7 Levers for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

Available Until March 30, 2022

The future of transportation is electric and autonomous. This 30-minute Webinar examines how to navigate the transition with seven levers for electric and autonomous vehicles. It discusses a platform designed to help project teams develop electric and autonomous vehicles that conform to Functional Safety, Automotive SPICE, and Cybersecurity requirements. Sponsor: Omnex

The Critical Role of Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors in Medical and Industrial Applications

Available Until February 10, 2022

This 60-minute Webinar shows how medical device, industrial machine, and process control manufacturers and researchers are leveraging fiber optic temperature sensors to get accurate, repeatable, and safe feedback in the most challenging operating environments including high-voltage applications, high magnetic fields, RF fields, microwave ovens, and radiation. Sponsor: Micronor

Testing Home Healthcare Medical Devices

Available Until December 9, 2021

Home healthcare medical equipment is seeing widespread use. To ensure the sensors embedded in therapy devices are functioning properly, the equipment needs to be calibrated or checked prior to patient use or between use on different patients. The 5000 Series mass flow meters are ideal for testing home healthcare medical devices. They measure standard and volumetric flow, differential pressure, flow volume, humidity, and more. This 20-minute Tech Talk demonstrates how these flow meters can make testing easier. Sponsor: TSI Incorporated

The Evolution of SOSA

Available Until December 3, 2021

SOSA – the Sensor Open Systems Architecture – is an integrative and inclusive standard designed to accelerate the development of affordable, agile, and composable sensor systems by military and industrial entities. Although the U.S. defense industry is currently driving creation of the standard, it’s expected to see broad-based global adoption in both government and commercial market segments. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media Group presents an overview of how far SOSA has come to date and where it’s going in the future. Sponsors: Atrenne, Elma Electronic, Kontron, Pentek

Protecting Power Electronics from EM and RF Interference

Available Until December 1, 2021

As power electronics and controls become more sophisticated, there is a need to shield these devices from external fields as well as reduce their radiated fields. External sources can produce EMI or RFI, which can damage control systems with electromagnetic induction, electrostatic coupling, or conduction. This 30-minute Webinar examines high permeability materials that can be used to shield an electronic device and prevent unexpected interference. Sponsor: Arnold Magnetic Technologies

Machine Vision for Industrial Inspection

Available Until November 24, 2021

This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media Group looks at various applications of machine vision in automation, robotic guidance, verification, and parts inspection/testing, along with the benefits such systems provide. It also demonstrates how enhancing image contrast with high-quality interference filters improves the contrast of images acquired in various machine vision applications. Sponsors: Chroma Technology, Nikon Metrology, RPMC Lasers, Teledyne DALSA

Optical Fibers for Gyroscopes

Available Until November 12, 2021

This 10-minute Tech Talk shares the results of a study that looks at the effects of radiation on a low-bend-loss optical fiber for gyroscope applications. It examines the experiments that were set up and then reviews their surprising results. The irradiation was done at the Naval Research Laboratory. The specifics and analysis of three radiation experiments are given. Viewers will be able to download the report on which this Tech Talk is based. Sponsor: OFS

Using Spectrum Analysis to Track, Locate, and Identify Interfering Signals

Available Until November 11, 2021

We’re surrounded by radio signals that we depend on for our daily lives and, in some cases, our very safety. For the most part, the spectrum is well managed and maintained by respective transmitters, but there will always be sources of interference lurking, ready to disrupt communications. Sometimes the sources are inadvertent, and other times they’re nefarious. Regardless, it takes the right training and tools to track down interference and snuff it out. This 60-minute Webinar discusses a variety of interferers and the need for state-of-the-art tools to help track, identify, and locate their sources. It’s appropriate for engineers and technicians with responsibility for maintaining the fidelity of over-the-air radio transmissions, in any frequency range. Sponsor: Anritsu

