Keyword: Materials handling

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers have developed a robot that uses radio waves, which can pass through walls, to sense occluded objects. The robot, called RF-Grasp, combines this powerful sensing with more traditional computer vision...

Briefs: Power
A new design could extend the shelf-life of single-use metal-air batteries for electric vehicles, off-grid storage, and other applications.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Supply chains run best when all the stakeholders involved stay keenly focused on their core competencies, says Tom Vanderheyden from TTI Americas.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Briefs: Materials
By reclaiming polymers in plastics, the process could cut down on millions of tons of plastic waste.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Materials
Thanks to its flexibility and adhesion, the biodegradable display can be worn directly on the hand.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Innovators have developed an RFID-based system for sensing the angular position of rotating systems. The RFID-Based Rotary Position Sensor can be used as a position/orientation sensor or implemented in a...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Materials
A chemical process converts polyethylene plastic into a strong, valuable adhesive.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
The stretchable sensor has applications in environmental monitoring and healthcare.
Briefs: Energy
This supercapacitor promises storage, high power, and fast charging.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
While this technology was designed for CubeSats, it may be utilized in any technology that utilizes a structural frame, such as drones.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
For nearly 50 years, engineers in the electronics, aerospace, defense, medical device, and transportation industries have relied on Parylene coatings.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“EasyPass” would enable smart warehouses, automated factories, and more to operate without delays.
Technology Leaders: Communications
Low-power radio design is enabling new connected IoT products for consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical markets.
NASA Spinoff: Photonics/Optics
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Briefs: Materials
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.
Briefs: Materials
The coating can prevent the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other bacteria in settings ranging from hospitals to kitchens.
Briefs: Energy
An engineered surface treatment can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Although Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being used widely for pallet and box-level tracking in the commercial sector, significant technology gaps remain for tracking dense quantities at the item...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

A system was developed that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to help robots target moving objects with unprecedented speed and accuracy. The system could enable greater...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fluid-Filled Frequency-Tunable Mass Damper

Innovators at Marshall Space Flight Center developed the fluid-filled Frequency-Tunable Mass Damper (FTMD) technology that allows for significant distribution of loads while also providing a simple mechanism that allows for the capability to change its frequency of mitigation with negligible impact on...

Briefs: Materials

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...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Simon Fraser University and Swiss researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors that can be...

Articles: Software

Three-dimensional (3D) imaging applications are used in many different industries ranging from industrial pick and place, palletization/depalletization, warehouse, robotics, and metrology to...