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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).

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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.

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Chemical Processes for the Surface Treatment of Components (1)

By Lars Jahnel on Feb 07, 2018

In our first blog article we presented the most common mechanical processes for the treatment of component surfaces. In this second part, we address the most frequently used methods of chemical surface treatments. The decision as to which of the following treatments should be applied is predominantly influenced by design points of view, technical aspects and the intended appearance of the product.

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Mechanical Processes for the Surface Treatment of Components

By Lars Jahnel on Jan 24, 2018

The surface finish of components used in the field of mechanical engineering as well as of other products is not only determined from a design point of view, but is mainly defined by the technical aspects. From the onset, the specification of the requirements regarding the condition of component surfaces, e.g. of a shaft coupling, often has far-reaching consequences on the product development process, the resulting costs and, eventually, on the succes of the final product.

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10 Facts about Steel

By Sophie Keil on Mar 01, 2017

Steel is an essential part of our everyday life and especially in mechanical engineering an indispensable material. We would not be where we are today without it. Through research the areas of applications are broadening, new types of steel are developed and cover even more areas. It is astonishing how many varieties are available.  

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10 Facts about Natural Rubber

By Sophie Keil on Feb 01, 2017

We have previously reported about various elastomeric materials and their properties as well as the applications they can be used for in the field of mechanical engineering. This article is in reference to the raw material natural rubber or caoutchouc. For example, did you know that its natural color is white? Or how many tons are produced and processed every year? Everybody knows caoutchouc, but very few are familiar with its properties and for which applications it can be used. Here are 10 facts about natural rubber you may have not heard about before.

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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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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.

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