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Touch up with an Airbrush Paint?

07/02/2015 by jenif
Have anyone any experience doing touch up paint with an airbrush? I'm looking at a different vehicle to buy. Talking with the dealer he said there w...
Views: 122, Comments: 12
Last comment 07/04/2015 by tonyhemet

3D Printers for Critical Components--The Time is Here

06/19/2015 by ASleasman
Did you know a lot of airplane parts are now 3D printed? Additive manufacturing is growing in leaps and bounds. Once just for prototyping, the machi...
Views: 159, Comments: 3
Last comment 06/20/2015 by dvmdsc

Does Anodizing Enlarge Hole Dia. on 7075 T561 Aluminum?

06/15/2015 by silver ring
Hi, We get our suppliers produce a lot of machining parts for us from AL7075 T651 and AL 6082, AL 6061. We frequently reject holes with diameters ha...
Views: 443, Comments: 30
Last comment 06/16/2015 by SHOCKHISCAN

Make Sense (or Not)?

06/12/2015 by Anonymous Poster
Does anyone know of a sensor with a programmable detect field (magnetic) to detect metal studs? The idea is to program a stud count then detct if one...
Views: 211, Comments: 18
Last comment 06/18/2015 by jhhassociates

China Motor Schematic

06/07/2015 by fliptop427
China made electric motor with no schematic. The name cast in the terminal cover is WAN PENG. With a marker this is marked 750W. It has a 5 wires and...
Views: 370, Comments: 9
Last comment 06/10/2015 by adreasler
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Quality Assurance / Control

767 threads, 4908 comments (0 Viewing)

CMM Equipment - Large

06/18/2015 by Kevin LaPaire
CMM equipment. I know there are lots of smaller units out there, but I may have a need for a larger unit to cover 72" wide, 104" long and 60" tall pro...
Views: 123, Comments: 6
Last comment 06/19/2015 by Kevin LaPaire
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Material Handling & Supply Chain Technology

163 blog entries, 599 comments (0 Viewing)

The Panama Canal's Expanding Impact

06/24/2015 by HUSH
When the Panama Canal was completed in 1914, it was considered a marvel of engineering. Construction was at first started by the French in 1881, but...
Pathfinder Tags: canal Panama Suez supply chain
Views: 315, Comments: 3
Last comment 06/25/2015 by kevinm

Robots Adapt to Warehouse Applications

05/04/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Overcoming earlier missteps, suppliers of industrial robots are making inroads in the warehousing and distribution markets for applications such...
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Where to Locate Your Distribution Center

03/30/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
This report from DCVelocity examines five trends that are impacting decisions about where to locate a warehouse or distribution center: privatization...
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Elasto Proxy's Sealing Solutions Blog

70 blog entries, 357 comments (0 Viewing)

Custom EPDM Gaskets for Sealing and Insulation

06/23/2015 by Doug Sharpe
- Custom EPDM gaskets are used for environmental sealing and electrical insulation. Learn how they're custom fabricated from standard EPDM profiles....
Pathfinder Tags: custom epdm gaskets epdm insulation epdm rubber epdm seals
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Hot Splicing for Vulcanized Gaskets and Rubber O-Rings

06/22/2015 by Doug Sharpe
- Learn how hot splicing creates endless gaskets such as O-rings, door seals, and window seals. - Hot splicing or vulcanization is a cost-effectiv...
Pathfinder Tags: hot splicing rubber gaskets vulcanization vulcanized gaskets
Views: 79, Comments: 1
Last comment 06/22/2015 by phoenix911

Extruded Rubber Profiles for Custom Seals and Gaskets

06/15/2015 by Doug Sharpe
- Learn how extruded rubber profiles are made, and how custom fabrication converts elastomeric stock materials into specialty seals and custom gask...
Pathfinder Tags: custom gaskets custom seals extruded rubber profiles rubber extrusions
Views: 67, Comments: 1
Last comment 06/16/2015 by Original_Macgyver
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RTD Manufacturing

6 blog entries, 25 comments (0 Viewing)

Printing a Functional Jet Engine

06/19/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Toy makers make toys. General Electric makes turbines. So it's not surprising that GE's latest proof of concept is a 33,000 RPM miniature jet engine c...
Views: 180, Comments: 8
Last comment 06/23/2015 by phoenix911
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Fastening, Joining & Assembly

72 blog entries, 376 comments (0 Viewing)

The Automation Skills Gap and How to Fill It

06/07/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
According to the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), there will be a need for 3.4 million skilled workers in the next 10 years, but a supply of o...
Views: 154, Comments: 3
Last comment 06/09/2015 by DaveD

Threads: How They are Made and Which to Use

05/21/2015 by gbb1277
Threaded fasteners are common is all aspects of industry. The most important part of the threaded fastener is the threads. Threads can be created in...
Pathfinder Tags: bolts Fasteners Threads
Views: 272, Comments: 20
Last comment 05/28/2015 by Original_Macgyver

