A new online source for failure analysis information has been launched by ASM International, the Materials Information Society. The ASM's Failure Analysis Center contains more than 1,000 failure analysis case histories, some of which first appeared in the society's bimonthly Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention. The case histories cover a variety of military, aerospace, industrial, and medical applications. And the cases range from the timely (adverse reactions to metallic body piercings) to the historic (the Titanic as a metallurgical problem). For more information, visit www.asminternational.org.
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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