PPAP Reviews Using AI and Machine Learning

Available Until November 4, 2021

In this era of digitalization, PPAPs are considered documents – not data. The process of maintaining and verifying the accuracy of these documents is tedious, and portals have been built to act as document management systems to store all PPAPs submitted by suppliers. But it’s difficult for quality practitioners to transform these documents into usable data. This 30-minute Webinar examines a state-of-the-art digital solution called O-BOTs, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning algorithms to help evaluate PPAP documents. For example, O-BOTs can be used to have an entire PPAP submission reviewed and analyzed with feedback for the product team. The software automatically analyzes DFMEA, PFMEA, control plans, MSA, and SPC documents. In addition, O-BOTs can provide accurate reporting on the overall quality of PPAP submissions, and PPAP reviewers can train O-BOTs to accommodate internal rules and exclusions. Sponsor: Omnex Systems

Advanced Textile Solutions for Structural Heart Devices

Available Until October 22, 2021

Choosing medical textiles for cardiovascular devices used in structural heart procedures requires careful consideration. Medical textiles must act as flexible conduits and barriers for preventing leakage, aid in securing the implant, and facilitate tissue growth to ensure successful integration and functionality of the implant in the body. This 10-minute Tech Talk discusses how the unique properties of select knitted, woven, and braided textiles used in cardiovascular devices meet these critical needs to enhance patient recovery and quality of life. Sponsor: Secant Group

How to Identify Good Collaborative Robot Projects

Available Until October 14, 2021

Statistics show that collaborative automation is the fastest growing segment in the industry – and for good reason. Cobots are safe, easy to use, and quick to deploy. To get started, you’ll need to take a critical look at your manufacturing operations to identify which tasks are best automated by cobots. This 60-minute Webinar guides you through the process of ensuring that cobots are a good fit for specific applications. Sponsor: Universal Robots

Force Measurement: Enabling the Future of Medtech

Available Until October 6, 2021

In the rapidly evolving field of surgical robotics, precision is literally at the robot's fingertips, as miniaturized force sensors bring advanced sensing capabilities to the very tip of prosthetic tools. This 20-minute Tech Talk discusses how these kinds of advanced force and torque measurement solutions are enabling current state-of-the-art surgical tech and offers a glimpse of what's in store for the future of medical devices. Sponsor: Futek

Metal Injection Molding

Available Until September 29, 2021

Hosted by Medical Design Briefs, this 60-minute Webinar examines metal injection molding (MIM), a unique process that eliminates the need for complex, expensive machining when producing small, intricate steel and stainless steel components. It also discusses how switching to the MIM process can result in a 50% to 90% cost reduction for specific applications. Sponsor: INDO-MIM

Ultra-Thin, Lightweight, Waterproof Coatings for Unmanned Vehicles

Available Until September 24, 2021

Parylene conformal coatings provide dependable protection in extreme environmental conditions while adding little dimension and mass. Parylenes also offer excellent moisture (IPX8), chemical, and dielectric barrier properties. This Tech Talk explores how these coatings can add long-term reliability and value to applications involving unmanned aerial vehicles. Sponsor: Specialty Coating Systems

Making Medical Device Designs Possible with Innovative Silicone Elastomers

Available Until September 22, 2021

Liquid silicone rubber materials enable health care device designers and equipment manufacturers to introduce improved material features for critical applications such as needle-free access valves, respiratory masks, seals, and assembled parts. This 60-minute Webinar examines the challenges of medical device manufacturers and demonstrates enabling solutions. Sponsor: Momentive Performance Materials

Multicore Optical Fiber Grating Array Fabrication for Medical Sensing Applications

Available Until September 17, 2021

The growing interest in high-performance fiber grating arrays can be attributed to today’s acceptance of optical fiber sensors in more medical applications such as shape-sensing fiber incorporated into surgical instruments. This 10-minute Tech Talk looks at a fiber grating fabrication platform designed to provide the high speed, accuracy, robustness, and small form factor needed by medical sensors. It examines the technology’s capabilities and benefits that can lead to improved outcomes for various medical procedures. Sponsor: OFS

Amplifying Satellite Communications: Next-Generation Deployable Antenna Mesh

Available Until September 16, 2021

Deployable antenna mesh is frequently used in communication satellites for transmitting and reflecting radio frequency signals. How does this highly sought-after material remain so resilient in the extreme conditions of space? This 10-minute Tech Talk explores the unique properties and customizable parameters of gold-plated antenna mesh, which make it ideal for satellite communication. It also includes a behind-the-scenes look at how experts design and manufacture next-generation deployable antenna mesh. Sponsor: Secant Group

