The MISUMI Story Pt. 2: Rapid Design

Who is MISUMI? Although MISUMI is a household name in many Asian countries, many still don’t fully understand what we do in North America. That is somewhat understandable since as a manufacturer and distributor of over 21 million components it ...

Locating Pins and Their Function in the Stamping Process

Progressive stamping for Elevated Temperature Environments Progressive stamping is a very efficient high volume manufacturing process that is able to create complicated parts a single feature at a time from sheet metal by a varied combination of bending, punching, and/or ...

Prove Your Engineering Wit and Win – Impossible Quiz!

Admit it, engineers pride themselves on their knowledge – whether it’s solving a complex math problem, designing an imaginary application,  or obscure car trivia, engineers won’t pass up an opportunity to flex their brain muscles. Well, now you have your ...

Compressed Air Systems: Pipe Diameter Sizing

Diameter for factory-wide air distribution plumbing is sized with increased future demands in anticipation. Additionally, the pipes accumulate scales and specks of dust on the internal walls from long-term usage and the flow efficiency will be reduced. For these reasons, ...

Compressed Air Systems: Distribution Plumbing Design

On factory floors, compressed air is often perceived as free, therefore, compressed air plumbing design may be somewhat neglected. However, the quality of plumbing designs largely affects the air quality and air pressure losses, causing machine operation instabilities. Here, compressed ...

MechMinutes Video: Intro to Linear Motion Part 3

INTRO TO LINEAR GUIDES – ACCURACY GRADES #3 | MECH MINUTES | MISUMI USA In today’s session of “Mech Minutes”, we will be demystifying another topic related to Linear Guides, accuracy grades. When designing with linear guides it is important ...

It’s Spring Time Part 4: Energy Absorption, Natural Frequency, and The Surging Phenomenon

In our last post on the spring series, we examine energy absorption, natural frequency, and the surging phenomenon. When you apply a load on the spring, deflection (deformation) occurs in accordance with Hooke’s law. (See [Fig.1].) When you quickly release ...

It’s Spring Time Part 3: Load-Deflection Relationships

We’ve been introduced to materials and characteristics of springs. Let’s dive into helical springs more deeply specifically compression and extension springs. Their load deflection relationships will be evaluated for both. Load-Deflection Relationship for Helical Compression Springs When the load on ...

It’s Spring Time Part 2: Types of Springs

As we have been introduced to springs, as promised, it is time to dive into the types of spring shapes and load-deflection characteristics. Learning about these characteristics can help you narrow down your design decision on the use of springs. ...