Mechanical

MIT researchers have developed an automated way to design customized hardware, or “brains,” that speeds up a robot’s operation. Courtesy: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT
Robotics January 21, 2021

Designing customized robot brains for critical applications

A system has been developed that devises hardware architectures to hasten robots’ response time so they can operate in critical situations.

By Daniel Ackerman
When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. Courtesy: Thomas A. Berrueta, Northwestern University
Robotics January 10, 2021

Predicting robot movement, collective behavior

Engineers have proposed a principle where active matter systems can spontaneously order, without need for higher level instructions or even programmed interaction among the agents, which has been shown in shape-changing robots.

By John Toon
Courtesy: STLE
Lubrication October 5, 2020

Grease chemistry is governed by thickener structure

Know the kinds of grease and laws that govern their use

By Jeanna Van Rensselar
Courtesy: Yaskawa America
Motors, Drives January 19, 2021

Direct drive vs. geared rotary servomotor: A quantification of design advantage: Part 2

Testing a direct drive and geared rotary servomotor shows there are some significant differences between the two when actually put into practice.

By Dakota Miller and Bryan Knight
Courtesy: Sulzer
Sensors, Actuators January 21, 2021

Vertical pump efficiency and reliability

By optimizing performance and efficiency in these important pumps, operating and maintenance costs for vertical suspended pumps can be reduced.

By Jason Simcoe and Seth Tate
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Motors, Drives December 26, 2020

Grant given to design ultrahigh temperature tolerant alloys

A team of Texas A&M University researchers are investigating a class of metals, called refractory high entropy alloys (RHEAS), that can withstand higher operating temperatures.

By Dharmesh Patel
Courtesy: Swagelok
Maintenance September 4, 2020

Select and specify efficient, accurate grab sampling systems

How fluid vessel types and other variables influence system design

By Matt Dixon