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White Papers: Electronics & Computers
Accelerating the World’s Electric Vehicles, One Connection at a Time

Electrification of the powertrain and accessory applications for trucks, buses, construction, agricultural & recreational vehicles is taking the commercial...

Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
White Papers: Transportation
Embedded Solutions Continue to Outperform Externally Mounted Sensors in Off-Highway Applications

The availability of serviceable designs for embedded sensors continue to prove themselves a more reliable solution than externally mounted...

White Papers: Propulsion
Recoma®HT: Rare Earth Magnets for High Temperatures

Arnold Magnetic Technologies has developed Samarium Cobalt magnets for a wide range of applications. The RECOMA®HT grade magnets were developed specifically for applications operating at...

Question of the Week: Transportation
Will On-Demand Octane Improve Fuel Economy?

A video on Tech Briefs TV this month demonstrated a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory technology that enables on-demand octane by portioning ethanol from gasoline. PNNL researchers believe their invention could increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Do you agree? Watch the video...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The Ultimate Shaft-To-Hub Connection

Kinematically ground polygonal shapes have been used as drive connections for more than 45 years. What is now referred to as Polygon Systems was developed by Fortunawerke, Stuttgart, West Germany, who...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Don’t Blame it on the Bearings
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Application Briefs: Wearables
Seeables and Hearables for Fitness Feedback
Learn abut Bosch Sensortec's “Light Drive” system.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Tim Brosnihan, Executive Director of SEMI’s MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG), talks about the current state of the MEMS industry and trends for the future,
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Facility Focus: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Q&A: Robotics, Automation & Control
Q&A: Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Products: Software
New on the Market: June 2020
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
The rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes while turning away bacteria.
Articles: Wearables
Products of Tomorrow: June 2020
Nature-Inspired Energy Tech, Superelastic Tires, Wearable Supercapacitors, and more...
White Papers: Photonics/Optics
Introduction to 3D Printing with PµSL

Small devices that require high precision, high resolution, and high accuracy are all around us. From the electronic connectors in cellphones to the tiny valves in medical pumps, these devices aren’t...

The Los Angeles, CA-based company Nanotech Energy is using graphene to prevent thermal runaway and create a non-flammable battery.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The Next Challenge for Soft Robots? Beat the Cheetah
A proof-of-concept soft robot has a cheetah-like gait that avoids the usual crawl.
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....

See how NASA engineer Mike Buttigieg is creating a device that will free up ventilators for patients with COVID-19
Briefs: Aerospace
Supersonic Spike Diffuser
This diffuser provides double the pumping efficiency in one-quarter the space.
This passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

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