Mechanical & Fluid Systems

MEMs

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

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology
New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology

Torque Measurement System

To address the demand for a more accurate, reliable, customizable, and easy-to-use force measurement device, Interface Force Measurement Systems (Scottsdale, AZ)...

New Products: March 2019 Sensor Technology
Briefs : Medical
A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies
A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies

Researchers have, for the first time, integrated two technologies widely used in applications such as optical communications, bio-imaging, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems. In the...

A Marriage of Light-Manipulation Technologies
Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Researchers Combine Metalens With an Artificial Muscle
Researchers Combine Metalens With an Artificial Muscle

Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens that is essentially a flat,...

Researchers Combine Metalens With an Artificial Muscle
Briefs : Aerospace
X-Ray Study of Low-Density Materials
X-Ray Study of Low-Density Materials

It's hard to get an X-ray image of low-density material like tissue between bones because X-rays just pass right through like sunlight through a window. Sandia studies myriads of low-density materials,...

X-Ray Study of Low-Density Materials
Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Power Thermoelectric Generator
High-Power Thermoelectric Generator

Objects in our daily lives, such as speakers, refrigerators, and even cars, are becoming “smarter” day by day as they connect to the Internet and exchange data, creating the Internet of Things (IoT)....

High-Power Thermoelectric Generator
Briefs : Communications
MEMS Switch Extends Life of Cellphones

A new type of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) was developed that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system. All cellphones use MEMS switches for wireless communication, but traditionally there are just two electrodes. The switches open and close numerous times during just one hour,...

Briefs : Energy
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam

A customizable nanomaterial was developed that combines metallic strength with a foam-like ability to compress and spring back. The material can store and release mechanical energy on the nanoscale, and...

Nanoscale Pillars Act as Memory Foam
Briefs : Imaging
Optimal Computational Vision Pipeline (OCVP)

Optimal Computational Vision Pipeline (OCVP) software uses a novel algorithm that allows overlapping point clouds obtained from sensors with displaced position and orientation to be fused together in a common coordinate system with a rigorously linear solution for position and orientation parameters;...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Since 1967, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) has been the United States’ premier particle physics laboratory, working on the world's most advanced particle accelerators...

Facility Focus: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Computer-Controlled Exercise Equipment

While a wide variety of computer-controlled exercise machines for training and rehabilitation exist — some of which can be automatically adjusted to vary resistance or incline — such systems provide for preprogrammed changes in load or resistance. What is needed is a system that overcomes the...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Would You Use Wearables to Monitor Your UV Exposure?

Our February issue of Tech Briefs highlights a technology called My Skin Track UV. The 12 x 6 mm wearable sensor can be attached to clothing or accessories to detect sunburn and overexposure to ultraviolet light.

Blog : Aerospace
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
Even a shape-morphing plane is possible, says Harvard's Ehsan Hajiesmaili.
A Morphing Soft Actuator Expands the Motion Options
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester
Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester

Existing nanosensor technologies depend on an external power source (typically a battery) to operate. Chemical and biological sensors based on nanowire or nanotube technologies exhibit...

Self-Powering Sensor Using a Nano-Energy Harvester
Briefs : Aerospace
Plasma Generator Using Spiral Conductors

NASA's Langley Research Center has developed a patented SansEC sensor technology for use in many different areas, including tall structures and wind turbines. The SansEC technology is a proven wireless sensing platform capable of measuring the electrical impedance of physical matter in proximity to the...

Briefs : Aerospace
Foot Pedal Controller
Foot Pedal Controller

A novel foot-pedal-operated system and device were developed to control translational and rotational movement of an object in three-dimensional (3D) space. The Foot Pedal Controller system enables operators to control...

Foot Pedal Controller
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: February 2019 Motion Design
New Products: February 2019 Motion Design

Motor Control Integrated Circuit

Microsemi Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip Technology (Aliso Viejo, CA), announced the LX7720 radiation-tolerant motor control integrated...

New Products: February 2019 Motion Design
Articles : Motion Control
Implementing Anti-Rotational Guidance for Stepper Motor Linear Actuators
Implementing Anti-Rotational Guidance for Stepper Motor Linear Actuators

Integrating lead screws with stepper motors is a simple and cost-effective method for getting precise linear motion. But achieving that precision requires...

Implementing Anti-Rotational Guidance for Stepper Motor Linear Actuators
Blog : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Professor Jordan Raney spoke with Tech Briefs about what’s possible when you can embody 3D-printed objects with logic.
Embodied Logic: Researchers Build Artificial Venus Flytrap
Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
Professor Sherry Towfighian spoke with Tech Briefs about how a new MEMS design will improve our cell phones and power lines.
‘Levitation’ Leads to More Durable MEMS Switches
Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ultrafast Laser Micromachining
Ultrafast Laser Micromachining

Ultrashort pulse (USP) lasers for precision micromachining can minimize or avoid undesirable thermal effects that limit feature resolution, edge quality and, ultimately, product functionality. This is because...

Ultrafast Laser Micromachining
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Portable, Wearable, Ultrasound Transducer
Portable, Wearable, Ultrasound Transducer

Researchers have developed a new ultrasound transducer that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals...

Portable, Wearable, Ultrasound Transducer
Briefs : Aerospace
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 : Medical
Soft Robotic “Sleeve” Fits Around the Heart to Help it Beat
Soft Robotic “Sleeve” Fits Around the Heart to Help it Beat

Researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart...

Soft Robotic “Sleeve” Fits Around the Heart to Help it Beat
Products : Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: January 2019
New on the Market: January 2019

Laptop Computers

Eurocom, Nepean, ON, Canada offers Sky “C” Series laptop computers based on the Z370 Intel chipset and using CPU-upgrade-able, LGA1151 socket-based processors. They support up to...

New on the Market: January 2019
Briefs : Motion Control
Optical Gyroscope-on-a-Chip
Optical Gyroscope-on-a-Chip

Gyroscopes are devices that help vehicles, drones, and wearable and handheld electronic devices know their orientation in three-dimensional space. Originally, gyroscopes were sets of nested wheels, each spinning...

Optical Gyroscope-on-a-Chip
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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
Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0

As Industry 4.0 initiatives bring more and more industrial axes of motion into the realm of automation, the need for cost-effective control across them grows as well. Advances in...

Smart Actuators Deliver on the Promise of Industry 4.0
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS)

Glenn's revolutionary Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS) device is fabricated from nickel-titanium-halfnium (NiTiHf), nickel-titanium-zirconium compositions, or a combination. These compositions contain a secondary, nanometer-sized precipitate phase that is produced through processes of...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light
Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a novel optical grating device that dynamically modulates light and is capable of controlling the spectral properties and propagation of light...

Dynamic Optical Grating Device for Modulating Light
Briefs : Aerospace
Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor
Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

The Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor is a highly accurate sensor for motion control applications. The sensor was designed to monitor the precise movements of an optical inspection system that...

Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

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