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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: Test & Measurement
New on the Market: November 2020
VOC sensors, panel-mount connectors, 3D printing cloud software, and more.
A "TPSI" process makes it possible to distinguish between the front and back of optical surfaces, and to characterize the quality of both in a single measurement.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
E-Tongue Nanosensor Array
The technology detects the presence of one or more specific chemical components in a liquid.

University of Central Florida researchers are developing a human-like way for large machines to cool off and keep from overheating: Letting the machines "breathe."

Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
A nanostructure design lends extraordinary strength to a promising storage ingredient.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Laser Spark Distribution and Ignition System
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
By consolidating tasks traditionally performed by multiple devices into a single, high-performing controller, manufacturers can improve operations.
Standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connectors continue to be a great resource for quick prototypes and reference designs.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
Custom Gimbal for JHU-APL Shows Promise for Others
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Accelerometers, actuators, hexapods, and more.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Torque Limiters 101: Benefits, Types, and Comparisons
Torque limiters protect against damage and downtime caused by machine overloads.
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Simple Robot Vision Tools Support Complex Applications
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
Special Reports: Wearables
Electronics Innovations - October 2020

In this compendium of articles from the editors of Tech Briefs magazine, discover how advances in electronic components are enabling game-changing applications in mobile healthcare/wearables, autonomous...

As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: September 2020
Foam gasket tapes, data analytics software, ceramic tape, and more.
Articles: Communications
Products of Tomorrow: September 2020
An A/C alternative, AI that sharpens blurry images, and a NASA energy harvester.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Force/Torque Sensor Helps Rover Sample Mars
See how one company reached out to NASA with an offer to develop a custom sensor for the Mars 2020 mission rover.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
USB and GigE Connectivity for Modern Machine Vision
Learn the USB3 and GigE vision standards, how they keep pace with imaging technologies, and how augmenting the cabling is critical for optimal performance.
One unexpected application for spider silk is its use in the creation of biocompatible lenses.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
White Papers: Medical
The Medical Device Maker's Guide to Customizing Linear Motion

Medical device manufacturing is challenging. Linear motion components are vital parts of the process, but off-the-shelf components often don't work or fit, or fail to perform....

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