Top three applications in manus: The First North American Plastic Bearing Design Contest will be unveiled on Monday, February 23 at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago's McCormick Place. A panel of judges from MIT and the Univ. of Rhode Island selected the awardees for challenging and creative use of plastic bearings in applications from automated machinery to sports equipment for the handicapped. If you can't be there in Room S101B at 2 p.m., log on to www.manus.igus.com to have a peek at these winning ideas.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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