and Plastics' thrust
rings act as rotating planetary carriers for helical shaped ring gears in
transmission assemblies. When precision molded of a high performance PEEK
formulation by MR&P, they incur less heat and surface abrasion resulting in
longer operating life than the aluminum components which they replace.
material formulation included PEEK (Polyetheretherketone) providing high
temperature resistance (400 - 450F), carbon fiber providing high wear
resistance and PTFE for reduced friction. The manufacturer says in addition to
proving to be more durable over time, the MR&P design was 50 percent
lighter and cost significantly less than the aluminum thrust rings.
assembly benefits were accomplished with the new MR&P thrust ring design. The
previous aluminum component design had two locating holes requiring tedious
riveting and assembly. Accurate alignment was required to avoid wasted
components and potential performance issues. The new MR&P design eliminated
the locating holes and added self-aligning features for easy and fast press-fit
assembly. Scrapped parts thus were eliminated.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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