This cylinder design promises precise rod alignment with almost no rod endplay for guided linear motion, permitting less than 1/3 of a degree of rotation. The rectangular body makes mounting easier, saves space in multiple applications, and makes precise angles a breeze. It has twice the force of ordinary cylinders of the same size, using two cylinders integrated into a single housing. They come in single- and double-acting models, stroking from 1/2 to 4 inches and all with built-in, fine stroke adjustment. They come in six bore sizes ranging from 1/4 to 1/ inch. Sensor switches can be mounted with integral magnets on three sides, and other pneumatic devices can be put on the rod end plate. They also come with options like End-Keep which locks rods if there is a pressure loss, and long bushings to accept side loading.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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