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Holiday Reading for Engineers

By WP on Aug 01, 2018

Summer time is holiday time. And holiday time means it is time to get lost in a book. Finally having time to plunge into a book and travel to distant planets, go on adventures or to get to know more about the life of a certain person. Regardless of whether you sit on a balcony or couch, at the beach or in an alpine cabin enjoying the fresh mountain air, a book is always a pleasant companion. We have selected five highly interesting books for your holidays.

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Review: Expomin 2018, Santiago (Chile)

By WP on May 23, 2018

The 15th edition of the World Exhibition and Congress EXPOMIN was held from 23rd to 27th April in Santiago (Chile). EXPOMIN is considered Latin America's largest mining fair and provides with a total exhibition space of 55.000m² a comprehensive overview over the cutting-edge technologies of this industry. Like the previous exhibtions, the event was hosted in the Espacio Riesco Convention Center.

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Review: PLASTINDIA 2018, Ahmedabad

By WP on May 09, 2018

The 10th edition of the PLASTINDIA Exhibition and Conference took place from 7th to 12th February 2018. PLASTINDIA is the most significant exhibition on plastics in India and offers a unique overview of the world of plastics in fifteen exhibition halls on a gross area of 125.000 sqm. Like the previous exhibitions, PLASTINDIA 2018 was hosted at the exhibition center Helipad Grounds in Gandhinagar - Ahmedabad (Gujarat, India).

Topics: Materials
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Review: STESSA 2018, Christchurch (NZ)

By WP on Mar 07, 2018

The 9th International STESSA Conference on the Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas took place from February 17 to 19 in Christchurch (New Zealand). This conference, which is triennially held, is organized by the Steel Construction New Zealand Incorporated (SCNZ) in cooperation with the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury and the University of Naples. Like the previous STESSA Conferences, the University of Canterbury was selected to host this event.

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Chemical Processes for the Surface Treatment of Components (2)

By WP on Feb 21, 2018

This is part 3 of our series on surface treatments of components. Due to the great number of different chemical processes, we have split them up and explored these processes in the previous article:

  • Chromate conversion coating
  • Phosphating
  • Galvanizing
  • Plating
  • Black oxide.

This blog article covers the remaining chemical processes commonly applied for the treatment of component surfaces.

Topics: Safety Materials
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The Development of Locking Assemblies

By WP on Nov 08, 2017

Today, Locking Assemblies and Shrink Disks are standardized elements which provide a frictional connection between a shaft and a hub. They are not only capable of reliably transmitting torque, but of axial and transverse forces as well as bending moments, too. Oskar Peter is the father of the Locking Assembly. He recognized back in the 50`s that a locking assembly, in contrast to a key, is able to transmit considerably higher torques, thus allowing the engineering of much thinner and shorter shafts.

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Trade Fair Review: Exposibram 2017, Belo Horizonte

By WP on Oct 25, 2017

The 17th edition of the biannually held EXPOSIBRAM took place from September 18th to 21st in Belo Horizonte (MG), Brazil. With a floorspace of 12.000 m², this exhibition is considered one of the greatest mining events in South America, gathering representives of government authorities, contractors as well as private organizations in the same place. EXPOSIBRAM also hosts the Brazilian Mining Congress, which is organized by IBRAM (Brazilian Mining Association).  

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Measuring Methods and Measuring Errors

By WP on Sep 27, 2017

Some weeks ago, we addressed the historical development of measurement technology. Today we would like to discuss the different measuring techniques and methods which help determine various parameters of a part being measured. Let's start with a few basic terms before we give a short overview of the most common measuring methods. 
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API – More than a Standard

By WP on Sep 13, 2017

In this blog article we are going to take a closer look at the API Standard 671 which specifies the requirements for special purpose couplings used in the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries. This Standard has been developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API), which is not to be confused with the identical abbreviation used in the IT field (Application Programming Interface). Let's begin with a few details about the institute that gave the name to the API Standard. 

Topics: Energy
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Trade Fair Review: Power-Gen Europe 2017, Cologne

By WP on Jul 05, 2017

Since 1993 the annual exhibition and conference for the European energy industry presents new developments on the topics such as renewable energies, power plant technology as well as distributed energy generation. Since then the Power-Gen is deemed to be the leading trade fair for the power technology and energy industry in Europe, which takes place at changing locations every year. For the 25th issue of this trade visitor fair with its accompanying internationally oriented congress, organisers PennWell (UK) selected Cologne (Germany).

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