This is an interesting tale. What is missing is how the problem was solved. I have seen corrosion pop up on machined parts and not had an explanation of how to prevent it from anybody in the shop. Of course, these parts were steel, not stainless, and they were black conversion coating treated. The eventual solution, which met with a lot of complaints, was to boil the parts for a few hours in clean water, with a new batch of water every hour. It seemes that some of the blackening solution had remained in some of the small tapped holes in the fixture, and was responsible for the corrosion.
For the problem with the stainless parts in the story, one fix would be to change to a non-free-machining grade and grind the parts to size. Not a cheap or easy fix, but probably quite effective.
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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