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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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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....

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Hybrid Concept for Actuating Subsea Valves
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear Bearings: What You Need to Know
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: June 2021 Motion Design
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Chemically Driven Wheels “Morph” Into Gears
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Nanosized Foldable Robots
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation MEMS IMUs — High Performance, Scalable
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2021 Sensor Technology
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: June 2021
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Facility Focus: University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
5 Ws of the Sunlight-Powered Water Filter
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation MEMS Multi-Gas Sensing
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
What’s New in MEMS Sensors for Wearables
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Innovative IoT Sensor Applications Pave the Way to the Future
Sensors play a pivotal role in solving critical business challenges.
Technology Leaders: Transportation
Machine Control Power Quality and Surge Protection
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
3D Motion Tracking System for Autonomous Technology
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Automated X-Ray Inspection
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
The LiDAR-based system could “see through” objects to warn of potential hazards without distracting the driver.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nanotransistors Stay Cool at High Voltages
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Application Briefs: Automotive
Airless Alloy Tire Has NASA Roots
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.

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