Discrete Manufacturing

MIT postdoc Jeonyoon Lee is helping develop aerospace-grade composites without the enormous ovens and pressure vessels. Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Discrete Manufacturing January 24, 2020

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites

MIT engineers have developed a method to produce aerospace-grade composites without the enormous ovens and pressure vessels, which can speed up the manufacturing of airplanes and other large composite structures such as wind turbine blades.

By Jennifer Chu
PhD student Yan Xiong, Professor Sanat Kumar, Postdoc Jason Kahn, Professor Oleg Gang, and PhD student Brian Minevich, all members of the Soft Matter Lab at Columbia Engineering. The group made and partially characterized various optical and enzymatic materials to demonstrate a new nanofabrication platform. Courtesy: Columbia University
Discrete Manufacturing January 19, 2020

Nanofabrication platform developed for directing components into 3D arrays

Scientists establish new nanofabrication platform for directing nanomaterial components of different natures into 3D arrays with prescribed organizations; demonstrate new enhanced optical and catalytic functionalities

By Holly Evarts
Motors, Drives January 15, 2020

When are VFDs essential?

Engineers should understand variable frequency drive technologies, and the key considerations for designing a VFD to control a motor

By Shreeram Srinivasan, CDM Smith, Chennai, India; and Bernard Pettiford, PE, CDM Smith, Atlanta
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy, Power January 5, 2020

Polymer may help Lithium-ion batteries become self-healing, recyclable

Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solid polymer-based electrolyte for Lithium-ion batteries that can self-heal after damage.

By Lois Yoksoulian
Courtesy: CFE Media
CNC Motion Control December 10, 2019

Motion control, motor sales increase slightly in Q3 2019

TheMotion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) reported that global motion control and motor suppliers have received orders at $2.65 billion through the third quarter of 2019.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision January 23, 2020

Three things to consider when choosing a smart camera for an embedded vision application

Users choosing smart cameras for embedded vision applications should think about the camera's processor, vision software and automation system integration.

By AIA
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics January 22, 2020

Service robot market growing in automotive, non-automotive applications

Service robots, whether its in professional or personal use, are growing by leaps and bounds and that doesn't appear to be slowing anytime soon as robots become more sophisticated.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)