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.

Latest Briefs & News

Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
Products: Test & Measurement
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: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: September 2020
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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: Semiconductors & ICs
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.
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: Electronics & Computers
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: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Manufacturing and Outsourcing - May 2020

How are advances in automation/robotics, welding, 3D printing, and other fabrication technologies shaping the future of medical device manufacturing? Find out in this Special Report – a...

Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Design & Assembly - May 2020

The latest advances in chip and board-level design and manufacturing are spotlighted in this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology...

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: Aerospace
Layered Composite Insulation
This cost-saving piping insulation has uses in refrigerated containers that protect food, medicine, and other perishables.

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