|April 18, 2023||Volume 19 Issue 15|
|NASA's Mars Helicopter completes 50th flight|
Designed to fly no more than five times, the 4-lb Mars Helicopter called Ingenuity was intended to prove powered, controlled flight on another planet was possible. Built with many off-the-shelf components, such as smartphone processors and cameras, it has wildly exceeded expectations.
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|Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors|
EXAIR's Line Vac connects to standard hose or tube to create a powerful conveyor. The design features large throat diameters for maximum throughput capability. A small amount of compressed air is injected through directed nozzles to produce a vacuum on one end and high output flows on the other.
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|Retaining rings and wave springs solutions: |
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|What's the difference between rubber, acrylic, and silicone PSA tapes for assembly?|
While there are a broad range of PSA tapes that provide different levels of quick stick, adhesive strength, adhesion to difficult substrates, environmental resistance, and more, the three most common categories that cover the widest variety of use cases are rubber, silicone, acrylic. What are the differences between these tapes? Which applications are best suited for each? Engineered Materials runs through the strengths and weaknesses of each type, providing general guidelines of when you'd want to use acrylic, rubber, or silicone PSA tapes.
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|Feel the difference: 2-shot injection molded knobs sample pack|
In 1979, Rogan was the first knob company to mold a knob utilizing the 2-shot injection molding process, which uses a single plastic molding machine specially made to inject two materials sequentially or one on top of the other. If you've ever used a plastic toothbrush with a colorful rubber grip, it was likely 2-shot injection molded. Create a competitive advantage for your products. You can add markings, custom colors or graphics, and even glow-in-the-dark materials. Request a sample of control knobs or clamping knobs -- or both.
Request a sample pack from Rogan, and feel the difference.
|ClampDisk micro fastener is new alternative for automotive and consumer electronics|
Designed as a unique alternative in assemblies for the automotive and consumer electronics markets, the ClampDisk Press-on Fastener is a new offering from PennEngineering that delivers a fast, simple way to achieve sheet-to-sheet clamped fastening while replacing the use of standard screws, nuts, and adhesives. The most common challenges that can be eliminated or reduced by using ClampDisk include over installation, cross threading, stripped screw heads, broken screws, and damaged product. This fastener can be removed easily with a sharp-edged tool.
Learn more and see how ClampDisk works.
|What motor torque constant to use for drive type: Theory and application|
Calculating motor torque from available drive current can be confusing due to many different drive types and the multiple ways current is specified. This informative online paper from Celera Motion provides the key formulas for torque constant and motor current from the fundamental principles of three-phase motor theory. It also walks through the many ways torque can be calculated. This information applies to a brushless motor (BLAC or permanent magnet synchronous machines) configuration.
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|High-current chokes for automotive and industrial|
TDK Corporation presents the B82559A*A033 series of new shielded EPCOS ERU33 high-current chokes for through-hole mounting. Designed for very high saturation currents from 32 to 83 A at 100 C, the six new types cover a range of inductance values from 3.2 to 10 microhenry. Typical automotive applications are buck-boost chokes for DC-DC converters (e.g., for 48-V on-board power supplies or differential mode chokes in the input filter of onboard chargers) or as storage and output chokes in high-current supplies and PoL supplies for industrial electronics.
|Most popular last issue|
|First Look: Genesis GV80 Coupe Concept -- Sweet!|
The designers over at luxury brand Genesis have come up with what we think is one of the coolest new car designs of the year: the GV80 Coupe Concept. The four-passenger, rear-wheel-drive sports car/SUV mashup, which is rumored to sport a turbo V-6, is part of the brand's bid to diversify its lineup with more performance-oriented niche models.
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