A new method for inspecting out-of-straightness limits for machine, tapping, and thread rolling screws has been introduced by the Industrial Fasteners Institute (IFI) in standard IFI-138. The new standard "Straightness Gaging Method and Straightness Limits for Machine, Tapping, and Thread Rolling Screws," is included for the first time in the 7th Edition of Inch Fas-tener Standards reference book published by IFI. The new practice includes fully threaded screws, or screws with thread lengths of at least 4D and screw lengths to and including 12 inches. For screws with longer lengths and/or with shorter thread lengths, straightness limits are as agreed upon between manufacturer and purchaser.
Most cyber attacks could be avoided by adopting a list of Critical Security Controls that were created by the Center for Internet Security. That’s the message from Steve Mustard of the Automation Federation.
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
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