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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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