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White Papers: Automotive
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Finding The Right Precision Motion Components To Drive Automated EV Manufacturing Advances

EV production processes must satisfy aggressive throughput goals and automated systems are poised to address this challenge. However, specifying and...

White Papers: Medical
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A Faster Route to Custom-Design Molecular Diagnostic Instruments

This whitepaper delves into developing molecular diagnostics instruments, emphasizing the advantages of collaboration with experienced OEMs using platforms like Cavro® Omni...

White Papers: Motion Control
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How to Design Self-lubricating Bearing Points

Wherever parts move against each other, lubrication is deemed a necessity. It improves friction and protects against not only wear, but corrosion and dirt as well. However, it has long been...

Articles: Motion Control
As it turns out, motion control can not only help map the world — it might even make it a safer place. Read on to learn how and why.
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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The team demonstrated that the sliding suction is a low-cost, energy-efficient, high-payload, and clean adhesive locomotion strategy, which has high potential for use in climbing robots, outdoor inspection robots, and robotic transportation.
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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

In January, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Science Program Committee approved the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, the first scientific endeavour...

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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Festo (Islandia, NY) introduced its newest generation of Cartesian-handling-system mechanical axes at Automate 2024. The ELGD-TB, tooth belt, and ELGD-BS, ball screw, axes feature an...

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Quiz: Sensors/Data Acquisition
As more and more elements of automotive systems are computer-controlled, accurate system-wide sensors are critical for proper operations, whether in internal combustion, hybrid, or completely electric vehicles. How much do you know about automotive sensors? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
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Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Whether you are manufacturing, inspecting, aligning or bonding, it is essential to have a fundamental understanding of precision motion principles to effectively engage with suppliers and choose one who will maximize your effectiveness. An ideal motion supplier will navigate your precision motion control journey alongside you as a partner who is invested in your longterm success.
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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A new robotic suction cup which can grasp rough, curved, and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol. The team studied the structures of octopus biological suckers, which have superb adaptive suction abilities enabling them to anchor to rock.
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INSIDER: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Our muscles are nature’s perfect actuators — devices that turn energy into motion. For their size, muscle fibers are more powerful and precise than most synthetic actuators....

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Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
See the new products, including ABB Robotics' expanded SCARA robot portfolio, Bodine's gearmotors, the C6675 control cabinet Industrial PC from Beckhoff, and KEB America's DL4 series of brushless servo motors.
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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Led by Purdue University, the Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute's goal is to “design and operate resilient deep space habitats that can adapt, absorb and rapidly recover from expected and unexpected disruptions.”
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INSIDER: Motion Control

BB-8 of Star Wars fame is known for its adorable beeps, dome-shaped head, and spherical body. But fighting alongside the Resistance is just one of its many talents. As this spherical robot...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Justin Werfel, Senior Research Fellow in Robotics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), is leading a team tasked with...

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

The lungs are one of the most difficult organs for physicians to navigate. They have a dense network of blood vessels, bronchi, and other critical anatomical structures that makes...

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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Top 3 Ways to Increase Your Positioning System’s 3D Accuracy

Discover fundamental positioning system design considerations that can be implemented to achieve micron and nanometer scale manufacturing tolerances.

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Intrigued to see if many limbs could be helpful for locomotion in this world, a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology is using a centipede's style of movement to its advantage. They developed a new theory of multilegged locomotion and created many-legged robotic models.
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INSIDER: Design

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have furthered a new type of soft material that can change shape in response to light, a discovery that could advance “soft...

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INSIDER: Research Lab

Compared to robots, human bodies are more flexible, capable of fine movements, and can efficiently convert energy into movement. Drawing inspiration from human gait,...

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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The ventilators are simpler and cheaper to make than those currently available.
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White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Understanding Standard Conditions In Flow Measurement

Gas flow measurement is usually expressed in volumetric units such as cubic feet, cubic liters, or cubic centimeters per time. Since gases are compressible fluids, the total mass...

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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Technology & Benefits of Advanced Inductive Position Sensor Technology

This white paper describes new and improved technology that offers engineers specific advantages in speed, accuracy and reliability over previous linear position...

Q&A: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Doctor Sergiy Kalnaus and his team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a framework for designing solid-state batteries that focuses on their underlying mechanics.
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Briefs: Energy
NASA engineers have developed a new approach to mitigating unwanted motion in floating structures. Ideally suited to applications including offshore wind energy platforms and barges, the innovation uses water ballast as a motion damping fluid.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An ultra-small actuator has nanometer-scale precision.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The innovation can provide a wide range of damping forces, a linear damping function and/or an extended dynamic range of attenuation, providing broad flexibility in configuration size and functional applicability.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Integrating sensors into rotational mechanisms could make it possible for engineers to build smart hinges that know when a door has been opened, or gears inside a motor that tell a mechanic how fast they are rotating. Engineers have now developed a way to easily integrate sensors into these types of mechanisms.
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