Robots Come Out of the Cage

01/06/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
The barrier between robots and people is changing from cage-based to software-based. Section 5.12.3 of the ANSI/RIA 15.06-2012 standard allows safety...
Views: 185, Comments: 3
Last comment 06/01/2015 by Original_Macgyver
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BRM's Flexible Honing, Surface Finishing, and Deburring Blog

185 blog entries, 98 comments (0 Viewing)

Surface Finishing Tips for Steel Wire Wheel Brushes

05/19/2015 by Brush Research
Metal fabricators use steel wire wheel brushes for surface preparation, surface finishing, burr removal, weld cleaning, and rust and oxide removal....
Pathfinder Tags: brush tools brushing tools deburring surface finishing surface preparation
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Cross-Hole Deburring Tips and Techniques

04/06/2015 by Brush Research
Cross-hole deburring removes the burrs that are created when manufacturers and machinists cross-drill intersecting holes on metal parts. Removing th...
Pathfinder Tags: burr removal deburring tools flexible hones flexible honing
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Diamond Abrasive Wheel Brushes for Harder Materials

03/30/2015 by Brush Research
Wheel brushes are wheel-shaped brushing tools that remove burrs and improve the surface finish of machined parts. These power brushes are also used...
Pathfinder Tags: diamond abrasive wheel diamond wheel wheel brush wheel brushes
Views: 112, Comments: 0
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Speaking of Precision

317 blog entries, 2412 comments (0 Viewing)

6 Reasons Steel is Vacuum Treated

05/15/2015 by Milo
Vacuum treated (vacuum degassed) steel is used for critical applications that require steel with an exceptionally high degree of structural unifor...
Pathfinder Tags: harden oxygen steel Vacuum
Views: 162, Comments: 2
Last comment 05/17/2015 by Nigh

Ra Is Different Than Rz

04/10/2015 by Milo
The methodology of measurement and what is measured are quite different. this is critical to understand if you will not be paid for your parts becaus...
Pathfinder Tags: measurement Ra Rz surface finish
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Top 10 Facts About Leaded Steel Bars

03/30/2015 by Milo
Leaded steel bars historically have been a mainstay raw material in the screw machining industry. As more applications and newer technology move a...
Pathfinder Tags: leaded steel machining top 10
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Last comment 03/30/2015 by Tornado
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Food & Beverage Technology

60 blog entries, 800 comments (0 Viewing)

What's For Dinner? Robot Knows

05/13/2015 by HUSH
Fellow resident blogger Hannes once sarcastically mentioned CR4's "Ditch-Your-Devices-And-Hide-In-A-Cave" series of blog entries. The truth is, we sp...
Pathfinder Tags: automation Cooking food robot
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Last comment 05/15/2015 by adreasler

In-Vitro Meat

04/02/2015 by CR4 Guest Author
Expect to hear a lot more about in-vitro meat (aka cultured meat) in the coming years, as the price of natural beef, poultry and fish increase, whil...
Views: 224, Comments: 12
Last comment 04/06/2015 by Rixter

Clean in Place Benefits from Automation

03/23/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Sanitation is one of the most crucial processes in food and beverage production, but it is also very time- and energy-consuming. What can automation c...
Views: 71, Comments: 0
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Industrial Automation

103 blog entries, 1632 comments (0 Viewing)

Turning the Lights Off on OEMs

05/06/2015 by HUSH
This week's blog entry will start with a joke (not the usual sarcasm or anecdote). It goes like this: A pastor, a doctor and an engineer are playing...
Pathfinder Tags: automation lights-off lights-out manufacturing
Views: 391, Comments: 6
Last comment 05/11/2015 by Original_Macgyver

3D Printing: The Basics

04/09/2015 by CR4 Guest Author
3D printing is certainly making waves in the commercial industry, as it is allowing manufacturers (even small time manufacturers) to create three d...
Views: 172, Comments: 7
Last comment 04/11/2015 by Wal

Printing a Car

04/08/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Is it feasible to print a car? That's the question the 3D Printed Car Design Challenge recently took on. Using a 2 x 4 x 0.9 m printer capable of d...
Views: 141, Comments: 6
Last comment 04/10/2015 by Original_Macgyver
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Industrial Processing Equipment Blog

92 blog entries, 573 comments (0 Viewing)

Is Artificial Intelligence the Next Step for Control Systems?

03/28/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
What are the current and future prospects for artificial intelligence (AI) within the field of industrial control? A machine's ability to meet c...
Views: 132, Comments: 16
Last comment 04/01/2015 by Rixter

Time is Now to Bet on IoT/Industry 4.0

01/09/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
The big Y2K scare was a golden opportunity for operations managers to update and expand their automation systems, recalls Control Engineering. Accordi...
Views: 141, Comments: 0

Things to Come for the Internet of Things

12/15/2014 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
What exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT)? This IHS Engineering 360 article, the first of a four-part series, is an effort to clarify the concept,...
Views: 151, Comments: 0
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Robotic Systems Blog

129 blog entries, 644 comments (0 Viewing)

