Plastic cable producer Igus Inc. has developed a tribologically optimized plastic plain bearing that requires neither oil nor grease as a lubricant. Since they are lubricant-free, no contaminants escape into the environment. The manufacturing of the bearing is also eco-friendly. The amount of oils used in plastics' manufacturing is also very positive in comparison with aluminum and steel production. Energy from 16 quarts of oil is necessary to produce 1 quart of aluminum, 12 quarts for steel. For 1 quart of plastic, only 1.9 quarts of oil is necessary.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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