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July 01, 2014Volume 10 Issue 25


Image - Six Key Design Factors Critical to the Semiconductor Market
Six Key Design Factors Critical to the Semiconductor Market
Purity and reliability are paramount within the semiconductor and UHV industries. While few product suppliers can meet the stringent requirements of this rapidly changing environment, Servometer® and its sister company BellowsTech, LLC have developed superior engineered electrodeposited and edge welded metal bellows to meet the demanding performance specifications for these applications. This paper describes in-depth the six key bellows design factors critical to the semi and UHV market.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Most-read story: World's fastest lawnmower
  • Wheels: Ford F-150 tough LED headlamps
  • Wings: Navy model plane flies on seawater
  • Nissan 24 Hours of Le Mans hybrid
  • Wings: Smaller tails on jet airliners
  • Alternative all-terrain vehicle polymer
  • Hydraulics empower walking excavator
  • Top Mike Likes: Monitor engine oil condition
  • Top Mike Likes: Online magnet training module
  • Most Popular Toolbox: Seamless, morphing plane wings
  • Most Popular Toolbox: Coiled pins as perfect hinges
  • Top Product: Piezo motor technology: Questions answered
  • Top Product: Silicon carbide foam
  • Top Product: Industrial caster innovation
  • Top Product: Heavy-duty spring plungers
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • New wind-power concept inspired by birds
    • Boeing QF-16 makes first unmanned flight
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Materials
    Cover Image: Most Popular Stories, Products, Toolbox, And More | Part 2 [Honda Mean Mower]

News

U.S. lightweight howitzers to be powered by new Super-Phosphate Li-ion batteries from Saft

World's largest mining dump truck debuts with Siemens electric traction drive system on board

DARPA's vertical takeoff/landing X-Plane program takes flight

Nanoparticle-based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life and reduce fuel consumption



Image - Introducing the New 3890 CR DC Motor
Introducing the New 3890 CR DC Motor
MICROMO is pleased to announce the latest addition to the FAULHABER CR DC Motor series. Its graphite commutation, powerful neodymium magnet and particularly high copper content in the FAULHABER rotor winding provide the compact 3890 CR with an enormous amount of power. In addition to the one-of-a-kind power density (rated torque per volume), the high efficiency of the 3890...CR series is also a decisive factor.

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Feature articles
Most-read story:
Honda's custom Mean Mower shreds 'Fastest Lawnmower' world record

How fast can a lawnmower go? Engineers at Honda finally have their answer. It's 116 mph. Honda's European team re-engineered a Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor from the ground up, adding an all-new fabricated chassis, custom made from high carbon steel, and a 1,000-cc Honda motorcycle engine.
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This excellent resource covers materials, texture, draft, sink, and many other design considerations.


Image - Wheels: <br>New Ford F-150 is first truck to offer tougher, brighter, more efficient LED headlamps
Wheels:
New Ford F-150 is first truck to offer tougher, brighter, more efficient LED headlamps

When the assignment is to reinvent the Ford F-150 while maintaining its heritage of being Built Ford Tough, even the headlamps matter. For the all-new 2015 Ford F-150, Ford wanted durable headlamps that would last as long, or longer, than the truck.
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Image - Wings: <br>U.S. Navy flies scale-model WWII plane on seawater fuel
Wings:
U.S. Navy flies scale-model WWII plane on seawater fuel

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, have demonstrated a proof-of-concept technology by flying a radio-controlled scale-model airplane with liquid hydrocarbon fuel derived from seawater.
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Image - Nissan set to make hybrid history at 24 Hours <br>of Le Mans
Nissan set to make hybrid history at 24 Hours
of Le Mans

The Nissan ZEOD RC hybrid racecar with an 88-lb, 400-hp three-cylinder combustion engine the size of a piece of carry-on luggage and an all-electric running option is set to make history at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans road race. Includes race update.
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Image - Wings: <br>Can tiny actuators make for smaller tails on jet airliners?
Wings:
Can tiny actuators make for smaller tails on jet airliners?

Israel Wygnanski's active flow control systems may well be pushing the aircraft industry to the brink of the next major shift in design. "This new tool could change the entire way we design airplanes," said Wygnanski, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering in the University of Arizona College of Engineering.
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Image - Advanced polymer from Victrex keeps the fun going for new kind of intense all-terrain vehicle
Advanced polymer from Victrex keeps the fun going for new kind of intense all-terrain vehicle
Boston and Toronto-based BPG Werks, creators of the innovative all-terrain dual-tracked vehicle (DTV) called the Shredder, have harnessed the exceptional durability and wear capabilities of a high-performance polymer from Victrex to construct a robust and efficient overmolded steel drive shaft segment gear. The material is critical to providing stable acceleration and torque characteristics for this "mini tank that you ride like a skateboard."
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Image - Innovative hydraulics empower highly specialized spider/walking excavator
Innovative hydraulics empower highly specialized spider/walking excavator
The Swiss excavator manufacturer Menzi Muck unveiled the first model in its new walking excavator series last year at the bauma 2013 trade fair. The working hydraulics in these highly specialized construction machines are configured as a complete system of Linde Hydraulics components, including the electronic control unit.
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Image - Top Mike Likes: <br>Monitor engine oil condition in all kinds of machinery
Top Mike Likes:
Monitor engine oil condition in all kinds of machinery

