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Energy efficient, personalized, smart - in need of extensive maintenance? Engineers in machine design are faced with increased demands. How do they meet them? What kind of solutions evolve in different industries? How is it possible to enforce innovation internally? Have a read on this and more in our blog.

 

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Elastomeric Materials – An Overview

By Simon Graf on Jan 04, 2017

Elastomers are polymeric materials which have the property of high elasticity. By virtue of this elasticity in combination with their damping capability, elastomers are the preferred material for use as transmission elements in elastic or highly elastic couplings. [1]

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Digital Change & Innovative Thinking

By Sophie Keil on Dec 21, 2016

Topics as varied as Big Data, Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, Crowdworking, Generation Y , Work 4.0 and 3D-printing have been discussed in 2016, and many of these will have significant influence on the working world over the next few years. This also applies to mechanical engineering. We would like to refer to three terms that have gained importance in 2016.  

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Listening, measuring, checking: Maintenance of flexible couplings

By Norbert Telaar on Dec 14, 2016

Especially in narrow spaces, couplings can only be inspected visually, because the coupling is hardly accessible with conventional measuring devices. Atypical operation noise or vibrations are generally the first signals that there is something wrong with the coupling.

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Catching you up on market news – Augmented & virtual reality and 3D printing: how to make the inconceivable tangible

By Sophie Keil on Dec 07, 2016

3D printing meanwhile offers outrageous possibilities also for mechanical engineering; some highlights have been presented at the formnext 2016. This technology used to be considered as expensive, limited and quite slow, but the rapid development in this field led to innovative and flexible systems for production. Other news we have been really enthusiastic about are further developed augmented or virtual reality systems which can improve processes in manufacturing industries.

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Mechanical Properties of Elastomers

By Simon Graf on Nov 30, 2016

One of the distinguishing properties of elastomers is their high elasticity. The main characteristics of elastomers present themselves, in particular when comparing them to steel. Below we would like to elaborate on the main properties of elastomers in more detail. Figure 1 shows the main characteristics of elastomers. They are able to combine spring properties as well as damping ability in one component.

Topics: Damping
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Fun Facts: Resonance or if system vibrations build up

By Sophie Keil on Nov 23, 2016

When thinking of resonance and race tracks the most obvious link appears to be the roaring of engines. But, it actually covers a much broader scope, which has been exhibited by Renault’s clever engineers at Formula 1.

Topics: Resonance
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Soft Skills: Are engineers equipped for the technological transformation?

By Sophie Keil on Nov 16, 2016

Engineers are mathematicians with technical expertise. They act factual, follow findings based on calculations and rely on proven concepts. This is the stereotype. But many engineers are already acting exactly as requested by analyses of future trends in working environments: data-based, creative, planning and solution-oriented. Soft skills will no longer be a nice option – but a necessity.

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Maintenance and repair: Characteristics of gear couplings, steel disc couplings and (highly) flexible couplings

By Norbert Telaar on Nov 09, 2016

Couplings are not the most critical part of plants but they have to meet continuously changing requirements. Being reliable, efficient and robust is no longer enough – they should be easy to maintain in order to reduce costs and to avoid downtime. So for choosing the right coupling its characteristics in regard to maintenance and repair are playing a more important role.

Topics: Maintenance
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Industry 4.0: Why robots cannot replace engineers

By Sophie Keil on Nov 02, 2016

One of the most discussed topics in mechanical engineering but still it is hardly tangible for many companies and engineers. This is most likely due to the fact that the idea behind the so called forth industrial revolution is well-known, but there exist many different opinions and approaches when it comes to the implementation. We want to have a closer look at the current situation in the market.

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Maintenance: Focus on couplings

By Norbert Telaar on Oct 26, 2016

Couplings in drive lines are of particular importance because they transmit power between the input and output side, and compensate for inevitably occurring misalignments of the units. Like other machinery elements, couplings need to be serviced at regular intervals. Only if the coupling is optimally tailored to the requirements of the operating conditions and subject to regular maintenance, can it contribute to ensuring the operating reliability and efficiency of a machine or plant.  

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