Spinning off from design work it did for an agricultural customer, the Heim Division of RBC Bearings (www.rbcbearings.com) will soon offer all customers the opportunity to get a custom, injection-molded, engineered thermoplastic self-lubricating race in standard rod ends. "Our injection molding method requires no drilled hole in the rod-end head," says Heim's Rick Williams. The result, he adds, is a high-strength self-lubricating rod end that can be tailored to specific applications.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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