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.
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.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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