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|June 11, 2019||Volume 15 Issue 22|
|Elevate Your Product Development|
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|Download 52-Page EMI/RFI Shielding Catalog|
Tech-Etch Shielding Catalog PDF features to-scale technical drawings, compression values, and metal thickness for over 100 BeCu and stainless steel Finger Stock shielding profiles. Interactive sales drawings for all shielding profiles as well as Metalized Gaskets, Fan Vents, and Board Level Shields can be downloaded. Catalog includes contact rings, "D" connector gaskets, conductive foam gaskets, knitted mesh shielding, elastomer gaskets, air filters, and honeycomb vents. A valuable reference for the design engineer.
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|Most powerful Ferrari ever is company's first hybrid-electric vehicle|
Ferrari's latest creation is its most extreme ever. The 986-hp SF90 Stradale is the Prancing Horse's first series production plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, and the company says it needs all-wheel drive "to allow the incredible power unleashed by the hybrid powertrain to be fully exploited." That means 0 to 60 in 2.5 sec. Wow. Hope it comes with designer neck restraints!
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|Toolbox: Pistons made of sapphire? Who needs that -- and who can make it?|
If you want a prototype piston made of metal for research purposes, you have a lot of options -- you can even 3D print your own. But what if you need something much more exotic, like the second-hardest natural material? When Mid Michigan Research had just such a need, it turned to Insaco for the company's long history of custom fabrication of sapphire precision parts, often in unusual forms.
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|UV-protected and waterproof panel mount indicators|
Visual Communications Company (VCC) recently announced the addition of its new PML50 Series Waterproof LED panel mount indicator (PMI). The new semi-dome indicator offers the same great features as the other PMIs in the PML50 family, with the added bonus of UV protection. This PMI has a white diffused lens for optimal side distance viewing and UV-resistant lens for superior performance in outdoor harsh environments -- and it will not discolor or fade. It achieves full brightness in microseconds, even in daylight viewing conditions. Ideal for a range of industries where outdoor status indication is crucial, including maritime, oil, gas, transportation, and industrial.
|New Modular Mounting Systems from Ruland|
Ruland Manufacturing now supplies a large selection of modular mounting components that designers can combine to make complete systems for positioning sensors, scanners, reflectors, cameras, coolant pipes, air nozzles and more. The diversity of component sizes and materials allows them to be used in many different industrial, food processing, and packaging environments. Parts that make up modular mounting systems include mounting brackets, bracket clamps, tubes, rods, tube end caps, mini-clamp tube connectors, swivel clamp tube connectors, mounting bases, portable magnet bases, clamping lever kits, and adjustable spring joints. The wide range of modular mounting components enables designers to customize systems to whatever the application requires.
|New optical joysticks for medical and military|
CTI Electronics (an affiliate of Electro Switch Corp.) has launched a new line of optical joystick motion controllers and mouse pointing devices. Made in the USA, LightStick Series controllers exceed medical and military performance standards for electromagnetic and RF disturbance in applications to 200 V/m -- without additional shielding. The LightStick's patented noncontact optical sensor technology ensures highly repeatable operator feedback for the life of the controller -- up to 10 million cycles and a MTBF greater than 10 years of operation.
|Extreme-force electric actuator for press and punch|
Tolomatic's RSX extreme force electric actuator family has been expanded -- this time with more options capable of replacing hydraulic cylinders. The new RSX096P Press Model is designed for pressing, punching, clinching, joining, and other applications requiring extreme force. This hydraulic-class actuator is capable of forces up to 40,000 lbf (178 kN). It features Tolomatic planetary roller screw technology for long life and consistent performance.
|Most popular last issue|
|KLM invests in Flying-V blended wing concept aircraft research|
Is "V" the shape of things to come? With their eyes on sustainability, lightweighting, and efficiency, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a new cooperative agreement to work with Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands to further develop the blended wing, boomerang-shaped "Flying-V" aircraft design, which aims to carry the same number of passengers as the Airbus A350 (314) but use 20 percent less fuel.
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|How HondaJet used NASA facilities for over-the-wing engine mount development|
These days, computers handle a lot of the work for designing an airplane, but when it comes to seeing how well the new design will really handle in the air, there's nothing like a real-life test in a wind tunnel. NASA's National Transonic Facility is one of the best, and when the agency's engineers aren't using it to test their own aeronautic innovations, private companies are sometimes able to use the available space.
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|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Learn about insert molding, undercuts, over molding, and more|
Whether you need injection molding, CNC machining, or rapid prototypes, Xcentric Mold has you covered. Xcentric is a rapid manufacturer, delivering production parts in as little as 15 days. They can handle complex or simple part designs. If you are interested in injection molding, Xcentric has a lot of online resources, including videos about insert molding, undercuts, over molding, and more.
View Xcentric Mold's injection molding videos page.
|How Nord-Lock washers work|
Can you get a design and functional edge with a wedge? In this animated video, Nord-Lock explains the principle behind their original wedge-locking technology, which secures bolted joints -- even when exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. The company says it is impossible for this washer type to loosen unintentionally, due to the wedge created underneath the bolt head and nut.
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