Recent Articles

March 21, 2018 7:29 pm
Alix Paultre, Contributing Writer to PD&D
Once entrusted to a master’s eye along with a decent set of calipers, squares, and straight edges, today’s finished products are examined with a precision possible only with fast and accurate sensors. Beyond primary concerns like tight tolerances and material handling issues, the sheer speed of modern manufacturing processes can challenge even the best sensors...
March 21, 2018 10:58 am
Ken Glassen, VP of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation
"Lightweighting", the practice of converting existing metal products or parts to plastic increases fuel efficiency because metal is far heavier than plastic and, with proper design, engineered plastic parts can be just as strong as metal and cost less. With developments in materials and technologies, plastics like polyether ether ketone (PEEK)...
March 20, 2018 12:25 pm
Lee Goldberg
The film Hidden Figures helped increase general awareness that women have been making contributions to our tech culture for a long time, but still only a few people can quickly name a prominent engineer or scientist other than perhaps, Grace Hopper. It’s no wonder then that Limor Fried, arch-Maker and founder of Adafruit Industries, decided to celebrate this year’s Women’s History Month with an extensive list of women who have made their mark in technology, science or both.
March 20, 2018 12:50 pm
By By Michael Barden - PVA TePla America
Despite its effectiveness, plasma treatments for surface modification and chemical deposition remain less than fully understood. So, too, are the tool selection choices. For this, vendors work with customers to select equipment and help justify the ROI
March 19, 2018 11:32 am
Lee Goldberg
A small company in Massachusetts has developed a design for producing Lithium-Ion batteries that pack roughly twice the energy per unit volume as the ones currently on the market. The process, developed by Solid Energy Systems, Woburn, MA uses materials that are compatible with the existing Li-ion manufacturing infrastructure, enabling them to be manufactured using large-scale Li-ion assembly process.
March 16, 2018 10:41 am
Audio Analytics
To be capable of reacting to an event without human interaction, smart homes, security systems, industrial machines, and other semi-autonomous products need improved contextual awareness. Sounds give key contextual cues that are difficult to obtain otherwise. For example, you could hear and easily recognize the sound of a window breaking from another room without seeing it.
March 16, 2018 9:35 am
Georgia Tech
Powering clean, efficient cars is just one way fuel cell technology could accelerate humanity into a sustainable energy future, but unfortunately, the technology has been a bit sluggish. Now, engineers may be able to essentially turbocharge fuel cells with a new catalyst.
March 15, 2018 11:52 am
Jim Gula - TE Connectivity Data & Devices
Many equipment manufacturers are looking for connectivity alternatives to PCB substrates, and high-speed cabled backplane technology has emerged as a primary option. In this article, we will examine high-speed cabled backplane connectivity, its advantages over PCB-based alternatives, its potential drawbacks, and key requirements for cabled backplane products that can provide maximum flexibility and throughput with exceptional signal integrity.
March 13, 2018 11:08 am
Anne McGovern, Lincoln Laboratory
On Saturday, March 3, the Beaver Works facility was alive with hardworking university students collaborating with Boston-area citizens with disabilities. The participants had gathered for the Assistive Technologies Hackathon (ATHack) hosted annually by MIT. It is a one-day event that brings people living with disabilities — called co-designers — together with undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students from multiple disciplines to build prototypes of assistive devices.
March 12, 2018 1:29 pm
The Optical Society
Heads-up displays are transparent devices used in airplanes and cars to provide information such as critical flight data or driving directions on the windshield. An innovative holography-based approach could soon make these heads-up displays much easier to see with a large eye box.
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