Component Alignment Technology

The parts feeder component alignment technology has been a mature technology since the industrial automation became popular since the early 1970s. But miniaturization of the parts to be aligned has increased the difficulty levels of alignment methods. For parts aligning, ...

Top 10 Gadgets Engineers Nerd Out Over

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over and you still do not have a gift for your favorite engineer? Have no fear, we’ve asked our very own MISUMI engineers for their favorite tech gadgets and smartphone applications. They’ve recommended items ...

Rotary to Linear Motion

A slider-crank mechanism is a typical design which converts rotary motion into linear motion. It is achieved by connecting a slider and a crank with a rod. This mechanism is also utilized as a system that converts the reciprocating linear ...

The Need for Speed: High-Speed Automation Design

In the midst of adverse market conditions, automation devices must be manufactured to a higher standard in terms of quality, cost, and delivery time. The requirements of making automation devices high-speed not only involves increasing the productivity per hour but ...

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 ...

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 ...