Mechanical/​Mechatronics

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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: Energy
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Products: Test & Measurement
Temperature transmitters, robotic tool changers, epoxy adhesives, and more.
Articles: Materials
Battery recycling, NASA's water treatment, and a wireless wearable transmitter.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This could lead to the commercial development of smart glass, with applications ranging from imaging to advanced robotics.
Briefs: Materials
The carbon fiber serves as the electrode, conductor, and load-bearing material.
Q&A: Automotive
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.
On-Demand Webinars: Transportation
Commercial Vehicles: The Real Home for High-Level Autonomy

The realization that commercial vehicles and off-road equipment – not passenger vehicles – are the logical starting point for implementing higher levels of automation is setting in. Established routes along long stretches of highway, and easily geofenced areas such as ports...

White Papers: Aerospace
Magnet Valves for Rapid Decompression

When transporting sealed containers by air, protecting against rapid decompression is a constant concern. Traditionally, spring-actuated valves have been used to address this design challenge....

White Papers: Motion Control
RESOLUTE™ Encoders Make RF Antenna Positioning Accuracy and Resolution 100 Times Better

Pacific Antenna Systems (PAS) designs, fabricates, and manufactures antenna systems that use radio frequency (RF) ranging from 1 to 110 GHz....

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground.
Special Reports: Imaging
Smart Factory/IIoT - June 2021

Factories are getting "smarter" and more automated by the day, thanks to advances in AI, connectivity, controls, and sensors. In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Sensor...

Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A valve actuator has deep-sea applications.
Articles: Materials
Learn the distinct forms that linear bearings take, and where the bearings are being used today.
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: Motion Control
Encoders, quick disconnects, automation systems, and more.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A catalytic reaction causes a two-dimensional, chemically coated sheet to spontaneously morph into a three-dimensional gear.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The machines fold themselves within 100 milliseconds and can flatten and refold thousands of times.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The walking quadruped is controlled and powered by pressurized air.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
High-precision medical sensors, battery-cell mappers, signal conditioners, and more.
Briefs: Automotive
Researchers have developed a millimeter-thick accelerometer.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Vision systems, signal generators, AC-DC converters, and more.
Facility Focus: Photonics/Optics
Berkeley’s academic research reflects pressing global challenges in the areas of health, energy, and the environment.
Briefs: Motion Control
New high bus voltage stepper motor systems avoid the complexity and expense of servo motors.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The device uses load frames to test bonded structures in aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy storage applications.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Materials
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.

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