Sonobond Ultrasonics Inc. has been awarded a $441,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program. The project, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, is part of a $9-million, three-year research effort to develop ultrasonic metal welding technology suitable for the mass production of aluminum car bodies. With some development work, ultrasonic welding could serve as low-cost, environmentally friendly, lightweight alternative to resistance welding, friction stir welding, or riveting. For more info, go to www.sonobondultrasonics.com
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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