Mechanical & Fluid Systems


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

Blog: Motion Control
An intelligent robot being uses A.I. and sophisticated navigation to find good peaches and remove them from trees.
Briefs: Motion Control
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Articles: Motion Control
A new generation of long-life electric linear actuators has emerged to give designers more flexibility.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Linear motion bearings, magnetic angle encoders, isolation valves, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This artificial muscle technology enables more human-like motion.
Briefs: Aerospace
SMA tube elements drive rotary and ring gear motion in compact, powerful actuators.
Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Epoxies, reverse-engineering software, temperature loggers, and more.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control

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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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: Unmanned Systems
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Motion Control
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: Transportation
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Test & Measurement
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: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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: Materials
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Aerospace
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo drives, magnetic angle sensors, draw wires, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
These actuators can compete with electrical and pneumatic systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.