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What can graphene do for lubricating bearings?
Design engineers have long searched for material coating methods to reduce friction. But, could the restructuring of newly found materials reduce friction on macroscopic scales? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of EZO bearings supplier SMB Bearings, explains how future surface treatments, including innovations in graphene and grapheme-related materials (GRM) could enable better, or limitless, bearing wear.
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Gas flow control: how to balance cost against specification
Within the field of gas mass flow control there are several manufacturers vying to supply their equipment into industry. Each has their own strengths, and each has their own weaknesses, although all have their merits within their chosen industry sector or application segment. An alternative view is to take a given flow control process and then apply the best, most cost-effective, technique or solution within the constraints of cost:specification balancing.
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Maximise bearing life by considering load-carrying capacity
Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains bearing loads – and how a bearing’s ability to deal with it can help maximise bearing longevity.
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Should you use a safety PLC or a standard PLC and safety relays?
When Apple released the iPhone X in 2017, some critics suggested the improvements compared with its predecessor were not worth the extra cost. However, if you could benefit from facial identification and an OLED display, the iPhone X may be a good choice. Manufacturers must also consider the specifications they need when choosing between a standard programmable logic controller (PLC) and a safety PLC. Here, Bernard Zwickler, director of automation parts supplier EU Automation GmbH, explains.
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What goes into a custom display?
Display systems are at the heart of what RDS does. The company has been designing and developing custom displays and systems for many years. This article outlines what goes into a display when it is built to a customer's specification.
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maxon products – designed by engineers for engineers
maxon is renowned for its precision DC drives. maxon offers standard and customised products as well as completely bespoke systems. This article introduces maxon’s Business Units and industry specialists covering the UK and Ireland. The Sales Engineer’s role is to support customers with their projects and applications. These specialists work with customers to find a matching drive and controller for the application or look to develop a tailored solution.
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How Aerotech's new IGM concept redefines motion platforms
Precision machining starts with exact positioning. With the IGM motion platform, Aerotech has developed a new series that is significantly more versatile and scalable than conventional positioning tables.
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Material/finish options for cabinet/enclosure sealing profiles
In the busy life of a manufacturing engineer it is easy to lose sight of standard options where the default choice will do – so it is useful to consider some of simple EMKA options of extruded gasket profiles to suit varying applications for industrial cabinets/enclosures, specialist vehicles, HVACR, railways and similar.
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