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Articles: Materials
Recovery of valuable elements within the EV battery is essential for the health and viability of the industry. In recycling used EV batteries, controls valves are required. Read on to learn more.
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Articles: Energy
Battery management systems are poised to become a key competitive differentiator in an EV market that is seeking to grow and thrive on a global level. And by tapping into smarter BMS, automotive manufacturers are future-proofing their resources by embracing, even anticipating, trends in EV battery design. Read on to learn more.
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Articles: Energy
As demand increases for electric and hybrid technology advancements in the North American market, off-highway vehicles are subject to many challenges. These range from vibration and shock impacts on the vehicles, to thermal stress and adverse environmental conditions such as water, ice, humidity, dust, and grime. Read on to learn how to mitigate these threats.
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Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Future electric vehicles will be more efficient, more powerful, and will be able to hold more energy in their batteries than today’s EVs. Those big “mores” require countless small improvements beyond the headline component — batteries. Read on to learn more.
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Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
As it turns out, motion control can not only help map the world — it might even make it a safer place. Read on to learn how and why.
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Articles: Design
When electromechanical actuator designers began integrating electronics inside their housings, it gave a control and efficiency advantage that opened the door to applications that had long been the sole domain of hydraulics cylinders. Those same electronics, coupled with recent experience applying electric actuators in new applications, now enable a modular design strategy that makes customizing electric actuators easier, further enhancing their advantages over hydraulics.
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Articles: Electronics & Computers
Most PCB manufacturers use automatic optical inspection (AOI) to monitor defects in their printed circuit boards. This delivers strong results when there are defects in the soldering, connections, pads, and traces on printed boards.
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Articles: Energy
Affordable thermal storage could help industries and cities capture heat that is currently wasted, as well as balance the inconsistencies in wind and solar power output. But while Polar Night Energy is eager to work directly with potential customers, they realize that the challenges ahead are too big for them to tackle alone.
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Products: Semiconductors & ICs
See the product of the month: The new multi-purpose ICAM-B charge amplifier from Kistler, which is ideal for use with piezoelectric sensors.
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Articles: Power
See the products of tomorrow, including a new DC-DC power converter developed by engineers at the Kobe University, a haptic device capable of reproducing the softness of various materials developed by EPFL researchers, and three-dimensional embroidery techniques from engineers from NC State University.
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Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
In partnership with Point One, Civ Robotics is ensuring that precise construction layouts won’t be at odds with efficiency. Land surveying is a critical stage in the construction layout process, during which workers use various forms of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to mark specific locations for builders. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The integration of collaborative robots, or cobots, into manufacturing has revolutionized traditional processes, offering an unprecedented blend of precision, productivity, and safety. Now, with advancements in AI and visual detection systems, cobots are evolving further, equipped to adapt their actions based on visual cues. Read on to learn more.
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Application Briefs: Software
When a robot cell experiences unplanned downtime, John Bridgen’s first priority as Director of Customer Satisfaction at Precision Cobotics is finding out exactly what happened. Traditionally, this “root cause analysis” and subsequent debugging has required onsite visits and, at least initially, a degree of guesswork. Read on to learn how the process has been ameliorated.
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Q&A: Communications
NIST Physicist Franklyn Quinlan leads one of a group of teams working to shrink a table-top system of precise timing technology down to a single integrated chip. This will significantly increase the stability of timing signals used for applications such as GPS, phone and internet connections, and radar.
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Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A trio of small rovers that will explore the Moon in sync with one another are rolling toward launch. NASA JPL’s CADRE rovers will soon map the lunar surface together as a tech demo to show the promise of multirobot missions.
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NASA Spinoff: Medical
The first FDA-cleared wireless arthroscopic camera for minimally invasive knee surgeries and other orthopedic procedures got early support from NASA.
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5 Ws: Medical
Rice University engineers have developed the smallest implantable brain stimulator demonstrated in a human patient that could revolutionize treatment for drug-resistant depression and other psychiatric or neurological disorders.
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Articles: Photonics/Optics
Astroparticle Physicist Dr. Rasha Abbasi, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Loyola University Chicago, works with the Telescope Array project. Located west of Delta, Utah, the project is an international collaboration between universities to observe high-energy cosmic rays. Abbasi and her team study how TGFs originate from the Earth’s atmosphere and propagate. In particular, the team hopes to answer key questions.
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Articles: AR/AI
Siemens is collaborating with Basler and MVTec in its open Industrial Edge Ecosystem. The results are scalable, plug-and-play solutions that combine Siemens’ automation technology with third-party machine vision hardware and software.
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Articles: Imaging
Increasing regulatory concentration on improving the protection of vulnerable road users (VRUs) against vehicle collisions at night has led to new evaluations of proven imaging modalities that might quickly, effectively, and economically identify VRUs and measure their positions relative to moving vehicles.
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Articles: Connectivity
Ultimately, the success of the 5G Open Radio Access Network (5G O-RAN) deployments hinges on a multi-pronged approach involving a blend of collaboration, standardization, and advanced automated testing tools.
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Articles: Software
Both generative design and topology optimization can be leveraged with the COMSOL® software, which also provides features for customizing automated designs so that they are suitable for specific manufacturing methods.
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Articles: Software
By connecting all cross-domain models and data from across the product development, manufacturing, and usage lifecycles, the comprehensive digital twin forms the foundation for the digital transformation of a company, empowering adopters to surge ahead of the competition as they innovate faster and more efficiently.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Whether you are manufacturing, inspecting, aligning or bonding, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of precision motion principles to effectively engage with suppliers and choose one who will maximize your effectiveness. An ideal motion supplier will navigate your precision motion control journey alongside you as a partner who is invested in your longterm success.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Understanding how to effectively tolerance aspheres is an incredibly useful communication tool to get the most out of your lens. In this article, we will provide some context behind asphere tolerances, exploring the factors that influence cost and performance.
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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The next generation of sensors needs to maintain efficiency and cost-effectiveness while ensuring fast, accurate, and reliable communication.
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Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
To learn about the use of digital twins for machining operations in industry, we interviewed Gisbert Ledvon, VP of Marketing at HEIDENHAIN Corporation, Schaumburg, Illinois. Click to read the full interview.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The global market for automotive LIDAR is expected to grow from $332 million in 2022 to more than $4.5 billion by 2028. We interviewed Eric Aguilar, co-founder and CEO of Omnitron Sensors, Los Angeles, CA, to learn about a new MEMS scanning mirror that could accelerate the market adoption of LIDAR.
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Technology Leaders: Medical
Microwave sensing and imaging (MSI) technology, which has been in for many years, has now improved to the point that it may usefully supplement or even replace MRI machines and CT scanners in certain applications, including stroke detection and breast cancer detection.
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