These springs are made to help integrate components such as flanges, squares, hexes, rounds, bearing sets, gears, splines, bellcrank arms, threads and other machinable shapes into one piece. The springs also allow incorporation of consistent spring rates, precise payloads and multiple integral coils (multi-starts) that ordinary springs don't provide. They can be used as compression, extension, torsion, lateral translation and lateral bending springs, can be made out of machinable metals such as aluminum, stainless steel and titanium. They have no internal stresses to overcome before deflection occurs, since they can be configured to provide very precise, linear deflection rates with almost no residual stresses. Helical Products Company Inc.http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-626
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.