Osborn introduces needle rollers to load runners division

Osborn has introduced a line of Needle Roller Cam Followers to its Load Runners division. Osborn’s 191 SKUs of Needle Rollers are available in a standard range of sizes. Needle Rollers are lightweight and because of the rollers’ low sectional height, can handle high radial load capacities. Other advantages of Needle Rollers include improved mechanical […]

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R+W releases the STB safety coupling with bellows coupling connection

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R+W brings heavy duty torque overload protection to dynamic precision applications with the new STB series safety coupling. Featuring a ball-detent safety element system, which disconnects drivelines within milliseconds of a torque overload event, this version offers  precision transfer of motion and torque by using a symmetrically formed, torsionally rigid stainless steel bellows for the […]

Overload protection for hard to reach drives

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mayr power transmission’s EAS-reverse is a new, disengaging torque limiter on which all functional processes can be automated through the drive. It is easy to handle, permits long run-out times and re-engages again through slow backwards rotation. A housing also makes the clutch resistant to dust or spray water – and thus ideal for use […]

NHBB HiTech recognized for using renewable resources

For eight winters NHBB HiTech has been burning wood pellets to heat its 230,000 sq. ft. facility. This sustained commitment to modern wood heating has earned HiTech an official commendation from the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council (NHWEC). During the heating season, from November to April, HiTech burns approximately 60 to 70 tons of pellets […]

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Instant technical support from igus

Personal technical support is now available instantly by chatting live with igus technical representatives on the igus website. For help with specifying parts, receiving quotes, solving application problems and troubleshooting mechanical issues, igus customers are now able to receive instant feedback from trained igus representatives via online chat. With the new integration of live chat […]

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The year in bearings 2016: Auburn Bearing

For this multi-part series, Bearing Tips.com reached out to several leading bearing industry professionals to get their take on the year in bearings. Here, Peter Schroth of Auburn Bearing & Manufacturing gives us a brief look back on 2016 and his prediction for the new year. Bearing Tips:  What do you think was the biggest […]

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Bearing counterfeiting: A growing market and a growing risk

Understanding the Scope Even today, there’s a common misconception that counterfeiting is a problem that only affects luxury goods like watches, cosmetics, or handbags. However, the truth of the matter is that today, there are counterfeits of virtually everything, especially machine components and parts. Antun Peakovic, Director, Intellectual Property Americas, Schaeffler Group USA Inc. North American […]

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4 tips for building electrical equipment to North American standards

By Sarah Larson, Commercial Program Manager, Rockwell Automation For global machine and panel builders looking to sell their equipment into North America, one of the bigger challenges is complying with local standards and codes. Building compliant machinery and control panels for North American end users requires understanding the electrical codes and standards, as well as

Top tips for proper spring selection

Edited by Mike Santora Evaluating spring components for an industrial application can be a challenge. A spring needs to improve the performance of a product in a cost effectively. Here are a few considerations for choosing the best spring for a given application. Quality Depending on the application, less expensive materials might be an option.

PLC+HMI unit powers next generation of biodefense

Jim Robinson • Senior VP Product Development at AeroClave EMTs, ambulance workers, fire fighters, and more are often exposed to invisible pathogens and the threat of infection. In these settings, decontamination is critical for everyone’s safety. Hygienic routines to clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated with biological materials must be quick and easy to use. To

Posi Lock 2 and 3-jaw manual pullers

Posi Lock external pullers are designed with a patented Safety Cage and built with steel. They deliver performance while exceeding safety standards. The center bolt threads are designed to achieve high torque with less effort; the nut is recessed to avoid mushrooming and disfiguration from impact; the slim tapered jaws allow for easier gripping and […]

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LV-45 Series LVIT linear position sensors

Alliance Sensors Group has released its LV-45 series inductive, contactless linear position sensor using LVIT Technology. The LV-45 linear position sensors are specifically designed for measuring applications requiring rugged devices, whether measuring position of steam turbine valves, mounted in a paper mill head box or calendar roll stand, or outdoors fastened to a building, bridge […]

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Why are flanged ball bearings needed?

