Sensors, Vision

Courtesy: Autotech Controls
Sensors, Vision June 22, 2021

Industry standard Size 25 encoder reference website, push-button programmable encoders

An encoder part number reference website deciphers more than 200,000 size-25 encoder combinations, gives descriptions and replacement options with next-day delivery for orders placed by 6 p.m. CST; 10 two-button-programmable encoders are said to cover all combinations.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Discrete Manufacturing June 11, 2021

Visualizing cement hydration on a molecular level

Imaging technique could enable new pathways for reducing concrete’s hefty carbon footprint, as well as 3D printing concrete.

By Becky Ham
Courtesy: Motoaki Bamba, Kyoto University
Industrial PCs June 5, 2021

Odd angles make for strong spin-spin coupling for quantum technology

Rice University researchers have found an orthoferrite material showing uniquely tunable interactions that could have a major impact on quantum technology and sensing.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics May 26, 2021

Robotic finger uses tactile sensing to find buried items

MIT researchers developed a robot that digs through granular material, like sand and gravel, and find the shapes of buried objects with tactile sensing, which could help inspect cables and more. See video.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: Northwestern University
Discrete Manufacturing May 7, 2021

Direct laser writing method leads to advanced printing

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a lens produced by electromagnetic methods that allows researchers to print structures on challenging surfaces.

By Brian Sandalow
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 6, 2021

Robot sensor market growth expected

Demand for robot vision sensors are very high all over the world and will keep the global robot sensor market strong for the next several years.

By Graphical Research
Sensors, Vision April 21, 2021

Graphene-based biosensors used to develop mass COVID-19 tests

Graphene-based biosensors are being used to develop better, cheaper, quicker, more accessible testing for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

By Mike Krapfl
Courtesy: Jad Salman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sensors, Vision April 14, 2021

Imaging system allows users to see UV and visible light simultaneously

A passive down-conversion imaging system created allows engineers to peer into the UV range while still viewing the visible spectrum for better machine vision results.

By Jason Daley
Courtesy: Clark Nexsen
Sensors, Vision April 4, 2021

How 3D LIDAR scanning adds value for industrial, manufacturing clients

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) scanning offers critical benefits to clients and engineers and makes projects more efficient and minimizes conflicts.

By James Meadows
Courtesy: Kitov.ai and A3.
Automation March 26, 2021

Challenging human quality inspection

Automated systems still struggle to replicate human efficiency in some visual inspection applications, but there are ways to get machine systems up to speed. Automated machine vision systems can improve over time; see three ways machine vision is catching up.

By Gary Cohen