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October 14, 2014Volume 10 Issue 38


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Completely Updated New Full Line Catalog:
Full of New Fasteners

Micro Plastics introduces its new 300-page catalog #40 containing thousands of fastening solutions for engineers and product designers. Find hundreds of new problem-solving products, including Spacers, Washers, Clips, Clamps, Ties, Bushings, Screws, Nuts, Rivets, and Plugs. Micro Plastics specializes in Nylon threaded fasteners, but the company also offers extensive product lines for wire management and circuit board hardware. FREE samples are available upon request.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Army next-gen protective mask
  • NASA software boasts 20 percent lighter structures
  • 'Solar battery' stores its own power
  • Wheels: Triple-boosted 450-hp 4-cylinder engine
  • Mike Likes: Universal Robots on BMW line
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Protecting motor bearings
  • Products: Cables for ultimate EMI protection
  • Products: First instant hybrid adhesive
  • Products: M12 CANopen integrated motors
  • Software: FlowXpert 2015 for waterjets
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Students build rowing-motion wheelchair
    • Inside Boeing's astronaut taxi
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Big-time boost to LED brightness, efficiency
    • Wheels: Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons
    • Engineering better Army tech (Part 2): Lethality
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Volvo Drive-E 450-hp 4-cylinder high-performance engine

News

IBM offers powerful CEO-level analytics for everyone

Body-movement energy harvester that can charge your smartphone wins Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award

ANSYS, Stanford, and Honeywell collaborate to create more fuel-efficient aircraft engines

Swedish Steel Prize finalists announced for 2014



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Standard Line of Flexible Bellows Couplings
FC Series bellows couplings are the standard bellows coupling configuration offered by Servometer with sixteen standard sizes ranging in diameter from 0.250 to 1.00 inch. FC couplings employ Servometer's patented electrodeposited bellows to offer maximum flexibility, side thrust capability, and angular misalignment, and are an ideal fit for most motion control instruments including encoders, potentiometers, servomotors and more.

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Feature articles

Image - Army designing next-generation protective mask
Army designing next-generation protective mask
Engineers at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) are working on the latest chemical-biological helmet and mask protection gear for Soldiers in combat, which include mini fans, sensors, and communication systems.
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Image - NASA software boasts 20 percent lighter structures in 20 percent of the time
NASA software boasts 20 percent lighter structures in 20 percent of the time
Collier Research Corporation is demonstrating HyperSizer, a key software program used to lightweight the heat shield of NASA's Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, at the 2014 Composites and Advanced Materials Expo this week. NASA's Orion team used information gathered from HyperSizer analyses to get a 23 percent reduction of the final weight of the baseline design, which means hundreds of pounds of unnecessary weight were eliminated.
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Image - World's first 'solar battery' is a cell that stores its own power
World's first 'solar battery' is a cell that stores its own power
Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Volvo unveils triple-boosted 450-hp 4-cylinder engine
Wheels:
Volvo unveils triple-boosted 450-hp 4-cylinder engine

They are keeping a lot the details still under wraps, but Volvo unveiled a triple-boost 2-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with no less than 450 hp on October 9. The new engine is the next-gen version of Volvo's 320-hp Drive-E Powertrain range that debuted in 2013 -- an engine that solidified the carmaker's commitment to developing powerful and fuel-efficient 4-cylinders for its passenger-car and SUV lines.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Universal Robots on BMW line
Mike Likes:
Universal Robots on BMW line

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) takes a look at robots on the BMW passenger-car assembly line, paying particular attention to the benefits of the collaborative UR robots from Universal Robots, which require no safety fences, near-zero associate training, and are designed to work alongside humans to take over high-repetition tasks.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Protecting motor bearings from electrical damage
Engineer's Toolbox:
Protecting motor bearings from electrical damage

