Thursday 19/7/2018

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18/07/2018 - Temperature Measurements in Metal Reheat Furnaces
Reheat furnaces bring cold metal to the correct temperature for rolling, extruding or forging. For optimum quality, and to reduce wastage, the temperature should be uniform throughout the product, which requires accurate temperature monitoring.
18/07/2018 - Smart locks: more than a household gadget
There is a new category of smart that is set to become mainstream; locks. Recent marketing has almost pigeon holed smart locks as a smart home gadget, when in fact potential applications are far more exciting. Supply, installation and repair specialist, CP Automation, uncovered one such application after supporting Smart Locking Logic with the development of the Smartlock Banking Solution.
16/07/2018 - Enclosures ensures lift passengers can make emergency calls
A newly developed GSM Communicator has been designed to replace traditional analogue telephone lines for use with lift autodiallers, which are used to contact a service team in the event of a breakdown or other unusual event. GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) is a cellular network, which mobile phones connect with when making calls.
16/07/2018 - High-performance 3D printed triboplastics replace metallic parts in electric bike
The bicycle has, in recent years, developed from a mere commodity to a weight-optimised lifestyle apparatus. Most recently, electrification has contributed significantly to this trend. According to the German bicycle industry association ‘Zweirad-Industrie-Verband’ (ZIV) sales of e-bike in the country increased by 19% last year to a total of 720,000 units. In 2016, 605,000 were sold, an increase of 13%.
11/07/2018 - Harmonic Drive UK's work with Project MARCH to help people get back on their feet
Many of us could not begin to fathom the feeling of being told we may never walk again, but for one motorcycle enthusiast this was his reality. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of precision gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK, explains how the company has worked with Project MARCH to help people get back on their feet.
10/07/2018 - How to turn a compact buggy into an all-terrain igus pushchair
When a pushchair designer came up with the clever idea of making the wheels detachable so that it could fit in the boot of reasonably priced car, only half a job was done. As the original greased plastic bearings were fairly easy to remove, they were re-engineered out of iglidur and replaced – no more grease!
10/07/2018 - The value of material selection in designing wear- and corrosion-resistant tunnelling tools
While most of us have experienced the anger and frustration of being stuck in seemingly endless traffic, few of us would turn this bitter emotion into a new business venture. However, that’s exactly what Elon Musk did when he conceived The Boring Company. With the project aiming to create a network of transportation tunnels under LA, Heiko Wilder, materials scientist at online materials sourcing database Matmatch, asks: what materials are required to make Musk’s boring vision an exciting reality?
09/07/2018 - World's first brine treatment plant based on Modern Water's AMBC process - opened by British Deputy High Commissioner in India
The British Deputy High Commissioner of Gujarat, Geoff Wain, has opened the world's first brine treatment plant based on Modern Water's all membrane brine concentration process (AMBC).
09/07/2018 - MecWash helps global die-casting manufacturer increase production and cleanliness levels without compromise
Ryobi Aluminium Castings (UK) Ltd required the highest levels of cleanliness in the production of a vehicle oil pan for an international luxury vehicle manufacturer. Needing to increase production levels without compromising quality necessitated a new washing system at its manufacturing facility at Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Michael Breckon, General Manager at family-owned injection moulding business takes an evenhanded approach to investment strategies. So, when the company required additional machines for a specific automotive project, the views of several staff were taken into consideration. They concluded that Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, a longstanding supplier to the Stockton-on-Tees firm since its inception in the 1970s, had proven itself to offer the right balance of performance, reliability and longevity.
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