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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.