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Access the latest news and technical advancements impacting Mechanical and Fluid systems. Explore articles and technical briefs about fastening, joining, mechanical components, fluid handling, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs).

Briefs: Motion Control
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Briefs: Materials

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

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: Electronics & Computers
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Technology Leaders: Connectivity
Sensors play a pivotal role in solving critical business challenges.
Technology Leaders: Motion Control
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
White Papers: Medical
OEM Peristaltic Pump Solutions for Engineers

Our pumps are proven in many medical devices that have been on the market for decades. These predicate devices that use our technology can reduce the amount of validation testing, and achieve a...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
What you need to know before you incorporate large diameter aspheres into your optical systems.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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

Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Notable graduates of the school include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Google executive Eric Schmidt, Internet pioneer Bob Kahn, former Chrysler head Lee Iacocca, and six NASA astronauts.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
With a clever design by NASA, waiting for hot water could be a thing of the past.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The paper-like material could be useful in soft robots, sensors, artificial muscles, and electric generators.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The new hinge is the key to get loadbearing, large quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The sensors could be used in medical applications such as neuroscience and metabolism processes.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Products: Software
Cable ties, milling software, snap-action switches, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The structures’ small size and porosity make them well-suited for building components such as replacement joints.
Products: Test & Measurement
Battery analyzers, uninterruptible power supplies, adhesives, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A flexible, free-standing THz sensor array images blind ends of irregularly shaped objects.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how makers of an automated truck wash system added a monitoring option for customers.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Taking inspiration from the insect, Tufts researchers created light-activated composite devices that execute precise, visible movements and form complex three-dimensional shapes, like a "photonic sunflower. "
On-Demand Webinars: Software
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Simulation

Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are hot topics in the engineering simulation community. These techniques have applications across the product lifecycle. For example, a design engineer can train an AI system to find optimal designs using data...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In North America alone, the gripper market is worth roughly $100 million — and that number is expected to climb up to 5 percent each year.

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