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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

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).

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: March 2021 Sensor Technology
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial Connectivity with Single Pair Ethernet
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Prototype Fuel Gauge for Orbit
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
Products: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: March 2021
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Advanced Supercritical Water Oxidation Reactor
This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Copolymer Removes Toxins from Water

Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture, and destroy perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of federally regulated substances nicknamed “the forever...

Special Reports: Aerospace
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Darin Skelly spoke with Tech Briefs about how he felt during the landing of the Perseverance rover, and what he's most looking forward to finding out about Mars.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A New Kind of Soft Pump, The Size of a Credit Card
What can you do with a credit card sized pump? "Power clothing!" Prof. Jonathan Rossiter tells Tech Briefs?
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Evaluating Performance Modes In Precision Ground Ball Screws

For a vast array of industrial applications including milling-machine tables, robotics, medical equipment, and semiconductor manufacture, ball screws deliver extremely accurate and...

Podcasts: Robotics, Automation & Control
Here's an Idea: Hospital Robots
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at a set of robots already helping out hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Some of the technologies coming from the UT labs include COVID antibody tests, self-watering soil, and the "DRACO" robot.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D-Printed Composites for High-Temperature Uses
The polyimide composites have uses in aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, mechanical systems, and industrial machinery.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: February 2021
Disconnect terminal blocks, oscillioscope probes, test modules, and more.
Industrial robots, motor disconnect switches, position sensors, and more.
New online tools — coupled with online libraries of pre-selected and tested component specifications — simplify machine design.
Briefs: Motion Control
Locking Side Pull Hoist Ring
The integrated tool eliminates the need for manual operators or additional custom fixtures.
As 5G arrives, devices will need to expand I/O counts at the controller, as well as overall networking capabilities.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Capabilities for Grasp-Assisting Gloves
Applications include aiding patients with impaired hand muscle strength and in manufacturing for operating tools for extended periods of time.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: February 2021 Tech Briefs
The Agile Engineering Design System® is an integrated suite of software modules for CAE/CAM of turbomachinery.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Kodiak 3D LiDAR
This system provides low-cost, reliable 3D LiDAR images in nearly any lighting condition.
Tech Briefs asks industry experts about cybersecurity, the cloud, wireless devices, and securing a remote workforce.
Once confined to the role of machine visualization, modern unified HMI software now delivers better user interfaces, containerization, and remote device management.
A technique enables manufacturing of minuscule robots by interlocking multiple materials in a complex way.

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics

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Articles: Motion Control

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Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

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