|June 01, 2021||Volume 17 Issue 21|
|Compact Wave Spring = Big Impact|
What will you do with a more compact design? From robotic surgical instruments to bearing preload, Smalley Wave Springs have been the trusted solution in every industry for over 100 years. In applications with tight space constraints, Smalley wave springs are ideal for optimizing space. They offer the same force as an ordinary coil spring, but at up to 50% of the height, leading to an overall decrease in assembly size, weight, and cost.
|24% More Torque Per Watt -- in a 10-mm Package|
Looking for an ultra-compact, high-efficiency DC motor? Meet the FAULHABER 1016 SR series. Only 10 mm in diameter and 16 mm in length, the 1016 SR series delivers over 24% more torque per watt than competitors' motors of the same dimensions. Additional strengths include low power consumption, minimal vibration, and low audible noise, making it well suited for battery-operated devices and applications with small dimensions and high torque requirements.
|Can hydrogen paste power motorcycles and scooters?|
High-pressure hydrogen fuel tanks are not a viable alternative-fuel option for motorcycles and scooters, but researchers in Germany have another plan: POWERPASTE. This experimental material -- which sports a huge energy density -- stores hydrogen in a chemical form at atmospheric pressure and is activated simply by adding water.
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|All-new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder: Big fun and adventure|
The Nissan Pathfinder has gotten a heavy-duty refresh for 2022, and it's looking like a pretty solid choice for buyers in the market for a family-size SUV. With a 284-hp 3.5-liter direct-injection V6, space for eight, upgraded tech, and confident towing power, Pathfinder has a lot to offer in the way of big fun and adventure.
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|Discover the design and functional advantages of copper foam|
Copper foam from Goodfellow combines the outstanding thermal conductivity of copper with the structural benefits of a metal foam. These features are of particular interest to design engineers working in the fields of medical products and devices, defense systems and manned flight, power generation, and the manufacture of semiconductor devices. This product has a true skeletal structure with no voids, inclusions, or entrapments.
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|Top 5 reasons for solder joint failure|
Solder joint reliability is often a pain point in the design of an electronic system. According to Tyler Ferris at ANSYS, a wide variety of factors affect solder joint reliability, and any one of them can drastically reduce joint lifetime. Properly identifying and mitigating potential causes of solder joint failure during the design and manufacturing process can prevent costly and difficult-to-solve problems later in a product lifecycle.
Read this informative ANSYS blog.
|New robust angle sensors for off-highway and more|
Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the RFE 3200 Series of resilient, touchless Hall-Effect angle sensors. These sensors are specifically designed to operate in demanding environments like off-highway equipment and feature ingress protection to IP69K, EMC immunity, and a decoupled sensor/magnet. The RFE Series measures from 0 to 360 deg and can be ordered with one (partially redundant) or two (fully redundant) channels. High resolution with great dynamic response, large mechanical tolerances, and feasibility of customer-specific output options are added benefits of this wear-free technology.
|Powder metallurgy self-study course|
APMI International is offering a new Self-Study Course on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials Processing. Practical applications of metal and alloy behavior, manufacturing processes, and management objectives will be explored. This technically in-depth course provides valuable knowledge for career development. It contains 30 pre-recorded videos that average 60 minutes each. Presented by Dr. Randall M. German, FAPMI Research Professor at San Diego State University and previously Dean of Engineering Research. BONUS: APMI membership and certification examination opportunity.
|Posi-Lok keyless shaft bushings for secure shaft-to-hub connection|
Zero-Max offers a variety of options within the Posi-Lok keyless shaft bushings (PSL) product line that allow users to rigidly and reliably secure shaft-mounted components into position for optimal operating results in their machines. Options include material choices, plating, and different mounting methods. Posi-Loks are a superior shaft-hub locking solution, eliminating the need for keyways that can weaken or cause excess wear to shaft components. All Posi-Lok models easily slide onto a shaft for mounting and provide reliable, zero-backlash performance.
|New NASA E-Book: Hubble Focus -- The Lives of Stars|
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope team has released a new edition in the Hubble Focus e-book series called "Hubble Focus: The Lives of Stars." This no-cost resource highlights the mission's recent discoveries and observations related to the birth, evolution, and death of stars. Hubble has traced many aspects of the evolution of the universe, revealing clues to its past and present, while the telescope's future observations may offer hints to its ultimate fate. Share this with that little astronomer in your life.
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|Ford F-150 Lightning: Ready to electrify the mass market|
Will the new all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning be the vehicle that makes real inroads into adoption of EVs by the American public? Sporting up to 563 hp and 775 lb-ft. of torque -- the most torque of any F-150 ever -- an exhilarating drive, a high-tech frunk, and the ability to power your home if needed, Lightning could be the one.
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|60 Years Ago: First American in space|
In 1961, the United States and the Soviet Union found themselves in a race to put the first human being into space. The Soviets won the race in April 1961, but on May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard became the first American in space during a suborbital flight aboard his Mercury capsule named Freedom 7. Three weeks later, President John F. Kennedy committed the United States to achieving a lunar landing before the end of the decade.
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|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Universal Robots and New Scale Robotics automate quality control in precision manufacturing|
OptiPro Systems, a manufacturer of precision optical fabrications equipment, faced increased customer demand to offer an automated solution that could measure -- in-process -- the products that OptiPro customers manufacture in its machines. OptiPro found the solution in New Scale Robotics' Q-Span® Workstation, an Application Kit for small parts measurement powered by a UR3 cobot from Universal Robots.
|Alternative to welded bolts in cars: Adhesive-bonded inserts and clips|
A new fastening method called ONSERT technology, developed by DELO and one of its partners, combines bonding and screwing. With ONSERT, fixing elements such as thread inserts or clips are bonded with special light-curing adhesives with extremely short curing times. ONSERTS combine the benefits of welded studs -- such as a high degree of automation, short cycle times, and high load-bearing capacity -- with the possibility of bonding on sheets of less than 0.5-mm thickness as well as on non-metallic lightweight materials. They also add to lightweighting efforts.
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