Automation Design Tips: Transferring with Rollers Part 2

In the previous Automation Design Tips on Transferring with Rollers, it was explained that the three-row independent feed roller configuration would be more efficient. Here are a few more tips to consider with this configuration and how to improve the ...

Automation Design Tips: Transferring with Rollers

During this series of Automation Design Tips, we will be covering design elements of transfer specifically with rollers. As technology advances, components become smaller and more compact which requires specific automation techniques and maintenance. Transfer mechanisms require high versatility in ...

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 ...

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. ...

Swaging: A Deformation

In the simplest of terms, products are generally made by functionally assembling various parts. Product design and assembly/production technology enabling stable product quality at low cost (in other words, products that are easy to make) are key to this assembly ...