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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Gripper Robot Can Grasp Objects from Very Fine to Large

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) announced that it has developed a gripper capable of all gripping movements, inspired by elephant trunks. It mimics how...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

2022 Create the Future Design Contest: Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation Winner - Large-Scale 3D Printing with Tubes

The 3D printing industry has grown quickly over the last decade with average compound annual growth rates of around 27 percent leading to a market size of $17.7 billion in 2022.

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Manned Systems

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Electronics & Computers

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...

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Motion Control

MIT Engineers Devise a Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

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

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Internet of Things

Boosting Operational Intelligence with AI

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...

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Medical

Nanostructured Fibers Can Impersonate Human Muscles

Mimicking the human body, specifically the actuators that control muscle movement, is of immense interest around the globe. In recent years, it has led to many innovations to improve...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

How Automation Can Improve Tubing Manufacturing

As the cost of shrink tubing used in the production of catheters has increased, and supply chain issues caused delivery delays, FEP shrink tubing, for example, has become a very expensive...

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Software

Using Git for PLC Workflows: New Approaches

Until now, code development for industrial automation has not been able to take advantage of modern DevOps processes that have transformed traditional software development, due to the...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Smart Design for Pneumatics Proves Vital

While the U.S. historically has had much lower energy costs than in other parts of the world, today’s volatile energy market combined with the initiatives of many corporations to reduce carbon...

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Materials

Summer 2022 Resource Guide

In our summer edition of the MDB Resource Guide, learn about new cleaning requirements and find the right company to match your medical-design needs.

Briefs
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Fully Automated High-Throughput Additive Manufacturing

The automation of additive manufacturing (AM) is limited and usually still requires human labor workflows, including the fundamental step of removing the finished object from the printer...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Are soft machines an important technology for the future?

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g., prosthetic limbs).

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Kirigami Robotic Grippers Are Delicate Enough to Lift Egg Yolks

Engineering researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated a new type of flexible, robotic grippers that are able to lift delicate egg yolks without...

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Packaging & Sterilization

Engineers Bring a Soft Touch to Commercial Robotics

Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Ensuring Optical Fiber Alignment

Most optical networks have many fiber couplings and even minor losses at these junctions will produce significant signal losses that cause problems in data transmission. Precise fiber alignment at the optical...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Machine Intelligence to Build Soft Machines

Soft machines — a subcategory of robotics that uses deformable materials instead of rigid links — are an emerging technology commonly used in wearable robotics and biomimetics (e.g.,...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Microdrones With Light-Driven Nanomotors

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

Articles
Connectivity

Rethinking Industrial Ethernet

IE may not be the best solution in every situation, says an industry expert.

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Connectivity

Secure to the Core

One major concern for manufacturers is how safe and secure it is to open the OT network’s doors to the internet.

Products
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New on the Market: April 2022

High-performance laser trackers, gimbal motors, air-quality sensors, and more.

Products
Connectivity

Product of the Month

A new suite helps Ada developers build safe, secure software as well as meet internal security and quality procedures.

Products
Electronics & Computers

New Products and Services

Electrolyte tanks, medical servers, lab management software, and more.

Products
Sensors/Data Acquisition

New Products

Spectrometers, digital microscopes, high-speed imaging, and more.

Articles
Data Acquisition

The Many Benefits of Smart IIoT Connected Factories

Automation can crumble, even when only one cog is loose, says Brad Walters from Monnit.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Machinery Health Monitoring: Which Equipment is Critical?

Which machinery requires constant monitoring? According to one industry expert, the answer boils down to “Criticality.”

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Energy

Test & Measurement - February 2022

From space vehicles to the modern battlefield to the human body, test innovations are improving device and system reliability while speeding time to market. Read about the latest advances – including the...

Features
Manufacturing & Prototyping

2022 Technology Trends: Digital Health Marks the Future of Medical Development

Going into 2022, remote monitoring, wearables, sensors, and other "mHealth" products are taking center stage.

Articles
Manufacturing & Prototyping

Executive Roundtable: Sensing and IIoT

Four industry experts explore the future outlook for smart sensors and IIoT.