Punch Dies: Knockout Round 1

A knockout has two roles, that is, the role of a stripper of a hole punching punch and the role of ejecting the product that has entered inside the die. Normally, a knockout is prepared with the same shape as ...

The 3 Weirdest Places You’ll Find Automation

Automation may be one of the more polarizing topics in America right now. For millions of American workers, especially those in non-skilled jobs, automation is probably seen as a threat, not an improvement, to their quality of life. Many jobs ...
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Automation Design Tips: Direction Change Mechanisms

The direction-changing mechanism is a mechanical component that alleviates restrictions such as arrangement or size on the mechanism design when transmitting forces from the driving shaft to the driven shaft. In other words, this mechanism changes the direction of forces ...

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 ...