As cutting speeds increase, so do component lifetime requirements. This two-stage wiper cleans and lubricates to extend ball screw life.
Problem: Precision-ground ball screws designed for 300 to 400 million revolutions once ensured long life. Today, high-speed cutting machines can reach those numbers within a year, and need added protection from adhesive and abrasive wear.
Solution: Segmented plastic wipers, in combination with a continuous felt ring. During operation, pre-loaded finger-type seals clean the shaft, guiding abrasive contaminants away via beveled edges. A liquid lubricant, oil, or grease - stored and distributed by the felt ring - protects against the adhesive effects of micro-welding.
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.