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|May 23, 2023||Volume 19 Issue 20|
|Over 26,000 Stock Metric Gears|
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America -- with over 26,000 configurations. KHK USA offers Metric Spur Gears, Metric Helical Gears, Metric Internal Ring Gears, Metric Gear Racks, Metric Bevel Gears, Metric Worms and Wormwheels from stock! Free 3D CAD models, technical specs and 24/7 price and availability detailed online.
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|55 years ago: Armstrong survives training crash|
On May 6, 1968, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, then assigned as back-up commander for the Apollo 9 mission, took off on a simulated lunar landing mission in Lunar Landing Research Vehicle #1 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. He had been airborne about 5 minutes when he suddenly lost control of the first pure fly-by-wire aircraft.
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|Lexus 2024 LC 500: Keeps getting better|
Lexus' flagship sports coupe, the 471-hp V8 LC 500, gets updated technology and convenience features, new colors, an improved suite of standard safety features, and a Bespoke Build option for 2024. Available also as a hybrid, the two-door grand tourer combines luxe design with thrilling high performance like few other cars on the road. There's a convertible option too.
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|What's the best high-temperature gasket material -- silicone foam, sponge, or solid rubber?|
Silicone has long been regarded as an excellent gasket material because of its resilience, superior temperature stability, and good resistance to the elements, but what are the pros and cons of the different silicone gasketing types such as foam, sponge, or rubber? Learn all about operating temperatures, needed compression sets, strength, and electrical considerations in this insightful article from Engineered Materials.
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|Filter fans for enclosures: 70 models in new series|
The new 4000 Series filter fans from Seifert Systems covers 70 UL-listed models designed for enclosure applications. They snap in place once a cutout is made in the enclosure. Mounting screws are available with EMC models or as an option. Other mounting options available. Filter media snaps in place and easily slides out for replacement. When used with a Seifert thermostat, 4000 Series filter fans can be turned on only when needed. Models cover physical sizes from 4.2 x 4.2 x 2.6 to 12.8 x 12.8 x 6.3 in., and air flow ranges from 7 to 483 cfm.
|New high-payload cobots from FANUC|
FANUC America has introduced two new high-payload-capacity collaborative robots: the CRX-25iA Cobot with 30-kg payload capacity and the CR-35iB model that can handle 50 kg. FANUC's entire series of CRX collaborative robots are reliable, flexible, and can run for eight years without maintenance. Easy-to-use interactive programming allows operators to teach points using hand guidance or a Tablet TP with drag-and-drop icons. The CR-35iB boasts a large work envelope and a small installation footprint, which works well in tight spaces.
|Just the right tension: New clamping elements|
JW Winco has expanded its range of clamping elements by adding new side clamps suitable for universal and specific purposes, primarily in jig and tool construction and small series production. The standard parts come in various versions: with clamping screws, hand levers, cam levers, and matching accessories. Side clamps with clamping thread GN 9190.1 use rotary-mounted clamping jaws, while side clamp GN 9190 features a spiral tension lever. Support blocks available too. See all the new options.
|Servo motor for medium- to heavy-washdown applications|
Kollmorgen has launched its IP69k-rated AKMA servo motor built specifically for durability, cleanability, and versatility. It employs a hardened anodized aluminum surface to offer machine designers a cost-effective, hygienic option to stainless steel in medium- to heavy-washdown applications. The lightweight design of the AKMA motor makes it easy to install and maintain, and its high torque density offers machine builders more performance in a smaller footprint. It is ideally suited for precision motion applications in food and beverage processing, and in pharmaceutical and medical packaging operations.
|Miniature linear guides simplify mounting in tight spaces|
IKO's LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact, lightweight design that makes mounting easy in tight spaces. With an ultra-small 2.5-mm height dimension, it is designed with tapped rails for bottom mounting and stability. The LWLF2 guide is structured with two rows of balls that make contact with the raceway at four points to provide high stability and accuracy -- even in applications with varying load direction or complexity. Applications include robotics and grippers, semiconductor fabrication, life science, and aerospace.
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|Top 10 ways to save on CNC machining|
CNC machining follows a few important rules like rounding corners, machining pockets, and maintaining wall thicknesses to specific ratios. Reducing complexity reins in this process. Watch and learn as experts from Xometry lay out their top recommendations, which could save you time, money, and a manufacturing headache or two. Excellent info.
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