Yearly Archives: 2009

The Toughest Metals on Earth Get Stronger

Many of the strongest metal products available today like knives, swords, train parts, die casting molds and musical instruments are made of extremely resistant, durable and tough materials. Although metals like steel and iron are the best metals for the job, sometimes they need a little help to obtain the desired hardness and strength properties for the tough jobs that the automotive, weapons, transportation and military industries have in mind. In order to make these metals even stronger than they already are, the products and parts are altered physically, mechanically and even chemically to obtain certain properties. Continue reading

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Graphite is More Than Just Pencil Lead

When asked about the mineral graphite, one image likely comes to mind: a pencil. This soft, dark grey, greasy material, also called black lead and plumbago, has been used to jot down notes and draw pictures for hundreds of years. Its name is even derived from the Latin term for ‘to draw/write.’ Graphite is only found in a handful of places around the world, including Africa, the British Isles and a couple of U.S. states-including my home state of Michigan. There are 3 main types of natural graphite that are all found in different types of ore deposit. Crystalline graphite is flat with hexagonal edges, amorphous graphite is very thin and flakey, and lump graphite is found in veins of fractures underground. The first pencil was composed of sticks of graphite tied together with string. As you can imagine, this early writing utensil wasn’t exactly user friendly, but it could easily be erased with rubber. It wasn’t until much later that the modern pencil-the wooden kind with a pink eraser top that we use today-became popular. Continue reading

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Technology Springs Forward

What do cell phones, mattresses, satellites, pens, seat belts and clocks all have in common? I’ll give you a hint-they all use simple yet ingenious devices that have been integral parts of products and machinery for hundreds of years. Any ideas yet? Okay one more clue-you’ve played with them many a time as a child, either jumping on them as they boing up and down, or watching them descend a staircase in a very slinky manor. They’re springs-those coils of metal cords that store mechanical energy and are easily able to return to their original shape after twisting, bending, stretching and squeezing. Continue reading

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NewAge Industries: Heat-Formed Tubing & Hose Eliminates Fitting Connections, Reduces Kinking & Flow Restrictions

Tubing manufacturer NewAge® Industries now offers tubing and hose that’s heat formed into specific shapes. Parts are custom designed and produced using heat and special tooling. Many applications that involve multiple sections of tubing or hose, along with fittings and clamps to make connections, can benefit from this customization. Continue reading

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Friction Materials: Essential for Motion Control & Braking

Let’s imagine for a moment a world without friction, which is, simply put, the force resistant to movement when any two objects rub against each other. Wait a second… that’s just too chaotic! If you think the world is a disaster now, just take away friction and… boom! Everything crashes into everything because there’s no force to stop it. So, here’s what I’ll do: I’ll just take away the friction between your posterior and what it’s sitting on… I need a good laugh today. You can’t stay put can you? Keep slipping and sliding, huh? Continue reading

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Mokon Introduces Newly Redesigned Blown Film Air Coolers with Improved Energy Efficiency

BUFFALO, N.Y. (December 8, 2009) – Mokon announces their redesigned Blown Film Air Coolers that offer improved performance, energy efficiency and reduced space requirements. This new compact design features an air inlet diffuser that creates a more uniform airflow across the cooling coil and decreases delta temperature approach. In addition, the leaving air chamber is insulated to reduce condensation while providing the coldest air possible to the air ring. Continue reading

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The Simple Design of Hydraulic Cylinders

Do you ever wonder how those heavy duty, high powered equipment vehicles work? I’m talking about tractors, bulldozers, cranes and trucks that lift, push, haul, dump, dig, crush and drill in countless large-scale applications. They harness enormous power to handle extremely heavy loads. You might be surprised, but the main part behind the power-hydraulic cylinders-are probably more simple than they seem, and they don’t require a lot of energy. They use the basic principle of fluid under pressure, and are featured in any system that needs multiple moving parts at once. These cylinders have been around for a while, since the 1970s, and haven’t changed much in design or function. Sure, their manufacturing processes are faster and the tolerances are tighter, but their classic construction still operates just as well with newer machinery as they do with old. Continue reading

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Parker Pneumatic Divison’s Dry Air Systems Line

In October, Emerson/Numatics announced its discontinuance of the Ultra-Air dryer product lines. Effective immediately, they have ceased accepting orders for all air dryers. Continue reading

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Threaded Fasteners: Holding Things Together for 500 Years

In the simplest of terms, fasteners are connective mechanisms used to hold 2 objects securely together. Sound familiar? It should, because I’m talking about screws, those simple little pieces of metal (or sometimes plastic) that keep our world in place. Your house’s construction is full of them, as is your stove, bed frame, car, computer desk, and on and on. They are similar to nails in design and function, but have one main defining characteristic-the threading. Those spiral-shaped raised ridges that wrap around the shaft of the screw at an angle keep them in place. Most screws are considered threaded fasteners and must be rotated in order to move in or out of a hole, while nails that have a smooth shaft may be easily pulled out of place. Continue reading

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New Pittman® 30mm Brush-Commutated DC Motors Maximize Power Density and Minimize Cogging

New Pittman® brand 30mm brush-commutated DC motors integrate high-energy bonded neodymium magnets for maximized power density and an optimized magnetic field profile and 7-slot straight armature to minimize cogging. The motors additionally feature a large diamond-turned commutator and copper-graphite brushes to deliver high current capacity and long-life operation. These Series 8540 brush DC motors offering high torque-to-size performance provide ideal solutions to power data storage and medical equipment and business machines, among other industry applications. Continue reading

