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.

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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Facility Focus: AR/AI
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Special Reports: Data Acquisition
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, connectivity, controls, and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Articles: Materials
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Transportation
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Motion Control
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The software could help reduce cost and waste for companies using additive manufacturing to mass-produce parts in factories.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new power supply from Bicker Elektronik has a backup battery that bridges power failures, brownouts, and flicker.
Briefs: Imaging
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
Products: Photonics/Optics
Fiber coatings measurement, single-frequency laser, optical filters, and more.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
Thanks to new innovations in measurement technologies, manufacturers and users now have a wide range of options for proactively measuring the laser beam.
Briefs: Defense

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...

Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The intelligent camera features all three resolutions: spatial, temporal, and spectral.
Briefs: Communications
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Articles: Automotive
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces dramatically increases the amount of data wireless systems can transmit.
Blog: Software
This year's winners included industrial-automation software, simulation tech, and digital storage oscilloscopes.
Technology Leaders: Imaging
Powerful, tiny cameras provide unique streaming-video solutions for NASA robots and defense applications.
Articles: Materials
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Equipment designers can simplify design efforts and adjust controller platforms as needed when they standardize on electronic input/output products.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Blog: Test & Measurement
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.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
These nanomaterial strain sensors are ten times more sensitive when measuring minute movements compared to existing technology.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.

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