Carlicia is a Marketing Product Engineer at MISUMI USA and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Certified SolidWorks Associate and is passionate about education and training.

Stronger Than Gold: Titanium Nitride

We’ve touched upon several surface treatments in past posts such as electroless nickel plating. In this post, we will dive deeper into TiN coating. This coating is used in numerous industries such as automotive, medical, aerospace, food processing and energy. ...

Go Big: Large Automation Design

As automation becomes more demanding there is a need for stronger materials and larger equipment. In this post, we review large automation design techniques to be considered in the design phase of large-scale manufacturing machines. Required Performance for the Large ...

Under Pressure: Pneumatic Circuits

Do you hear that air? The click, the swoosh, the tsks, and the wisps all that comes from the air source on the manufacturing floor. It powers pneumatic actuators in assemblies and machines. Compressed air as the energy source for ...

MechMinutes Video: Intro to Linear Motion

INTRO TO LINEAR GUIDES – LINEAR MOTION #1 | MECH MINUTES | MISUMI USA In the latest series of “Mech Minutes”, we will take a deep dive into the world of linear motion technology and linear guides. We will discuss ...

To Step and To Serve: Motors

Small motors can be categorized into motors to obtain power by converting electrical energy to rotational energy, and motors for control where rotational position and velocity are regulated to achieve specific control purposes. The latter is mainly used for automation ...

Bearing All: Retaining Methods

A bearing by definition is a part of a machine that bears friction, especially between a rotating part and its housing. The architectural definition is a structural part that supports weight. A ball bearing is a rolling element bearing that ...

Give Your Design a Boost: Boost Mechanisms

A mechanism designed to generate a large force from a small force is called a boost mechanism. Mechanical components that constitute this boost mechanism include links, levers, screws, wedges, gears, and pulleys. For lightweight arms of robots, the link mechanism is ...

The Internet of Things – What is a Smart City?

We’ve covered what IoT is, security, and even manufacturing. To conclude this series, we will cover Smart Cities and the technologies that are in use today. A smart city uses IoT to gather and analyze data from connected devices such ...

The Internet of Things – What is Industry 4.0?

We’ve covered what is IoT, security and now onto manufacturing. The internet of things has not only affected consumers and developed new organizations. It has affected the manufacturing industry in a variety of ways. The industrial revolution started with steam ...