PM helped shave nearly 20 percent off the cost of a lawn mower blade-stop assembly, which won the grand prize in the competition's lawn-and-garden category. Previously, the assembly's drum and pulleys had been machined, cast and stamped. Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co. used PM to add features that ease assembly to the mower blade. Among them are a molded key on the pulleys and hexagonal pockets on the drum. The pulleys are also sinter bonded together into a single component. Burgess-Norton forms the parts to a density of 6.9 g/cm3 with an ultimate tensile strength of 280 MPa and an apparent hardness of 50-80 HRB. For more information on the Burgess-Norton blade stop, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4932-547.
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Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows employees to sit without a chair. At the same time, it improves their posture and reduces the strain on their legs.
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