High-Speed Imaging

Available Until September 15, 2021

High-speed imaging is used in a variety of applications, from pure science and research to military ballistics testing. In this 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media, three experts look at this unique technology and what it can do. Sponsors: BitFlow, FLIR, Photron, Specialised Imaging, Teledyne DALSA

How to Perform Accurate, Automated 3D Fatigue Crack Growth Predictions

Available Until September 11, 2021

This 30-minute Webinar demonstrates how to use your own CAD models and FEA tools to perform accurate, automated 3D component-level fatigue crack growth predictions. A three-legged mount structure is used as an example to show crack insertion and meshing capabilities using a Parasolid representation of a component as well as plugin linkage to Ansys for easy definition of boundary conditions, batch-mode solution and post-processing, crack front advancement, and automatism of the entire fatigue crack growth simulation process. Sponsor: Simmetrix

Conformal Coating Protection of Critical Medical Technologies

Available Until September 1, 2021

The reliability of critical components, systems, and devices takes top priority in today’s healthcare environment. With the continued development of highly sophisticated capabilities to diagnose, treat, and monitor patients comes the need to provide protection for these systems. This 60-minute Webinar provides insight into the attributes and benefits of conformal coatings and how they can benefit a wide range of medical devices and components. Sponsor: Specialty Coating Systems

Calibre nmLVS-Recon Early Circuit Verification Helps Reduce Time to Market

Available Until August 28, 2021

This Webinar explains how to speed up early design analysis while reducing overall design closure time. It examines Calibre nmLVS-Recon, a tool that provides automated early circuit verification, and shows how it enables design teams to find and fix selective high-impact circuit errors earlier and faster in dirty, incomplete, and immature designs. Sponsor: Mentor, a Siemens Business

The New DIS ISO/SAE 21434: Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering

Available Until August 25, 2021

The Automotive Cybersecurity Draft International Standard ISO/SAE 21434 has just been published. In this Webinar, Dr. Juan Pimentel explains the nature and requirements of ISO/SAE 21434 that are crucial for current automotive development processes. An audience Q&A follows the 30-minute technical presentation. Sponsor: Omnex

OpenVPX Technology: The Future of Military Computing

Available Until August 18, 2021

The U.S. Department of Defense and other users are demanding the implementation of open standards and interoperability, not just at the board level but also at the system level to improve interoperability and reduce customization, testing, cost, and risk. The OpenVPX Architectural Framework standard, or VITA 65, satisfies a majority of those requirements and will play a major role in the future of military computing. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media examines this important topic. Sponsors: Atrenne, Elma Electronic, Pentek

Autonomous Bin Picking for Cobots: Is It Finally Here?

Available Until August 5, 2021

Bin picking comes in many shapes and sizes. One area with unique requirements is bin-picking applications for machine tending where precision pick-path-and-place and rapid deployment is required. These applications are usually in high mix/low volume environments, where the flexibility, operator-friendly safety protocols, and ease of programming of leading collaborative robots are required. This 60-minute Webinar examines the barriers to automating precision bin-picking applications including cost, floor space, programming time and complexity, and rapid change-over requirements. It also looks at how the latest generation of collaborative robots are meeting those challenges. Sponsor: Universal Robots

How Shapeable Desiccant Protects Missiles, Cameras, and Guidance Systems

Available Until August 4, 2021

This 30-minute Webinar examines a proprietary shapeable desiccant that features remarkable compressive strength and can be shaped to fit into limited or complex geometric spaces. Called H2OLock, it’s composed of a blend of 4A molecular sieve and heat-resistant polymer binders. Sponsor: AGM

Collaborative Robotics: Sharing the Workspace

Available Until July 30, 2021

Today’s collaborative robots are being used by manufacturers to automate tedious and dangerous jobs, while improving productivity. They’re providing a true man-and-machine interface. However, this close connection requires enhanced safety considerations and operator training. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media examines how collaborative robots can be integrated into a manufacturing process without sacrificing safety and efficiency. Sponsors: Teledyne DALSA, Universal Robots

