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Merry Christmas CR4 Readers

12/22/2014 by BIN95
See Christmas from your company's maintenance personnel's point of view. See and share (A little Christmas...
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Last comment 12/22/2014 by Crabtree

Gear Design

12/20/2014 by gsuhas
Can any one give me a formula for Oval gear shape, which will match with similar other gear?
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Last comment 12/22/2014 by James Stewart

Biopolymer Adhesive

12/12/2014 by vratislav
Does anyone know of a supplier for corn-based biopolymer adhesives? I'm making a prototype of a product but cannot find a manufacturer or firm that ca...
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Last comment 12/12/2014 by old salt

Material Stretch in Bump Forming??

12/10/2014 by Massey
I was just informed a piece of formed steel we purchased from a vendor, our press brake was not large enough to form the piece, came in 3/16" too long...
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Last comment 12/11/2014 by James Stewart

Custom Plastic Cup

12/08/2014 by Driggs
Hi i was wonderinding if anyone could help me find a company or owns a company that could guide me in the right direction. I have an idea i want to ge...
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Last comment 12/09/2014 by ozzb
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Quality Assurance / Control

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Change In Group Number In PQR

12/22/2014 by Muhammed Afsal
Dear friends, I have WPS and PQR (for SMAW) qualifying a material of P no.1 and Group No.1. Can I use the same for another material of P no.1 and gro...
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Assembly of Weldments and Significant Figures

12/17/2014 by Massey
Should not the application of 'significant figures' apply to the assembly of multiple weldments/assemblies? I have done a lot looking for insight on...
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Last comment 12/19/2014 by James Stewart

Checking Calibration of Tape Measures, Levels and Squares

11/25/2014 by jvejil
Every time audit hits, this area is always marked as a negative as there isnt really a great way to show them that these tools are calibrated. Even th...
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Last comment 12/21/2014 by Original_Macgyver
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BRM's Flexible Honing, Surface Finishing, and Deburring Blog

171 blog entries, 94 comments (0 Viewing)

Watch BRM’s 30-Second 350 Chevy Engine Rebuild Video

12/15/2014 by Brush Research
In the movie Gone in 60 Seconds, master car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines returns to Southern California to steal 50 vehicles in 96 hours. In BRM's...
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Views: 132, Comments: 1
Last comment 12/16/2014 by Pulpmillguy

Watch BRM’s 350 Chevy Engine Cleaning Video

12/09/2014 by Brush Research
Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) bought a used 350 Chevy engine and tore it down. As last week's blog entry and engine teardown video explained,...
Pathfinder Tags: ball hone engine cleaning engine hone engine rebuilding flexible cylinder hone ...
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Watch BRM's 350 Chevy Engine Teardown Video

12/01/2014 by Brush Research
Brush Research Manufacturing (BRM) doesn't just make brushing tools. Our Los Angeles, California company uses them. Recently, BRM bought a 350 Chevy...
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Industrial Processing Equipment Blog

90 blog entries, 557 comments (0 Viewing)

Things to Come for the Internet of Things

12/15/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec 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,...
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Water Treatment Trends

08/17/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Innovations in water treatment are driven by population growth, industrial water use, and the environment. So says George Barclay of Dow Water &am...
Views: 417, Comments: 13
Last comment 09/25/2014 by James Stewart

Next Generation DCS

07/30/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
The complexity of integrated systems within process plants increases year by year, making it more challenging to keep track of them all. Flow Contro...
Views: 355, Comments: 0
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Industrial Automation

94 blog entries, 1598 comments (0 Viewing)

The Manufacturing, Innovation Connection

12/13/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
A recent study of today's most successful manufacturing facilities provides a new slant on the concept of globalization, dispelling the idea that...
Views: 85, Comments: 0

Competing in the Additive Age: How 3D Printing Changes Everything

10/10/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
If you focus on the amazing products created by 3D printing, you will miss the real significance of the technology for manufacturing. In this Indust...
Views: 239, Comments: 0

Manufacturing in a Virtual World

09/01/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Virtual technology stands poised to help manufacturers optimize product design and assembly line configuration, and reduce operating costs in the...
Views: 266, Comments: 0
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Elasto Proxy's Sealing Solutions Blog

50 blog entries, 350 comments (0 Viewing)

Tolerances for Rubber Parts

12/09/2014 by Doug Sharpe
Part tolerances are allowable variations in the dimensions of manufactured components. They are expressed as plus or minus values, or as a range o...
Views: 109, Comments: 0

Will 3D Printing Reduce or Increase Plastic Waste?

