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February 04, 2020Volume 16 Issue 05


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Noisy Bearing??
Smalley wave springs are ideal for bearing preload. The wave spring preloads the bearing through its outer race, taking up play in the bearing. Preloading will reduce bearing damage, wear, noise and vibration. The wave spring prevents sliding between the rolling elements. Bearing springs come in metric sizes to match popular bearing sizes. Smalley has over 150 standard springs available, from .157 to 120". Customs are available for unique bearing sizes with No-Tooling-Charges™.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • NASA green-lights commercial space station module
  • Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service
  • Say what? Drag can lift birds to new heights
  • Large and in charge: 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
  • Faster scan and align with intelligent algorithms
  • 3D Printing: Footwear co. turns ideas to prototypes in a day
  • The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
  • How to avoid premature linear screw actuator failure
  • SmartMotor with IP65 protection
  • Benefits of hybrid bearings
  • Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners
  • Hagglunds motors extensive resource kit
  • igus unveils first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Watch Universal Robots handle precise machining
    • See paper 'explode' in 144-ton hydraulic press
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Prospect of 'universal' cancer therapy raised
    • Update: New Army vertical lift capabilities
    • First all-digital road noise cancellation
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: GMC 2021 Yukon Denali

News

Phase-change materials instead of moving parts: Researchers discover a new way to control infrared light

Scientists transform barbecue lighter into a high-tech lab device

300 billion RPM: World's fastest-spinning object powered by light

History made under pressure: 60th anniversary of U.S. Navy's deepest ocean dive celebrated



Image - New 22mm Brushless Servo Motor Packs a Punch
New 22mm Brushless Servo Motor Packs a Punch
Introducing the new FAULHABER 2264 BP4 series brushless dc servo motor. At 22 mm in diameter and 64 mm in length, the 2264 BP4 series delivers 59 mNm of continuous torque and reaches speeds up to 34,500 revolutions per minute. These impressive power and performance capabilities are possible due to a new segmented winding of the coil, which also improves overall efficiency of the motor.
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Feature articles

Image - NASA green-lights commercial space station module
NASA green-lights commercial space station module
"The human dream of universal access to living and working in space has drawn one step closer." At least that's what Axiom Space says, now that the Houston, Texas-based company? has been selected by NASA to provide at least one habitable commercial module to be attached to the International Space Station. The project could ultimately serve as the replacement for the ISS.
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Image - Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service with 30% extra transport capacity
Airbus BelugaXL cargo plane enters service with 30% extra transport capacity
Jan. 9 was a big, big day for Airbus when the first of six new BelugaXL cargo planes -- boasting the largest cargo bay cross-section of all existing cargo aircraft worldwide -- entered into service. The new mega plane will provide Airbus with 30 percent extra transport capacity in order to shuttle huge commercial aircraft parts to and from its various facilities.
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Image - Say what? Drag can lift birds to new heights, Stanford researchers find
Say what? Drag can lift birds to new heights, Stanford researchers find
Future aerial design may owe a nod of thanks to five parrotlets flapping around in an instrumented flight chamber at Stanford University. They revealed that counter to conventional understanding of how animals and planes fly, the birds can utilize drag to support their body weight during takeoff and employ lift as a brake in their landings.
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Image - Large and in charge: 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
Large and in charge: 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
If a big and tall shop existed for SUVs, you'd find the 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL models front and center. You couldn't miss them, though, even if they ended up in the back. GMC's next-gen flagship large SUV line is headlined by an all-new and more upscale Denali and the first-ever, ride-higher Yukon AT4 targeted for off-roading.
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Image - Faster scan and align with intelligent algorithms
Faster scan and align with intelligent algorithms
Have you heard of Intelligent Alignment? This example shows a direct-drive V-508 XY stage run by an ACS motion controller with internal intelligent alignment algorithms. The modular architecture delivers long travel, high speed, and extreme precision. See it live in PI's booth #4857 at Photonics West 2020!
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Image - 3D Printing: Footwear co. turns ideas to prototypes in a day
3D Printing: Footwear co. turns ideas to prototypes in a day
With the help of 3D printing, a Spanish multinational footwear company called Camper has taken a giant leap to enhance the creativity of its designers and engineers. Using Sigma and Sigmax 3D printers from BCN3D, the company's time to get prototypes dropped dramatically -- from 30 days to 24 hours.
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Image - The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
The battle of stainless: 303 vs. 304 vs. 316
Choosing the correct stainless steel material is critical to any application -- especially those designed for wash-down, corrosion resistance, heat resistance, or strength. There are a variety of materials to choose from, with many different specifications tied to them. But do you know the differences between the most widely used grades? Carlicia Layosa from MISUMI gives the rundown.
Read this informative MISUMI blog.

