Bearings are a common component to assemblies with moving parts, facilitating motion while minimizing the amount of friction generated between surfaces. Bearings may come in many forms to accommodate varying applications, popular types including the plain bearing, ball bearing, and roller bearing. As each type may vary by its design, load capacities, speeds, and more, it is very important that the correct bearing is implemented within a system to avoid costly failures or downtimes. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main considerations that should be made when deciding between bearings, allowing you to narrow down your search with ease.


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Fasteners are important components for numerous applications, allowing for two or more parts to be secured together to prevent their separation. When there is a need for retaining a fastener’s position within an installation, there are a number of fastener types or methods that may be employed. Captive fasteners in particular are specialized fastener types that are specifically engineered to retain a permanent hold when installed, even maintaining its installation upon servicing. They are often used for the means of deterring the loss of a fastener or damage that results from loose parts, and they can come in varying forms depending on the need and application.


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Fasteners are components that are paramount to countless assemblies, securing parts together while also distributing loads and forces. Fasteners can come in various forms, including those such as rivets, screws, nuts, and washers. Blind rivets in particular are a specialized rivet, and they are often used for applications such as aircraft construction. Unlike a conventional rivet, blind rivets can be installed from one side of an assembly, making them very beneficial for a number of uses.


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An Actuator is a mechanical or electromechanical device that controls movement or positioning. Actuators are components within a machine that carry out the moving and controlling of a mechanism or system, such as the opening or closing of a valve. Because of this, actuators are sometimes called movers. To operate, actuators need a control signal and source of energy. Following receival of a control signal, the actuator uses energy from the source to foster mechanical motion. Actuators have many uses and therefore come in many types. In this blog, we will look at the most common types of actuators.


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Pneumatic valves control the pressure, flow rate, direction, and amount of air that travels through a pneumatic system. Pneumatic systems are integral in countless industrial applications where they control a power source. While the medium in the system is fluid, such as in a hydraulic system, the way in which it is controlled is different. There are many types of pneumatic valves that can be used to control the pressure and flow of fluid. The most common of these are pressure relief valves, flow control valves, and directional control valves. In this blog, we will take a look at each type and its unique characteristics.


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The screw, characterized by a helical threading around a long shaft, is the most common fastener in the world. When two or more solid objects need to be joined, you can bet that screws will likely be used. They offer an easy and effective solution for joining solid objects. While all screws feature a helical threading around a shaft, screws are not all the same. In fact, there are six common types of screws: wood, machine, lag, sheet metal, twinfast, and security screws. This blog will discuss each type and its unique distinctions.


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Since the invention of automobiles and their internal combustion engines, such vehicles and apparatuses have come a long way in their capabilities and advancements. With more efficient combustion and greater torque transmission, automobiles are faster, more fuel-efficient, and powerful than they have ever been. While a number of components serve important roles in providing such power, the camshaft and crankshaft components in particular are crucial to initiating engine cycles and transferring torque to the transmission.


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When manufacturing various products, components sometimes require a great amount of compressive force in order to forge, clinch, punch, mould, blank, deep draw, or form materials. As such, machines that provide a great amount of compressive force with ease are very advantageous for manufacturers. While mechanical presses have long served production, newer technology has helped us improve our capabilities and strength while reducing the size of machinery. Within a variety of manufacturer facilities and shops, hydraulic and pneumatic presses are commonly used for performing physical tasks that require large amounts of pressure. With each providing their own unique considerations, understanding the differences between hydraulic & pneumatic press components can help you better make a decision on what type of machinery is best for you.


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In recent years, a number of developers and manufacturers have been pushing us ever closer to realizing more electric aircraft. BAE Systems in particular have made their entrance into the market, utilizing their experience with hybrid buses and flight and engine controls in order to create energy management and control systems for both hybrid and fully electric aircraft. Currently, they are moving forward with the development of new energy management systems that will be combined with controls for hybrid engines, allowing them to progress towards future hybrid electric prototypes that are set to be operating in the near future.


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If you’re not aware of the purpose of a ventilator, ventilators are designed to facilitate the respiratory issues experienced by numerous coronavirus patients  Though ventilator machines have been around for many years, the need for them is at an all time high as the novel coronavirus has gripped the global population, resulting in many people needing to rely on a ventilator machine. For more information on some of the biggest producers of ventilators in the market, read on below.