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Emission Control Technologies for Carbon Fiber Processing

Carbon fiber and graphite reinforced polymers are materials that have, and will continue to revolutionize the products we use everyday by making them stronger, lighter and more durable. However, the manufacturing process can have serious environmental ramifications and immediate danger to human health if careful consideration is not given to emission control at the production phase of these materials. Continue reading

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Gantry Cranes Save Time, Money and Man Power

A Gantry crane is a type of overhead crane that lifts objects, machinery, materials and parts as high as 30 stories. They come in many different sizes, but the largest are used everyday to help manufacture some huge structures. This type of crane is composed of 2 vertical concrete supports with steel reinforcements and a horizontal beam, which has winches made of extremely strong wire rope that can hold up to 2 thousand tons each. Gantry cranes’ movements are limited to vertical up and down and left and right motions. They cannot shift, rotate or turn, and their supports are not easily moved. Continue reading

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VAC-U-MAX Introduces the Aero-Flex Rigid IBC Discharge Station

The rigid Intermediate Bulk Container, IBC, is lifted on the top of the heavy duty support frame where the discharge valve on the IBC comes in contact with the spring loaded seal for a dust free system. Once in place the operator will manually open a discharge valve allowing the powder to gravity flow through a rare earth magnet into the pick up adaptor for the VAC-U-0MAX Aero-Flex Flexible Screw Conveyor. The material is then conveyed to the process. Continue reading

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The Art of Fiberglass Fabrication

When was the last time you were in your attic? If you live in an older house, chances are it’s lined with that pink fluffy insulation that kind of looks like cotton candy…but don’t be fooled, because it is definitely not candy. In fact, it’s totally made of glass! Yes, glass, extremely thin glass threads that have been woven and spun into puffy insulation. The first uses for fiberglass, though, were purely decorative. In the 1800s, fiberglass was used as components of theatre and opera costumes because it could be made to look similar to silk. It was also found in the homes of the upper class as decorative detail on goblets and vases. Continue reading

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Lock Systems Remain Effective Through the Ages

Unfortunately, dishonesty, sealing and thievery are a large part of developed civilization and are impossible to eliminate. Unless each person in a community owns an equal amount of possessions and are all completely satisfied with what their belongings, robberies and theft remain a part of life no matter where you are. But to counteract these acts of selfishness and greed, human ingenuity and inventiveness developed a highly successful method of security-locks. Not only do they provide individuals with safety and protection against burglaries, locks provide a comforting daily ritual, creating peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are safe. Continue reading

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Dip Molding-An Ancient Process Turned Modern

Believe it or not, the manufacturing process that creates plastic products like plugs, handles and caps is one of the oldest known human professions. The ancient art of candle making, which dates back as early as 3,000 BC, used the process of dip coating to make candles out of beeswax and animal fat. Since then, it surprisingly hasn’t changed much. Plastic wasn’t widely used until the 20th century, but soon after it started replacing materials like glass and ivory, manufacturers experimented with melting down thermoplastics like Plastisol. They found that by applying the candle dip coating method to modern day products, melted plastic resins provide a strong, resistant and protective coating that is used in dozens of industries. Continue reading

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IDEA™ Drive: Programmable Actuator with Graphic User Interface

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduces the Haydon IDEA™ Drive stepper motor linear actuator. The IDEA Drive is an integrated linear actuator, electronic drive, and control unit fully programmable with an easy-to-use patent pending GUI (Graphic User Interface). Programming the actuator is through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated proprietary programming languages. Continue reading

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Work Benches & Complete Work Stations: Great for Organization, Productivity & Your Aching Back!

Aren’t we all familiar with that achy pain after getting home from work some days? We feel it in our necks, backs, the soles of our feet or various joints. Whether in an office, commercial, or industrial environment, repetitive motion all day in a standing or sitting position has the tendency to do that. This is why ergonomics is so important in the workplace, and why OSHA has a four-pronged comprehensive approach to ergonomics. Since, in the broadest terms, workstations are used in office, IT, home, school, and manufacturing settings, OSHA has specific workstation guidelines, such as ones for computer workstations. Continue reading

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Leak Detectors will Save your Life and your Business

In your home and on the job, gas leaks are always something to worry about. If gone undetected, leaks of all kinds could do serious harm and put people’s health at risk. Some leaks could result in an explosion or death, while others waste money and create unsafe working conditions. Regardless, a gas leak, whether it be natural gas, Freon, or air, causes all sorts of unwanted problems. But don’t start panicking just yet-instead of putting your family or employees at risk, wasting your money and causing system malfunctions or product damage, there is something you can do to catch leaks as soon as they happen! They’re called leak detectors, and they not only alert inhabitants that a leak has started, but they are able to identify, distinguish and locate exactly where it is happening. Continue reading

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Flexicon Introduces a New Bulk Bag Weigh Batch Eductor System

A new Bulk Bag Weigh Batch Eductor System loosens bulk solid material that has solidified during storage and shipment, discharges the material by weight, and blends it into a liquid stream. The skid-mounted system incorporates two Bulk Bag Unloading Frames, each with an integral Bulk Bag Conditioner comprised of a hydraulic pump and two rams with contoured end plates that press opposing sides of bulk bags. The unloaders’ cantilevered hoists and motorized trolleys allow conditioning of bulk bags at various heights, as well as loading and unloading of bags without the need for a forklift. Safety interlocks disallow operation of the conditioner when the unloaders’ doors are open. Continue reading

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