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  • High-tech metal flake
    owner, Hobert Hedrickson, after leaving the paint shop, The vehicle immediately took a back seat to the paint job. Depending on where you're standing, the striking purple paint job on Hobert Hedrickson's, Piney Flats, Tenn., 1996 AM General Hummer changes appearance. The innovative pigment
  • Multiaxis Lasers Come Of Age
    performance and fuel efficiency. The drill-on-the-fly feature reduces the time to machine a typical hole from about 5 to 1 sec. Lasers quickly produce automotive prototype parts and eliminate hand work. Typical parts include formed-metal seat backs and frames, transmission components, gastank
  • Fluid Transfer Valves
    and seat, and a metal-to-metal seal. Other globe valves are available with elastomeric disc seals. The easy replacement of the plug and seat makes repair simple and inexpensive. Pressure loss through a globe valve is somewhat high. Globe valves can be used at high pressures, but the higher the pressure
  • Backtalk
    : "Whoa, big fella. WHOA! " "Welcome aboard Flight 245 to Tampa. To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don 't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn 't be out in public unsupervised. " "In the event
  • Where die casting makes "cents "
    Sometimes whole assemblies can be combined into a less-expensive die-cast part. Designers of a new automotive seat were in a quandary over the most economical way to build the seat's geometrically complicated, horizontal gear drive. It was proving tough to find a process that met the gear drive's
  • MICRO: Industry News
    Microprocessors and flash devices have knocked DRAM from the driver 's seat in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors ). MPU and flash technologies approach and often surpass the smallest feature sizes on DRAMs, which historically determined the introduction of next-generation
  • Selection Factors for Seals
    elements have been used up to 650 F. Above 650 F, metal bellows, U-cups, or piston rings can be used, but these seals are considered specials. Lubrication can reduce heat generation at the seal interface, but care must be taken to prevent coking. Direct cooling with a cooling chamber and heat exchanger
  • Servosystem deftly handles Airbus wings
    . The twin-deck, four-aisle design will seat 555 in three classes, and the triple-deck freighter will haul up to 150 tons. During wing manufacturing, six servohydraulic axes move panels measuring up to 111 ft long and weighing 8,818 lb. That presented a significant challenge for Airbus
  • 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV
    . Small cars are supposed to be "fun. " But the ESV is too. Now how can I explain that? Several ways. For one, this is a darn good-looking vehicle. I like the confident smile the silver grille exudes on black sheet metal. Seeing this handsome SUV in my driveway for several mornings made me feel
  • A solid performer
    Molybdenum-disulfide lubricant helps stop galling of stainless-steel tube fittings exposed to hostile environments. Half-section diagrams of a Parker Hannifin CPI singleferrule and an A-LOK two-ferrule compression tube fitting. Turning the nut drives the ferrule(s) into contact with the body seat

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