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.

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An automated system cuts the energy required for training and running neural networks.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Tech Briefs posed questions to 3D printing/AM industry execs, to get their views on issues like metal printing, new materials, and environmental sustainability.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Autonomic and Apoptotic Highly Distributed System
Applications include distributed computer systems, computer security, and commercial satellite systems.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Analyzing Wear and Tear of Metal
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics
The Configurable Laser — A Universal Manufacturing Tool
Laser technology will remain at the forefront of tomorrow’s digital manufacturing processes.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Have You Cloud-Connected Your Equipment and Processes on the Shop Floor?

Our April Motion Design feature article highlights how manufacturers are reimagining robotics in a connected world, employing processes like real-time analytics, predictive maintenance, online support and diagnostics, and cloud backups.

In just three weeks, the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) at UC Berkeley built a robotic COVID-19 laboratory.

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithm Helps Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions
This technology could help control driverless cars and automated warehouses.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
PLCs Directly Access Internet Information
The newest PLCs can directly access Internet resources, much like a mobile device, to obtain information for improving operations.
Massive manufacturing bots have evolved into something new — collaborative robots.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vision-Based System Validates Driver Monitoring
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
Increase battery life and reduce data loads with an analog-first processing architecture.
To clear up some of the confusion about what the industry means when it says 5G, here’s a guide to what it’s all about.
Facility managers, real estate owners, as well as commercial and industrial businesses are looking to deploy IoT.
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Question of the Week: Connectivity
Do the 5G Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A feature article in this month’s Tech Briefs explored how the fifth-generation mobile network known as 5G will support the creation of increasingly “smart” factories – ones that allow manufacturers to further improve factory automation, human/machine interfaces, and mobility.

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“Pop-Up” Technique Fabricates Microrobots

A bulk-machined “Pop-Up” MEMS process was developed for creating mesoscale machines up to several centimeters in dimension.

INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Robot and Software Create Advanced Materials

Rutgers University engineers have developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. While a human researcher...

This system autonomously prepares samples for online automated analysis.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Shape-Shifting Robot Uses New Locomotion Strategy
The robot is built entirely from smaller robots and can form a robophysical system that can move by itself.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Motion Control
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.

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