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October 09, 2012Volume 08 Issue 38


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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

  • Design updates for aerospace sensors
  • Armored vehicle fire-suppression system
  • Robot plane flies indoors sans GPS
  • Wheels: Aluminum welding breakthrough
  • Mike Likes: Feed units get a new best friend
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Lightweight gear sets
  • Battery-powered wireless photo sensor
  • Ceramic fasteners for demanding apps
  • Smaller brush DC motors with more torque
  • Simplify cable, pipe planning
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Simplify welded-structure design
    • Remembering Neil Armstrong
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Army Greatest Inventions announced
    • Thermoelectric generators $750 million market
    • 'Ceramic' jet engine
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Software
    Cover Image: Harmonic Drive gear sets use DuPont Vespel bearing cages

News

DENSO develops lithium-ion battery pack for stop/start systems

Using 3D printers becomes an 'everyday thing' for Army researchers

Utah State biofuel dragster snags land speed record running on cheesy fuel source

Autodesk introduces industry's first cloud-based, pay-as-you-go simulation solution for designers



Image - Easy-to-install plastic spherical bearings
Easy-to-install plastic spherical bearings
igubal® spherical bearings are easy to install and compensate for misalignment. They are made from high-performance, low-cost plastics, which have excellent vibration dampening properties and are lubrication-free. The resistance of igubal® bearings to dirt and dust makes them ideal for applications where a standard greased bearing would not be suitable. Compared to their metal counterparts, igubal® spherical bearings weigh up to 80% less and help save on installation space thanks to a low profile.

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Feature articles
Recent design updates and selection considerations for high-temperature and cryogenic aerospace sensors
Accelerometers and pressure sensors for measurement in extreme environments require special consideration during design and manufacturing processes.
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Fire-suppression system designer protects armored vehicles with leak-free, long-life metal bellows
To protect the crews of armored fighting vehicles, a leading manufacturer of fire-suppression systems exploited the sensitivity and fatigue life of flexible electrodeposited nickel bellows.
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Image - Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors sans GPS
Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors sans GPS
New algorithms allow an autonomous robotic plane to dodge obstacles in a subterranean parking garage, without the use of GPS.
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Wheels:
GM welding breakthrough enables more use of aluminum

GM's new resistance spot welding process uses a patented multi-ring, domed electrode that does what smooth electrodes are unreliable at doing: welding aluminum to aluminum.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Feed units get a new best friend
Mike Likes:
Feed units get a new best friend

Rexroth's Omega Module linear motion system can handle quick, deep plunges and the increasingly fast cycle times of production machines.
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Engineer's Toolbox:
Lightweight Harmonic Drive gear sets use DuPont Vespel bearing cages

Harmonic Drive AG of Limburg, Germany, has developed an inventive type of component gear set that is considerably lighter and more compact than conventional gears.
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Image - Self-contained, battery-powered wireless photoelectric sensor
Self-contained, battery-powered wireless photoelectric sensor
The first self-contained wireless photoelectric sensing solution for multiple monitoring and control applications has been introduced by Banner Engineering. The SureCross Wireless Q45 includes a sensor, radio, and internal battery power supply in a single compact and robust housing. A variety of sensing modes are available, allowing for functions including presence/absence, alignment, position, counting, monitoring, and detection. Battery life is up to five years. The self-contained units make it more economical to add the benefits of wireless communication for both OEMs and end users and are suitable for many industries, including automotive, food and beverage, material handling, waste management, water supply, and mobile equipment. Range is 1 km/3,000 ft.
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Image - Ceramic fasteners ideal for demanding applications
Ceramic fasteners ideal for demanding applications
The Goodfellow Ceramic and Glass Division has added a range of ceramic nuts, bolts, and washers for applications where high temperature, high voltages, magnetism, or harsh conditions greatly limit or prohibit the use of other materials. The ceramic fasteners are of high purity, fully dense, and impervious. The standard product range includes alumina hexagonal head bolts in metric sizes from M2 to M8, along with their matching nuts and washers. Goodfellow can often supply, upon request, different headstyles or special lengths as well as inch threaded fasteners and other materials such as zirconia, metals, and polymers.
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Image - Smaller brush DC motors with more torque
Smaller brush DC motors with more torque
New 12GS high-endurance motors from Portescap's Athlonix line deliver spectacular speed-to-torque performance in a compact, lighter-weight package (13.5 g/0.47 oz) with output power up to 1.2 W. This enables OEMs to build smaller, lighter, and higher-performing machines and devices. 12GS motors feature an energy-efficient coreless design with an optimized self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit to maximize power density, while also providing sustained endurance over the life of the motor. These motors are available with three winding options to suit varied application needs. The size-to-performance ratio offers 10% less volume for the same performance and 50% more torque in the same package.
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Image - Simplify planning, design, and installation of cable and pipe transits
Simplify planning, design, and installation of cable and pipe transits
Designing transits with CAD programs can be time consuming. Roxtec Transit Manager Software (RTM) 3.0 allows electrical engineers to reduce design time and cost through auto-planning. An engineer can easily enter cables manually or import project data from external cable schedules to generate automatic packing plans, and then simply print material lists for purchase. Electrical cable and pipe designers can also calculate the weight of transits, tag cables, and make changes to transits at any time. Drawings and plans can be exported as .dxf files, and the created geometries can be imported into CAD programs.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Army announces its Greatest Inventions of the year
Army announces its Greatest Inventions of the year
U.S. Army officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland announced the winners of this year's Army's Greatest Inventions competition Sept. 19. The top 10 winners include a 120-mm guided mortar cartridge, add-on-armor kits for MRAP vehicles, and a force-detecting and -reporting sensor system integrated into Soldiers' helmets.
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Thermoelectric generators predicted to be $750 million market by 2022
The future looks blazingly bright for new applications of energy generation through thermoelectric harvesting.
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New 'ceramic' jet engine has space shuttle pedigree
The shuttle fleet retired last year, but some of its engineered materials live on vicariously inside GE's innovative LEAP jet engines.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Simplify designing welded structures using SolidWorks
Find out how SolidWorks can make designing welded structures and components fast and easy. Learn about new tools and features and how to use them by following along with the creation of a welded frame for a large bag-and-box machine.
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Remembering Neil Armstrong
Take one small step to learn a little bit more about Neil Armstrong by watching this NASA tribute video.
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