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Rice University postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford holds a flip-flop with a triboelectric nanogenerator, based on laser-induced graphene, attached to the heel. Walking with the flip-flop generates electricity with repeated contact between the generator and the wearer’s skin. Stanford wired the device to store energy on a capacitor. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Energy, Power June 8, 2019

Flexible generators turn movement into energy

Rice University researchers have produced flexible devices that use laser-induced graphene, which are designed turn movement into electrical energy and could enable wearable, self-powered sensors and devices.

By Mike Williams
Automation June 8, 2019

Is automation going too far?

International: Just because something can be automated doesn’t mean it should. Pay attention to the details. High-profile mission-critical automation applications and smaller-scale control systems should optimize reliability, safety and efficiency.

By Stone Shi
The first printer made by Inkbit, a startup out of MIT, uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to expand the range of materials it can print with, bringing all the benefits of 3-D printing to a slew of products that have never been printed before. Courtesy: Inkbit/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Sensors, Vision June 7, 2019

Company uses machine vision and artificial intelligence to enhance 3-D printing

Inkbit, a startup out of MIT, is working to bring 3-D printing benefits to a slew of products that have never been printed before by pairing its multimaterial inkjet 3-D printer with machine vision and machine learning systems.

By Zach Winn
Industrial power supplies and UPSs can now connect to common industrial protocols like EtherNet/IP, Profinet, and EtherCAT, so users easily can access data about the state of the battery backup. Courtesy: Phoenix Contact
Power Systems June 7, 2019

Improving power supply intelligence

Control cabinet power supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), thanks to higher-level intelligence, are evolving to provide operational information to users to make operations safer and more efficient.

By Ken Allwine
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance Strategy June 6, 2019

Overcoming predictive maintenance obstacles

There are several key barriers to the implementation of predictive maintenance technologies, but they can be alleviated.

By Jos Martin
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics June 6, 2019

Four robot gripper technology advances

Robots are working in specialized fields and dangerous applications and many of them are able to work safely and effectively thanks to gripper technology advances.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Fans, pumps and compressors, new or retrofit, are among applications for Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 6000 medium-voltage ac drives from Rockwell Automation. These include variable torque and constant torque applications. Courtesy: Intermountain Electronics
Motors, Drives June 6, 2019

Four risks to consider when choosing a medium-voltage drive

A rigorous specification can help minimize downtime, safety and financial risks during a drive’s typical 20-year lifecycle. Examine the details.

By Pat Lemmon