When it comes to hydraulic equipment, noise apparently does matter—enough so that many design engineers would be willing to pay extra to reduce sound levels. In a recent Design News survey, 74% of the respondents say that they are willing to shell out dough to delete decibels their hydraulic applications. Most important? Those environments that involve people working around hydraulics for a significant amount of time. OSHA's workplace requirement is 70 dBA.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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