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Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Acoustic Monitoring of Laser Welds
Empa researchers were able to demonstrate real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: September 2020 Sensor Technology
Safety-critical MEMS, absolute pressure sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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: AR/AI
Smart Sensors for Hazardous Areas
Smart sensors for hazardous areas monitor essential assets, such as motors and pumps.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Cooling Using Additive Manufacturing
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
Special Reports: Automotive
Inside the New C8 Corvette - September 2020

The eighth generation Corvette achieves a rare benchmark: a 200 mph supercar that can sprint from standstill to 60 mph in less than three seconds while offering long-distance comfort, ample cargo...

Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Power Electronics - September 2020

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

University of Colorado researchers have described a new silicon chip that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system.
Deciding between edge computing and cloud computing? Make sure to consider these four major factors, says our industry expert.
White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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....

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Automotive Ethernet 1000Base-T1 TC9 Measurement Using a VNA – Application Note

Inside a typical car, you will find over 100 electronic control units (ECU) controlling everything from brakes, transmission, engine, A/C, steering, cameras,...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Scientist Proposes Life on Mars, Below the Surface
Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valve Leakage Detection in Industrial Pumps

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Motion Control
Gripper Handles Freely Moving Cables
The gripper’s soft, sensitive fingers could enable robots to help with tying knots, wire shaping, or surgical suturing.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flexible Feet Help Robots Walk Faster
This technology can help robots walk up to 40 percent faster on uneven terrain such as pebbles and wood chips.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products: August 2020 Motion Design
Positioning devices, vibration transmitters, brushless DC motors, and more.
Applications include absorbers, tuned mass dampers, harmonic absorbers, and seismic dampers.
The battery design increases the number of possible cycles from tens to more than 100 with little degradation.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Tough, Solid Electrolyte Battery Component
Using ceramic material and graphene, the toughness of solid-state lithium-ion batteries can be doubled.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New on the Market: August 2020
Data storage boards, modular plugs, equipment enclosures, and more.
New safety relay modules follow updated standards to give designers more options for a tailored electrical safety implementation.
This approach allows scientists to study the communication within plants, providing valuable insights to improve crop yields.
Briefs: Materials
Magnetic Force Manages Pain
This gel-like material leads a path toward “mechanoceuticals.”
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Wraparound Sensors
These sensors monitor electrical loads from household appliances to support grid operations.
This approach could be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
A number of battery-related innovations have been assisted by a joining technology: ultrasonic metal welding.
These are important traits in electronics and electrical systems including electric cars, industrial drills, and electric grids.

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