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Stay updated on advancements in mechanical components and mechatronics systems. New technologies in MEMs, fluid systems, and propulsion are driving breakthroughs in transportation, electrification, autonomous driving, and manufacturing.

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A Robotic 'Digger Finger' Senses Buried Items

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mode I Fracture Testing Apparatus
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Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn how a low-cost machine known as the 'Coventor' stacks up to a traditional ventilator.
White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Mastering Tolerances for Machined Parts

Mastering CNC tolerances can be challenging, even for experienced engineers, designers, and machinists. Are general tolerances good enough? When does it make sense to call out for tighter tolerances?...

Blog: Software
A self-driving algorithm guides an autonomous vehicle through a traffic scenario that many of us know well: navigating traffic on a crowded, narrow street.
Question of the Week: Automotive
Will Interstate Power Coils Charge Electric Vehicles as They Drive?

Our “Q&A” article in the July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted the work of Dr. Burak Ozpineci from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ozpineci and his team are building a wireless power-transmission system that charges an electric vehicle as it drives along the road.

White Papers: Connectivity
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
Special Reports: Software
Vehicle Electrification - July 2021

GM electrifies the new Corvette...a French nanomaterials company aims for a 5-minute EV recharge...Triumph unveils a radical new electric sportbike design. These are just a few of the innovations you'll...

Briefs: Motion Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects for picking and sorting or tool use.
Briefs: Software
A production-based X-ray solution performs product quality evaluation directly on the manufacturing line.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The soft material demonstrates autonomous, heartbeat-like oscillating properties.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Terrestrial uses include physical therapy, clinical diagnosis, athletic training and performance, and robust exercise equipment.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Materials
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: Medical
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Aerospace
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Briefs: Aerospace
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Transportation
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Q&A: Transportation
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Automotive
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
On-Demand Webinars: Automotive
Commercial Vehicles: The Real Home for High-Level Autonomy

The realization that commercial vehicles and off-road equipment – not passenger vehicles – are the logical starting point for implementing higher levels of automation is setting in. Established routes along long stretches of highway, and easily geofenced areas such as ports...

White Papers: Aerospace
Magnet Valves for Rapid Decompression

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge....

White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Special Reports: Imaging
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...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.

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