Markets en Soft-Touch Robots Nix Complicated Kinematics and Delicate Force/Torque Sensors with Software to Improve Complex Machining <div class="field-deck"> 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. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 350px; height: 226px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="In this Force Robot, tension cables loop around driveshaft capstans and wrap the “wings” of the arc-shaped linkages. When a motor drives the capstan, the cables transmit torque to the linkage.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 36741 at An Off-Roading Helicopter Takes Off <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="" style="font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">The Black Knight Transformer</a>, an off-road vehicle that can take-off and fly like a helicopter, successfully completed initial flight tests, according to its developer,&nbsp;<a href="" style="font-size: 13px;" target="_blank">Advanced Tactics Inc.</a>, El Segundo, Calif.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Technologies Defense Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 36571 at Bellows grippers <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 100px; height: 305px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />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&rsquo;s interior surface.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturing Equipment Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 36481 at Slide show: Scenes from the SAE World Congress 2014 <div class="node-body gallery-body">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.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:50:00 +0000 36241 at Scenes from LAB DAY Chicago: Advanced dental materials and desktop tools <div class="node-body gallery-body">Scenes from LAB DAY Chicago: Advanced dental materials and desktop tools</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Medical News Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:55:00 +0000 36021 at <p>VITA Suprinity, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate ceramic from Vident, Brea, Calif. (, was displayed for the first time in the U. S. The new-generation ceramic has 10 times the zirconium-dioxide content of traditional CAD/CAM glass ceramic, as well as a fine-grained and homogeneous structure.<br /> <br /> The material is referred to as a &ldquo;new generation of glass ceramic&rdquo; and is designed for anterior and posterior crowns, implant restorations, as well as inlays, onlays, and veneers.<br /> <br /> The material will be available in the U. S. later this year and will work in a select list of milling machines including the CEREC/inLab MC XL, Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion 2, and the KaVo Arctica 2.</p> Electronic controls boost hydraulic efficiency <div class="field-byline"> Matthieu Guilbert, Business Development Manager, Hydraulic Pump Div., Parker Hannifin Corp. </div> <div class="field-deck"> A new generation of hydraulic-pump controls is rapidly gaining acceptance for mobile and industrial applications. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mobile and industrial equipment manufacturers, and their customers, are rapidly embracing a new class of electronic controls for open-circuit, medium-pressure piston pumps like the Parker P1/PD Series. Such circuits are often used where the hydraulics must perform more than one task on the same machine. A backhoe with a loader on one side and excavator on the other is an excellent example. Instead of relying on a bank of valves to manage hydraulic power, all the control can now be handled by software.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction/Off-road Hydraulics Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:57:00 +0000 35991 at Exclusive interview: Gill Pratt on how compliant actuators revolutionized robotics <div class="node-body article-body">DARPA’s Gill Pratt explains compliant actuators for robotic design.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Robotics Springs Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:40:00 +0000 35861 at Courtesy Robotics & Multibody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels Tiny battery lets researchers track salmon <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 400px; height: 321px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="The microbattery, which will be injected into salmon to track their movements, sits amid grains of rice." />Army Corps of Engineers</strong>&rsquo; 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&rsquo; goals.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Batteries/Power Supplies Energy Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:23:00 +0000 35841 at Solar modules for beaming power to Earth <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 400px; height: 133px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="The solar modules can be folded for transport then unfolded in space to efficiently radiate excess heat away." />A researcher at the <strong>Naval Research Laboratory</strong> 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.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:11:00 +0000 35831 at Say goodbye to half-empty boxes: Packaging machine sizes cardboard just right <div class="node-body article-body">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 cushioning material.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Packaging Motors/Drives Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:52:00 +0000 35821 at