By Joyce Laird, Contributing Editor What makes flanged ball bearings different than other ball bearings? A flanged ball bearing is not truly a different type of bearing. Just as ball bearings are offered sealed or open, they are also available flanged or plain. The flange is just another option given to the design engineer by […]

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FoodStream pillow and flange blocks from LM76

FoodStream electrodeless Nickel plated pillow and flange blocks from LM76 are FDA/USDA/3A-Dairy compliant linear motion components.  They complement LM76’s line of FDA compliant bearings, scraper seals, and shafting.   FoodStream off-the-shelf pillow and flange blocks are suitable for use in processing and packaging food, producing pharmaceuticals, the BioPharma industry, and in medical devices. Inch size FoodStream […]

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3D printing benefits cast in iron

VHM Fonderie (formerly Heinrich Fonderie) specializes in the production of industrial iron castings using a traditional sand casting process. To help the company with the production of functional prototypes, master models for sand casting, manufacturing tools, as well as the 3D printing of spare parts, VHM Fonderie turned to Stratasys. The 3D printing and additive […]

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Zero backlash brake for indexing and positioning systems

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Nexen Group, Inc. introduces the Model I-300, a spring engaged, air released, power-off brake designed to provide high torque for backlash-free holding and emergency stopping on indexers and positioning systems. The I-300’s high torque and short response time ensure the shortest possible stopping distance. The brake connects to the shaft with tapered, keyless locking devices. […]

Spindle safety system

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Despite current CNC machine tool crash protection strategies which include both proactive avoidance through CAD/CAM programming and reactive damage reduction methods that include electronic sensors and mechanical overload clutches, machine tool crashes are still commonplace. In these machine tool crashes, tool collisions with high feed rates cause high forces on motor spindles. Depending on the […]

Sectional rail couplings from GAM

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Coupling technology designed for sectional gripper-rail attachment in transfer systems used in press automation. Featuring a patented force amplification system, the clamping design assures a high stiffness and high precision connection. The lightweight, compact high-durability couplings can be adapted easily to every current gripper-rail profile. Not only can the sectional rail couplings be installed by […]

“Installing Your Bearings Right the First Time”– 5 Tips for Success

Rexnord recently released its new “Installing Your Bearings Right the First Time — 5 Tips for Success” webinar. This free, on-demand webinar features Mark Czubak, Principal Engineer for Bearings at Rexnord, who is a bearing expert with nearly 40 years of experience in the industry. During the webinar Czubak highlights mounting and installation errors are […]

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How do you select the right coupling when electrical isolation is a priority?

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By Joyce Laird, contributing editor Understanding design challenges Most of the couplings on the market today are either partially, or entirely, made of metal. Since metal is such a good electrical conductor it can be a challenge for the design engineer to find a suitable product to serve as a flexible coupling for transmitting torque […]

Timken rigid couplings

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For tough applications where strength and affordability are important, the steel design of rigid compression couplings is well suited. Timken cast steel couplings are an excellent choice for joining two shafts of the same size. This type of coupling is also known as a “rigid clamp style” coupling. Choose from standard sizes for shafts 1-7/16 […]

Timken Quick-Flex couplings

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Timken Quick-Flex elastomeric couplings are durable enough to face the challenges of harsh environments, yet need minimal maintenance. They are easy to install and require no lubrication. Timken Quick-Flex couplings operate without any metal-to-metal contact. Because the metal hubs don’t wear, the elastomeric insert is the only spare part users will need. For especially harsh […]

The year in couplings 2016: GAM

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For this multi-part series, Coupling Tips.com reached out to several coupling industry professionals to get their take on the year in couplings. Here, GAM Technical Marketing Manager, Mike Parzych looks back on 2016 and gives a few predictions for the new year. Coupling Tips: What do you think was the biggest event in the industry […]

Plastic linear plain bearings vs. PTFE-lined plain bearings

By Matt Mowry, Product Manager, drylin linear systems, igus Inc. Linear plain bearings are becoming commonplace in today’s manufacturing industry. As technologies and material sciences have advanced, so have the capabilities of linear plain bearings, particularly those made of plastic, such as the drylin series of self-lubricating linear bearings from igus. Originally, linear plastic plain […]

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Basics: What is a clamping screw

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Clamping screws are machine elements which use screw thrust for workpiece fixing and positioning. Point contact by the full ball securely fixes the workpiece. Advantages of using Clamping Screws By replacing hex socket head cap screws and hex socket set screws with clamping bolts when clamping (fixing) workpieces, point contact with workpieces can be achieved. […]