Keyword: Productivity

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Drive and control platforms provide the vital protection of people and machines in automated manufacturing efforts.
Technology Leaders: Robotics, Automation & Control
Low-power radio design is enabling new connected IoT products for consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical markets.
Articles: Motion Control
As advancements in technology continue to define how pneumatic or electromechanical linear devices lift, move, or place a load, the requirements of excellent closed-loop positioning and accuracy greatly increase
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Machine vision systems shed light on processes too small or too fast to see with the human eye.
Articles: Materials

The ability of collaborative robots to share tasks with humans and flexibly adapt to new requirements can provide high returns on investment in a wide variety of industrial applications. Manufacturers...

Articles: Communications

The need for Ethernet-based communication within the factory has grown over the past 10 years. Detailed information about the tasks and performance of machines at every stage is...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Nanofibers are useful for any application that benefits from a high ratio of surface area to volume, such as solar cells that maximize exposure to sunlight, or fuel cell electrodes that catalyze...

Briefs: Software
MorphoHawk Mathematic Morphology Software for Image and Data Analysis

Computers and automated systems have accelerated productivity and improved quality and reliability for nearly everything, and are destined to take on increasing roles as time moves on. One major limiting factor for automated systems is their inability to categorize and...

Application Briefs: Automotive

Behr Hella Thermo Control (BHTC) of Lippstadt, Germany, manufactures automotive interior components. As the demand for smarter cars increases, BHTC encountered a new automotive interior challenge:...

Articles: Motion Control

Direct drive servo motor and drive technology has many advantages. It reduces an axis’ parts count, mechanical losses, and often its objectionable noise. What’s more, it also...

Articles: Motion Control

There is always a need to increase production in automation applications. Sometimes achieving improvements requires breaking the process down to its fundamental basics....

Briefs: Software

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a space-allocation and planning software system to allow for more effective and efficient facility usage. It also provides...

Articles: Aerospace

NASA is developing the next generation of suit technologies that will enable deep-space exploration by incorporating advancements such as regenerable carbon dioxide removal systems and water evaporation systems that...

Briefs: Medical

The high water-to-biomass ratio characteristic of conventional algae cultivation systems requires large energy inputs for pumping and mixing the culture during...

Briefs: Information Technology
Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Developing and Maintaining Evolving Systems with Software Product Lines

Physical manufacturers have been taking advantage of mass manufacturing ideas for a long time, increasing their productivity, cutting their costs, and ensuring the quality and uniformity of their products. Now, this idea is being applied...

Briefs: Energy
Scenario Power Load Analysis Tool (SPLAT) MagicDraw Plug-in

Power consumption during all phases of spacecraft flight is of great interest to the aerospace community. As a result, significant analysis effort is exerted by both system and electrical-domain engineers to understand the rates of electrical energy generation and consumption under many...

Articles: Motion Control

A collaborative robot is essentially an industrial robot with additional safety capabilities. These safety features include:

Safety-rated monitored stop (zero speed limiting) Speed and...
Articles: Information Technology
ALEX IUORIO
Senior Vice President, Supplier
Management and Business Development
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas
Phoenix, AZ
www.em.avnet.com

In a 1926 interview,...

Articles: Test & Measurement
DR. JAMES TRUCHARD
President, CEO, and Co-Founder
National Instruments
Austin, TX
www.ni.com

The world of technology has moved to software — it started in the PC...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
CHETAN KAPOOR
Senior Director of Technology Innovation
Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division
Miamisburg, OH
www.motoman.com

Programmable machines are increasingly joining the...

Articles: Aerospace
JON HIRSCHTICK
Founder and Chairman of the Board
Onshape
Cambridge, MA
www.onshape.com

Over the past four decades, I’ve watched CAD grow to become a vital part of the way virtually...

Briefs: Materials
Advanced Supported Liquid Membranes for CO‚2 Control in EVA Applications

NASA has a clear need to develop new technology in support of its future goals, including missions beyond low-Earth orbit, the possible development of lunar outposts, and the eventual exploration of Mars. As these missions develop, it is anticipated that crew members will...

Briefs: Aerospace
Open Vehicle Sketch Pad

The conceptual aircraft designer is faced with a dilemma on how to strike the best balance between productivity and fidelity. Attempts have been made to use computer-aided design packages to fill this void, but their cost and steep learning curve have made them unwieldy at best. Open Vehicle Sketch Pad (OpenVSP.org) has...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Irreversible Entropy Production Rate in High-Pressure Turbulent Reactive Flows

To model high-pressure reactive flows, the most promising methodology is large eddy simulation (LES) in which one solves the large scales of the problem and models the small scales. There is currently no guidance as to the relative importance of small scales...

Briefs: Materials
Development of a Novel, Regenerable Microlith Catalytic Reactor for CO2 Reduction via Bosch Process

Utilization of CO2 to produce life support consumables, such as water and oxygen, offers a potential advance for NASA’s cabin atmosphere revitalization system and in-situ resources utilization concepts for long-term manned space...

Techs for License: Manufacturing & Prototyping

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program is a true national asset. It brings together the space agency’s most capable problem-solvers with America’s brightest commercial and entrepreneurial leaders in partnerships...

Application Briefs: Lighting

AWeber Communications in Chalfont, PA thrives on creative energy. From free-form office space, to tube slide transports, to a dynamic lighting control system that...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Very-High-Load-Capacity Air Bearing Spindle for Large Diamond Turning Machines

Large-load-capacity oil hydrostatic bearings generate prohibitive amounts of heat in large sizes when run at speeds useful for diamond turning of optical components. The viscosity of air is more than three orders of magnitude less than the thinnest oil; therefore, the...