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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.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The system could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in automated manufacturing, biomedical imaging, and autonomous driving.
Application Briefs: Propulsion
Eddy current displacement sensors can make measurements in harsh Industrial environments, even where pressure, dirt, or temperature fluctuations occur.
Blog: Propulsion
Before human explorers can head to the Moon and beyond, they need to tackle these three important tasks.
Question of the Week: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Will Laser Cooking Catch On?

Our lead story today looked at a cutting-edge way to prepare food: Laser cooking.

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With the help of additive-manufacturing techniques and software-controlled lasers, Blutinger and his colleagues are digitizing the cooking process.
Blog: Transportation
A reader asks an industry expert from IBM: How is feature-based modeling better than a bill of materials?
Articles: Transportation
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
An industry expert explains why automotive manufacturers are turning to a "floating" board-to-board connection.
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An intelligent robot being uses A.I. and sophisticated navigation to find good peaches and remove them from trees.
White Papers: Imaging
Fused AEB With Thermal Can Save Lives

For several years, Teledyne FLIR (formerly FLIR Systems Inc.) has been working with auto manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to assist in the development of cutting-edge ADAS and AV Systems with thermal...

White Papers: Transportation
Achieving a High Quality Automotive Exterior Finish

Car exterior appearance is one of the decisive factors to value the car model. The human eye is sensitive to color differences in adjacent parts such as car body to doors, bumpers, and...

INSIDER: Energy

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are among the promising green energy...

Blog: Aerospace
A team at the University of Tsukuba used a beam of microwave radiation to a launch a drone into the air. Can this type of propulsion take off?
Blog: Energy
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
Technology Leaders: Aerospace
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
Briefs: Transportation
Applications include manufacturing structural components for aerospace vehicles, cars, trucks, trains, ships, and submarines.
Briefs: Propulsion
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
These tactile imaging sensors can measure pressure distribution without using pressure-sensitive materials.
Briefs: Materials
Designed for soldier uniforms, the fiber can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity when sewn into a piece of clothing.
Briefs: Communications
The approach could lead to more flexible health monitors, wearable devices, sensors, optical communication systems, and soft robotics.
Briefs: Materials
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
Briefs: Energy
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Products: Imaging
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A deep-learning technique optimizes the arrangement of sensors on a robot’s body to ensure efficient operation.
Briefs: Motion Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Facility Focus: Electronics & Computers
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Propulsion
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Materials
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Water-sensing smartphone screens, a NASA-developed RF switch, and an ultrasound patch.

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