Award-Winning Powder Metal Parts

The winners in the 2017 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity. These component fabricators use PM’s flexibility to push forward new concepts and process controls and demonstrate the inexhaustible well of capabilities PM can marshal in the service of component

Touchless gesture controls and Ultrahaptics technology (Video on how they work)

In a recent video with Paul Heney, we touched on touchless gesture controls — haptic technology that lets machine builders and other engineers incorporate mid-air controls enhanced by tactile feedback. The hardware and software can be embedded into machine builds and consumer designs large and small. Our sister publication EE World covered the technology late last year (with

Ametek announces two acquisitions

AMETEK, Inc. has announced that it has completed two acquisitions: Brookfield Engineering, the world’s leading manufacturer of viscometers and rheometers, and ESP/SurgeX, a leader in energy intelligence and power protection solutions. Brookfield Engineering Brookfield offers a complete range of viscometers and rheometers as well as instrumentation to analyze texture and powder flow. Its products are

Exair product update: Heavy duty dry vacs are now CE compliant

    Independent laboratory tests now certify that EXAIR’s Heavy Duty Dry Vac™ meets the rigorous safety, health and environmental standards of the European Union that are required to attain the CE mark. The Heavy Duty Dry Vac is a rugged, industrial duty vacuum cleaner that has been engineered to vacuum high volumes of dry

AMETEK MICROjammer Blowers offer precise control of air flow for your air-pillow packaging equipment

AMETEK’s MICROjammer™ series of high-performance, variable-speed brushless DC blowers may be a near-perfect choice of air mover for your air pillow packager. Historically the most compact and efficient unit in its class, the latest state-of-the-art version with full-wave controller allows an unparalleled amount of end user functional control, integrated directly into the blower itself. No

Boker’s 2015 Scheduling Calendar with Metric Conversion Chart

Boker’s, Inc. announces the release of its 2015 Calendar and Conversion Chart. Designed for quick and convenient scheduling, this complementary calendar also includes an easy-to-use metric conversion chart on the back, which is ideal for use in the field.   With more than 95 years of stamping industry experience, Boker’s continues to offer industry professionals

Klüber Lubrication to Showcase New NSF H1-registered Lubricants

Klüber Lubrication will display its latest NSF H1-registered lubricants for the packaging and processing industry at PACK EXPO, Sept. 23-25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Klüber will exhibit at booth S7046 and have representatives available to discuss the company’s products, services and expertise with PACK EXPO attendees. Products from Klüber provide efficient solutions for

Custom Washers and Stampings for the Appliance Market from Boker’s

Boker’s, Inc. announces its ability to custom manufacture washer and stamping solutions for virtually any appliance application. With over 90 years of experience, Boker’s washers and stampings offer an ideal solution in diverse appliances, including air conditioning units, ventilation hoods, washing machines, dryers and many more—meeting appliance manufactures’ exact specifications. Washers are available with outside

Design for Manufacturability: DDM Changes the Rules

Did you know that direct digital manufacturing (DDM) can free you from the restraints of conventional manufacturing? By doing so, it allows you to expand your creativity, fine tune your ideas, chop weeks from your product development process and help your company save money. In this 20 minute webinar, we’ll show you how DDM can

AC and DC Fans for High Dust and Moisture Environments

Providing design engineers with a wide range of DC and AC fans for dusty or moist environment applications, Orion Fans announced the availability of an IP55 rating for a significant number of its fans. The availability of this rating in most DC and selected AC fan series enables their use in several applications including certain

Solving Assembly Challenges in Reduced Footprint Applications

Smaller, lighter, and thinner electronic devices and their inherently restrictive design envelopes present several challenges on the road to  their assembly and manufacture. Hardware for component attachment must perform reliably, despite the shrinking and limited footprints for fastener placement and installation. In addition, designers face reduced parts counts for weight savings and production economies. An entirely

How 3D Printers Help Black & Decker get Products to Market Faster

In this webinar, Christopher Barretta from the Stanley Black & Decker Industrial Design team discusses how the Objet Geometries PolyJet Matrix™ machines have improved the prototyping and evaluation process for the next generation of products coming to market. Through the use of 3D printing technology, the prototyping team delivers conceptual models faster, getting ideas in

Connectors for High Pressure Filling Applications

Refrigeration Quick Disconnect (RQD) connectors reliably connect to refrigerant lines for charging or evacuating cooling appliances and applications under high pressure. They are rated up to 750 psi. They are available in 1/4-in. and 3/8-in. male PCU, Hansen or similar style tips. These connectors work with components that must handle the higher pressures called for

