MRC released its High-Temperature Plane Bearing Inserts, which function at temperatures up to 500F. Three-part construction includes inner rings made of 316 stainless steel and outer rings made of 304 stainless steel. Both rings are anti-corrosive. A polymer sleeve is used to reduce friction and allow the bearing to operate at higher speeds. According to MRC, the polymer also replaces the need for lubrication and provides a nearly maintenance-free operation.
Diameters range from ¾ inch to 1 15/16 inch and an anti-rotation key slot in the outer sleeve mates with a set screw in the housing to prevent rotation. These bearings are also USDA-approved for contact with meat, poultry and dairy, either incidentally or directly.
Because of the increasing ubiquity of wearable technology, it would be easy to think that design of wearable devices is routine and involves common design and engineering knowledge. Missed efforts in development will be remembered once the devices are used in the field
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
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