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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Advanced Supercritical Water Oxidation Reactor
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: Stanford University School of Engineering
Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA's 'VITAL' Ventilator Gets FDA Approval
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White Papers: Design
New SmartDisplay™ Products Enable More Versatile HMI Designs

Building better Human-Machine Interface solutions to monitor and control complex equipment and systems is a key priority for design engineers. SmartDisplay™ intelligent...

Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
On-Demand Webinars: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Simulation

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are hot topics in the engineering simulation community. These techniques have applications across the product lifecycle. For example, a design engineer can train an AI system to find optimal designs using data...

The A.I. system learns from thousands of real-traffic situations, when a self-driving car stopped unexpectedly.
Articles: Motion Control
Get a Handle on Grippers
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Materials Capable of Self-Propulsion
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Torque Light-Powered Actuator
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Pneumatic technologies such as control valves continue to evolve, incorporating sensors, industrial network interfaces, wireless technology, and more.
Specially designed brake controls are a critical factor of brake performance in any application.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Facility Focus: Cornell University College of Engineering
See the advanced materials, complex systems, and bioengineering technologies being created at Cornell.
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Building Big Data from Little Data
Edge computing, focused applications, and open connectivity let designers start with little data on their digital transformation journey.
Articles: Transportation
Products of Tomorrow: April 2021
NASA's graphene composites, textile pressure sensors, and a better kind of glass.
On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
7 Levers for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The future of transportation is electric and autonomous. This 30-minute Webinar examines how to navigate the transition with seven levers for electric and autonomous vehicles. It discusses a platform designed to help project teams develop electric and autonomous vehicles that conform to...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Built Machines Increase Employee Safety, Speed Up Production, and Save You Money

A lot of companies shy away from custom machine builds because they believe them to be more expensive than simply selecting a pre-built off-the-shelf...

Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Turboelectric Aircraft Take Off?

A recent video on Tech Briefs TV highlighted NASA’s new idea for aircraft: the STARC-ABL. The concept under development aims to bridge the gap between current jet fuel-powered aircraft and future all-electric vehicles.

White Papers: Aerospace
Thermal Management Techniques in Avionics Cooling

As modern-day UAV’s are becoming more and more complex and compact in their design, requiring cooling, and possibly heating, design engineers typically favor liquid cooling solutions to...

Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of Penn State engineers who are...

Software and electrical engineering is converging in today’s vehicles. A reader asks our expert: “How do you decide which items to test first?”
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Robot ‘Hears,’ Using Ear from a Locust

A robot being developed at Tel Aviv University "hears" electrical signals, thanks to a natural sensor: the ear of a dead locust.

White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Use Predictive Analytics and Industry Parts Data to Forecast Parts Failure- Reduce Defects-Unlock Efficiencies-Minimize Downtime.

Learn how manufacturers, suppliers and off-highway equipment operators are using predictive analytics to help...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: March 2021 Sensor Technology
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Industrial Connectivity with Single Pair Ethernet
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Products: Software
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.

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