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Great Resources: Design guidelines for selecting/using stainless steels

This extensive guide from the Nickel Institute helps designers better understand the large family of corrosion-resistant stainless steels. It describes typical corrosion modes and how to select materials to minimize or prevent corrosion. Forty-seven figures help illustrate important characteristics of, and end-use applications for, 57 different stainless steel types, including chemical compositions, physical and mechanical properties, properties at elevated temperatures, and heat-transfer characteristics.
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Compressed Air: New website offers better ways to improve efficiency and safety

EXAIR.com® is the new digital home of Intelligent Compressed Air® products for industry. EXAIR’s new website has improved the product selection process by providing descriptions immediately from the homepage. An improved account management and ordering process streamlines access to historical orders, allows one-click repeat orders, and eases editing of your information. This website is fully responsive to provide a consistent experience whether using a PC, tablet, or smartphone. A comprehensive search functionality enables users to quickly locate model numbers and related information.
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SOLIDWORKS 2018 is here!

With SOLIDWORKS 2018, teams can collaborate concurrently to design a product or part more rapidly and cost efficiently, validate its function and manufacturability, manage its data and related processes, streamline and automate its manufacturing, and inspect it. Any changes in design or manufacturing are fast and easy to manage and automatically flow to all related models, programs, drawings, and documentation. A standout new feature is SOLIDWORKS CAM, which provides rules-based machining with knowledge capture for the automation of manufacturing programming. Plus, there are improvements to many of the SOLIDWORKS features you already use.
Learn all about the SOLIDWORKS 2018 launch.


Industry First: One hose, three uses

Gates has launched a multi-purpose hose that serves the needs of three distinct markets: fuel transfer, hydraulic return and suction lines, and 20R5 coolant applications. The Multi Master SD MegaFlex line is the first of its kind to simultaneously meet SAE 100R4, SAE J30R5, and SAE J20R5 requirements. It has a 1:1 bend radius, an ARPM Class A tube, and is also MSHA compliant. It features a corrugated chloroprene cover and steel helix reinforcement. Offered in sizes from 3/4 to 6 in.
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Designing for Moldability White Paper

Whether you’re new to the injection molding process or a veteran of manufacturing, Designing for Moldability offers an insightful guide to draft, radii, surface finish, materials and other thermoplastic molding considerations. It’s more than 20 rapid injection molding tips designed to help improve the moldability of your plastic parts.
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Mike Likes: New 3D-printing materials from DuPont

Proven over decades of use, DuPont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomers and DuPont Zytel nylons offer high quality, reliability, and performance in various applications in a wide range of industries -- and now the materials are available as 3D-printing filaments. Hytrel is available in two different hardness levels (Hytrel 3D4000FL with a shore D of 40 and Hytrel 3D4100 with a shore D of 60) for customers to make flexible, functional parts that combine resiliency, heat, and chemical resistance with strength and durability. With Zytel 3D1000FL, customers will be able to make strong and stiff functional parts that have a high heat deflection temperature, low warpage, low sensitivity to moisture, and excellent surface aesthetics.
Learn material specs on the DuPont site.
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Carbon composite bellows springs for lightweighting and more

The Carbon Composite Bellows Spring (CCBS) from MW Industries is a system of carbon fiber elements that combine to work as a high-performance, lightweight, and design-flexible compression spring meant to replace conventional coil springs or metallic Belleville disc springs. It offers value through unique dynamic characteristics and unparalleled in-the-field design flexibility. A functional spring is made from several individual elements, paired in sets and joined to make a stack. The spring rate of the stack is determined by the number of elements, the base rate of each element, and their series or parallel orientation in the stack. Applications include motorsports, aerospace, outdoor recreation, general industry, and high-performance activities.
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Mike Likes: Designing with Wave Springs eBook

We know how critical it is to specify the right spring for your design. With tens of thousands of wave springs designed, and counting, Smalley has tackled design challenges in nearly every industry. Their eBook, "Designing with Wave Springs," helps you find the right spring for your application and details how Smalley engineers offer space-saving solutions.
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How to replace metal with thermoplastics

Have you ever considered replacing your metal parts with plastic parts? It could be a viable option -- especially when it comes to the flexibility of manufacture, faster production cycle times, and the cost effectiveness of replacing metal parts with plastic parts. SolidWorks' Jeff Osman details general best practices to keep in mind regarding both design and manufacturability Osman has more than 23 years of experience in the mechanical CAD industry.
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Compressed Air: Aluminum SmartPipe+ is clever solution

SmartPipe+ is now available from Kaeser Compressors. This versatile, modular, no-rust aluminum piping system features lightweight materials and simple, compression-style connections. Available in multiple sizes from 3/4 in. to 2-1/2 in., SmartPipe+ is ideal for headers and branch lines all the way down to the point of use. It has a low coefficient of friction and provides the best possible laminar flow. The full-bore fittings minimize pressure drop, while the leak-free connectors prevent costly compressed air loss. SmartPipe+ can easily be integrated into existing steel, copper, or aluminum systems and can be modified to accommodate changing needs. Ten-year warranty.
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Electromagnetic actuated clutches

