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  • Mechanical Springs vs Gas Springs

    Mechanical Springs vs Gas Springs0

    When most people hear the word “spring,” they envision a coiled piece of metal that’s able to retract under pressure, followed by bouncing back to its normal state after the pressure has been released. While this is a common way in which springs are designed, not all springs feature this design. There are different types

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  • How Does a Spring Pin Work?

    How Does a Spring Pin Work?0

    Also known as a roll pin, a spring pin is a type of fastener that’s used to join two or more machine components. They are called “spring pins” because they contain a spring that expands upon insertion. What’s perplexing about spring pins, however, is their size. They are wider than the hole in which they

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  • 6 Things to Consider When Choosing Leveling Mounts

    6 Things to Consider When Choosing Leveling Mounts0

    Also known as a leveling foot or leveling pad, a leveling mount is a machinery device that’s used to level the object or machine which on which it’s installed. They feature an adjustable height, allowing users to control the height at which the machine or object rests off the floor. If you look at your

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

    What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Ball Screws?0

    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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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Bushings

    The Beginner’s Guide to Bushings0

    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?0

    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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