USA TOLERANCE RINGS and Ididit, a manufacturer of custom steering columns for hot rod, race, show and specialty vehicles based in Tecumseh, MI, collaborated to develop a collapse ring for steering columns. The ring, designed to keep a driver safe in a front-end collision, is available chrome-plated or powder-coated and keeps the existing low-cost 16-gauge DOM tubing. A flanged tolerance ring with an advance wave configuration is fitted between the tubes and retained by the outer tube while the inner tube slips axially inside the ring. The target axial collapse force of 550 lb ± 100 lb is achieved while maintaining ease of assembly within components having a stack up tolerance of .020 inch.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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