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A transformer is an electrical device capable of changing the voltage level of an alternating current (AC) in a circuit. Transformers are only functional in AC circuits, and will not operate within a direct current (DC) circuit. In its most basic configuration, a transformer comprises two separate coils of wire wound around a single core. The coil that connects to the incoming voltage sources is considered the primary coil, while the coil connected to the outgoing voltage is the secondary coil. The core is an electromagnetic device that limits or amplifies the voltage flow depending on output requirements. This blog will seek to explain the way transformers work, their wide array of types, and how they differ from inductors.


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When assembling an aircraft and their various equipment and instruments, a plethora of fasteners are used to secure components together, providing for load bearing, preventing movement of parts, and more. Threaded inserts are an extremely useful fastener component that can be paired with a correlating fastener to provide high strength and versatility. In this article, we will discuss what threaded inserts are, as well as the various types of threaded inserts that are used across aerospace applications.


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The average person probably knows that cruising altitude for a commercial aircraft is 35,000 feet - or at least in that region. But what they might not know is that there are five types of altitude when it comes to aviation. True altitude, indicated altitude, pressure altitude, density altitude, and absolute altitude are all representations of altitude that differ based on a number of factors and guidelines. This blog will explain each type of altitude as well as the tools used to measure them.


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When establishing a network and connecting systems, there are a few basic components that one should be familiar with. While an initial set up can seem daunting for someone who may not be well versed in various network components, the process is easier once you have a basic understanding of what each main part is, as well as their functions. In this blog, we will provide a short, basic overview of the main network components.


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The monitoring of an aircraft’s performance and data will continue to be one of the most useful tools in the aerospace industry. The main driver behind demand in this market is commercial aviation. Air Data Systems (ADAs) like the altimeter and pitot tube measure air pressure to determine an aircraft’s altitude above sea level and airflow speed. This and other valuable data is utilized to produce accurate vertical speed, airspeed, altitude and winds aloft. Advancements in digitalization, alternative technologies like photonic-based systems, proliferation of drones, and de-icing technologies will revolutionize this industry.


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As a passenger, aircraft safety can be just as pertinent to you as it is to the pilots and crew. Understanding where the exits are, what to do in an emergency, as well as what is and is not allowed is important to maintain the safety of everyone. For guidance and instruction, the aircraft safety card has all the information you need and is easily available at your seat at any time. They are a requirement for every commercial flight all around the world, and their design and implementation has constantly evolved since their inception.


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Think of a turbocharged airplane engine as taking a big deep breath. More air in a piston engine equals more power in the sky and this is exactly what a turbocharged engine offers a pilot equipped with a little extra torq under its wing. See below for a look at pressurized and unpressurized airplane construction and their benefits and drawbacks.


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Despite their slightly silly name, flaperons are a crucial part of any aircraft that mounts them. As their name implies, flaperons are a combination of flaps and ailerons, both of which are used to control an airplane while in flight. Ailerons are control surfaces located on the outer trailing edges of an aircraft’s wings and control roll on the longitudinal axis of the aircraft.


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There are many parts to an airplane, but few people really take notice of such parts when boarding an airplane. While it’s definitely not a necessity for the average person to know all about important plane parts and their functions, it can still be beneficial for you to know more about what you’re boarding, and it should make the experience that much more interesting. Below is a brief outline of the main parts of an airplane and what their functions are.


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A turboprop engine is a type of turbine engine used to power an aircraft propeller. A very well-known and respected turboprop engine type is the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. Developed by Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC), it was designed in the late 1950’s before entering service in 1964. Many variants of the engine have been made since its inception, but the PT6A has remained the most widely-used. Not only are these engines popular among pilots, they are loved just as much by mechanics. Here are three reasons why:


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National Stock Numbers or NSNs, are 13-digit serial numbers assigned to all standardized items within the federal supply chain. All components that are used by the U.S Department of Defense are required to have an NSN, the purpose of which is to provide a standardized naming of components. The NSN system can be dated back to the WWII era when the military would use a specific component that had several different names depending on who supplied or manufactured the component. This made it difficult for the military to locate suppliers, or share items between the different organizational branches. An item could be in short supply in one location, but in surplus in another. To overcome this sourcing issue, the Department of Defense created the NSN system.


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Cranks and crankshafts have existed since the ancient Roman Empire, in a variety of agricultural and industrial applications. With the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the internal combustion engine, however, crankshafts became an integral and vital part of motors, without which vehicles like automobiles and aircraft could not function.


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Modern turbofan engines are remarkably complex pieces of machinery, so tools for maintaining and repairing them must be specialized to the task. In this blogpost, we’ll break down six types of tools you should always have if you’re performing regular turbofan maintenance.


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