Make interval oil changes a thing of the past using the new STAUFF Oil Quality Sensor (OQS). This unit monitors oil condition and can be permanently mounted within any lubrication system on nearly any type of machine, including: diesel and gas engines, compressors, industrial gear reducers, wind turbines, generator sets, hydraulic systems, and more. OQS measures the energy loss component of oil permittivity. All contaminants such as metallic particles, soot, water, oxidization, glycol, and particularly burnt fuel dilution increase this measured value. Data can be displayed on your existing system or on the STAUFF Oil Quality Display (OQD). This is an excellent way to build extra, billable value into your designs.
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Image - Top Mike Likes: <br>Online magnet training module
Top Mike Likes:
Online magnet training module

Standex-Meder Electronics has put together a great, no-cost, basics-to-advanced training module on magnets and magnetism. "Magnet Technology and Their Uses" is ideal for helping design engineers explore what magnets are, what they do, and how they are used in electronics design. Magnet usage is increasing in electronic applications because magnets can be used to switch reed sensors using no power, a significant asset in today's energy-constrained world. The magnet training module is supplied as part of Digi-Key's PTM Online ... On Demand product training modules. If you don't want to sit through the whole thing today, you can always come back later.
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Image - Most Popular Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Seamless, morphing plane wing technology introduced by FlexSys
Most Popular Engineer's Toolbox:
Seamless, morphing plane wing technology introduced by FlexSys

A Michigan company called FlexSys demonstrated its FlexFoil seamless morphing-wing control technology at the AIAA convention in Washington, DC, earlier this year. The creation of a variable-geometry airfoil has been a long-sought target chased by the defense and commercial aviation industries and researchers for several decades.
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Image - Most Popular Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Clever seam design makes coiled pin a perfect hinge
Most Popular Engineer's Toolbox:
Clever seam design makes coiled pin a perfect hinge

Coiled spring pins are manufactured with a seam that is much better for hinges than spring pins. Find out why, and how this simple component can improve your designs.
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Image - Top Product: <br>Piezo motor technology: Questions answered
Top Product:
Piezo motor technology: Questions answered

There's a new kind of piezo motor in town, and it's got legs. The Piezo LEGS® rotational motor is a direct-friction drive that provides precise motion without any mechanical play or backlash. There are no gears or transmission, so changing the direction of the motion will introduce no error. The simple Piezo LEGS® motor is also extremely stiff. Find out the answers to frequently asked questions about this exciting new motor technology.
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Image - Top Product: <br>Silicon carbide foam -- Extreme toughness in a lightweight form
Top Product:
Silicon carbide foam -- Extreme toughness in a lightweight form

Silicon carbide (SiC) foam, available from Goodfellow, provides the exceptional hardness (Mohs 9), high-temp durability (up to 2,200 C), and performance of solid silicon carbide, but in an extremely lightweight and versatile foam structure. This material has a high thermal and electrical conductivity, and its matrix of cells and ligaments is completely repeatable, regular, and uniform throughout the material, yielding a rigid, highly porous and permeable structure with a controlled density of metal per unit volume. This combination of properties is highly valued in a range of industries, including aerospace, defense, and semiconductor manufacturing. Applications include: high-temp filters, rocket nozzles, heat-shielding elements, heat exchangers, and electromagnetic radiation absorbers.
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Image - Top Product: <br>Industrial wheel and caster innovation
Top Product:
Industrial wheel and caster innovation

Caster Concepts has developed an exciting new motion solution: the TWERGO wheel (Multiple Wheel Ergonomic). Designed for a wide variety of industrial applications, casters that utilize new-concept TWERGO wheels provide easier movement of loaded carts or vehicles. TWERGO's unique tread minimizes friction and eliminates scrubbing and sliding when turning, while providing the impact resistance of normal wheels. The multiple wheel design is anchored by a robust spanner that improves on existing wheel designs, and the wheel hub features aluminum die-cast cores for maximum strength. All wheels rotate independently of each other. These casters have a very long tread life and are maintenance free.
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Image - Top Product: <br>Heavy-duty spring plungers optimize positioning accuracy
Top Product:
Heavy-duty spring plungers optimize positioning accuracy

SZ-NIV-HD series heavy-duty spring plungers from FIPA are new must-haves in rough production environments. Also called spring-loaded suction fingers, the units ensure that the attached suction cups handle sensitive products gently and protect the grippers from collision damage. One of the key reasons for the long service life of FIPA's heavy-duty spring plungers is the high-quality igus plain bearing, which offers high abrasion resistance and excellent sliding properties with minimum play. The lubricant embedded in the bushing material ensures smooth running and thus maintenance-free operation throughout the entire service life.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Toolbox, And More
Part 1 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Toolbox, And More
What were the most-read stories in Designfax for the first half of 2014? 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 the first of our two-part Designfax special.
Go to the Most Popular issue Part 1.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
New wind-power concept inspired by birds
Taking a cue from the natural airfoil design of bird wings, the creative wizards at pneumatics specialist Festo have come up with a totally new concept for generating wind power. The horizontal DualWingGenerator uses an opposing-wing design to generate electricity and is especially effective at low wind speeds. This video explains the simple mechanical inner workings. A really fresh -- and inspiring -- design.
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Boeing QF-16 makes first unmanned flight
Last September, a pilotless F-16 fighter jet roared into the sky for the first time at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The modified, remote-controlled F-16s will be used for real-world target practice by the U.S. Air Force.
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