Miki Pulley’s CS Electro-magnetic Actuated Clutches are durable, versatile, and have excellent torque-transmission features to provide an efficient connection between a motor and a load. Benefits include low inertia, minimal drag, and very quiet operation. They function utilizing the magnetic force generated by the energized coil, providing engagement of input and output members of the clutch. Available with three different armatures, they feature an integrated bearing design that makes mounting fast and easy while ensuring application concentricity and excellent system runout. Available in bores ranging from 10 mm to 15 mm, with brake torques ranging from 3.687 ft-lb to 236.02 ft-lb (5 Nm to 320 Nm).
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Mike Likes: New innovative way to take up tolerances!

Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave-formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring-tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device, having approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes.
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Top 15 acme/lead screw questions answered

Acme lead screws convert rotary motion into linear motion by turning either the screw or the nut. Lead screws and nuts are highly customizable. But do lead screws and nuts need to be lubricated? And how do you decide which Acme screw product to use? Christopher Nook, CEO, Helix Linear Technologies, answers the most often asked questions for these versatile and vital mechanical components.
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3D positioning system locks devices in space

A new 3D positioning system that simplifies the setup of cameras and other devices for research, laboratory, process, and packaging applications has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. The system consists of a rugged group of mounting components, including a base that can securely attach to any flat surface, stepped and straight-through couplings, and precision shafting that can be easily adjusted and locked. Featuring a ball-end shaft and clamp-mount accessory with an infinitely adjustable range of motion, this system lets users move, tilt, and swivel to position and lock devices in space.
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Smith Metals Products adds Titanium Metal Injection Molding capabilities

Smith Metals Products has added Titanium Metal Injection Molding (TiMIM) capabilities to its MIM portfolio of materials that include stainless steels, alloys, and ceramics. TiMIM involves mixing powdered Titanium metal with a binder material to compose a feedstock capable of being handled by injection molding equipment. Metal injection molding allows complex Titanium parts to be shaped with precision in a single operation and in high volume as compared to traditional Titanium machined metal components. Adding TiMIM capabilities opens a new, wider range of component applications for Smith Metal Products, where strength-to-weight ratio parts are desired. It is often accomplished with superior features using Titanium compared to other strong (but much heavier) metals like steels.
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General Motors sued by consumers for allegedly installing multiple emissions-cheating defeat devices in over 705,000 Duramax diesel trucks

Consumers are suing General Motors for allegedly rigging the emissions controls in Duramax diesel trucks in order to pass emissions tests, while in real-world conditions the trucks emit two to five times the legal limits of NOx pollutants, according to auto-defect consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman.

The lawsuit states that GM did so allegedly to increase the vehicles' power and efficiency, and thus the appeal of its best-selling pick-up trucks. The complaint identifies and describes three distinct "defeat devices" that turn down or "de-rate" the emissions controls in place compared to when the vehicles are in a testing environment.

Vehicle owners are represented by Hagens Berman, which has been involved in many of the largest automotive settlements in U.S. history, including the $10 billion Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement, the $1.3 billion Volkswagen dealer settlement, and the $1.6 billion consumer settlement against Toyota. Based on its testing of emissions control systems, the firm is also leading litigation against Chevrolet, Fiat-Chrysler, and Mercedes for illegal use of emissions-cheating software.

The complaint, filed on May 25, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit), states that roughly 705,000 Silverado and Sierra diesels are on the road. It alleges: "By reversing the traditional order of the exhaust treatment components and putting the Selective Catalytic Reduction ("SCR") in front of the Diesel Particulate Filter ("DPF"), GM could obtain and market higher power and efficiency from its engines while still passing the cold-start emissions certification tests. This made GM's trucks more appealing and competitive in the marketplace, driving up sales and profits."

The alleged defeat devices combine to de-rate and degrade emissions controls: (1) above 86 degrees Fahrenheit -- the upper limit for emissions certification testing; (2) below 68 degrees Fahrenheit -- the lower limit for emissions certification testing; and (3) after 200 to 500 seconds of steady driving -- a scenario that never happens during certification emissions tests. When this third defeat device is active, emissions increase on average by a factor of 4.5. As a result, the trucks appear to comply with emissions regulations when they are being tested, but otherwise gain power and efficiency by dumping vast quantities of NOx into the air.

The suit also names Bosch as a defendant. Bosch developed, manufactured, and tested the Electronic Diesel Control unit that allowed GM to implement the defeat devices, according to the suit. And Bosch control units are found in almost all of the vehicles found or alleged to have been manipulating emissions, including Mercedes, Fiat Chrysler, and Chevrolet.

"These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves," said Pat Morrissey, GM Corporate Communications, in a May 25, 2017, company statement. "The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations."

Sources: Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, GM

Published June 2017

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