11/24/2014 by Doug Sharpe
Does your office still use computer printers and copy machines? Thirty-nine years ago, Business Week magazine foresaw a paperless office. Although s...
Pathfinder Tags: 3D Printing additive manufacturing plastic products plastic waste
Views: 177, Comments: 3
Last comment 12/19/2014 by adreasler

ETS Engineering Students Build Baja Dune Buggy

11/12/2014 by Doug Sharpe
École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), a public engineering school in Montreal, awards the most engineering diplomas in Quebec and is Canada's th...
Views: 168, Comments: 0
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Machine Tools & Metal Working Blog

137 blog entries, 560 comments (0 Viewing)

Cutting Options Get Even More Varied

12/08/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Fabricating & Metalworking surveys the latest laser, waterjet, and plasma cutting systems in this new product review with videos. Most products...
Views: 89, Comments: 0

A Route to Low-cost Automation

10/07/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec 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: 203, Comments: 0

Getting Your Coordinates Right

08/30/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Accurate measurement of workpieces is vital to effective quality control in metals manufacturing. Previously, that has often meant taking cumberso...
Views: 326, Comments: 0
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Fastening, Joining & Assembly

69 blog entries, 350 comments (0 Viewing)

A Bright Future for Light-cured Adhesives

12/07/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
A recent survey cites expanding use of UV and visible light technologies, predicting continued growth. UV/Vis adhesives cure in seconds rather than...
Views: 133, Comments: 2
Last comment 12/08/2014 by James Stewart

Taking the UV LED Cure

07/11/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Until recently, mercury vapor lamps have been the only light source for UV polymerizing of adhesives. LEDs, however, are on their way to becoming...
Views: 436, Comments: 1
Last comment 07/16/2014 by Rorschach

Wake Up and Use the Robots

06/28/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
A majority of UK manufacturers polled in a recent survey said they do not use robots; nearly a third of those indicated they were either low volum...
Views: 442, Comments: 1
Last comment 06/29/2014 by SolarEagle
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Speaking of Precision

308 blog entries, 2385 comments (0 Viewing)

What Does 'Ductility' Mean?

12/02/2014 by Milo
The ability of a material to deform plastically without fracturing, is called ductility. In the materials usually machined in our shops, ductility...
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Last comment 12/03/2014 by Jimh77

The Atlantic Apprenticeships: Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

10/28/2014 by Milo
The need for talent is a universal concern- in Germany and in North America. The German apprenticeship model is effective in Germany. But can it b...
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Last comment 10/30/2014 by Unredundant

Pipe Steel: Internal Defect

08/29/2014 by Milo
The majority of defects encountered in steel bars in our shops are found on the surface. Internal defects can also be encountered, and we posted a...
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Views: 374, Comments: 1
Last comment 08/31/2014 by phoenix911
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Food & Beverage Technology

54 blog entries, 771 comments (0 Viewing)

Food and Beverage Waste Becoming a New Resource

12/01/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Thanks to new technology, many food and beverage manufacturers are treating solid waste and wastewater as a profitable opportunity rather than a c...
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Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/01/2014 by Chelsey H
Do you need a bacon manual? I didn't think I did until I read this article "Basically Everything You Need to Know About Buying, Cooking, and Loving...
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Last comment 11/06/2014 by texasron

Bringing Beer Underground

10/12/2014 by Chelsey H
Every beer enthusiast dreams of having a tap of their favorite beer in their home. Maybe it comes from an underground pipe that goes right from the...
Views: 309, Comments: 1
Last comment 10/13/2014 by RufusVS
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Robotic Systems Blog

124 blog entries, 635 comments (0 Viewing)

Should Robots Require Our Help?

