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Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With Water Jets, Machines 'Breathe' to Cool Down

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."

On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Electrification: Still on Track?

Development and fleet testing of electric commercial vehicles is accelerating as manufacturers attempt to satisfy ever-stricter emissions regulations. Electrification strategies can prove effective for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in a variety of applications, including “last mile”...

A reader asks, "Will the public feel safe enough in an autonomous vehicle?"
Vanderbilt University engineers are proving that their elastic exosuit can provide relief for people doing the heavy lifting.
White Papers: Propulsion
Measuring Torque Ripple and Its Effects on Electric Power and Noise & Vibration

Torque ripple can create challenges in electric motors including control, power output, noise, vibration, and durability. Torque ripple can be described as the...

Products: Communications
New on the Market: October 2020
Tubing plugs, displacement measurements, CAM software, and more.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Using Silicon for Battery Anodes
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.
Traditional spark plugs are replaced by an optical pumping source.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Open Controllers Simplify Automation Systems
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.
See how Blue Joule developed and delivered the Mini Mount (MM) Gimbal to Johns Hopkins University.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: October 2020 Motion Design
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.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: October 2020
Nanowire masks, underwater imaging, and tiny 3D-printed block that repair bone breaks.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Simple Robot Vision Tools Support Complex Applications
New collaborative robot-based vision systems are changing how manufacturers can inspect their parts.
In 2020, the EPA marks 50 years of preparing for, responding to, preventing, and mitigating natural and manmade disasters.
The software assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Wavy Surfaces for Better Light Control
This method could impact optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, biosensors, or autonomous vision for robots and self-driving cars.
This battery would enable a 10-minute electrical vehicle recharge.
A new composite from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) increases the electrical current capacity of copper wires, providing a new material that can be scaled for use in ultra-efficient, power-dense electric vehicle traction motors.
Question of the Week: Software
Do Software Advancements Make You Feel Safe in an Autonomous Vehicle?

Our lead story today features self-driving car software that prevents accidents by understanding and anticipating safe traffic behaviors.

White Papers: Automotive
Creating a GNSS Test Plan: A Start to Finish Guide

You might think that if your GPS/GNSS receiver is tested in the factory, you don’t have to evaluate how your receiver will perform in the field. But every operating environment is...

Experts predict that by 2040, most forms of transportation will leverage electric motors and/or cleaner sources of fuel to meet heightened emissions standards....

Question of the Week: Transportation
Can Courtesy Be Programmed Into Self-Driving Cars?

During a recent webcast, a Tech Briefs reader raised an interesting question about self-driving cars:

As Brazil begins mass-producing a NASA-developed ventilator, a Tech Briefs reader asks why NASA didn't go open-source.
The new approach could help pave the way for smaller battery packs and greater driving range in electric vehicles.
A reader asks our expert: When it comes to autonomous vehicles, what’s best: Radar, LiDAR, or cameras?

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Metal Injection Molding’s Role in Automotive

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Technical Ceramics: The Powerhouse of Advanced Materials

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PPAP Reviews Using AI and Machine Learning

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Customizing Actuators Using COTS Drive Components for Martian...

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2020 Create the Future Contest Awards

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Advancement of Spectrum Analysis Techniques for Tracking,...

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