Bearing no blame
News 8/21/2000 Post a comment Sick and tired of having fingers pointed at bearings as the leading cause of machine downtime and failures, bearing manufacturer SKF recently asked some engineers to debunk the myth.
Linear motors, or not?
News 8/21/2000 Post a comment Although many of its competitors have incorporated linear motors into new machine tool designs, engineers at Lamb Technicon say that the technology has yet to offer the appropriate price/performance trade-off to justify its use.
Robo mower won't cop out
News 8/21/2000 Post a comment Friendly Robotics has developed the RL500 robotic lawnmower that uses a miniature electronic brain based on its proprietary Robo-Scanrtechnology to systematically cut grass.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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