Robot Farming

03/26/2015 by CR4 Guest Author
One of the most interesting robotic technologies is that of the agricultural robot, a robot specially designed for harvesting tasks. For example, th...
Views: 233, Comments: 8
Last comment 05/15/2015 by Original_Macgyver

Wall Climbing Robots

03/06/2015 by CR4 Guest Author
As the name clearly suggests, we are talking about robots that can climb walls. The concept of robots is not new, but the real improvement in this f...
Views: 208, Comments: 1
Last comment 03/06/2015 by texasron

Mobile Robotics – Next Frontier Promising Additional Flexibility

03/05/2015 by sanasyed24
Robotics is a scientific platform that links perception and action. In the industrial world, robotics has achieved great success. It originates fro...
Views: 95, Comments: 0
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Industrial MRO

78 blog entries, 691 comments (0 Viewing)

Prioritize Reliability Over Cost Control for Long-term Success

03/16/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Although many organizations stress the importance of reliability in maintenance and operations, their focus on cost control may indicate otherwis...
Views: 131, Comments: 2
Last comment 03/18/2015 by reward54

Will the Internet of Things Introduce an MRO Revolution?

01/10/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
The Internet has enabled improvements in MRO functions, but the Internet of Things (IoT) promises even greater efficiency through proactive monitoring...
Views: 163, Comments: 7
Last comment 01/15/2015 by Del the cat

Growing OSHA Enforcement Makes Electrical Training for All a Must

10/09/2014 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Typically, a trained electrician is the one mitigating a facility's electrical hazards, but this doesn't mean that other workers are out of harm's...
Views: 313, Comments: 6
Last comment 01/11/2015 by pnaban
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Machine Tools & Metal Working Blog

137 blog entries, 540 comments (0 Viewing)

4D: Gimmick or Breakthrough?

02/12/2015 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Additive manufacturing is all about 3D objects. Or is it? MIT's Self-Assembly Lab pushes the boundaries of 3D into a fourth dimension - time. By u...
Views: 223, Comments: 0

Cutting Options Get Even More Varied

12/08/2014 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Fabricating & Metalworking surveys the latest laser, waterjet, and plasma cutting systems in this new product review with videos. Most products...
Views: 170, Comments: 0

A Route to Low-cost Automation

10/07/2014 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
Vertical machining centers can be the poor relation on a machine shopfloor. While their horizontal counterparts may be fitted with all sorts of ex...
Views: 269, Comments: 0
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Packaging & Labeling

91 blog entries, 840 comments (0 Viewing)

Look What's Coming in Packaging Automation

11/16/2014 by IHS Engineering360 eNewsletter
You can't move forward without charting the past. Automation World reviews the technology of packaging automation (Gen1, Gen2, and the current Gen3 as...
Views: 230, Comments: 0
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American Precision Museum - History of Precision Manufacturing

05/24/2013 posted in TechnoTourist’s Engineering Expeditions
by SavvyExacta
Have you heard of the American Precision Museum? Located in Windsor, Vermont, this organization provides maintenance and display of the history of US...
Pathfinder Tags: American Precision Museum history manufacturing
Views: 708, Comments: 0

Material Selection: Where Imitation is Not the Highest Form of Flattery

09/07/2011 posted in GEA's Global HVAC Technology Blog
by geanorm
Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank PJ Sikorsky of GEA Consulting for contributing this blog entry. Imitation may be the highest form of flattery...
Pathfinder Tags: engineering designs liberty ships material selection shipbuilding steel
Views: 676, Comments: 6
Last comment 05/29/2014 by indel

Magnetic Chucks: Permanent, Electromagnetic, or Electro-Permanent?

08/30/2011 posted in How to Select Industrial Products
by Steve Melito
Welcome to the first entry in CR4's newest blog, How to Select Industrial Products. It's been awhile since I've blogged for CR4, but that's not beca...
Pathfinder Tags: industrial products magnetic chucks magnetic workholding workpieces
Views: 1003, Comments: 0

Material Selection: The Times, They Are A-Changing

08/10/2011 posted in GEA's Global HVAC Technology Blog
by geanorm
Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank PJ Sikorsky for contributing this blog entry, which complements his last post about material selection. Contin...
Pathfinder Tags: aluminum Copper costs material selection profitability ...
Views: 472, Comments: 5
Last comment 02/04/2013 by catisred

Cast Iron Is Not Cheaper Than Brains

07/19/2011 posted in GEA's Global HVAC Technology Blog
by geanorm
Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank PJ Sikorsky, Metallurgical Consultant, for contributing this blog entry, which originally ran here. I can't b...
Pathfinder Tags: how to select materials material costs material selection raw materials
Views: 753, Comments: 16
Last comment 06/22/2014 by Massey

GEA’s HVAC Blog – How’s it Working?

06/22/2011 posted in GEA's Global HVAC Technology Blog
by geanorm
Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Norm Greene (geanorm) for contributing this blog entry. GEA started blogging in November 2010. Like many othe...
Pathfinder Tags: blogging blogs HVAC social media technical content ...
Views: 356, Comments: 8
Last comment 06/27/2011 by Doorman