It's not common for U.S. engineers to re-engineer a product designed in Asia. But that's exactly what engineers at Enidine, which specializes in shock and vibration technologies, did recently with a long-stroke, high-performance shock absorber. Norm MacKenzie, product line manager for the new PRO Long Stroke Series units, explains that Enidine acquired the extension to its line of standard hydraulic products from a Korean company. "The original product was only capable of about 30,000 cycles," he explains. "So although it's not usual for us to work this way, we redesigned the piston head and foam accumulator to get around 5 million cycles." Enidine just released the product, which can accommodate from 75 to 2,300 in-lbs. Target applications include pick-and-place robotics and plastics molding equipment.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.