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  • Check! How The Checklist was Born.

    Check! How The Checklist was Born.

    • February 5, 2019

    No airplane flies today without the pilots following a detailed checklist for almost every part of the flight from engine start to engine stop. There is just too much for a pilot to remember. In early aviation, flying was simple and the details of flying were remembered by short mnemonics. Pre take off was CIGAR

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  • What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Ball Screws?

    What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Ball Screws?

    • February 1, 2019

    Originally known as an antifriction nut, a ball screw is a mechanical device that’s used to convert rotational motion into linear motion. They feature a long threaded shaft with ball bearings to withstand significant stress and weight, all while minimizing friction. A typical ball screw, as shown to the left, has both a screw and

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  • Brazing vs Welding: Comparing These 2 Common Joining Processes

    Brazing vs Welding: Comparing These 2 Common Joining Processes

    • February 1, 2019

    Welding and brazing are two of the most common metal-joining processes used in the manufacturing industry. When fasteners aren’t viable, manufacturers often use one of these techniques to join two metal surfaces together. But while brazing and welding both allow for the permanent joining of two metal surfaces, they work in different ways. Below is

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Bushings

    The Beginner’s Guide to Bushings

    • January 31, 2019

    While small in size and simple in design, bushings play an important role in high-stress applications where vibrations are problematic. Automotive suspension systems, for example, often feature control arms with bushings that connect the vehicle’s struts or shocks to the chassis. The control arms themselves are metal, but the bushings are padded with a soft

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  • What Are O-Rings? And How Do They Work?

    What Are O-Rings? And How Do They Work?

    • January 29, 2019

    Also known as a toric joint — in reference to its torus shape — an O-ring is a gasket with a circular-looped design that’s used to seal two working surfaces. The valve stems in automotive engines, for example, often use O-rings to prevent oil from entering the combustion chamber. The O-ring creates a air- and

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