Mechanical & Fluid Systems

MEMs

Access the latest news and technical briefs covering micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) technologies and applications.

Latest Briefs & News

Briefs: Motion Control
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Products: Materials
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Blog: Materials

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

Podcasts: Medical
This episode of our Tech Briefs podcast series Here’s an Idea™ explores a variety of new-and-improved hearing aids, from $5 “do-it-yourself” devices to advanced systems that monitor brain waves.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center developed designs for two micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) motion and position sensors: a single-axis accelerometer and a gyroscope....

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Motion Control
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Imaging
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Application Briefs: Software
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These hands, with a large grasping force, enable safer human-robot interactions.
Articles: Motion Control
Smart electric actuators not only enable fine position adjustments, but they also provide real-time feedback on the extent of those adjustments.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Kirigami balloons could be used in shape-changing actuators for soft robots, minimally invasive surgical devices, and macro structures for space exploration.

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Technology Leaders: Photonics/Optics

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Podcasts: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Blog: Aerospace

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Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics

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