One for All: Universal Design

“Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” -architect Ronald L. Mace. This design concept began in the 1950s in ...

Belt Driven Actuators: Loads and Speeds

Actuators are systems used to control or drive a load. There are pneumatic, hydraulic and electric actuators, all utilizing mechanical parts to move a load. A category of electric actuators are belt actuators and belt drive systems. Belt drive systems ...

Your Metal is Showing: Low Temperature Black Chrome Plating

Low temperature black chrome (LTBC) plating is a special coating used for many different products such as shafting, linear guides, and actuators.  This popular coating is beneficial in many ways.  First, let’s review what it is.  Basically, low-temperature black chrome ...

The End Of All Mills

In the MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) world, replacement parts are key for production lines and machines.  They oversee keeping things running with little down time and in the most efficient manner.  One such piece of the machine puzzle are end ...

All Things FIRST®: WORLDS, Houston, TX

Another supplier perk is providing spare parts and technical advice in the Robot Service Center during the Championships or more commonly called by the teams, Worlds.  There are 2 locations for the championships, Houston and St. Louis.  We attended both ...

Design Spotlight MAKEiT, Inc. Pt 4: Bigfoot

For the last post in Design Spotlight, MAKEiT, Inc‘s CEO and CTO, Salomo Murtonen, gives us insight on their latest project, codename: “Bigfoot”.  We ask him about the design, which MISUMI components they used and why.  Read on! Q1: Give ...

Design Spotlight MAKEiT, Inc. Pt 3: The Design

For part 3 of this series, we look into MAKEiT, Inc.’s  design process and how MISUMI influences it. Q1:  What is your design process from concept to build and how long does is that process? Our first model, the MAKEiTⓇ Pro, was ...