Manufacturing & Prototyping

Industrial Controls & Automation

Explore the key advances impacting industrial controls and automation. Access technical briefs and developments in the applications that are essential to automation integration and design.

Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Making Laser Processes More Sustainable
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
I/O Module Enables Remote Data Capture
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Big Data from Little Data
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Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Disrupting the Automobile Design Process
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Readers Select 2020 Products of the Year
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Cost-Effective Day & Night Marking Using Lasers
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial Connectivity with Single Pair Ethernet
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Should you replace your big coordinate measurement machine with laser radar? Or should you just add a laser scanner with a CMM? A reader asks our expert.
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D-Printed Composites for High-Temperature Uses
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Innovation on a Larger Scale: Robotic Fiber Placement and 3D Printing
“The disruption promised by Industry 4.0 has already begun,” says Jason Melcher from the aerospace manufacturing company Ingersoll.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
Just like smartphones, the same trend of combining separate components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.
Products: RF & Microwave Electronics
Product of the Month: January 2021 Tech Briefs
Modules from Pickering Interfaces simulate industrial control transceivers.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
High-Efficiency Megawatt Motor
This partially superconducting machine can be used as a motor or generator.
Learn about the sensors assessing and analyzing plant equipment.
Digital technologies are enabling an "Industry Renaissance" of virtual experiences.
A new material is especially effective at absorbing indoor light and converting it into usable energy.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
Medical Robotics - November 2020

From the operating room to the assembly line, robots are changing the medical industry. Check out the latest advances and amazing applications in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Medical...

Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, the automated system “sees” around corners to spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
The sensors can be built into the shells of aircraft, cars, or other machines.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Products of Tomorrow: November 2020
A smartwatch that tracks medication levels, a flexible LED, and NASA's "Micro-Organ" device platform.
Once installed at Las Campanas Observatory in the Chilean Andes, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will introduce incredible opportunities for astrophysics.
Multi-sensor imaging systems, eyesafe laser finders, machine vision algorithms, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Megapixel Photon-Counting Camera Technology
See what kinds of applications are possible when you can literally see light propagating through space.

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