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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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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Electronics & Computers
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.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
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: 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.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
New on the Market: September 2020
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Application Briefs: Connectivity
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.
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Products: Semiconductors & ICs
New on the Market: August 2020
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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.
Articles: Motion Control
Don’t Blame it on the Bearings
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.

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