Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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Find multimedia resources and technical briefs covering complex mechanical components and technologies. Find the latest applications that design engineers are using to meet their design challenges.

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: February 2020
Life-saving sensors, soft hearing implants, and a new water-decontamination method
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: February 2020
Low-viscosity plastic; coin cell holders; oxidation-resistant coatings; and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Insect-Inspired Motion Sensing
This mechanical gyroscope can advance motion sensing capabilities in consumer-sized applications.
Such grippers would be suited for human-robot partnership in assembly lines in the automotive, electronic packaging, and other industries.
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...

Briefs: Aerospace
Flexure for Self-Assembly

Conventional fastening mechanisms like nails, bolts, and welds are subject to manufacturing and inspection tolerances, differential thermal growth, and other sources of error that lead to over-constraint, among...

These soft robots can be rolled up and carried in a pocket.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valves for Pneumatic Cylinders and Actuators
Know your valve options.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Would You Cook with ‘Julia?’

Last week, we highlighted five CES 2020 technologies that are adding intelligence to everyday aspects of the home. One featured “Smart Home” technology included “Julia,” an all-in-one cooker that performs a variety of kitchen tasks: chopping, whisking, steaming, weighing ingredients, and even kneading...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
CES 2020: NASA Arrives, Ready to Partner Up
NASA came to CES with a message: We're going back to the Moon, and we'll need help from industry to do it.
A fun way to show the robustness of a soft robot? Swat it.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Unique Method for Orifice Production

To produce accurate, repeatable orifices, all the variables that might influence the Cd Value (Coefficient of Discharge) must be controlled during production. This includes the orifice hole length, edges,...

Photopolymer films, LED light engines, measurement systems, and more.
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
These advances are useful for transportation, infrastructure, and aerospace.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
NASA's Thirst for Water on Mars Quenched by Student Innovators
NASA and universities from across the country are teaming up to support a continued human presence on the Moon and ultimately Mars.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic “Cockroach” Explores Underwater Environments
This microbot can walk on land, swim, and walk underwater.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Catalysis Approach Reduces Carbon Dioxide to Methane
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In-House PCB Prototyping with Additive Manufacturing
If you want to pursue in-house PCB prototyping and testing, there are several routes you can take.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
SiC-Based Microstructures for Sensors
Ultra-thin SiC microstructures enable batch fabrication of MEMS, NEMS, pressure sensors, and biosensors.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Particle Robot Works as a Cluster of Simple Units
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Briefs: Motion Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.

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