Soft-Touch Robots Nix Complicated Kinematics and Delicate Force/Torque Sensors with Software to Improve Complex Machining
A brand-new robot called the Touch Robot uses direct-drive motors, software algorithms, and cable-based actuators to finish and polish aerospace and other parts. read more
An Off-Roading Helicopter Takes Off
The Black Knight Transformer, an off-road vehicle that can take-off and fly like a helicopter, successfully completed initial flight tests, according to its developer, Advanced Tactics Inc., El Segundo, Calif. read more
The DHEB Series bellows grippers safely and gently handle fragile workpieces for electronic and light-assembly applications. They expand in diameter when actuated by an integral pneumatically driven piston to securely grip a workpiece’s interior surface. read more
Slide show: Scenes from the SAE World Congress 2014
Interesting technologies on display at the Society of Automotive Engineers show this year ranged from piston engines without connecting rods to dual-clutch transmissions and A/C evaporators that work even when the engine is off. read more
Scenes from LAB DAY Chicago: Advanced dental materials and desktop tools
Scenes from LAB DAY Chicago: Advanced dental materials and desktop tools read more
Electronic controls boost hydraulic efficiency
Matthieu Guilbert, Business Development Manager, Hydraulic Pump Div., Parker Hannifin Corp. A new generation of hydraulic-pump controls is rapidly gaining acceptance for mobile and industrial applications. Mobile and industrial equipment manufacturers, and their customers, are rapidly embracing a ne...
How thrusters and controls on NASA's LADEE work
Using a set of three instruments on the LADEE, scientists are measuring the chemical composition of the moon's atmosphere. They also hope to determine whether lunar dust, electrically charged by sunlight, caused a presunrise glow above the lunar horizon during several Apollo missions. Here's how the...
Say goodbye to half-empty boxes: Packaging machine sizes cardboard just right
Packaging machinery automatically cut corrugated cardboard into boxes sized for incoming product. The box forms around the product. Servomotors and drives let special packaging machines correctly size corrugated cardboard boxes for any product, so there''s no need to fill empty box space with extra ...
Solar modules for beaming power to Earth
A researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory has constructed a module designed to be put in orbit around Earth and collect solar power, transform it into microwaves, and transmit them to Earth where they would be converted to usable electricity. read more
Tiny battery lets researchers track salmonStories 1 - 10 of 163
Army Corps of Engineers’ researchers in Washington Sate have been surgically implanting battery-powered transmitters into salmon to track and monitor their moments through rivers and the ocean. But those batteries were too big and weak to meet some of the researchers’ goals. read more