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Access the latest news and technical advancements impacting Mechanical and Fluid systems. Explore articles and technical briefs about fastening, joining, mechanical components, fluid handling, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs).

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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.
Technology Leaders: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ball screws are helping manufacturers meet the growing demand for fiber optic cables generated by 5G communications.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Special Reports: Propulsion
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Articles: Software
Tech Briefs asked 5 execs: What should a user consider before moving to the cloud?
Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Would You Use a ‘Cold Tube?’

Our August issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a technology that offers an energy-efficient alternative to the air conditioner: The Cold Tube.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Digitalization of New Product Development

Today’s New Product Development (NPD) projects are mechatronic with a tremendous amount of electronics and software. In fact, data shows that 20-50% of warranty issues in vehicles include...

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Researchers at North Carolina State University demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving — and then reusing — nanowires from electronic devices.
White Papers: Motion Control
Direct Drive Motor vs. Rotary Gear Motor

For decades, geared servo motors have been one of the most common tools in the industrial automation toolbox. Offering excellent performance for positioning, velocity matching, electronic camming,...

White Papers: Motion Control
Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization

The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing,...

Articles: Motion Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Oscillatory and rotational motions of different parts are combined to pave the way to developing super-miniaturized mechanical devices.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
RightHand Robotics combines machine vision with an intelligent gripper design to make more adaptable robots.
Articles: Motion Control
These common pneumatic circuits can be used alone or as building blocks in larger pneumatics systems.
Briefs: Propulsion
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Applications include vehicle and aircraft tires, sports helmets, military equipment, and seals and couplings.
Products: Materials
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This treatment has the potential to remove from drinking water nearly all viruses that have an “outer fortress.”
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include manned deep space exploration and terrestrial CO2 removal systems.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-quality coated components can be integrated into complex systems in a sustainable way.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Chilled panels use less energy than conventional A/C and work in open spaces.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The robot firmly but gently grasps objects as small as 1 millimeter in diameter.
Briefs: Materials
This novel gel-creation method could open applications in water filtration, batteries, and smart windows.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The solution increases water recovery, prevents mineral scaling, and cuts the volume of brines in half.
Briefs: Propulsion
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Briefs: Materials
Superalloys that withstand extremely high temperatures could be finely tuned for specific properties such as mechanical strength.
Briefs: Transportation
The lightweight brake rotor design with high heat dissipation uses novel surface cooling technology.

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