The Technique of Losing Weight: Part Two

Strength and Shape Design Considerations After looking at ways to use different plastics instead of metal in last week’s post, we will examine shape and material in this week’s post. Weight reduction is a design task assigned to many engineers, ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part One

In response to concerns about global warming and depletion of subterranean resources such as petroleum oil, the automobile industry is rapidly shifting from gasoline-based cars to hybrid and electric cars. As a CO2 emissions-reduction measure, many countries are competing to make ...

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 ...