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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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New on the Market: September 2020
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Products of Tomorrow: September 2020
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Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Breaking the (Injection) Mold

Since its creation in the 1980s, 3D printing has evolved tremendously, with more printing technologies and material types available. Research shows that engineers in North America are optimistic about the future...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: September 2020 Sensor Technology
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Application Briefs: Internet of Things
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
White Papers: Medical
The Top 20 Tubing and Hose Buying Tips, Part 1

This white paper was developed to help avoid the downtime, costs and frustration involved when the wrong plastic tubing or reinforced hose is ordered. Topics include pressure and vacuum...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Comparison of Fittings For Use with Plastic & Rubber Tubing

This report examines types of fittings commonly used with plastic and rubber tubing. Included are barbed designs, push-to-connects, compression types with multiple components, and...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Scientist Proposes Life on Mars, Below the Surface
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fluid-Filled Frequency-Tunable Mass Damper
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magnetic Force Manages Pain
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.

Watch below as NASA experts review how they plan to return samples from the surface of Mars back to Earth.

The Perseverance rover has an almost human-like way of keeping its lenses clean.
The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinders

Not all compact air cylinders are created equal. Many components have similar features, and some look alike. How do you decide which one to use? This paper explores air cylinder...

The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.

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