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Ball joints bring flexibility to all sorts of systems and structures

Ball joints bring flexibility to all sorts of systems and structures
People use ball and socket joints every single day; they just don’t know it as it is in the form of their hips. They allow people to move in many ways - from gentle strolls to rigorous exercise. In engineering terms, axial ball or ball and socket joints rotate smoothly in all directions, so can absorb considerable amounts of misalignment of shafts and structural elements. As such they are invaluable in a wide variety of machines and engineered systems.
27th June 2017

Wireless monitoring boosts train maintenance efficiency

Wireless monitoring boosts train maintenance efficiency
  To help rail operators spend their maintenance budgets more effectively, SKF has a developed a wireless condition monitoring system to enable Condition Based Maintenance practices (CBM).
20th June 2017

Bearings save nearly €20k a year at biogas plant

Bearings save nearly €20k a year at biogas plant
NSK’s advanced moulded-oil deep groove ball bearings are used in the rotary screen of a biogas plant, and has seen a service life of more than double a normal bearing, which can help manufacturers save €19,200 per annum. Moulded-oil bearings feature lubricant that is embedded in a polyolefin resin, which prevents the penetration of liquid and particle contaminants to permit extended periods of maintenance-free running.
12th June 2017


Coupling catalogue offers extra information AR

Coupling catalogue offers extra information AR
R+W Couplings has reached a whole new level in the provision of information on its vast portfolio of products, by blurring the lines between the real and virtual worlds. Represented in the UK by Drive Lines Technologies, R+W has used Augmented Reality technology, so that engineers can experience the R+W product portfolio like never before. An icon shown beside every product image in its catalogue provides a gateway to additional information.
9th June 2017

ATEX regulations lead to new ATEX hydraulic accessories

ATEX regulations lead to new ATEX hydraulic accessories
Dealing with potential explosive atmospheres, the ATEX regulations have led Elesa to introduce a range of appropriate hydraulic components for use in systems complying with these regulations. This is expected to include many pumps, anti-spark installations, oil and gas, water and sewage and petrochemical plants, as well as mines and flour mills.
9th June 2017

Accelerated innovation at the Paris Air Show

Accelerated innovation at the Paris Air Show
The Paris Air Show, which takes place later this month, will see SKF Aerospace demonstrate its engineering capabilities for major fixed wing, helicopter, engine and gearbox programmes. The aerospace industry is requiring innovation and technological advancements to support products and services, and push the boundaries of performance.  
8th June 2017

Energy tubes withstand very high temperatures

Energy tubes withstand very high temperatures
A high-temperature option has been added to igus' R4.1L series of enclosed energy tubes that can withstand short-term contact with hot chips up to 850°C. Developed specifically for use in equipment, such as welding and plasma-cutting machines, the lids of the chain are made of igumid HT. This special high-temperature material ensures that the searing debris will not stick to the tubes or burn into the material.
7th June 2017

Where chips are flying, tool holding plays an important role

Where chips are flying, tool holding plays an important role
Like most other Pilatus aircraft’s, the successful Pilatus Turboprop multi-role aircraft PC12 mainly consists of aluminium structural components. In 2016 Pilatus Aircraft installed new manufacturing systems for machining structural parts made of aluminium. In order to achieve the desired surface quality and precision during high speed milling operations, the aircraft manufacturer continuously relies on the solutions provided by HAIMER: a large selection of tool holders and the corresponding shrinking and balancing machines.
7th June 2017

Advanced machines need precision couplings

Advanced machines need precision couplings
In one way or another nearly all engineered precision motion systems rely on the accuracy of high-precision couplings. These couplings must deliver smooth, rotation, often at high speeds. R+W has a dedicated ‘White’ range of precision couplings and its products are available in the UK through Drive Lines.
7th June 2017

Lead-free initiative promotes sustainability

Lead-free initiative promotes sustainability
The manufacture of PennEngineering’s entire catalogued product line of steel fasteners now uses lead-free material, the company has announced. This strategic action is being implemented to eliminate any potential lead-related environmental issues, establish the company as an environmentally friendly manufacturer, promote overall sustainability objectives, and provide the marketplace with the capability to plan and develop completely lead-free products and components.
5th June 2017


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