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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
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Articles: Software
Manufacturers in almost every industry are looking to design lighter parts. Here are five lightweighting strategies.
Briefs: Imaging
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Special Reports: Transportation
CONEXPO/IFPE - January 2020

Coming to Las Vegas in March, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE are North America's largest events for the construction/commercial vehicle, fluid power, power transmission, and motion control industries. In this Special...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
Q&A: Photonics/Optics
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Increased laser capacity has enabled, and will continue to enable, new manufacturing possibilities.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The device can be used to pre-screen for the virus using gene-editing assays before those infected can travel and expose others.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
A carbon nanotube heat shield can better protect extremely fast aircraft.
Briefs: Transportation
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
Briefs: Transportation
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Special Reports: Propulsion
Vehicle Electrification - January 2020

Demand for electric vehicles is accelerating, presenting new design, manufacturing, and infrastructure challenges. To help you keep pace with the rapid changes in vehicle electrification technology, we...

Briefs: Automotive
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Blog: Aerospace
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
Question of the Week: Transportation
Will ‘Unbreakable Batteries’ Find a Place in Electronics and Vehicles?

Increasingly, lithium-ion batteries are supporting portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid storage.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
“Cobots” allow companies of almost any size to automate processes that were previously out of reach.
Briefs: Motion Control
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Application Briefs: Aerospace
The ESA has commissioned its industry partners to design a new docking system called the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM).
Briefs: Motion Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Briefs: Internet of Things
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.

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