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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Mechanical Components
August 9, 2007 - Volume 2 Issue 8
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Mechatronics for Mars and Beyond

Mechatronics for Mars and Beyond"Mechatronics" is now a buzz word and apparently the solution to everything engineering-wise. That includes mechanical, electrical/electronic, hydraulics/pneumatics, sensors, communications, etc. — software and firmware notwithstanding. Mechatronic robots are invading, not our Earth as the latest Transformer movie depicts, but on Mars where NASA's Rover searches for life. This same technology is being adapted into the family auto, even washing clothes without measuring the size of the load. This mechanical-electronic concept is rapidly finding its way into all kinds of engineering designs.

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Bazz Houston Company
Design for Process Capability

Design for Process CapabilityOur engineering department can provide support from early concept stage through prototype to the large scale production of finished products. All quotes are turned around within 72 hours. Bazz Houston can produce standardized tooling to customer specification within three-five weeks. This time may be reduced further under certain circumstances.

TB Woods Incorporated
Industry is Driven by TB Wood's Legendary Products and Support

Industry is Driven by TB Wood's Legendary Products and SupportThe Wood family developed a reputation for providing customers excellent service and exceeding their needs. This legendary attention to customers allowed TB Woods to grow and be recognized in the power transmission industry as an innovator and leader.

Our regional sales engineers are backed by our 24/7 technical support team and 150 years of customer-focused solutions.

China International Industry Fair
A Grand State-based International Industrial Expo In China

A Grand State-based International Industrial Expo In ChinaChina International Industry Fair is the only grand large-scaled China world industrial expo sponsored by China government. With 110,000 square meters exhibition area, CIIF2007 is composed of seven specialized shows in the fields of Metalworking and CNC Machine Tool, Industrial Automation, Energy, etc.

CIIF2007 will be held on Nov.6-10 in Shanghai.

The Precision Alliance — USA
Self-Aligning Telescopic Rail System

Self-Aligning Telescopic Rail SystemSelf-Aligning Telescopic Rail System offers high load capacity and can compensate for mounting surface parallelism errors.
Introducing the T-RACE TLR Series from The Precision Alliance:

 • Extruded steel rail construction with precision, double row ball bearing rollers
 • High load capacity and long stroke
 • Unique self-alignment feature
 • Contamination tolerant
 • Corrosion resistant

Bearings & Bushings . . .
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Tour de France Still Needs Steel

Tour de France Still Needs SteelNew technology debuting at the Tour de France includes "old" materials like good old reliable steel — neither advanced carbon composites nor titanium apparently could compete. Many of the top-of-the-line racing bikes use ultra-lightweight materials, but new designs using bushings, bearings, and gears still rely on old faithful steel.

Bullish for Bearings

Bullish for BearingsBearings are the unsung heroes in so many mechanical designs — yet without ball, roller, or plain bearings, planes don't fly and cars don't hit the road. A recent report by the Freedonia Group notes that bearing demand is increasing at 3.1% annually, contributing to a $10.4 billion market by 2011.

Seals & Gaskets . . .
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Materials Fulfill All Functions

Materials Fulfill All FunctionsGrading value and price advantages, convenience, performance characteristics, longevity, and even availability are only a few of the factors that engineers consider when specifying gasket materials. To help users decipher which material is best for the application, a new brochure rates 10 advanced materials and describes how they can handle the toughest jobs.

In Search of Failsafe Seals

In Search of Failsafe SealsOne infamous failure — the O-rings in the Challenger space shuttle — constantly reminds engineers of how important seals really are. This primer on seal failure analysis examines the three ways a seal can fail and how to analyze the environment, design, and elastomers contributing to common failures. A multiplicity of specific topics addresses most of the possible permutations.

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Schaeffler Group USA Inc.
Compact Linear Guidance Systems

Compact Linear Guidance Systems INA monorail guidance systems are compact linear guidance systems with high rigidity and load carrying capacity, supplied in complete form as standard and based on either rollers or balls. These guidance systems can support loads from all directions — apart from the direction of motion — and moments about all axes.

Learn more about Schaeffler.

Enter the Newark's Live Edge Design Challenge Today!

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Springs, Spacers & Washers . . .
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Understanding a Goodman Diagram

Understanding a Goodman Diagram Interpreting a Goodman Diagram, used in the manufacturing of springs, graphically approximates the fatigue limit for a given spring design. Based on S-N data from extensive testing, such diagrams can be invaluable. Read the design tips and suggestions to learn how to avoid spring fatigue.

"Swab the Decks" Reliability Resource

'Swab the Decks' Reliability ResourceThe U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center has published the "Handbook of Reliability Prediction Procedures for Mechanical Equipment." It encompasses springs, bearings, seals, gaskets, and virtually any kind of mechanical equipment. The in-depth treatise shows how to identify critical failure modes and thereby optimize mechanical equipment performance.

Hand Tools & Power Tools . . .
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The Ultimate Robotic Tools

The Ultimate Robotic ToolsThe Martian rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been exploring the landscape of Mars for more than three years. One onboard tool is of the rock-abrasion variety. It's designed to grind into Martian rocks and allow the rovers' sensors to look inside and see what's there. That should be interesting.

Multifunctional Mechanical "Fish"

Multifunctional Mechanical 'Fish'Call it an adjustable wrench plus a screwdriver and then add LED lighting. Wait a minute, you need to add a multiplicity of other functions: a high-carbon stainless steel blade, a carabiner (quick disconnect system), and a money clip. Strap on the Guppie, and you're good to go with the best of scouts.

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Acme Wire Products Co., Inc.
Custom Fabricated Wire and Metal Components

Custom Fabricated Wire and Metal Components Acme Wire Products provides formed and welded steel and stainless steel and wire and metal components to exacting tolerances. Custom fixturing and proprietary equipment ensure that dimensional accuracy and superior weld integrity are consistently provided. When a standard item won't work, call Acme for assistance. Design for manufacturability reviews provided at no charge.

Portescap, A Danaher Motion Company
40% More Torque h3 Hybrid Stepper Motors

40% More Torque h3 Hybrid Stepper Motors Portescap, a Danaher Motion company, introduces the h3 stepper, high torque housed hybrid motor. When compared with similar step motors, these housed hybrid motors provide industry-leading torque output with increased performance, improved heat dissipation, and higher side and radial load capability. These 1.8 degree step motors are available in NEMA 17, 23, and 34 frame sizes.

Careers . . .
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A Better Job Search by Design

A Better Job Search by Design offers thousands of quality engineering jobs at top technology and engineering companies. Find jobs in your area of expertise. Search now.

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Righteously Resurrecting Your Resume

Righteously Resurrecting Your ResumeIf you've been thinking about updating your resume to get that dream job, follow the experts' advice. Did you know that on average a typical resume is scanned for only 25 seconds? Also on point, if your resume is more than two pages, it probably won't be read. Many more tips are accessible via a click.

Diversions . . .
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'New' vs Conventional Engineering"New" vs Conventional Engineering

Engineering school teaches that conventional engineering is based on physical laws that are described by equations and dimensionally homogeneous. But what if a new theory of engineering could show that problems are solved with the variables separated rather than combined? You may want to read more about the concept of nonlinear engineering phenomena and judge for yourself.

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