11/20/2014 by cheme_wordsmithy
Science fiction, especially science fiction movies, have given us many examples of robots of the future. C-3PO and R2-D2 (Star Wars), Johnny 5 (Short-...
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Last comment 11/21/2014 by Brave Sir Robin

Robots Expand Their Reach

10/28/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Robots are reaching into new markets thanks to improvements in vision, human motion replication, and collaborative models. Current 3D vision-guide...
Views: 167, Comments: 2
Last comment 10/28/2014 by ronwagn

Assembling a Promising Future

09/29/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Take a futuristic ride on a car body as it gets assembled. On a single assembly line, many robots managed by one controller assemble different car...
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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 GlobalSpec 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...
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Getting 'Gotta Have' Tech into Packaging Controls

06/18/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Ever witness a toddler adroitly navigating a game of Angry Birds? Do you wish your devices at work had similarly easy or intuitive functionality a...
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Shifting from Sense and Alert to Sense and Control

03/17/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Constantly pressed to raise efficiencies, food and beverage companies often turn to Enterprise Resource Planning and other "sense and alert" managemen...
Views: 361, Comments: 0
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Material Handling & Supply Chain Technology

158 blog entries, 587 comments (0 Viewing)

International Shipping Goes Green

10/22/2014 by HUSH
The world's economy continues to be buoyed by its oceans. Approximately 90 percent of all international trade is exchanged by vessels, and between...
Pathfinder Tags: freighter SHIP supply chain tanker
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Last comment 10/24/2014 by James Stewart

Thinking Small for Automation

10/06/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
Most small businesses shrug when they hear about automated systems, thinking that it's only for the big dogs. But this case history shows that a n...
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Dangerous Rail Tankers: Coming to a City Near You

07/23/2014 by HUSH
There are a few mechanical processes that truly leave me awe-inspired. The first of note is when I'm on an airplane; I look out over the wings to s...
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Last comment 07/26/2014 by JNB
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Industrial MRO

76 blog entries, 681 comments (0 Viewing)

Growing OSHA Enforcement Makes Electrical Training for All a Must

10/09/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec 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: 242, Comments: 5
Last comment 11/29/2014 by BIN95

To Train Future Skilled Workers, Speak Their Language

08/10/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
With baby boomers starting to retire in droves, training the next generation of maintenance professionals calls for methods specifically tailored...
Views: 495, Comments: 12
Last comment 08/15/2014 by Brave Sir Robin

Wearable Technology Brings Innovation, Connectivity to Maintenance and Operations

07/13/2014 by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter
From improvements in machine-to-machine communications to the increased reliance on the Internet of Things, technology is changing the face of m...
Views: 406, Comments: 1
Last comment 07/14/2014 by reward54
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RTD Manufacturing

5 blog entries, 17 comments (0 Viewing)

Without Rare Earth Elements, Is U.S. Industry a House of Cards?

02/28/2014 by RTD Manufacturing
Did you watch the finale to Season One of House of Cards? If you're a fan of this fictional political drama, you may recall that Congressman Frank Un...
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Last comment 03/03/2014 by HUX

The Winter Olympics and Made in the USA Manufacturing

02/05/2014 by RTD Manufacturing
"Designer Ralph Lauren's new Olympic opening ceremony uniform has lots of stars and stripes. It has lots of red, white, and blue. And most importantl...
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Industrial Machining Meets 3D Laser Printing

01/24/2014 by RTD Manufacturing
This ExtremeTech article argues that 3D laser printers will never be accurate enough, and will "invariably" require some type of secondary subtractive...
Views: 502, Comments: 1
Last comment 01/27/2014 by JRiversW
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Process Engineering & Construction

8 blog entries, 20 comments (0 Viewing)

Rhode Island Tax Code: What Manufacturers Don’t Know but Should

01/23/2014 by jsavage
In July of last year, the Rhode Island legislature enacted a change to the Rhode Island tax code regarding the state's version of the federal Sectio...
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Last comment 01/26/2014 by phoenix911
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Other Blog Entries of Interest

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...
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Views: 646, 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: 643, 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
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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...
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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: 730, 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...
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Last comment 06/27/2011 by Doorman