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Content posted in March 1996
Intelligent motion controller mimics brain's structure
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Three-level triune architecture gives robots and AGVs instincts, behaviors, and goals and allows sophisticated obstacle avoidance
Contactless sensor measures speed and direction
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Magnetoresistive design distinguishes between targets approaching from different sides
Designer's Corner
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Hydrostatic altimeter measures elevation directly
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Compulevel by Dennis Vorie quickly measures positive and negative elevations--even around corners
Electronics match vapor generation/recovery
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Vacuum pump extracts precisely the amount of vapor generated during refueling, says system designer Edward Payne
U.S. patent applications and confidentiality
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Latest advice on engineering and the law
System makes precision farming practical
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Robert Monson and his colleagues use GPS data to apply agricultural products only where needed
Spacecraft airbag softens blow with Mars
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The inflatable impact attenuator by Tommaso Rivellini protects high speed landing, and retracts for rover deployment of the Mars Pathfinder
Gas pump compensates for temperature
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Cold-weather metering system, designed by Howard Myers and colleagues, accurately tracks fuel inventories
Extreme-range pressure sensor boasts 1% total error
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Optically coupled, twin-column design by Charles Liucci makes correction curves a thing of the past
Capillary-action base anchors surface-mount terminals
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Surf Shooter system by Janos Legrady eliminates through-hole components and speeds PC board assembly
Compact pumping inverter powers electroluminescent lamps
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Dielectric-isolation driver circuits by Rob Kimball replace conventional transformers, boosting applications for EL lamps
Gearless transmission offers continuously variable speed
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The split-torque design of Joshua Zulu uses no planetary gearing, making this transmission smaller, lighter, and easier to manufacture
Capacitance technique improves level measurement accuracy
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By modeling the device operation after that of a DVM, Gary Sanders improved measurement accuracy to +/-0.25% of reading
Particle velocity control places salt accurately
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Instead of scattering salt to the four winds, the zero velocity system by Kevin Wald puts it where it is needed
New sealing system reduces diesel air leakage
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The aftercooler mounting method by Allyn P. Bock reduces leakage, simplifies assembly, improves reliability, and cuts downtime
Near-infinite-life seal contains shaft lubricant
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Entered by Jason Hill, hydrodynamic bearing and sealing system reduces costs and prevents lubricant leakage in a beverage machine




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