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.

Motion Design : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Contained Wheel Units Cut Vehicle Costs
Self-Contained Wheel Units Cut Vehicle Costs

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor with braking, suspension, steering,...

Self-Contained Wheel Units Cut Vehicle Costs
Products : Test & Measurement
New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Machine Vision Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has introduced the Phantom® S210 and S200, 2Gpx/sec (16 Gbps) machine vision cameras. The S210 reaches 1,730...

New Products: March 2019 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2019
New on the Market: March 2019

Controller and Datalogger

Watlow, St. Louis, MO, introduced a batch processing feature for the F4T temperature and process controller and D4T datalogger. The new feature helps collect manufacturing part...

New on the Market: March 2019
Articles : Defense
Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success
Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success

The Create the Future Design Contest, launched in 2002 by the publishers of Tech Briefs magazine, helps stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has...

Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs
Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, announced Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) 2019 software for analyzing parts and assemblies. DFMA utilizes a question-and-answer interface that...

Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Thermal-Compensating Optics Housing
Thermal-Compensating Optics Housing

Existing optics mounts sandwich the optic axially between two metal components, which can lead to optical surface damage and misalignment when exposed to fluctuating temperatures. Thermal-compensating...

Thermal-Compensating Optics Housing
Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots
Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots

Different types of motion encountered in dynamic environments require designers to specify connectors for boards, wiring, and devices that can meet significant g-forces,...

Advanced Connector Technologies: From Aerospace to Racecars to Robots
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robots Bring Airplane Production Up to Speed
Robots Bring Airplane Production Up to Speed

Robots are helping a European airplane manufacturer cut into an eight-year backlog of orders for one of its most popular aircraft.

Robots Bring Airplane Production Up to Speed
Briefs : Aerospace
Seal with Integrated Shroud to Protect from Exposure to Extreme Environments
Seal with Integrated Shroud to Protect from Exposure to Extreme Environments

Innovators at NASA's Glenn Research Center have designed a superior seal assembly that is durable and highly dependable in extremely harsh environments. This...

Seal with Integrated Shroud to Protect from Exposure to Extreme Environments
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

Pulsed laser vaporization (PLV) production of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on traditional Co/Ni catalyst was explored with...

Control of the Diameter and Chiral Angle Distributions During Production of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Briefs : Materials
Spanwise Adaptive Wing
Spanwise Adaptive Wing

NASA's Glenn Research Center developed a novel means of articulating the outboard portion of an aircraft wing to create the optimal geometry for given flight conditions. The Spanwise Adaptive Wing (SAW) concept employs...

Spanwise Adaptive Wing
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pilot-Assisted Check Valve for Low-Pressure Applications
Pilot-Assisted Check Valve for Low-Pressure Applications

Check valves are traditionally designed as a simple poppet/spring system where the spring is designed to equal the force created from the sealing area of the valve seat multiplied by...

Pilot-Assisted Check Valve for Low-Pressure Applications
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Membrane-Enhanced Lamina Emergent Torsion (M-LET) Joints
Membrane-Enhanced Lamina Emergent Torsion (M-LET) Joints

Lamina emergent compliant mechanisms (including origami-adapted compliant mechanisms) are mechanical devices that can be fabricated from a planar material (a lamina) and have motion...

Membrane-Enhanced Lamina Emergent Torsion (M-LET) Joints
Application Briefs : Motion Control
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems

There are few industries where the demands for material testing and quality assurance are more challenging than in the aerospace industry. Ensuring the safety of all...

One-Cable Automation Streamlines Robotic Non-Destructive Inspection Systems
Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: December 2018, Motion Design
New Products: December 2018, Motion Design

Motor/Drive/Controller

Advanced Micro Controls (Terryville, CT) offers a size 17 PLC-based SMD Series integrated stepper motor/drive/controller system. The integrated solutions are suited...

New Products: December 2018, Motion Design
Q&A : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Q&A: Rice University's Rouzbeh Shahsavari Creates a Stronger, Lighter Cement

Professor Shahsavari and graduate student Sung Hoon have demonstrated a process for producing a cement that is stronger, lighter, and more durable than the traditional Portland cement.

