquake

On March 28, residents of Greater Los Angeles experienced the largest earthquake to strike the region since 2008. The magnitude 5.1 quake was centered near La Habra in northwestern Orange County about 21 miles (33 kilometers) east-southeast of Los Angeles, and was widely felt throughout Southern...

News: Energy
Researchers Use Sun to Produce Solar-Energy Materials

In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce solar energy materials.

This breakthrough by chemical engineers at Oregon State University could soon reduce the cost of solar energy, speed...

News: Lighting
Transient Electronics Dissolve When Triggered

An Iowa State research team led by Reza Montazami is developing "transient materials" and "transient electronics" that can quickly and completely melt away when a trigger is activated. The development could mean that one day you might be able to send out a signal to destroy a lost credit card.

To...

News: Nanotechnology
Wireless Device Senses Chemical Vapors

A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a small electronic sensing device that can alert users wirelessly to the presence of chemical vapors in the atmosphere. The technology, which could be manufactured using familiar aerosol-jet printing techniques, is aimed at myriad...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Mini Science Lab Detects Multiple Bio Agents

It can cost hundreds of dollars and days to scan biological materials for important biomarkers that signal diseases such as diabetes or cancer using industry standard equipment. Researchers face...

When a missile is launched against an enemy target, it would be nice to have a lot of good information about that target. But when "decision makers push the fire button, they may have...

The Multi-segmented Magnetic Ro bot (MSMR) project addresses a capability gap in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance needs of the U.S. Navy visit, board, search, and seizure...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Embedded Servo Drive Boosts Speed of Packaging Lines

Pfankuch Machinery, based in Ahrensburg, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of friction feeder systems for inserting leaflets and products into sales packaging. An embedded smart servo...

Products: Motion Control
Linear Motion Platform

The SIMO® Series linear motion platform from PBC Linear (Rockford, IL) offers low-profile rail heights for tight spaces, or a tall version for greater structural integrity. Each aluminum base rail is...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Bearings and Wear Rings

Graphite Metallizing Corp. (Yonkers, NY) offers self-lubricating, non-galling GRAPHALLOY® bearings and wear rings for pumping problems caused by low-viscosity, light hydrocarbon liquids such as Natural Gas...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wireless Coupling Devices

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added flat-pack-style transmitter coupling devices to the WIS (short-range wireless inductive coupling system) product family. The new devices allow power and signal coupling to be transferred across an air gap of up to 20 mm. These wireless devices allow sensors to be connected to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Automated Laser Scanner

NVision (Coppell, TX) has introduced the RoboScanner, a lightweight, turnkey laser scanning system that offers fully automated scanning with 3D analysis for measuring components in a production environment. The...

Products: Motion Control
Pneumatic Torque Wrenches

Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) offers pneumatic torque wrenches for applying torque to fasteners using a dual-speed gearbox and pneumatic technology that controls input air pressure. This design provides a rundown...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Encoder

The LC 200 linear encoder from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL) is designed for linear measurement on long machine tool axes. Available with a Mitsubishi interface, the encoder is an absolute-type encoder that measures lengths of...

Products: Motion Control
Positioning System

Parker Hannifin Corp. (Highlands Ranch, CO) and Flexibility Engineering (Loveland, CO) have introduced the patented Anysize™ pneumatic-based positioning system. The Compact Anysize™ is designed specifically to fit into...

Products: Motion Control
Drive Rack

The Npaq® 6U from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) is a high-power drive rack that uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush, or stepper motors. PWM amps offer up to 320...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrated Motors

Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) offers Lexium MDrive® LMD42 integrated motors. The NEMA 17 integrated motors are available in four communication versions for a range of motion applications. They...

Products: Motion Control
Force Control Software

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Integrated Force Control, a consolidation of the discrete software features that were available separately in either the machining or assembly Force Control offerings into...

Products: Motion Control
Speed Reducers

Emerson Industrial Automation (Florence, KY) offers Morse Raider Plus speed reducers that use finishing techniques, additional bearings, and special seals to arm them for leak-free performance. For use with conveyors, mixers,...

Products: Motion Control
Drive-Motor Systems

Elmo Motion Control (Nashua, NH) has released the Gold Duet drive-motor system that integrates a servomotor with an intelligent Gold servo drive, making it suitable for use in compact lab machines and medical devices. The...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Cylinder

Bosch Rexroth Corp. (Bethlehem, PA) offers the CDL2 mill-type cylinder for pressure ranges of 160 and 250 bars. They are designed for two million load cycles. Design engineers can calculate the cylinder’s lifecycle for...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Cylinders

SMAC (Carlsbad, CA) has released the CBL series of electric cylinders that feature a “snap-together” design that controls tight tolerance stack-up. The CBL35 cylinder has a 35-mm diameter and stroke lengths of 10 mm...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Shaft Collars

Amacoil/Uhing (Aston, PA) has introduced Easylock shaft collars that hold reels, spools, and other objects in place on shafts. Objects are held between two pintles, one of which has a clamping force control. The clamping...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
AC Drives

Vacon (Vaasa, Finland) has introduced the VACON® NXP System Drives, a line of standardized AC drives that is based on the VACON NXP and VACON Common DC bus products, which include a variety of modules in a wide power...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Automation Software

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has announced Kollmorgen Automation Suite IDE Version 2.7, which includes new runtime features and IDE enhancements that accelerate machine integration for OEMs. The software is used to program...

Products: Motion Control
Glass-Handling Robots

QComp Technologies (Greenville, WI) offers robotic glass-handling systems and conveyors for the flat glass industry. Using precision conveyors and robotics, the systems provide accuracy, handling, and gapping of glass...

Articles: Automotive
SAE 2014 World Congress Preview

The SAE 2014 World Congress, which takes place April 8-10 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, assembles the best talent in the automotive industry — experts, management teams, engineers, and executives — to...

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