Miniature instrument bearings are assembled with matching LinearRace(TM) shaft, guaranteeing a fit of 0.0001 to 0.0003 inch clearance. Smoothness is assured by finishing the working surfaces of the bearings and LinearRace shafts to better than 4 microinches. Precise positioning is enhanced with the virtual elimination of stick/slip by the bearings' low coefficient of dynamic friction. Bearings are available in 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4 inch bore sizes, and their stainless steel and brass construction makes them highly corrosion-resistant. The bearings can be used where lubricants cannot be tolerated, and applications include those requiring extremely precise and smooth motion
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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.
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.