Choosing Gears Best Suited for Your Application

Q&A with Ronald Valenzuela, Engineering Manager, KHK Gears: As technology advances, we have seen a shift into using much finer pitch gearing. We have certainly come across more exotic gear designs in the Mechatronics field that require a much smaller design..

Linear Actuators with Programmable Positions

Some robot movements can be realized with rotors, but most of them work better with linear actuators. If you have drives with programmable positioning, you can create a precise machine useful for a number of tasks.

Tips for Reducing Error When Using Eddy Current Measuring Techniques

Inductive eddy current technology is an extremely versatile non-contact method for measuring an object's position, distance, or vibration.

Galling a Serious Issue in Manufacturing - but There Are Solutions

With potentially disastrous effects resulting from galled fasteners seizing or even being subject to a fatigue breakage, the manufacturing industry players are advised to counter this threat.

Guide to Lead Screws and Integrated Motor Assemblies

Q&A with PBC Linear: With lead screw accuracy up to 3x tighter than industry standard screws, and backlash control up to 4x better than traditional solutions, performance is improved and overall life extended.

Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

Industrial control equipment industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components

Aqua Massage Manufacturer Improves Linear Motion Control with Custom Lead Screw Assembly from Kerk

The company needed a linear motion solution capable of guiding and translating the machine's spray water jet assembly, which moves back and forth along a linear shaft.

Automation Design Tips: Transferring with Rollers

As technology advances, components become smaller and more compact which requires specific automation techniques and maintenance. Transfer mechanisms require high versatility in its capabilities.

Filtering out Common Mode Noise in Congested Environments with Monolithic EMI filters

Although monolithic EMI filters initially cost more than equivalent ordinary capacitors, our customers tell us that their cost is a fraction of the cost of a common mode choke alone.

Carbon and Ford Expand Collaboration to Digitally Manufacture New Durable, End-Use Parts

The parts include Ford Focus HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Cooling) Lever Arm Service Parts, Ford F-150 Raptor Auxiliary Plugs for a niche market, and Ford Mustang GT500 Electric Parking Brake Brackets.

Three Reasons Why Manufacturers Should Work With Secondary Sourcing Partners

These secondary sourcing partners might only be temporary or assume small roles in regular production, but the advantages manufacturers realize from having a reliable backup readily available are substantial

Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

Industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components.

Flexible Shafts in Aerospace Applications

An argument can be made for the flexible shaft being one of the backbones of the aerospace industry, and it isnt difficult to see why. From windshield wipers to TRAS systems to jet afterburners, flexible shafts are there ...

3D Printing: Cutting Edge Technology for the Circular Economy

The useful life of a machine should not be dictated by the availability of a single part and this is now no longer the case with the application of 3D printing. The rise of the circular economy has led to a new way to fix things.

How to Curb the Effects of Vibration on Mechanical Components

A vibration isolator functions as a harmonic oscillator. The wire rope acts as a damping element to dissipate vibrational energy. While it is not possible to eliminate vibrations entirely, an isolator diminishes transmissibility to a large extent.

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