Robotics, Automation & Control

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Access your resource for innovative automation technologies and applications. Find technical briefs and applications that play an essential role in today's age of automation in industrial manufacturing and medical industries.

Quiz: Robotics, Automation & Control
How Much Do You Know About Humanoid Robots?
Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Making Low-Cost Automation Accessible
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Executive Roundtable: Collaborative Robots
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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Know When Precision Motion Control is the Right Choice

Are you overlooking precision motion control? You might want to look again. Even when a general 'automation-level' motion control solution is meeting your needs, an advanced...

White Papers: Test & Measurement
How Capacitive Sensors Shine in Industrial Applications

Learn how to use capacitive sensors in various measurement tasks and profit from unsurpassed stability and nanometer resolution — also in industrial applications. Capacitive sensors...

Special Reports: AR/AI
Smart Factory/IIoT - September 2022

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

Briefs: Unmanned Systems
For drones to autonomously perform necessary but quotidian tasks, they must be able to adapt to wind conditions in real time.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The ability to emit light also brings these microscale robots, which weigh barely more than a paper clip, one step closer to flying on their own outside the lab.
Blog: Medical
A magnetically controlled medical device to remove blood accumulating in the brain during a stroke.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Fundamentals about Thickness Measurement Technologies

Thickness measurement is an important step in production monitoring, quality assurance and machine control. This paper describes the different measurement methods of non-contact...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Wirelessly Connected Robots from a Compliance Perspective

Once a concept relegated to science fiction, robots have now become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. They now clean our houses, build things, and even perform surgery.

INSIDER: AR/AI

Just like us, robots can’t see through walls. Sometimes they need a little help to get where they’re going. Engineers at Rice University have developed a method that allows humans to help...

INSIDER: AR/AI

A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

We tend to take our sense of touch for granted in everyday settings, but it is vital for our ability to interact with our surroundings. Imagine reaching into the fridge to grab an egg for...

INSIDER: Motion Control

Two robotic arms — a fork in one hand, a knife in the other — flank a seated man, who sits in front of a table, with a piece of cake on a...

White Papers: Automotive
Understanding Aeration

There are five major problems associated with aerated oil that can be deadly to hydraulic systems. Depending on the design of a hydraulic tank, the application and aeration severity, it is possible that all of these...

Question of the Week: AR/AI
Blog: Artificial Intelligence: Meet Human Intelligence

In my first blog, Designing from the Outside In vs. the Inside Out, I wrote about my long-ago design principle of starting a design with the user interface. But in those days, once the design was finalized that was it — I design it, it gets built, and the user uses it.

Special Reports: Wearables
Medical Manufacturing & Outsourcing - August 2022

A novel ink that enables 3D printing of bone with living cells...advances in ultrasonic welding of plastics...additive manufacturing of self-powered wearable devices. Read these stories and...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Although the basic function of cotton gins is quite old, today’s versions can benefit further from modernized control systems.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Interactive program aids motion planning for environments with obstacles.
Briefs: AR/AI
The piezoelectric “meta-bot” is capable of propulsion, movement, sensing, and decision-making.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
Q&A: Robotics, Automation & Control

A team of engineers from the University of Glasgow led by Professor Ravinder Dahiya developed an artificial skin with a new type of processing system based on...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Although industrial factories and processing plants have long been automated, it remains vital for human decision-making to be involved in operations, sometimes to a great extent. Automation in...

Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A designer’s job gets much more complicated when artificial intelligence is part of the system.
White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electro-Hydraulic Steering Solutions Explained

The decentralized nature of EVs gives engineers the freedom to rethink the design of steering systems with an eye toward reducing complexity, improving performance and decreasing maintenance...

Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implant Allows Amputees to Use Mind to Control Robotic Arm

A more accurate, less-invasive technology allows amputees to move a robotic arm using their brain signals instead of their muscles. Researchers have created a small, implantable device that attaches to the peripheral nerve in a person’s arm. When combined with an artificial...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition

A number of the engineers I’ve interviewed have taken their inspirations from nature. As one said to me, nature has been evolving and perfecting its designs over thousands of years — we should...

White Papers: Materials
Culturally Shifting to Smart Medical Device Manufacturing

With current world conditions adversely impacting markets and exerting unprecedented pressures on medical device manufacturers, the journey towards smart manufacturing is essential to...

White Papers: Robotics, Automation & Control
MISUMI Fills in the Gaps for Gener8

Gener8, a leading contract design and manufacturing company, was tasked with creating the first commercially available digital genome engineering platform for a customer. The project required the use of...

Products: Motion Control
RiPanel Online Enclosure

Rittal North America (Schaumburg, IL) announced the new RiPanel online enclosure configurator — making it easy for machine and control system design engineers to...

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