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  • Protecting national treasures is an open-and-shut case
    . The resulting design uses a combined counterbalance/mechanical linkage that fits between the wall and document stands. A special gooseneck arm attaches the hinges to the lid frames. Closed, the lids slope down at 25 and rotate up 60 to their full-open position. The design prompted no major changes
  • Joining Plastic
    There are several techniques for joining plastic parts. Equipment cost and labor for each method vary considerably. Most techniques have limits on the sizes and types of plastic that can be joined. The simplest way to join plastic parts is to design a fastening element (hinge, latch, detent
  • Polyamide goes snowbiking
    a renaissance as Brenter's grandson, Bernd-Eric Brenter, revamped and modernized the old design as the Snowbike. Components that secure and steer Snowbikes from in Austria are made from an impactresistant Zytel ST801 polyamide. The parts include a hinge that transfers handlebar movements to the front
  • From the Safety Files: Poor dock leveler maintenance leads to injury
    A driver, having backed his truck up to the loading dock, set up the dockleveler, a ramp with an extension lip to match the dock's height to the truck's. As the lip was extending, it hit the parked truck. The mechanical lip-extender continued deploying the lip after the impact, and a springlike

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