News : Energy
Renewable Oils for Use in Lubricants Synthesized

Engine gears, plane thrusters, refrigerator compressors, wind turbines – the list of important industrial machinery, agricultural equipment, transportation vessels, and home applications that depend on lubricants might be endless. These slick substances quite literally keep the world turning,...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Get Ready for Factory Intelligence

Successful medical manufacturing depends on speed, accuracy and efficiency. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is through seamless collaboration between people and machines — also known as factory intelligence.

White Papers : Design
Learn the 8 Elements of Effective Document Control

Effective document control adds flexibility, ease of use and collaboration into the culture of your organization, while also encouraging best practices. Learn the key elements required to build an effective and reliable document control system. Know what to consider when planning your document...

An industry expert tells a Tech Briefs reader what's over the next hill regarding military UAVs.
White Papers : Semiconductors & ICs
Collaborative Manufacturing in Photonics Design

In this highly competitive photonics market, entering the new product introduction phase with little or no packaging expertise is likely to lengthen critical time to market. Using a collaborative manufacturing process with an experienced contract manufacturer can mitigate late deliveries, high...

White Papers : Automotive
Why Adas and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras

The FLIR Thermal for ADAS and AV solution briefs and accompanying video interviews with Alex Roy, Cannonball Run recorder setter, provide a comprehensive introduction to thermal imaging technology for automotive engineers and developers. From why it is needed to performance to cost...

Question of the Week : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Use a Device That Bonds Metal and Plastic in Seconds?

The connection of plastics and metals poses a challenge due to the different physical properties of the two materials. A joining gun from Fraunhofer Institute bonds metal and plastic in seconds.

White Papers : Aerospace
When to Choose HOT MWIR Over Uncooled LWIR

Cooled midwave infrared (MWIR) cameras have long held a tactical advantage over uncooled longwave infrared (LWIR) cameras in many airborne and ground-based missions. But while cooled MWIR cameras are highly sensitive, they are also larger, heavier, require more power, and cost more than uncooled LWIR...

Tech Talks : Medical
Fiber Extrusion for Medical Devices 101

The demand for polymer-derived fibers and yarns for medical device components gives original equipment manufacturers and fiber extrusion experts opportunities to work together in exciting ways. Successfully creating components for a finished medical device depends on a mutual understanding of each...

Tech Talks : Automotive
Getting a Grip on Friction

Friction is the reason bearings exist – without it, relative movement between two objects would require little more than a gentle push. This Tech Talk is intended to delve a little deeper into the influences of friction with respect to rotation, heat generation, bearing function, and bearing failure. Along the way, a...

Wearable devices that harvest energy from movement are not a new idea, but a material created at Rice University may make them more practical.

Solar power researchers have traditionally only used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to estimate the power...

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the...

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6% in some places. But Cornell...

White Papers : Materials
Versatile Hermetic Epoxy Seals Protect Fiber Optic Cable and Ensure Signal Quality

As fiber optics prove vital to the operations of defense, energy and other essential industries, there has been a growing need to protect fiber optic infrastructure from damage. Moisture and other environmental conditions, in particular, can cause fiber optic...

On-Demand Webinars : Materials
Uncovering Non-Obvious Variables in Surface Preparation Processes for Bonding and Coating

Surface preparation for aerospace, automotive, and medical device bonding and coating operations includes manual and automated processes, which frequently include some combination of solvent wiping and abrasion, among other uncontrolled preparation methods...

Podcasts : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
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.

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...

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...

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...

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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Defense
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.

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...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

Webcasts

Tech Talks: Aerospace

Electropolishing for the Aerospace Industry

Upcoming Webinars: Medical

Ethylene Oxide Sterilization: The Future State

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

From Drudgery to the Effective Use of Design and Process FMEAs

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Heavy-Duty Engine Design for a Transitioning Market

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

High-Powered Directed Energy Laser Projects: Destroy the Target,...

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

Optical Coating Design