Join the first Design World Tweet Chat on Feb. 2

Join Design World on Wednesday, February 2nd, for the inaugural Design World Tweet Chat. Our entire editorial team will be tweeting with you on the topic of engineering education. To participate, just include #DesignWorld in your tweets that day, from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Eastern time. You can comment, respond to other tweets, even

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches updated iPhone App

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has launched an updated version of the recently released iPhone app “ISO Fits & Tolerances” that allows switching between inch and metric measurements. Providing results based on the ISO 286 System of Limits and Fits, the updated version also adds additional tolerance classes and is available in English, Spanish, German and Dutch.

TPK Touch Solutions Selects Aras PLM Software

Aras announced that TPK Touch Solutions, Inc. selelcted Aras enterprise PLM software to streamline their product development process and increase customer response time. As an Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) for smart phone, MP3/4, touch computer, and GPS providers, the ability to maintain and secure customer intellectual property and respond rapidly to evolving customer needs is

Point-Of-Purchase Display Fixtures from SDP

New Hyde Park, NY — A new series of point-of purchase display fixtures from Stock Drive Products (ISO 9001:2000 Registered Manufacturer) feature spring powered reels. These display fixtures, identified as the A3Z55-… Series are stocked in 3 different sizes for displaying small products such as appliances and communication devices. These P.O.P. units each contain a

McGill Lighted Rocker Switches

ROSEMONT, IL – Aiming to provide its OEM customers with greater variety and choice, McGill is now offering a broad line of lighted rocker switches available in several attractive designs including illuminated, angled and curved rocker versions. McGill is targeting its lighted rocker switches at the appliance, panel board, office equipment and consumer electronics markets.

GE Ingenuity Throws Dallas Cowboys Stadium to Technological Forefront

CLEVELAND, OH — As the largest NFL venue ever built, the Dallas Cowboys’ new billion-dollar stadium is an engineering marvel. GE’s contribution to the project—cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting and electrical distribution equipment—has satisfied the Texas-sized expectations of the Cowboys organization. For GE Appliances & Lighting, the charge was to go on offense, developing and delivering

Wilbrecht LEDCO’s Redesigned V4 Microswitches

St. Paul, MN–Wilbrecht LEDCO, Inc. announces its newly redesigned MP500 series of V4 microswitches. The improved V4 microswitches offer a reduced differential movement of 0.05mm and below to better accommodate industrial applications such as electromagnetic brakes or pressure switches that require very small differential movements to operate correctly. Although compact V4 switches deliver size and

Silent Running

Acoustic nonwoven material improves sound absorption of home appliances, automobile interiors, subway floors, office walls as well as marine and airline applications that must meet noise requirements. The material provides ‚“the silence‚” within the newest quieter home appliances from major manufacturers. It helps manufacturers meet lower noise requirements without adding bulk to the composite material.

Clarifying Agent Clears Up Washing Machines

When Suggar, a leading appliance maker in Brazil, began offering transparent top doors instead of opaque plastic doors on three of its most popular washing machine models, sales went up. According to Marcelo Emrich Soares, manufacturing director, Suggar, its customers like the look of clear plastic. Initially, the company used styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) to provide

Photocopier Market Benefits from Belts

Equipment in the photocopier market is becoming more complex every day. These new developments are driving demands for greater production speed and increased levels of quality. Fenner Precision, a design and development company of belts, pulleys, and tires used in paper propulsion and motion control applications, manufactures a reinforced dual-durometer belt for photocopiers and digital

Kingbright Ultra-Bright 0.5W SMD LEDs

Kingbright Corporation achieves another milestone in developing the ultra-bright 0.5W SMD LEDs with high quality and robust reliability. Available in various color selections (blue, white, warm white, green, yellow, red) as well as RGB Full Color option at 120mA per channel, Kingbright’s Ultra-Bright 0.5W SMD LED’s vibrant and compact package with wide viewing angle of

New Materials Quiet Noisy Appliances

Jim McKevitt, 3M Acoustic Solutions, St. Paul, MN According to a recent survey by Ipsos, consumers are happy with their washing machines, dishwashers, vacuums, and other appliances. They have only one complaint – noise. What’s more, the survey found that consumers are willing to pay a premium for a branded sound blanket such as ThinsulateTM