Mechatronics Zone Recent News

Solar-Cell Material Defects Can Be Healed by Light, Humidity

September 25, 2017

An international research team has discovered that defects in the crystalline structure of perovskite—which is used to make solar cells—can be healed permanently by exposing them to light, improving the material in its generation of solar energy.

UMD and U.S. Army Research Lab Engineers Develop 4.0 Aqueous Lithium-Ion Battery

September 22, 2017

The lithium-ion batteries that power most of our devices today are little powerhouses of energy. It’s estimated that they’re contained in about nine billion portable electronic devices globally.

The batteries are relatively simple, consisting of two electrodes (anode and cathode) separated by electrolyte. Unfortunately, they’re also flammable, toxic and sensitive to ambient atmosphere, which has made them unsuitable for large-scale applications or extreme environments.

New Material Cuts Weight of Vehicle Window and Door Seals

September 22, 2017

A new elastomer shows promise as a lighter, more durable sealing material for vehicle doors and windows.

Five Ways to Rethink Enclosures for the IoT

September 21, 2017

The industrial Internet of Things (IoT) impacts the ability of companies to manage data and function efficiently. With more than 300 end-to-end IoT solutions in the marketplace, it can be overwhelming for industrial engineers trying to understand IT implementation and workflows.

With all of the challenges that the IoT brings, it is important to consider that the workhorse of infrastructure remains the enclosure. Whether production equipment and controls are communicating locally or pushing data to the cloud, the enclosure is crucial to success.

Is All Engineering Mechatronics Now?

September 21, 2017

The term mechatronics is getting wide use, but there is confusion about what it means exactly. The discipline is widely associated with robotics, as the design, build and deployment of robots requires the cross disciplines of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.