Products : Imaging
New on the Market: December 2018
New on the Market: December 2018

Data Acquisition Devices

The USB-1808 Series simultaneous-sampling data acquisition devices from Measurement Computing Corp., Norton, MA, provides synchronous and concurrent voltage I/O, waveform...

New on the Market: December 2018
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Method Trains Robots to Collaborate Through Demonstration
Method Trains Robots to Collaborate Through Demonstration

Robots that are adapted to respond to physical human-robot interaction (pHRI) traditionally treat such interactions as disturbances, and resume their original behaviors when the...

Method Trains Robots to Collaborate Through Demonstration
Products : Photonics/Optics
New Products: November 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
New Products: November 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology

Optical Monitoring System

The SpectraLock Optical Monitoring System from Eddy Company (Apple Valley, CA) provides in-situ monitoring and deposition rate control to produce...

New Products: November 2018 Photonics & Imaging Technology
Articles : Medical
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner

FUTURE ANTENNA MINIATURIZATION MECHANISM: MAGNETOELECTRIC ANTENNAS

Hwaider Lin and Nian-Xiang Sun, Northeastern University, Boston, MA...
2018 Create the Future Design Contest: Electronics/Sensors/IOT Category Winner
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution

Electronics industry trends develop and change, technologies emerge and improve, and new applications bring new requirements and challenges. While this obviously has an impact on the...

Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution
Articles : Electronics & Computers
NASA at 60: Celebrating Success

Over the past 60 years, NASA scientists and engineers have developed many advanced technologies and processes. But NASA has also partnered with industry, using commercially available products to complete its missions. Here, some of those companies join NASA in celebrating these collaborative successes.

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing

Design engineers in the aerospace industry are constantly challenged to improve fit and function of components used in commercial and military aircraft. Parts used in these aircraft...

Preventing Premature Part Failures with Electropolishing
News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity

Electropolishing has become a common metal finishing process used in the aerospace industry to help improve the overall quality of metal components. These components...

3 Key Benefits: Better Corrosion Resistance, Fatigue Life, Part Integrity
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Learn about certification, support, supply chain and other facts to consider when choosing a connector supplier.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Choosing a Suitable Connector Supplier
Articles : Government
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
A connectors expert reviews standards and certifications; assembly tooling; and physical space issues.
Key Considerations When Selecting a Connector Solution: Addressing Materials, Layout, and Assembly Aspects
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: September 2018
New on the Market: September 2018

Data Acquisition System

The SLICE IP68 data acquisition system from DTS, Seal Beach, CA, measures physical signals in extreme test environments. It can embed in most test articles, and the rugged...

New on the Market: September 2018
Application Briefs : Imaging
Three Popular Machine Vision Standards
Three Popular Machine Vision Standards

Advancements in machine vision have augmented industrial automation and provided a platform to advance imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis applications. This technology, however, comes with...

Three Popular Machine Vision Standards
Articles : Motion Control
Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve
Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve

A new valve concept consists of a solid piston floating in a medium to control a flowstream. Although the conical shape of the seat is a prominent feature of the valve, especially when the concept was...

Conical, Floating-Piston Isolation Valve
Application Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design
High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design

Silphenix GmbH is an engineering and consulting firm in Switzerland specializing in high-speed electrical machines, magnetic bearings, and electromagnetic field analysis. One project focus is compact...

High-Speed Reluctance Machine Design

Webcasts

Upcoming Webinars: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A Deep Dive into Metal 3D Printing

Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement

Solving Complex Measurement Problems with PXI

Upcoming Webinars: Photonics/Optics

NASA Discusses Advances in Photonics for Space and Commercial...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Using Portable Scenarios and Coverage Metrics to Ensure...

Upcoming Webinars: Robotics, Automation & Control

Impact of Autonomous and Electric Vehicles in New Product...

Upcoming Webinars: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Autonomous Vehicles Sensors: How to Ensure They Work Well and...