For those who can never seem to find the keys to their industrial cabinets, DIRAK has developed a new series of swinghandle and quarter-turn latches with built-in combination locks. Made from diecast zinc, both kinds of latches can be supplied with black-epoxy or chrome-plate finishes. Both types fit within standard DIRAK installation openings for its modular systems. The quarter-turn latch, for example, accommodates openings up to 16 × 19 mm and works with doors up to 20-mm thick. The locks come in three- and four-wheel versions and allow users to set their own combinations. Enter 577
New threaded studs from Atlas Engineering address blind attachment applications—those where only one side of the workpiece is accessible for fastener installation. Made from steel, these SpinTite Blind Threaded Studs are intended as an alternative to tapped holes, weld nuts, and self-tapping screws. The studs are available in thread sizes #6-32 through 3/8-16 as well as M4 through M10 with lengths ranging from 0.5 to 1.088 inches and 12 to 25.9 mm. Enter 578
Plastic assemblies that have to be taken apart and put back together may benefit from new threaded inserts from PEM Fastening Systems. Available in brass, stainless steel, and aluminum, the new SI Inserts include versions for ultrasonic welded, heat-staked, molded-in, and pressed-in installations. All are available in a wide range of unified and metric thread sizes. Enter 579
The latest adhesive from Loctite Corp.'s Dexter Electronic Materials Div. targets electronics attachment to a variety of advanced substrates—including those found in PBFAs, CSPs, and array packages based on flexible tape and organic laminates. Called QMI 546, the adhesive is PTFE-filled, thermally conductive, and qualified for lead-free, 260C reflow applications. The material targets large die(>500 mil) applications and those with substantial differences in substrate CTEs. Enter 580
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is