Article Archive

Article archive

Cutting the cost and time associated with custom fasteners

Alistair Rae looks at some recent developments that are helping designers to reduce the cost and lead time for custom fasteners

Chrome free surface coatings for bolts and other fasteners

Rudolf Knott and Dr Jochen Schneider look at the benefits of using a chrome (VI)-free coating for the surface protection of high-strength steel fasteners

The invisible tape

Christina Barg-Becker reports on an adhesive innovation for fixing cells within crystalline solar modules

Hermetically sealed connectors you can always rely on

Hermetic sealing is crucial in preventing gas leakage in numerous operating environments and applications, especially those exposed to vacuums and high pressures. Christophe Boillat reports

Better belts for driving and timing

Power transmission systems often use belt drives of the V, multiple-V or synchronous type, and the technology is generally thought of as mature. Paul Stevens examines the incremental improvements being introduced

Accurate cage selection

Cages are key to reliable, long term bearing operation, says Gary Hughes

High-performance motors dispense with expensive rare-earth magnets

Applications ranging from servo motors for industrial automation, through to electric and hybrid vehicles, are often reliant on rare-earth magnets. Jon Severn investigates why the price of these magnets has risen so much and reviews some developments that could help to alleviate the problem.

Linear progression: using linear motors

Machine builders often have to create linear motion, for which the default choice is generally the use of a rotary motor and mechanism to convert the output to linear. The option to use linear motors is often overlooked, so here Andy Parker-Bates looks at the features and benefits of the technology

Replace, upgrade or retrofit - a designer's AC drive dilemma

When redesigning a motor-driven application, a vital decision has to be taken: do you replace, upgrade or retrofit the application's drives? Heikki Kervinen looks at the choices

Early specialisation deterent to railway careers

More than 80 per cent say current training and development practices can also limit career paths, survey finds

Tier 4 compliant industrial diesels

Kim Mulder outlines the benefits of a new range of engines which comply with latest emissions regulations

Easier mating-thread alignment

PEM fasteners with 'float' capability enable easier mating-thread alignment

AS9100 certification

Ondrives is currently working towards AS9100 certification, which is the most recognised standard within the aerospace industry

New eddy current sensors with integrated EEPROM

Sensors and cables are equipped with an integrated EEPROM chip, which includes all critical characteristics

Diverting shaft currents away from the bearings

The Inpro/Seal Current Diverter Ring and Motor Grounding Sea divert harmful shaft currents away from the bearings to ground

Bolts with waisted shanks put rail company back on track

SBB and Bossard AG worked in a very close co-operation to develop a stable bolted connection that also increased functional safety

Component and cable accessories catalogue

Component and cable accessories supplier, Anixter Component Solutions has launched of its new product catalogue

Decline in UK industrial electricity demand could help alleviate capacity crunch

Electricity demand in the UK fell by 3.4 per cent in 2011, says Frost and Sullivan

Fewer than one fifth of IT pros are women

The IT Job Board calls for more women to pursue tech careers on International Women's Day

Diver-directed mapping system with high accuracy positioning

Applications include pipeline and cable corridor clearance surveys, hydrographic and bathymetric surveys