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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Autonomous Assemblers Assemble

In-space and planetary surface assembly for human exploration is a challenging domain that encompasses various technological thrusts to support human missions. NASA is developing autonomous assembly agents to...

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Electronics & Computers

Powerful Micro-PLCs Enhance Equipment and Testing Systems

For many types of machinery and test equipment, there is a great need to perform basic automatic control functions, or even just sensor monitoring. Developing hardwired automation is...

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Software

When Robots See: An Additional Sense for Better Performance

To make robots truly see, you need the right software.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor

Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.

Application Briefs
Robotics, Automation & Control

Illumination Design Considerations for Robotic Surgery Vision Systems

To have a successful product, one must consider all the required sub-systems to deliver high-quality illumination.

Articles
Motion Control

Drive-Based Platforms Provide Flexible Concepts for Machine Safety

Drive and control platforms provide the vital protection of people and machines in automated manufacturing efforts.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Independent Collaborative Robots

Artificial intelligence helps train robots to work together to move an object around two obstacles and through a narrow door in computer simulations.

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Test & Measurement

Magnets Improve Control of Prosthetic Limbs

A system uses tiny magnetic beads to rapidly measure the position of muscles and relay that information to a bionic prosthesis.

Application Briefs
Wearables

Ground Control System

Built around three core elements – software, hardware, and antennas – Crysalis was designed to simplify the operation of robotic systems.

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Connectivity

Connections for Control: Communications Interfaces for Position and Motion Sensors

Learn about widely used communications technologies for motion control.

Technical Innovation
Motion Control

Terzo Strives to Electrify Fluid Power

The intricacies of a traditional hydraulic system are typically where technical issues arise, according to Mike Terzo, CEO of Terzo Power Systems. Simplifying the inherent complexity of fluid power...

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Motion Control

Softing Supports a Standardized Diagnostic Protocol

On-board diagnostics (OBD) is required to monitor emissions-related components such as heavy-duty diesel engines and their emissions control systems. Though the use of electric drives...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Servo Motion Improves Robot Operations

Servo motion control delivers powerful, fast, and precise movement onboard robots and for associated equipment.

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Motion Control

Options Abound When Selecting a Sensor for Motor Feedback

Designers who must sense motor position, speed, or acceleration have a lot of choices, including resolvers, optical encoders, and Hall-effect devices.

Technology Leaders
Automotive

Machine Control Power Quality and Surge Protection

You may not be able to see them, but power anomalies that originate within your automated control system are costing you expensive downtime.

NASA Spinoff
Robotics, Automation & Control

Astronaut Experience Inspires Single-Handed Drone Flight Controller

The interface enables one person to accomplish tasks that previously required two sets of hands.

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Power

Solving the EV Range Vs. HVAC Dilemma

The loss in range from climate control operation on battery electric vehicles (BEV) has become a source of concern among automakers as many of them begin the transition from internal combustion...

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Electronics & Computers

Charge Control Methods for Supercapacitors

A comparison of passive and active supercapacitor charging methods emphasizes the need for a close inspection on power source and supercapacitor demand.

Application Briefs
Defense

Sonobuoy Dispensing & Remote Processing System

GA-ASI recently completed development and testing of the world's first self-contained anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability for an unmanned aircraft system.

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Mahle Powertrain Leveraging New Facilities in Electrified Shift

Mahle’s Powertrain group (MPT) has announced an ongoing €12M investment in new testing and development facilities. Part of a forward-looking strategy begun over a...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Actuating Hybrid and EV Efficiency

Axle-disconnect systems have been a fuel-efficiency enabler in recent years, delivering improvements of up to 10% in all-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive cars and light trucks, depending on vehicle...

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Power

AI Points the Way to Better EV Battery Management

After two decades of significant advances in electric vehicle (EV) battery development, innovations continue to bring promises of greater battery performance, safety, faster charging,...

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Motion Control

Motorcycles Enter the ADAS Age

Motorcycles are finally entering the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) age, dipping both wheels into autonomous waters with the production debut of adaptive cruise control (ACC). On passenger cars,...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Bigger Processors, Smaller Engines

Engine designers are advancing electronic control systems to eliminate components and generate more power from smaller engines. They also are leveraging networks to integrate transmissions, global...

Application Briefs
Software

Weapon Fire Control System

Smart Shooter increases the accuracy and lethality of small arms.

News
Motion Control

TI’s Wireless Approach to EV Battery Management

The battery pack of a typical electric vehicle (EV) contains a daisy-chain of wiring. Miles of copper cabling interlinked by hundreds of connectors. Even the battery management systems...

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Motion Control

Smart Tech Revolutionizing the Traffic Light

Every motorist has experienced the frustration of waiting at a red light when there is no traffic in sight. These days, countless household devices use sensors, cameras and connectivity to...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Machine Health & Asset Monitoring in Industrial Applications: A Look at Sensor Technologies

Learn about the sensors assessing and analyzing plant equipment.

News
Power

Software Shift: GM to Hire 3,000 Tech Engineers

General Motors announced on November 9 that it is looking to add 3,000 new technical positions before the second quarter of 2021 to bolster its virtual testing and software expertise. The...