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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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