Fiber Extrusion for Medical Devices 201: How Melt Spinning Works

Available Until July 30, 2021

As implantable medical devices become more advanced, fiber extrusion experts must continue to innovate to meet the increasingly critical requirements for polymer-derived fibers and yarns used for textile components. Going beyond the core principles of fiber extrusion technology, this 10-minute Tech Talk explores the advanced processes and equipment used in melt spinning, the most common method of fiber extrusion used to produce custom or off-the-shelf medical fibers and yarns. Sponsor: Secant Group, LLC

COVID-19: The New Design Paradigm and Emerging Technologies

Available Until July 23, 2021

As COVID-19 has spread throughout the world, it has ushered in a new era of medical device design — one that involves open-source designs, shared design specifications, and unprecedented collaboration, sometimes extending to other industries. In this 60-minute Technical Webinar from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs Media, experts explore the new paradigm of medical device design and examine examples of technologies emerging from the pandemic. Sponsors: Amada Weld Tech, Caplugs, Congatec, Halkey Roberts, Kontron, MW Industries

Sensor Technology: A Flexible Solution for Wearables

Available Until July 9, 2021

The market for wearable technology in healthcare is exploding. Wearable healthcare devices require reliable, sensitive, noninvasive technology that must be lightweight and often conform to the skin. Flexible sensors are enabling unique sensing and monitoring capabilities in these devices, including more personalized care. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs Media explores this important topic. Sponsors: Radiant Vision Systems, Tektronix

The Keys to Choosing Passive Components for DC/DC Converters

Available Until June 29, 2021

The work required to design in a DC/DC regulator to power electronic systems doesn’t stop with the selection of a switcher. In fact, the work done to select the perfect device can be undone by poor passive component choices. Hosted by Tech Briefs Media, this 40-minute Webinar looks at the choices, tradeoffs, and tools to help in the selection process. Sponsors: Mouser Electronics, KEMET Electronics

Additive Manufacturing Moves into High-Precision Applications

Available Until June 25, 2021

This 60-minute Webinar, hosted by Tech Briefs Media, compares Projection Micro Stereolithography with traditional micro-fabrication methods and other additive manufacturing technologies. It also includes a review of the current state of materials used in 3D printing that could potentially displace traditional manufacturing methods. Sponsor: Boston Micro Fabrication

Linking FMEA, FMEDA, and FTA for Safety Analysis and Hardware Metrics for Functional Safety

Available Until June 23, 2020

FMEAs traditionally have incorporated only single-point faults. This 30-minute Webinar examines a groundbreaking methodology used to conduct safety analysis and hardware metrics for functional safety using linked FMEA, FMEDA, and FTAs. It shows how functional safety FMEA can include both single- and multi-point faults and incorporate safety mechanisms as preventive controls. Sponsor: Omnex

Mars 2020: The Legacy Continues for NASA Space Robotics

Available Until June 18, 2021

Scheduled for launch in the summer of 2020, the latest NASA rover will continue the legacy of its predecessors –  Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity – by taking the next step in space robotics. With innovative instruments, new science goals, and improved technologies, the Mars 2020 rover will help prepare for future human exploration of Mars. This 60-minute Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media focuses on the design of the robotic system and other important systems for testing, motion, power, and sample extraction. Sponsors: Airborn, COMSOL, Futek, Maxon, New England Wire Technologies, Protolabs

Back to the Future of Video Compression

Available Until June 16, 2021

Pixilation. Face details disappearing. Frames freezing. Confetti appearing in dark areas. Muddy videos. These are negative effects of compression. Compression is needed to enable transport over ethernet, internet, Wi-Fi, cable, and satellite. It also limits storage size. These restrictions have been met in part by compromises in image quality, increased latency, introduction of artifacts, and obliteration of fine details. This 60-minute Tech Briefs Media Webinar discusses JPEG XS, a pioneering technology that improves image quality, eliminates artifacts and missing details, and greatly reduces latencies. Sponsor: Instrumentation Technology Systems

