Heavy-duty industrial carts use polymer-covered wheels to reduce noise and
limit damage to floors. The Omega Wheel line of heavy-duty casters goes further,
with a patented cast-spoke design that permits it to deform locally when
encountering irregularities or debris on floors then return to its regular shape
once the obstacle has been cleared. In combination with a proprietary blend of
low-thermal-conductivity polyurethane, the open-spoke design runs cooler than
solid wheels, lessening the chance of debonding of wheel and hub.
Polyurethane's resilience results in a quieter wheel less apt to tear or pick up debris. In many cases, this unit allows users to switch from a spring-mounted caster to a simply supported design. Supplied as complete casters with patented kingpin-less construction or as easily retrofitted wheels, Omega Wheels are available in a range of capacities and sizes.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.