Bearing isolators, like contact lip seals, are used to retain lubrication, exclude contamination, and extend the service life of the equipment in which they are installed. Applications Engineer Karyn Caverly at Garlock Sealing Technologies runs through industry standards, special features, and a new type of isolator that can be used in variable frequency drives and other motor applications.
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Image - Products: Dual-shielded flat cables for ultimate EMI protection
Products: Dual-shielded flat cables for ultimate EMI protection
Cicoil provides multi-layer shielding options that protect cables from unwanted EMI/RFI issues, even in continuous flexing applications. The double-shielded, flat design is comprised of an inner foil shield that provides 100 percent coverage and an overall tinned copper braid with 90 percent coverage. A durable, yet flexible, PFA insulation is layered between each shield, which protects the inner foil shield from making contact with the outer tinned copper braid. In addition, the foil shield is isolated from damage caused by mechanical stress, vibration, and continuous motion.
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Image - Products: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Products: First instant hybrid cyanoacrylate adhesive
Henkel has introduced Loctite 4090, a versatile, patented hybrid adhesive that combines the bond strength of a structural epoxy with the speed of an instant adhesive. This powerful combo delivers the first structural cyanoacrylate: an adhesive that offers rapid, high-strength bonding to a range of substrates along with impact and moisture resistance, and temperature resistance to 300 F. Versatile enough to solve both indoor and outdoor design and assembly challenges, the new tech greatly expands the capabilities of cyanoacrylates, especially in applications where traditional instant adhesives offer too little strength or are too brittle.
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Image - Products: M12 CANopen integrated motors
Products: M12 CANopen integrated motors
Lexium MDrive integrated motor systems expand industrial field bus communication options with the release of CANopen with M12 circular connectors on NEMA motor sizes 23 & 34. Combined with its compact size, the integrated stepper motor, controller, I/O, and drive electronics with closed-loop performance is an ideal fit for many motion applications.
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Image - Software: FlowXpert 2015 for waterjets
Software: FlowXpert 2015 for waterjets
FlowXpert 2015 software is the first fully integrated, model-based CAD/CAM system available for waterjets. Through the combination of the CAD and CAM systems, Flow customers can quickly design, import, or modify any model and create a tool path in the same software suite. FlowXpert 2015 debuted this year at IMTS and will be available to see in action at Fabtech 2014 in Atlanta Nov. 11-13. FlowXpert 2015 will be available globally in January 2015.
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Most popular last issue

Image - New developments boost LED brightness and efficiency big time
New developments boost LED brightness and efficiency big time
For all of their trumpeted efficiency, did you know that only 2 to 4 percent of the light generated by a standard LED escapes from inside the device? Wow, either did we! With all that trapped light energy, no wonder they get hot. But Princeton University researchers are onto something big to change this, including a 57 percent improvement in brightness and efficiency.
Read the full article.

Image - Wheels: <br>Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons in favor of high-strength steel
Wheels:
Mercedes ditches aluminum pistons in favor of high-strength steel

Think aluminum is the key to lightweighting automobiles and creating efficiencies in the future? Mercedes-Benz doesn't -- at least not for pistons. The company is switching to a high-strength steel piston design for a future line of its diesel passenger-car engines.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineering better Army technology (Part 2): <br>Improving lethality and fires
Engineering better Army technology (Part 2):
Improving lethality and fires

U.S. Army researchers at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal, AL, are engineering technology solutions to enable improved lethality and fires -- and build the Army of 2025 and beyond. Fire support includes mortars, field artillery, air defense artillery, naval and air-delivered weapons.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
University students build custom rowing-motion wheelchair for teen
Rice University students have built a unique, lightweight wheelchair for a Houston teenager who will now be able to row his way forward through the world. The solution, which evaded engineering-student teams for years, required using a spring-arm mechanism and modifying some standard mechanical components.
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Inside Boeing's astronaut taxi to the Space Station
Boeing is known for making airplanes, but they actually have a long history in space. They've been a contractor for NASA on every manned space mission ever flown. A new shuttle will soon take flight, but NASA won't be making it, private companies will. Boeing hopes that the craft to carry humans back and forth to the International Space Station will be their "CST-100" capsule design. Bloomberg gets a rare look at Boeing's space exploration facilities. (Source: Bloomberg) [Image: Boeing]
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