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.

Application Briefs: Software
Interstellar used Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to design and develop its first prototype: BioPod.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-yield synthesis of carbon nanotubes is enabled via free electron laser ablation.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Applications include wearables, airplane cabin monitoring, medical diagnostics, and indoor air quality measurement.
Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn about a membrane-free, broadband microphone for the highest ultrasound frequencies.
Articles: Imaging
Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery.
Articles: Motion Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The material could be used in security, health, industrial, and safety applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.
Briefs: AR/AI
The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system enhances processing via real-time, non-destructive defect tracking.
Facility Focus: Aerospace
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Special Reports: Test & Measurement
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Electronics & Computers
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Imaging
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: Test & Measurement
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: Motion Control

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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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.

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