Category: Mechanical engineering

American scientists have succeeded in teaching an industrial robot autonomous behavior based on visual criteria and the required use of force.

Industrial robot grabs wooden blocks in the Jenga game

The industrial robot gently tests whether a component of the Jenga tower can be pushed out. He learns from his experiences.

Photo: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

While industrial robots have become indispensable for mass production in, for example, the auto industry, their uses have long been limited to (more…)

In the age of Industry 4.0, computers support the planning and design of manufacturing process chains. An analysis shows where German mechanical engineers are currently – and where they should be even better.

Two hands are holding a tablet with a CAD program on it.

Continuous CAx process chains will be needed in toolmaking in the future to meet and meet the diverse customer requirements to remain globally competitive.

Photo: Fraunhofer IPT

Modern technology dominates the world of toolmaking. Partial aspects (more…)

AcoustiX has a keen eye for faults in plants and machines. The sensor system developed by Fraunhofer researchers detects irregularities quickly and reliably. John Deere, the world leader in agricultural machinery, is already using it to test combine harvesters.

The cutting unit of a combine harvester can be seen.

The “AcoustiX” sensor system detects faulty vibrations or noises in plants and machines, such as in the rotating cutting unit of a combine harvester.

Photo: Fraunhofer IZFP / Uwe Bellhäuser

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Just in time for the Hanover Fair, the coveted Hermes Award was presented, which goes to particularly innovative companies every year. The winner in 2018 has developed a smart thermometer that can calibrate itself. The invention has the potential to become an innovation-driving factor in Industry 4.0 with its technology.

The sensor's imagery

This thermometer brought Endress-Hauser the Oscars of engineers.

Photo: Mark Reddy / Endress + Hauser

Federal Minister of Research Anja Karliczek, two representatives of the company Endress + Hauser and jury chairman Wolfgang Wahlster on the podium

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Electric and hybrid vehicles are on the rise. This also affects the mechanical engineering. The VDMA is now presenting a study of what exactly is the turnaround in terms of adding value to the powertrain.

Electric cars at the fuel pump

The requirements for new vehicle models and more efficient engines also have an impact the subcontractors from the mechanical and plant engineering industry are positive, says the VDMA.

Photo: panthermedia.net/Scharfsinn

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With autonomous flying drones, the Israeli army wants to rescue wounded soldiers from disputed areas. During the flight, sensors analyze key body functions that are sent to the ground or hospital rescue team.

Salvage drone picks up wounded from the front

With the new Drone Air Hopper wants to rescue the Israeli army injured soldiers from disputed areas. The wounded lie under the engine of the drone.

Photo: IAI

Salvage drone picks up wounded from the front

The salvage drone autonomously flies wounded into the nearest infirmary ..

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The thing is an all-rounder – and very dangerous. A novel drone that not only can fly, but also floats and dives in the water, has developed the American Rutgers University. The drone can even attach bombs underwater to the hulls of enemy ships.

This drone can not only fly but also dive in the water. The US Army wants to use the drone for combat missions and supplies.

This drone can not only fly but also dive in the water.

Photo: Javier Diez / Rutgers University

Photo: Javier Diez / Rutgers University

The prototype of the hybrid drone that Rutgers University (more…)

The US is planning to develop particularly fast missiles in the short term, for example to prevent the shooting of nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles in North Korea. These missiles should reach up to five times the speed of sound and can also start from aircraft.

Transport C-130J Super Hercules by Lockheed Martin on South Korea: The aircraft will be equipped in the future with particularly fast guided missiles , which should reach five times the speed of sound.

Transport C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin on South Korea: The aircraft will be equipped in the future with particularly fast missiles, which should reach five times the speed of sound.

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Lightweight construction has long been standard in cars, even though cars are becoming increasingly difficult for other reasons such as additional safety features. In machine and plant construction, however, lightweight construction is only gaining in importance. That’s why Hannover Messe is dedicating its own trade fair to the topic.

Nature is a wide field to find new structures for lightweight construction and surface structures. Researchers have used, for example, the skin of the poison dart frog as a model for the surface structure of wings to prevent their icing.

Nature is a wide field to find new structures for lightweight construction and surface structures. Researchers have used, for example, (more…)

3D printers have evolved from a mysterious high-end product into an almost everyday device. However, the new generations that will be presented at the Hannover Messe are also new puzzles – and could once again revolutionize industrial production.

The steering wheel was praised before the start of the racing season in The test race in Barcelona.

The steering wheel was praised before the start of the racing season in the test race in Barcelona.

Photo: Stratasys

Actually, the big trend seemed almost over. Everyone talked about 3D printing for a couple (more…)