Inc.'s iglide®X6 bearings are made of an advanced polymer material using
nano-sized particles. Use of nanotechnology improves the lifetime of its
high-performance plastic plain bearing predecessors by a factor of six,
according to igus Inc. of East Providence, RI. Even for temperatures above
212F, iglide X6 is said to achieve the best wear resistance in applications
with rotating or oscillating movements and can be used in a wide range of
industries ranging from medical, packaging and pharmaceutical, to automation or
recreational vehicles. Continuous use in temperatures up to 482F is also
The technology is also significant
because iglide X6 bearings are said to have improved heat relaxation. From a
design engineer's perspective, this means the press fit of the bearings is
improved by up to 50 percent. In addition, iglide X6 delivers superior
performance in temperature-, pressure- and chemical-critical applications and
requires no lubrication or maintenance.
Nano technology was used to optimize
the new X6 material. In this area, surface properties play an increasingly
important role compared with the material volume properties. In nano
technology, the size of the object determines properties. These are referred to
as "size-induced functionalities." The specific polymer and nano technology
used is proprietary.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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