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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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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Optic Emergency Stops for Harsh Environment Applications

Fiber optic emergency stops provide immunity to EMI, RFI, and lightning; are inherently safe; and can operate at extremely long distances up to 10 kilometers. This whitepaper...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This wearable device is placed on the skin to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical signals.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The size and shape of the nanostructure can be controlled as it is assembled piece by piece.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This could make possible embedded devices like a spinal cord-stimulating unit with a battery-powered magnetic transmitter on a wearable belt.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Wearables
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
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....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground.
Special Reports: AR/AI
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, connectivity, controls, and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Products: Motion Control
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Materials
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Motion Control
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: Imaging
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Transportation
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Motion Control
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Materials
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.

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