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Stay updated on advancements in mechanical components and mechatronics systems. New technologies in MEMs, fluid systems, and propulsion are driving breakthroughs in transportation, electrification, autonomous driving, and manufacturing.

White Papers: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
White Paper: IVT vs. V-Roller

Historically, one of the more commonly used linear guidance systems has been cam rollers of V-profile running on separate steel rails fastened to a structure. In recent years, PBC Linear has introduced another...

White Papers: Motion Control
White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk for Unattended Retail

Usage of unattended retail kiosks continues to expand beyond movies and snack foods into pharmaceuticals, electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. Within the framework of kiosk...

Products: Test & Measurement
Rain detectors, beacons, flow meters, and more.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The sensor monitors the oil circulation ratio in real time for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Is "SPE" the future of industrial automation and automotive? It certainly has the potential, says Mike Anderson.
Briefs: Materials
Sensors need to be flexible, stretchable, biodegradable, safe, and stable for use in the body.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The technology could continuously monitor fluid flow in pipes on the International Space Station and prevent satellites from colliding.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Vision software, thermal sensors, ceramic pastes, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This technology has potential across many industries including water reclamation and treatment, and waste destruction in liquid waste streams.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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...

Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The importance of a proactive and systematic method for collecting machine and process data within a smart manufacturing environment cannot be overstated.
Application Briefs: Automotive
While ADAS has improved freeway and high-speed driving, the basic need for collision mitigation with pedestrians and bicyclists has mostly remained unaddressed.
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
See what kinds of sensors are supporting self-driving vehicles.
Articles: Propulsion
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The marking provides easy-to-see legends on plastic buttons under widely varying illumination conditions.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
With new vehicles, automotive manufacturers will need to closely monitor the current flowing to the motor.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The material is designed for high-temperature applications in aircraft, building insulation, personal protective clothing, industrial, and automotive.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
INSIDER: Imaging

When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Dr. Axel Krieger from Johns Hopkins University explains how he is getting a robotic system ready for the fight against COVID-19.
Blog: Aerospace
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: Materials
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
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.
Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Special Reports: Transportation
LIDAR Technology - February 2021

LIDAR sensors and systems are the "eyes" of ADAS and autonomous vehicles. Read about the latest advances in this compendium of articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Autonomous Vehicle...

Briefs: Energy
A stretchable system can harvest energy from human breathing and motion.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Some of the technologies coming from the UT labs include COVID antibody tests, self-watering soil, and the "DRACO" robot.

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