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July 10, 2012Volume 08 Issue 26


Image - New Full Line Catalog -- Full of New Fasteners
New Full Line Catalog -- Full of New Fasteners
Micro Plastics introduces its new catalog #39. With 290 pages of nylon fastener items, 12 new product lines, and over 500 new items added. Contents include: standard and metric machine screws, cap screws, nuts, washers, spacers, insulators, grommets, bushings, rivets, hole plugs, clamps, printed circuit board accessories, suspended ceiling hooks, and wire routing kits. FREE samples are available upon request.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Fishing lures try new spin on light, color
  • Energy-plant starts/stops are tough on components
  • Lightning weapon: Army engineers set phasers to 'fry'
  • Wheels: Composite bearings, tolerance rings applications
  • Mike Likes: Industrial leak detection kit
  • Engineer’s Toolbox: SolarTrak follows the sun
  • Quick Look: Weather-sealed reversing switch
  • Quick Look: Protective caps for threads, fittings
  • Quick Look: New 12-V and 24-V speed controls
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Watch scientists try to explain Higgs Boson
    • Make position sensing a snap
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Best of stories, videos, and more
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: A new spin on fishing lures [Alliance Polymers and Services]

News

80% of electric vehicles will include advanced telematics systems by 2017

GE says new ceramic composites set to revolutionize aviation

Research program targets next-gen electric motors for luxury autos

Novel clay-based coating may point the way to new generation of green flame retardants



Image - A new record in 3D printing: <br>More than 100 materials available for Objet printers
A new record in 3D printing:
More than 100 materials available for Objet printers

Objet has announced 39 new 'Digital Materials' available with its Objet Connex range of multi-material 3D printing systems. This development places Objet customers at the forefront of additive manufacturing in terms of range of possible printing materials to choose from. Customers can now select from 107 materials ranging from rigid to rubber-like substances in terms of texture, standard to ABS-grade engineering plastic in terms of toughness, as well as from transparent to opaque in terms of clarity and shades.
Learn more about Objet’s expanded line of printing materials.

Feature articles
Fishing lures try new spin on light, color
Fishermen, take note! That colorful fishing lure in the attractive packaging on the store shelf has little or no appeal to a fish in the water, especially as the lure sinks deeper and deeper down.
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Energy-plant starts/stops are tough on steam components
TÜV NORD uses Abaqus to predict fatigue and fracture and to optimize power plant cycling and operations.
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Image - Lightning in a bottle: <br>Army engineers set phasers to 'fry'
Lightning in a bottle:
Army engineers set phasers to 'fry'

Scientists and engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are busy developing a device that will shoot lightning bolts down laser beams to destroy its target. Soldiers and science fiction fans … you are welcome.
Read the full article.
Wheels:
Composite bearings, tolerance rings enhance efficiencies for automotive OEMs

Ideal for powertrain, chassis, and interior and exterior vehicle applications, Saint-Gobain’s composite bearings and tolerance rings optimize component manufacturing and driving performance and comfort for the end consumer. This article highlights auto applications.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Industrial leak detection kit
Mike Likes:
Industrial leak detection kit

Spectronics Corporation has introduced the OPK-341 Industrial Leak Detection Kit, an effective, efficient way to pinpoint the exact source of all fluid leaks in hydraulic equipment, compressors, engines, gearboxes, fuel, and other synthetic and petroleum-based industrial systems. At the core of the kit is the OPTIMAX 3000 – a cordless, rechargeable, super-powerful blue light LED inspection flashlight that is 15 times brighter than regular LED flashlights and has an inspection range up to 20 ft. Also included in the kit is a 16-oz, twin-neck bottle of patented OIL GLO 44 concentrated fluorescent oil dye, GLO-AWAY dye cleaner, smart AC and DC chargers, dye treatment tags, and fluorescence-enhancing glasses.
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Engineer’s Toolbox:
Small business' SolarTrak technology helps arrays worldwide follow the sun

SolarTrak, brought to market by a pair of enterprising former Sandia researchers, uses celestial equations to calculate the exact position of the sun at any time, anywhere on the planet, regardless of cloud cover.
Read the full article.

Image - Quick Look: <br>Weather-sealed reversing switch for commercial vehicles
Quick Look:
Weather-sealed reversing switch for commercial vehicles

Cole Hersee’s rugged 95060-37 weather-sealed reversing switch for commercial vehicles is constructed with engineering thermoplastic and stands up to corrosion much better than older, metal models with similar functionality. This unit provides the same three-position functionality as similar on-vehicle models: reverse, off, and forward. It is available in 10A at 12V, 5A at 24V, 3A at 36V, or 2A at 48V. Two matching, double-bitted tumbler keys are supplied.
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Image - Quick Look: <br>Protective caps for threads and fittings
Quick Look:
Protective caps for threads and fittings

MOCAP's threaded caps are designed to protect threads and fittings from moisture, contamination, and damage during production, shipping, and storage. These caps are produced in red polyethylene plastic and are knurled for easy application and handling. Available for BSP/gas fittings, metric threads, and flared JIC fittings. Stocked for immediate shipment.
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Image - Quick Look: <br>New 12-V and 24-V speed controls drive brushless DC gearmotors and motors
Quick Look:
New 12-V and 24-V speed controls drive brushless DC gearmotors and motors

The new type ABL-3906C low-voltage brushless DC stock controls from Bodine Electric Company provide variable speed control for low-voltage BLDC (ECM) gearmotors and motors. The controls operate from a DC power supply or from a battery (12 VDC or 24 VDC, depending on the control model). They are ideal for portable or remote applications where connection to an AC line is not possible, such as mobile medical devices, solar-powered water circulators, thermal solar power generators, chemical injection pumps at oil wells, and automatic gate openers. Several motor speed control options and Smart Reverse technology are added benefits.
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Most popular last issue
Best of stories, news, and videos for last 6 months
Part 1: Supersonic biplane, perfect glass, next-gen helicopter designs, and more.
Check out the issue.

Part 2: Rifle-barrel maker, supercar engine, Formula One design, and more.
Check out the issue.


Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Watch scientists try to explain Higgs Boson
While most of us were chomping down hot dogs or watching 15-second fireworks displays during the Fourth of July, a bunch of scientists in Switzerland were announcing the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle (sort of), which most lazy journalists (and TV reporters) called "The God Particle," which annoyed all of those scientists even more. What's the fuss all about? Check out these six videos courtesy of IT World (this funny intro courtesy of IT World, too).
View the IT World Higgs Boson videos page.

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Make position sensing a snap
The Nook Sensor System is designed to meet the need for low-cost position sensing on worm-gear screw jacks. The patented design allows users to install and adjust an unlimited amount of sensors on a single screw jack and integrate easily to your motion control system. The Nook Sensor System helps you control your screw jack system in ways that have never before been possible. Learn how to build your custom screw jack with an integrated Nook Sensor System.
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