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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.

Articles: Motion Control
Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: Data Acquisition
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Electronics & Computers
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Products: Software
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Materials
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This work could lead to much more robust devices that continue to operate in spite of damage.
5 Ws: Energy
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

Due to the chemical stability and durability of industrial polymers, plastic waste does not easily degrade in landfills and is often burned, which produces carbon dioxide and other hazardous gases. In...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor can detect and identify the concentrations of 12 of the most common combustible gases,
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
MEMS sensors have been around for a long time, but requests from the market for new applications are driving upgrades in the technology.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Technology Leaders: Internet of Things
Sensors play a pivotal role in solving critical business challenges.
Technology Leaders: Transportation
You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Faster inline CT inspections makes it possible to inspect far greater numbers of circuit boards.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Imaging
The LiDAR-based system could “see through” objects to warn of potential hazards without distracting the driver.
Briefs: Transportation
The transistors enable power converters to perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.
Briefs: Imaging
Movements of individual particles of light are reconstructed to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.
Application Briefs: Transportation
The SuperElastic Tire — a NASA Glenn innovation — can be used on both Earth and Mars.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
The technology could help computers process visual information more like the human brain.

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