Materials Qualification of Healthcare Products to Radiation Sterilization

Available Until June 15, 2021

This Tech Briefs Media Webinar provides guidance for healthcare product manufacturers in qualifying the material used in products being sterilized with radiation. The 45-minute program discusses how to select the ideal polymer candidate, how to identify effective ways of using radiation sterilization on various healthcare products, and how to determine sterilization processing conditions. Consideration of these requirements in the R&D phase or early design stage is critical to ensuring that they’re integrated in the qualification process. Sponsor: Sterigenics

10 Need-to-Know Facts About Ball-Detent Torque Limiters

Available Until June 10, 2021

This 10-minute presentation takes a look at how ball-detent torque limiters have kept up with electromechanical engineering and, in most cases, remain the fastest, most accurate means of torque overload protection. It reveals 10 important facts you should consider when making decisions about safety couplings. Viewers can download a PDF of the book on which the presentation is based. Sponsor: R+W

Redefining Healthcare Delivery with Robotics-Assisted Therapy

Available Until May 28, 2021

Robots are redefining healthcare delivery with robotics-assisted therapies such as autonomously guided waterjet ablation and focused ultrasound that destroys targeted tissues without damaging the surrounding area. This 60-minute Technical Webinar from the editors of Medical Design Briefs and Tech Briefs Media looks at the technologies driving these robotic developments as well as some case studies and examples of robotics therapies in action. Sponsor: Futek

Electronic Component Sourcing & COVID-19: Important New Research

Available Until May 19, 2021

Sourcing for electronic components is unlike traditional supply chain commodities. Changes due to supply market volatility, part complexity, shortening lifecycles, and unique cost drivers make it extra challenging for sourcing professionals to plan appropriately. In the current COVID-19 environment, these changes are amplified. This 60-minute Webinar presents the findings of a market survey with more than 200 sourcing, product operations, and supply chain professionals about their current challenges and best practices surrounding electronic component sourcing. Experts share insights drawn from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global electronics value chain and demonstrate a solution to empower new product introduction and strategic sourcing teams. Sponsor: Supplyframe

Eyes in the Sky: Drone Technology

Available Until May 19, 2021

This Technical Webinar from the editors of Tech Briefs Media examines some of the cutting-edge technologies being designed into modern unmanned air vehicles – from those used by the military for surveillance and reconnaissance missions to those being applied in civil, agricultural, and commercial applications. Sponsors: National Instruments, Protolabs, Tektronix, Teledyne OPTECH

SWaP-C: How to Maximize PCB Space With Connector Selection

Available Until May 15, 2021

Connectors are often the last components considered during a high-reliability PCB design, yet they account for a considerable amount of board space and a large percentage of the overall bill-of-material value. When specified correctly, the resulting savings in PCB space can be significant. Hosted by Tech Briefs Media, this 30-minute Webinar investigates the common mistakes made during connector selection and how they can be avoided. It also provides practical tips on selecting the right connector for the job. Sponsor: Harwin, TTI

Top 10 Challenges in Evaluating Medical Devices for MRI Safety

Available Until May 7, 2021

Safety concerns for patients with metallic implants who require MRIs include magnetic forces, torques, radio-frequency-induced heating, gradient-induced heating and vibrations, unintended stimulation, and device malfunction. One challenge in evaluating radio-frequency-induced heating is determining the worst-case device. MED Institute has used validated simulation tools to identify the worst-case device size, configuration, material, orientation, and MRI scanner for a range of medical devices. Hosted by Medical Design Briefs, this 60-minute Webinar examines the challenges that medical device manufacturers face when evaluating devices for MRI safety and looks at a case study using COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software to predict the worst-case device size for RF-induced heating. Sponsor: COMSOL

How Single Pair Ethernet Streamlines Aircraft Networks

Available Until May 7, 2021

Bandwidth-hungry electronics are increasing on aircraft as passengers and crews expect more from in-flight entertainment, cabin lighting, security and freight monitors, and other features. A significant amount of wiring and connectors is required to enable these capabilities, and designers need to implement smarter connectivity solutions without adding weight. This 60-minute Webinar, hosted by Tech Briefs Media, explores how the adoption of Ethernet technology is evolving to support the SWaP and performance needs of modern aircraft cabin networks. Sponsor: TE Connectivity