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Upcoming Webinars: Test & Measurement
Coming Soon - How Shapeable Desiccant Protects Missiles, Cameras, and Guidance Systems

This 30-minute Webinar examines a proprietary shapeable desiccant that features remarkable compressive strength and can be shaped to fit into limited or complex geometric spaces. Called H2OLock, it’s composed of a blend of 4A molecular sieve and...

A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we learn how researcher Roger Wiens went from sketching Mars and making homemade telescopes to bringing science instruments to Mars itself.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Product of the Month: June 2020 Tech Briefs
The K6PM provides continuous, remote thermal monitoring of critical components such as high-voltage control panels, transformers, and hydraulic equipment.

An empty airport tells you more than you might think.

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Radiation-Hardened Gain Digitizer
This instrument has applications in medical equipment, robotics, and satellites.
Products: Data Acquisition
New on the Market: May 2020
Sealing connection tools, oscilloscopes, snap-action switches, and more...
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Foldable Mechanical Devices
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: May 2020 Tech Briefs
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.
A Berkeley Lab system provides a much more sensitive probe of the chemical state of battery electrodes, especially when the battery is operated under high capacity mode.
This technology cancels out the vibrations of a satellite by vibrating the solar panels in the opposite direction.
Articles: Internet of Things
Reimagining Robotics in a Connected World
Manufacturers are beginning to realize the same benefits by cloud-connecting their equipment and processes on the shop floor.
Products: Electronics & Computers
New on the Market: April 2020
Vision-based 3D printing, network analyzers, particulate sensors, and more.
The lasers are small and efficient enough to fit on a microchip.
Technology used to search for extraterrestrial life can characterize radioactive material.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Reliability Radio Frequency MEMS Switch
Applications include homeland security, vehicle anti-collision systems, telecommunications systems, and industrial instrumentation.
Technology Leaders: Test & Measurement
3D Scanning Inspection
CT vs. structured light scanning — See which option is best for you.
Vision-based convolutional neural network system detects phone usage, eating, and drinking.
There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.

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