Wind energy is clearly a hot topic today—and growing in importance. Bearing giant SKF, which works closely with wind turbine manufacturers to supply main bearings, and bearings for the transmission, generators, and blade pitch systems, says that its sales to the industry have doubled in 2001. In fact, wind energy could supply up to 20% of U.S. energy needs, says the American Wind Energy Association.
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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