April 2010

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Feature Articles

Helping Hands: How Robotic Automation Can Help Manufacturing Resurgence
Before Mike Cicco was involved on the engineering side, he used to sell robotic systems to manufacturers. Most of his sales pitches were met with hesitation and skepticism as he tried to explain the “benefits” of replacing employees on the shop floor with an automated system.

Bogus Bearings Beat Price and Lead Time, But at What Cost
When your $100 “Rolex” falls apart on your wrist, well, what did you expect? But when bogus bearings find their way into safety-sensitive applications, lives are at stake.

Oscillation Welding Protects Pipelines
Ball screw assemblies are key to this patent-pending oilfield corrosion prevention solution.

Linear Motion Q&A: Customized Machinery Built with Off-the-Shelf Components
This Q&A session with various experts at Thomson Linear Systems covers linear slides & stages, clutches & brakes, bearings and actuators.

Energy Management Considerations with Todays Drive Systems
While it is valid to state that energy efficiency is defined as the same level of production being achieved at an overall lower energy cost, it is equally important for today’s machine builders and automation engineers alike to remember that an energy-efficient system can actually translate into higher productivity. This is achievable through a comprehensive approach to energy management.

Departments

Product News (Product News)
The complete product news section from the April 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

SMMA Spring Management Conference Navigates Recovery (Events)
The SMMA – Motor and Motion Association is ditching the slickers and galoshes for this year’s Spring Management Conference, themed “After the Storm: Navigating in the New World.”

Calendar (Events)
The complete technical calendar from the April 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Industry News (Industry News)
The complete Industry News section from the April 2010 issue of Power Transmission Engineering

Service Without a Smile (Power Play)
Manufacturing employees have always kept their eyes on the robotic systems that continue to pop up in assembly lines and industrial workspaces. These metallic, low-maintenance robotic employees don’t waste time with smoke breaks or catching up on episodes of Lost. They tend to stick to the task at hand with little argument or attitude, giving human counterparts a bad name when they gripe about factory temperatures or lack of a decent dental plan.