Image - How to avoid premature linear screw actuator failure
How to avoid premature linear screw actuator failure
At their core, electric linear screw actuators deploy mechanical technology such as ball bearings, ball screws, and roller screws that have a finite life. These components do not last forever -- even though that is the expectation of some customers. But how long will an actuator really last? Tolomatic engineers provide a way to calculate, estimate, and size the electric linear screw actuator to achieve the desired life for your applications.
Read this informative Tolomatic blog.

Image - SmartMotor with IP65 protection
SmartMotor with IP65 protection
Moog Animatics has just released their fully featured and integrated Class 5 S-Style SmartMotor with IP65 protection in the frame sizes NEMA 23 and 34. These SmartMotor products come equipped with industry-standard M connectors, as well as an optional brake. The S-Style SmartMotor servos share many of the same components as the Class 5 D-style motors, which don't have IP protection. This significantly reduces production costs and sales prices, resulting in an excellent price-performance ratio.
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Image - Benefits of hybrid bearings
Benefits of hybrid bearings
Hybrid bearings have shown good performance in poor lubrication and contaminated conditions, but the understanding of the contributing mechanisms and their effect on performance is still lacking. SKF has developed more insight into the tribology of hybrid bearings through both dedicated experiments and modeling.
Read about it here.

Image - Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners in thin metal sheet applications
Spinning flare nuts eliminate loose fasteners in thin metal sheet applications
PEM SFN spinning flare nuts from PennEngineering become permanently captivated upon installation in thin metal sheets and, when paired with a self-clinching stud or other fixed externally threaded hardware, can eliminate all loose fasteners (including flange nuts) in attachment applications. These one-piece, flanged hex nuts additionally will spin freely in a sheet, enabling quick attachment to mating hardware. Their use ultimately promotes savings in assembly time and costs.
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Image - Hagglunds motors extensive resource kit
Hagglunds motors extensive resource kit
Manufactured with leading-edge technology, Hagglunds drive systems from Bosch Rexroth are designed to provide an unmatched combination of speed, power, and torque. There are more than 60,000 of these motors running across the world in a wide range of industries -- from sugar refinement and mining to recycling systems and plastics production. Rexroth has compiled 50 years of proven expertise on these workhorse motors into one easy-to-access resource kit. Get white papers, technical articles, videos, and more.
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Image - igus unveils first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain
igus unveils first plastic-steel hybrid energy chain
igus has developed the first plastic-steel hybrid energy chains for safe and compact vertical guidance of cables and hoses. The new energy supply system, called the YE.42, is 50 percent lighter than conventional steel chains due to the high-performance polymers manufactured by igus. The hybrid chains also provide 50 percent more unsupported length than plastic energy chains and have higher rigidity. The chains are easy to assemble and maintain due to their modular design, and operators can rely on work platforms or vertical lifts for a safe, lightweight, cost-effective, and quickly replaceable system.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Prospect of 'universal' cancer therapy raised after discovery of new T-cell
Prospect of 'universal' cancer therapy raised after discovery of new T-cell
Researchers at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that offers hope of a "one-size-fits-all" cancer therapy. T-cell therapies for cancer -- where immune cells are removed, modified, and returned to the patient's blood to seek and destroy cancer cells -- are the latest paradigm in cancer treatments.
Read the full article.

Image - Update: New vertical lift capabilities take flight during Army demo
Update: New vertical lift capabilities take flight during Army demo
Army officials joined industry leaders earlier this month to get a closer look at cutting-edge capabilities for future vertical lift to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk. Developers from Bell Textron demoed their part-aircraft, part-helicopter Bell V-280 Valor. Another helo mock-up, the Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant, is expected to flex its muscles and show further airlift capabilities next month at Sikorsky's facility in West Palm Beach, FL.
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Image - First all-digital road noise cancellation system developed by Hyundai and Analog Devices
First all-digital road noise cancellation system developed by Hyundai and Analog Devices
Analog Devices and Hyundai Motor Co. have collaborated on the automotive industry's first all-digital road noise cancellation system. The system uses Analog Device's Automotive Audio Bus (A2B) technology -- a high-bandwidth, bidirectional, digital audio bus.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Watch Universal Robots handle precise machining task, increasing throughput by 43%
Injection molder EVCO Plastics faced the challenge of having to staff round-the-clock production with fast-changing processes. Watch how cobots from Universal Robots now automate complex assembly, 3D printer harvesting, and packaging -- freeing up employees and delivering a fast ROI.
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See paper 'explode' in 144-ton hydraulic press
Annihilated any good books lately? The affable experimenters over at the Hydraulic Press Channel are at it again, this time using their hydraulic press to crush a stack of printer paper, paperback books, pure paper pulp, playing cards, and more. The results are surprisingly energetic, and the big-bang payoff is greater than many other things they've crushed in a while.
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