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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This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: July 2020
NASA's Dry Goods Delivery System, a lung-heart sensor on a chip, and more.
Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Magnetic Transmissions Increase Lifespan of Offshore Wind Farms
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
Wool from special sheep keeps astronauts and emergency responders safe.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fiber Lasers for Powertrain Welding Applications
Altering the traditional intensity distribution of fiber lasers improves weld quality.
Briefs: Materials
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Spring Drive Fitting
Applications include valves, tubes, and other gas and fluid system components.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: March 2020
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.
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

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