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 •  December 29, 2017

Material and coating developers for the medical industry are now mixing the two to meet the ever-evolving demands of design engineers. This article was originally published on MedicalDesign.com in April 2014. The rules no longer apply. Materials do more than simply act as the foundation for form and function. Coatings are crossing boundaries to mix...

Machine Design

 •  December 21, 2017

Traditional machine hardwiring involves a virtual maze of wires and cables. In modern machine setups, electrical, signal, and data contact points can number into the hundreds for complex operations or multifunctional machines. For example, a machine designed to stamp, print, and cut paper combines extensive electrical, data, and signal schematics...

Machine Design

 •  November 10, 2017

Plastic gearing has been increasing in usage as designers better understand their benefits and limitations. These gears can be produced by hobbing or stamping or, for large-volume runs, by induction molding. Some of the key benefits of plastics in the production of gearing are: Reduced weight and lower inertia due to the lower density of the...

Machine Design

 •  November 3, 2017

Industry Week had many things to show off, and 3D printing manufacturers didn’t disappoint. Fira de Barcelona—Barcelona’s Industry Week—was the site of around 850 international speakers and more than 50,000 professionals exhibiting innovative technology from around the globe. The event brought together many things, but this particular list is about 3D printing.

Machine Design

 •  October 17, 2017

Machine Design recently traveled to the motion control company’s home base to see its plastic motion parts in action. For mechanical engineers trained to create and design motion control systems with conventional materials—like steel and aluminum—it is difficult to envision these systems operating with different materials. And it’s this design norm...

Machine Design

 •  October 13, 2017

A production line can only move as fast as the parts used to support it. Whether it is a conveyor system, a belt, or a sorting bin, using the right actuators, linear guide rails, and bearings will result in a more efficient manufacturing process. A recent case study out of Johannesburg, South Africa, highlights the need to implement proper support...

Machine Design

 •  September 21, 2017

Growth in 3D printing marches on at an annual 26% clip. While new printers keep increasing the print speeds and range of materials that can be used, data on recycling these materials has been sparse. In July 2017, CNBC reported the world has produced over 9 billion tons of plastic since the 1950s, and only about 9% was recycled. If 3D printing is...

Machine Design

 •  September 14, 2017

Control cables increasingly have to withstand temperature extremes in applications such as food and beverage machines, industrial ovens, furnaces, foundries, and industrial process equipment. These applications can subject the cable to continuous-use temperatures as low as −50°C and as high as 180°C. For these environmental conditions, customers...

Machine Design

 •  September 8, 2017

Let’s take a look into three different case studies from Rollon Corp. on how to design with linear motion bearings and how they can help improve a factory floor. The ability to mount and move equipment is essential to any modern manufacturing plant. Many factory and machine setups have doors, cages, containers, and panels that move to allow workers...

Machine Design

 •  August 8, 2017

Plastic bearings frequently outperform metal bearings, including when strength and durability are essential to the application. Some engineers are hesitant about using plastic bearings in their designs. Many of them, having trusted metal and bronze bearings for years, don’t feel the need to make a switch. Others are simply under the impression that plastics aren’t capable of...