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January 14, 2014Volume 10 Issue 02


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

  • NASA sonic boom research no-cost e-book
  • Cool Tools: Personal thermal imager for iPhone
  • Hidden risk in supply chains
  • Wheels: BMW Maxi scooter design
  • Mike Likes: Four drive components in one
  • Lithium-ion pioneers to receive Draper Prize
  • Product Spotlight: Low-mass MEMS VC accelerometers
  • Product Spotlight: Loctite structural adhesive/NVH guide
  • Product Spotlight: Latest in spring technologies
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Ford CEO talks aluminum F-150
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Most Popular Stories Part 2
    • Most Popular Stories Part 1
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Ricardo helps BMW design high-end maxi scooters

News

100th satellite equipped with Saft Li-ion batteries launched

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Thirty-nine vehicles meet tougher criteria to earn 2014 safety awards from IIHS

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2014 COOL PARTS CALENDAR
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Feature articles

Image - Some fun to start the year: <br>NASA's sonic boom research takes shape in new no-cost e-book
Some fun to start the year:
NASA's sonic boom research takes shape in new no-cost e-book

If an airplane flies overhead at supersonic speed and no one below can hear it, did it make a sonic boom? Answering that twist on the classic falling-tree-in-the-forest question gets to the heart of a new, no-cost e-book published by NASA that explores the agency's research into understanding how sonic booms work and how best to make them less of a public nuisance.
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Image - Cool Tools: <br>See the heat -- Flir unveils personal thermal imager for iPhone at CES 2014 show
Cool Tools:
See the heat -- Flir unveils personal thermal imager for iPhone at CES 2014 show

What if you could tote around your own pocket-size thermal imager to check out how hot your equipment is running, say, or to see animals at night while camping? And what if that device was just an add-on case for your iPhone, complete with its own mini battery pack? That would be neat, huh?
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Hidden risk in supply chains
A new MIT study on supply-chain risk shows no correlation between the total amount a manufacturer spends with a supplier and the profit loss it would incur if that supply were suddenly interrupted. This counterintuitive finding defies a basic business tenet that equates the greatest supply-chain risk with suppliers of highest annual expenditure.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Maxi scooter design -- Riding into new territories
Wheels:
Maxi scooter design -- Riding into new territories

BMW Motorrad is renowned for its touring bikes and, more recently, its sports bikes too. Yet with the new C600 Sport and C650 GT maxi scooters, with a powertrain engineered by Ricardo, the Munich-based premium motorcycle maker is entering a completely new sector of the market. Jesse Crosse talks to Ricardo's Paul Etheridge about how this ambitious design challenge was completed in record time.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Four drive components in one compact package
Mike Likes:
Four drive components in one compact package

Bodine Electric Company has added a new selection of high-performance right-angle INTEGRAmotor gearmotors to its product line. The new type 34B4/FV-5N gearmotors combine Bodine's 34B brushless DC motor with a compact and cost-competitive right-angle gearhead, a built-in PWM speed control, and an optical encoder. Together, they create a high-performance drive package that radically simplifies design, wiring, and assembly. The 24-VDC gearmotors are ideal for a wide range of low-voltage applications in medical equipment, packaging machines, conveyor systems, printing equipment, and factory automation. The gearmotors are also suitable for portable or remote applications where connection to an AC line is not possible. The brushless DC motor is virtually maintenance-free. The gearmotors provide 1/4-hp (187 W) and up to 104 lb-in. (12-Nm) continuous torque.
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Image - Lithium-ion battery pioneers to receive Draper Prize, engineering's top honor
Lithium-ion battery pioneers to receive Draper Prize, engineering's top honor
The rechargeable battery pioneers who laid the groundwork for today's lithium-ion battery will be presented with engineering's highest honor during a February 18 ceremony in Washington. D.C.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Low-mass MEMS VC accelerometers for aerospace, automotive and industrial monitoring
Product Spotlight:
Low-mass MEMS VC accelerometers for aerospace, automotive and industrial monitoring

The single-axis SDI Model 2220 from Silicon Designs Inc. (SDI) is a higher-performance version of the company's Model 2210, combining an integrated low-noise, nitrogen-damped, fully-calibrated MEMS VC accelerometer chip with high-drive, low-impedance buffering, each contained in an epoxy-sealed rugged anodized aluminum housing that mounts via two M3 screws. This design is ideal for measuring acceleration within industrial and commercial environments, where low mass (10 g) and small size (1 in. x 0.5 in. x 0.44 in.) help to minimize mass loading effects. Available in seven unique models, with measurement ranges from +/-2 g to +/-200 g and a wide frequency response, the SDI Model 2220 series responds to both DC and AC acceleration, with either two analog +/-4 V (differential); or 0.5 to 4.5 V (single-ended) outputs that vary with acceleration.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Loctite structural adhesive/NVH selector guide
Product Spotlight:
Loctite structural adhesive/NVH selector guide

Henkel Corporation has introduced its new Loctite Structural Adhesives and NVH Selector Guide. This 30-page brochure is designed to educate readers about the performance of structural adhesives in demanding, high-stress applications, and to communicate their ability to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness. Engineered to eliminate or greatly reduce fasteners and welds from an assembly, structural adhesives provide superior bond strength, long life, and dependability in a variety of bonding applications involving metals, plastics, composites, magnets, and dissimilar surfaces or substrates.
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Image - Product Spotlight: <br>Latest in spring technologies
Product Spotlight:
Latest in spring technologies

Lee Spring's 2014 Stock and Custom Catalog offers new and expanded, innovative stock product lines featuring unique designs and corrosion-resistant materials. New additions are High-Pressure Compression Springs and Metric Bantam Mini Compression Springs, as well as an expanded offering of HEFTY Die/Heavy-Duty Springs. Lee's catalog is available online and in print.
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Most popular last issue

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Most Popular Stories Part 2
What was the second most-read story of the year in Designfax for 2013? It describes Ford's radically new process that stamps out prototype sheet metal parts without "stamping" them -- and without a die. Read this and a host of other top stories from the past 6 months, along with the most popular products, toolbox, research, and more.
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Most Popular Stories Part 1
What's the No. 1 most-read story in Designfax for 2013? What research stories did readers find most interesting in the past six months? What products and tools generated the most buzz? Find out these answers and more in our best-of issue Part 1.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Ford CEO talks aluminum F-150
With a Boeing aerospace background, is it any wonder that Ford's CEO, Alan Mulally, is excited to talk about the new aluminum-body Ford F-150 pickup truck that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this week? The materials switch from steel shaved off nearly 700 lb from the vehicle's curb weight.
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