Many engineers incorporating lead screws in motion control devices have gotten used to calling Tom Solon, an applications engineer for Kerk Motion Products Inc., for advice. But at least one company has found a new reason to call him: to get his help in a lawsuit. Solon is getting ready to testify as an expert witness in an upcoming patent-infringement suit involving the design of some processing equipment used in the semiconductor industry. "I got the call because of my background in the industry," he says. The mechanical engineer, who has his Professional Engineers license, used to work at Digital Equipment Corp. Is this another career path for Solon? "I like the occasional involvement," he says, "but I'm not giving up my day job for this."
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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