Timing Belts

Timing belts synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft in engines to maintain valve timing. The belts are made from reinforced rubber and feature a series of “teeth” that rotate the shaft. Timing belts provide a more lightweight and economical alternative to timing chains and are more effective at minimizing noise and vibration. The belts are, however, less durable than a metal timing chain.
While most commonly associated with automotive applications, timing belts are used in a variety of equipment […]

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Bulk Material Testing

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Bulk material handling systems help keep products moving. Bulk material testing is a process that allows manufacturers to see how bulk material handling systems will work in their facility before actually installing them. Engineers from companies like Nol-Tec recreate the conditions of a manufacturer’s plant and perform application and site-specific tests.
Retrofitting a manufacturing facility is a sizable undertaking and a significant investment. Manufacturers want to be confident that a bulk material handling system will work before they start the process […]

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Safety Products

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Safety is — or should be — the number one concern for employers everywhere. Allsafetyproducts.com offers just about any safety product you can imagine, from any manufacturer.
In 10th grade science, you probably learned the importance of eyewash stations. When learning about acids vs. bases or¬†Stoichiometry, you need to protect yourself. And that’s just 11th grade science! When chemistry is your full time job, you have to make sure your protect yourself.
That is where companies like All Safety Products come in. […]

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Innovations in Plastics Machining

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Plastic parts are usually made in a process called injection molding — molten plastic is injected into a mold and left to harden into the desired shape. Though it has some drawbacks, injection molding is popular for plastic parts because plastics are notoriously difficult to machine.
Surgical caddy machined by Upland Fab.Surgical caddy machined by Upland Fab.
Enter Upland Fab. Based in California, Upland Fab is one […]

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Conveying Systems

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Image courtesy of Can Lines Engineering.Image courtesy of Can Lines Engineering.
Did you know that conveyor belts date back to the 19th century? I didn’t. But according to Wikipedia, it’s true. Conveyor belts are the brain child of an inventor named Thomas Robins, who started his work that led to the development of the conveyor belt in 1892. As you know, conveying systems now play ¬†a […]

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