It's officially spring, and our focus naturally turns to everything
that's new. This week, take a look at the 1930's technology behind blind rivets plus recent steps toward error-proof
assembly, learn a new step-by-step approach to solving fastening issues in hydraulic hoses, and see what
academia and industry are doing with atmospheric
Don't forget to scroll down for new products and industry updates. And last but not least, mark your
calendars for Machine Design's Energy Efficiency Web Conference & Expo
May 14. Stay tuned for more details on this next month.
Straight facts on blind rivets
Rivets have been used to put things together since the Bronze Age,
but it usually took a worker on each side of the join to set them. Then,
in the mid-1930s, engineers developed blind or breakstem rivets. They
let workers install fasteners from one side of a workpiece when the
opposite side is inaccessible or cannot even be seen.
Blind rivets are
now used to assemble everything from small electronic components in cell
phones to steel beams in the world’s largest bridges.
Read the full article.
BobTail.® Huck’s next-generation
BobTail® lockbolt system from Huck offers quick, quiet, two-second
installation for maximum productivity, with the same vibration-resistant
reliability Huck is known for. Patented BobTail Swageforward®
tooling, exclusive to Huck, is lightweight and ergonomically designed
for ease of use. Available in a wide range of sizes and grades, BobTail
fasteners and tooling are precisely matched to the application, offering
lower installed costs and increased user safety for both assembly and
Hose assemblies engineered to last
Hose assemblies simplify many issues when designing, building, and
maintaining hydraulic equipment. And as machine builders continue to
push the engineering envelope to meet customer demands for productivity,
efficiency, and environmental compatibility, so have the requirements
for hose integrity.
These include withstanding higher pressures, extreme heat and cold, and
a wide range of fluids — including today’s “green” variants. And
that’s not to mention the call for longer life despite abrasion,
impact, and generally rough operating conditions.
Read the full article.
Cool plasmas heat up
Plasma, a mix of ionized gas molecules and free electrons, is often
referred to as the fourth state of matter, and it’s nothing new.
Welding arcs, fluorescent lights, and plasma televisions use it. But
plasmas can also prepare surfaces for bonding and kill bacteria on
delicate living tissues.
Surface-preparation plasmas can destroy organic matter on bonding
surfaces. Reactive oxygen species chemically activate surfaces to
prepare them for bonding. Plasmas can also enable the deposition of
polymerizable precursors to form nanometer-thickness coatings.
Read the full article.
To obtain a 12-mm compression range, the 1-081SL compression latch
uses D-Snap Technology and Design Symmetry for simple installation
without hardware or tools. The latch’s components are preassembled
into sandwich-type panels for easy installation from the front of the
panel. Standard cam heights are 22 and 28 mm and, depending on cam
length, compression range can be modified. The use of a planetary gear
for actuation gives compression at extremely low torque, and a roller at
the end of the cam minimizes scrape damage to panels and reduces the
required closing force.
With Design Symmetry, the cam’s 180° rotation lets the same latch
install on right or left-hand doors. D-Snap Technology permits blind and
toolless assembly without screws or nuts and withstands vibration.
Clear Welder is a two-part structural-methacrylate adhesive that
produces a crystal-clear bond line on plastics including ABS, acrylics,
FRP, PETG, PMMA, and PVC. Little or no surface preparation is necessary,
and the adhesive will not discolor or craze when exposed to sunlight.
The adhesive, which comes in 380-ml coaxial cartridges, is mixed as
dispensed in a 10:1 ratio with a manual or pneumatic dispensing gun.
Clear Welder’s mixed viscosity of 22,000 cps makes it easy to apply,
and it is self-leveling. The adhesive’s working time is 4 to 6 min,
fixture time is 12 to 16 min, and functional cure occurs in 2 hr at room
temperature. When fully cured, the adhesive’s typical hardness is 82
Shore D, and it withstands –64 to 200°F.
Liquid-adhesive dispensing guns
Two high-speed, rapid-cycling, electric liquid-adhesive dispensing
guns are said to boost efficiency and productivity while delivering
consistent, high-quality bonding. The LA 825 RC guns, with elongated
reduced-cavity nozzles, are for small adhesive quantities, intermittent
application, and high-line speeds found in folding-carton production.
Both applicators maintain consistent bead length regardless of line
speed. The applicators feature a 250-Hz continuous cycle rate, sharp
adhesive cutoff, clean operation, and improved stroke adjustment.
Energy Efficiency Web Conference & Expo –
Do you know you can get in-depth education on energy-efficiency and all
the benefits of an in-person trade show without ever leaving your desk
or spending a dime?
The intelligent use of energy is making headlines. Product designers and
manufacturers are striving to deliver products that consume less power,
extend battery life, generate less heat, or work from alternative energy
sources. Our Energy Efficiency Web Conference and Expo will
educate design engineers, product developers, and managers on how to
make the best use of energy-efficient product innovations and devices,
and on how to arrange them in systems to lower power consumption and
stay "green." This special one-day event will include sessions
on such areas as:
Make plans now to attend the Energy Efficiency Web Conference and Expo. The
event offers a full day of live webinars and interactive booths, along
with a Resource Center where visitors can download or link to additional
- Power-efficient drive techniques for lighting
- ROI for high-efficiency capital equipment
- Energy monitoring and energy standards
- Designing for SEMI S23 and the Energy Act of 2007
- Working with alternative power and battery technology
Machine Design Video Spotlight
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Design Essentials for Plastic Gear PeformanceCritical gear design principles
Performance requirements to determine optimal materials
Overview of tooling optimization technique
Metrology methods for plastic gears
Live question/answer session with presenters
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DATE: April 9th, 2009
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Efficiency in Fractional HP Motors & Gearmotors
Sponsored by Groschopp
DATE: April 16th, 2009
TIME: 2:00pm ET/11am PT
Efficiency is often one of the last factors that design engineers think
about when specifying for an OEM application, yet it is critical to a
successful, optimized design in many ways. Join Groschopp engineers Ron
Didier and Jared Birk for an overview of efficiency as it relates to
other design considerations such as power source, operating cost,
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Webcast attendees will receive an early release download of the new STPe
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Atlantic Fasteners chosen as Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin-Electronic Systems has named Atlantic Fasteners,
West Springfield, Mass., a STAR Supplier. The STAR award recognizes
high-performing suppliers of Lockheed's Electronic Systems unit and
other business areas.
Atlantic Fasteners met quality, delivery, and other business
requirements set for at least 12 months. Companies are re-evaluated
For more information, visit Atlantic Fasteners
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