When it comes to bearings, what really bugs the engineers who design with them? Its service life, says 25% of the respondents in a Design News study of power transmission component users. Other top complaints: Lubricant (20%); Load capacity (18%); Cage (11%); Noise (10%); and Speed restrictions (8%). Now for the good news: 30% of engineers expect to buy more bearings in 2003 versus 2002. How much? The bearing market is projected to grow at over 4% annually by 2005, reports the market research company Frost & Sullivan.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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