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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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).

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With Water Jets, Machines 'Breathe' to Cool Down
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: October 2020
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
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Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Custom Gimbal for JHU-APL Shows Promise for Others
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Simple Robot Vision Tools Support Complex Applications
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: September 2020
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Communications
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: September 2020 Sensor Technology
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
USB and GigE Connectivity for Modern Machine Vision
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Electronics & Computers
Automotive Ethernet 1000Base-T1 TC9 Measurement Using a VNA – Application Note

Inside a typical car, you will find over 100 electronic control units (ECU) controlling everything from brakes, transmission, engine, A/C, steering, cameras,...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Motion 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.
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.

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