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.

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Robotic 'Digger Finger' Senses Buried Items
NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers
Hot Water on Demand
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
Hinge Design Helps Quadrotors Climb
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: May 2021
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Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Get a Handle on Grippers
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Lightweight Crane Technology for the Moon
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: April 2021 Motion Design
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Shape and environment can cause materials to move without motors or hands.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2021
Displacement sensors, metal 3D printers, shielding materials, and more.
The more complex the vehicle, the greater the need for comprehensive design solutions.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Industrial Connectivity with Single Pair Ethernet
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Here's an Idea: Hospital Robots
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at a set of robots already helping out hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: February 2021
Disconnect terminal blocks, oscillioscope probes, test modules, and more.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A Spiraling Robotic Gripper 'Twines' Like a Plant

As engineering professor Mable Fok saw how the pole beans in her garden wrapped tightly around any objects nearby, she had an idea:

What if a robotic gripper could do the same...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Executive Roundtable: Robotics Design
A panel of experts explains how robots are playing a larger role in manufacturing.
RadiBond technology, based on nanometer-thin coatings, provides ultra-strong and ultra-tight bonding between metals and plastics.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: December 2020
Mixed-signal oscilloscopes, 3D printers, DC/DC converters, and more.
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
Products: Motion Control
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.

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