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A second wind for the UK economy

A potential energy source that most Britons are never thankful for is wind. Boris Sedacca delves into the intricacies of mechanical to electrical energy conversion

Energy efficiency leads to renewed interest in CVT

Continuously variable transmissions have been used in niche vehicle and machinery applications for decades, but have never become as popular as their benefits might suggest. Paul Stevens reports

Gear units extend output torque from 25kNm to 242kNm

Aimed at heavy engineering applications throughout all industries

Surface engineering combats friction and wear

Gary Hughes outlines the latest developments in precision bearings

Fluid power adds muscle to robotics and mobile equipment

Machine builders, material fabricators, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturers and robotics users all have to grapple with the issue of controlling the brute force of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and actuators. Boris Sedacca reports

Improve hydraulic safety

Accumulator safety blocks help designers comply with requirements of Pressure Equipment Directive

Gearboxes benefit from one-piece casings

Nord's latest high-integrity industrial gearbox benefit from a Unicase concept that improves stiffness and resistance to leaks

Simple torque overload protection

Mechanical overload can be a leading cause of equipment failure. Saint Gobain offers a way of handling torque overload conditions in power tools

Renewed interest in CVT in vehicles

Continuously variable transmissions have been used in niche vehicle and machinery applications for decades, but have never become as popular as their benefits might suggest. Paul Stevens reports on some of the latest developments in this field, many of which are inspired by a desire to improve energy efficiency

Emergency touch down bearings for magnetic bearing systems

Magnetic bearings proving popular alternative to mechanical systems

Steel belts shine for solar cell systems

Sets of up to seven belts between 10 and 30mm wide are used, some perforated for vacuum, others with coatings and also some without vacuum holes

Cylindrical roller bearings reduce weight in wind turbines

Cylindrical roller bearings have improved reliability

20° pressure angle precision gears

New series of stainless steel gears from QTC features the Fairloc Integral Fastening System which eliminates marred shafts

Gears improve performance of rack-and-pinion drives

Specialist KRP+ reduction gears from Redex Andantex are designed for rack-and-pinion drive applications demanding higher torsional and axial rigidity

Plain bearing provided with adjustable preload

Igus has included a 'turn-to-fit' function on its new Drylin W linear guide to enable clearance and preload to be adjusted manually to suit the application

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