MATERIALS: PennEngineering’s PEM® large-sized self-clinching studs come in lengths up to 6 inch/152 mm and thread sizes up to ½ inch/M14 to offer a value-added capability that allows users to select from a wide range of variations to tailor fastener to application needs. Among available variations, studs can be ordered in assorted head and clinch styles, including six-lobe, multi-lug, knurl and hexagonal; they can be specially heat-treated to achieve greater tensile strength (up to Grade 10.9); dog point threads will enable quick location of the mating fastener; MAThread®/MATpoint® anti cross-threading design will allow for threads to self-align to prevent jamming, correct off-angle installations and speed production; and all types can be supplied in a range of finishes and coatings. The studs install easily (without welding) using any parallel acting press or automated equipment and embed securely and permanently in metal sheets or sections as thin as .036 inch/.91 mm with hardness up to HRB 85/HB 165. They can reliably attach components or assemblies in the agricultural, automotive and railroad, construction, electrical, HVAC, and material handling industries, among others.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.