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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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21st Century Engineering, Are We Ready for the Journey?

The first step towards digital engineering and all its benefits begins with model-based systems engineering (MBSE), allowing us to build and optimize systems and components digitally...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Finding The Right Precision Motion Components To Drive Automated EV Manufacturing Advances

EV production processes must satisfy aggressive throughput goals and automated systems are poised to address this challenge. However, specifying and...

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A Faster Route to Custom-Design Molecular Diagnostic Instruments

This whitepaper delves into developing molecular diagnostics instruments, emphasizing the advantages of collaboration with experienced OEMs using platforms like Cavro® Omni...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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How to Design Self-lubricating Bearing Points

Wherever parts move against each other, lubrication is deemed a necessity. It improves friction and protects against not only wear, but corrosion and dirt as well. However, it has long been...

Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
As it turns out, motion control can not only help map the world — it might even make it a safer place. Read on to learn how and why.
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Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The team demonstrated that the sliding suction is a low-cost, energy-efficient, high-payload, and clean adhesive locomotion strategy, which has high potential for use in climbing robots, outdoor inspection robots, and robotic transportation.
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INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

In January, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Science Program Committee approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, the first scientific endeavour...

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White Papers: Medical
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Robot Manufacturer Strengthens Global Reputation for Quality With Kontron Motherboards

Kontron, renowned for their embedded computer solutions, celebrates over 20 years of partnership with KUKA, the industrial robotics leader, to provide...

INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Festo (Islandia, NY) introduced its newest generation of Cartesian-handling-system mechanical axes at Automate 2024. The ELGD-TB, tooth belt, and ELGD-BS, ball screw, axes feature an...

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White Papers: Motion Control
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Explore the Advantages of Integrated Electric Linear Actuator Designs

Both traditional and integrated electric actuator technologies offer their own performance, reliability and efficiency advantages. Machine designers building systems in...

Quiz: Sensors/Data Acquisition
As more and more elements of automotive systems are computer-controlled, accurate system-wide sensors are critical for proper operations, whether in internal combustion, hybrid, or completely electric vehicles. How much do you know about automotive sensors? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Whether you are manufacturing, inspecting, aligning or bonding, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of precision motion principles to effectively engage with suppliers and choose one who will maximize your effectiveness. An ideal motion supplier will navigate your precision motion control journey alongside you as a partner who is invested in your longterm success.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A team of scientists has successfully created a new synthetic metamaterial with 4D capabilities, including the ability to control energy waves on the surface of a solid material. These waves, called mechanical surface waves, are fundamental to how vibrations travel along the surface of solid materials.
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Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new robotic suction cup which can grasp rough, curved, and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol. The team studied the structures of octopus biological suckers, which have superb adaptive suction abilities enabling them to anchor to rock.
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INSIDER: Propulsion

Our muscles are nature’s perfect actuators — devices that turn energy into motion. For their size, muscle fibers are more powerful and precise than most synthetic actuators....

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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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High Performance, Ultra-low-power Embeddable Accelerometers

Accelerometers play an integral role in condition monitoring programs that reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance costs. As industry shifts to wireless sensing, the technologies...

Products: Power
See the new products, including ABB Robotics' expanded SCARA robot portfolio, Bodine's gearmotors, the C6675 control cabinet Industrial PC from Beckhoff, and KEB America's DL4 series of brushless servo motors.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Led by Purdue University, the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute's goal is to “design and operate resilient deep space habitats that can adapt, absorb and rapidly recover from expected and unexpected disruptions.”
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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

BB-8 of Star Wars fame is known for its adorable beeps, dome-shaped head, and spherical body. But fighting alongside the Resistance is just one of its many talents. As this spherical robot...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Justin Werfel, Senior Research Fellow in Robotics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is leading a team tasked with...

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INSIDER: Medical

The lungs are one of the most difficult organs for physicians to navigate. They have a dense network of blood vessels, bronchi, and other critical anatomical structures that makes...

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Top 3 Ways to Increase Your Positioning System’s 3D Accuracy

Discover fundamental positioning system design considerations that can be implemented to achieve micron and nanometer scale manufacturing tolerances.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Intrigued to see if many limbs could be helpful for locomotion in this world, a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology is using a centipede's style of movement to its advantage. They developed a new theory of multilegged locomotion and created many-legged robotic models.
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Briefs: Aerospace
NASA’s Ames Research Center has developed a novel closed-form solution to model wing flutter aerodynamics for any aircraft wing (within a certain thickness regime and without camber). This closed-form solution can be readily extended to wing sections with camber.
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Briefs: Nanotechnology
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.
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INSIDER: Propulsion

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have furthered a new type of soft material that can change shape in response to light, a discovery that could advance “soft...

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INSIDER: Design

Compared to robots, human bodies are more flexible, capable of fine movements, and can efficiently convert energy into movement. Drawing inspiration from human gait,...

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How to Specify an Encoder That Withstands Heat, Vibration, and Contaminants

Encoders are often used in harsh industrial environments where they’re exposed to the same contaminants other machinery is, like dust, moisture, caustic chemicals,...

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