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 ...

Bearing All: Retaining Methods

A bearing by definition is a part of a machine that bears friction, especially between a rotating part and its housing. The architectural definition is a structural part that supports weight. A ball bearing is a rolling element bearing that ...

Give Your Design a Boost: Boost Mechanisms

A mechanism designed to generate a large force from a small force is called a boost mechanism. Mechanical components that constitute this boost mechanism include links, levers, screws, wedges, gears, and pulleys. For lightweight arms of robots, the link mechanism is ...

The Internet of Things – What is a Smart City?

We’ve covered what IoT is, security, and even manufacturing. To conclude this series, we will cover Smart Cities and the technologies that are in use today. A smart city uses IoT to gather and analyze data from connected devices such ...

The Internet of Things – What is Industry 4.0?

We’ve covered what is IoT, security and now onto manufacturing. The internet of things has not only affected consumers and developed new organizations. It has affected the manufacturing industry in a variety of ways. The industrial revolution started with steam ...

UPDATE MAKEiT, Inc: Project Bigfoot

This week we catch up with our friends at MAKEiT, Inc on their project Bigfoot as well as their new technology. Check out how MISUMI Aluminum Extrusion, bearings and shafts gave them the precision they needed to create their 3D printed ...