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    Three unusual applications of wave springs(01/05/2020)

    It may come as a surprise that top artists such as Noel Gallagher, Stevie Wonder and Madonna have performed on stage and in the studio with wave springs. When examining potential uses for wave springs, aerospace, automotive and medical applications are usually the first that come to mind – not live music.

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    Seven proven solutions to maximise spring cycle life(01/05/2020)

    By putting in place the correct measures during the early stages of the design process, manufacturers can significantly reduce spring relaxing and enhance their efficiency – elongating the performance and cycle life of their springs.

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    Wireform seat mats ensure passenger comfort on luxury off-road vehicle(02/03/2020)

    Renowned for its off-road capabilities, the latest iteration of one of the world’s most iconic 4-wheel drive vehicles is the toughest and most luxurious to date. Those qualities extend to the interior of the vehicle as well, with drivers and passengers expecting the toughest and most luxurious seats. This has been assured with the help of William Hughes, who fabricates a key structural element of the seat frame.

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    Bearing selection for extreme operating environments(02/03/2020)

    Many engineers have at least a basic understanding of rotating bearing technology, and in some cases have become experts in the field as various projects have come and gone over the years. A few design engineers will have hands-on experience too but what happens when the talk – and the project – turns to specifying bearings that must survive in a constant 473°C for three hours, and then continue to perform faultlessly as the temperature plummets to -219°C for another three hours?

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    igus plain bearings help adaptive skier find the fast lane(02/03/2020)

    Like every competitive athlete, Christopher Young stays acutely attuned to his equipment. Whether it is motorsport, cycling, skiing or any other event where equipment plays an important role in performance, athletes can feel instantly when their equipment is working properly…and when it is not.

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    Shock absorber helps young woman to recover from tumour operation(17/12/2019)

    An adjustable industrial shock absorber donated by WDS Component Parts Ltd. is helping a young woman regain strength and mobility following a major operation to remove a tumour. The shock absorber is incorporated into a modified rowing machine in a project coordinated by nationwide charity Remap.

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    Choosing the right material for industrial springs(17/12/2019)

    When choosing a spring for your industrial application, one of the major considerations is the material, as this will determine the spring’s suitability for the environment it is working in. Choose the wrong one and you could be facing a costly redesign or repair job down the line. Justin Lawrence, Applications Engineer at TFC, explains the suitability of different alloys for specific environments.

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    Exotic alloys – Lee Spring explain what they are and when to use them(17/12/2019)

    Materials with high alloy content, known as super alloys or exotic alloys, offer enhanced performance properties including excellent strength and durability, and resistance to oxidation, corrosion and deforming at high temperatures or under extreme pressure.

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    Lightweight air springs offer enhanced comfort and lower fuel consumption(17/12/2019)

    With its air spring system featuring an integrated plastic roller piston, Continental has taken a step toward reducing the weight of buses and trucks.

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    The thin section bearing of today(29/11/2019)

    Thin section bearings provide space and save weight, whilst providing a performance similar to traditional standard bearings. They lend themselves to use in aerospace and manufacturing equipment, robots, military and defence applications as well as medical equipment, machine tools and wider industry.

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    Clean steel keeps bearings rolling longer(29/11/2019)

    Mikael Östman, leader of the bearing segment at Ovako, looks at the new design possibilities offered by switching to clean steel.

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    WDS is helping to keep the rail industry on track(13/09/2019)

    The rail system underpins much of the UK economy, enabling people to travel and freight to be transported. It employs about 120,000 people directly and many more in the supply and support network. Maintaining it is a major undertaking that requires the continuous efforts of many companies.

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    Food for thought(01/08/2019)

    Special customer requests are often the driving force for new innovations at igus. More than 50 years’ ago, company founder Günter Blase built up the company by asking customers about their greatest machine design problems. This ‘solutions’ approach continues to lead to new products every year.

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    Taking the simple approach(01/07/2019)

    Design cycles can become complex and unwieldy, which is why tools to streamline the process are always welcome.

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    You spin me right round(01/07/2019)

    Slewing ring bearings have been in use for many years and are often associated for rotating heavy and slow-turning or slow-oscillating loads on a horizontal platform, such as on a crane. In this article, however, dry-tech director, Robert Dumayne, focuses on the ‘Lazy Susan’ type of slewing ring bearings for fast rotary movements in confined spaces.

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