Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Joining & Assembly

Stay updated on the joining and assembly systems used throughout manufacturing. Review the applications that design engineers are using to meet their manufacturing design challenges.

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Wool from special sheep keeps astronauts and emergency responders safe.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool
Square trusses replace round for enhanced strength and robotics compatibility.
3D printing is being used to quickly create life-saving parts and prototypes like masks, shields, and ventilator valves.
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.

Dr. Beth Holloway has been the Director of the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University since 2001 and serves...

Briefs: Motion Control
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Thermal cameras, testing software, an ion air knife, and more.
Mary Hardgrove spearheads an entire assembly department that provides next-generation mechanical cable innovations
This framework can be used by commercial and military aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.
How does testing a metal 3D-printed part compare to testing a casted one? That's the elephant in the room, says industry pro Kevin Brigden.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: February 2020
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Welding Ceramics with Lasers
This technology could be used to create smartphones that don't scratch or shatter, metal-free pacemakers, and electronics for space and other harsh environments.
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: February 2020 Motion Design
Encoder

The AI25 hazardous series AI25 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL) is suited for Class 1 Division 2 applications where a Zone 1 or Division 1 encoder may have previously been...

Articles: Connectivity
Smart Manufacturing Control
Today's advanced smart CNC controls allow manufacturers to optimize the manufacturing process right on the factory floor
Briefs: Aerospace
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Systems of tiny robots could build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valves for Pneumatic Cylinders and Actuators
Know your valve options.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Products: Communications
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.

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