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Horse Sense

A peculiar bone characteristic in horses is helping researchers figure out how to fashion better aircraft and spacecraft structures. Find out how horses' legs are providing design ideas: Researchers at the University of Florida are turning to horses to produce lighter and stronger structures for aircraft and spacecraft. In particular, they're looking at a unique bone characteristic in these...

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For Parts Beyond Repair, There's Net Shaping

For damaged metal components that can't bear the heat of welding, a new repair option—laser engineered net shaping—is representing salvation. Find out how it enhances repair quality: Repair processes such as welding keep expensive metal components in working order. But sometimes high-temperature welding operations can damage sensitive components in aircraft, tanks and other military...

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The Basics of Tightening Threaded Fasteners

To make sure that bolted joints don't fail, you have to accurately tighten them, achieving correct preload. Here are the six main methods used to effectively secure threaded fasteners: When tightening a bolted joint, you must pay attention to the precision of the preload. If the tightening method doesn't achieve accurate preload, there's a good chance that the bolted joint won't last, as...

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Fastener Distributors in Hot Pursuit of ISO

Want to satisfy existing customers and win new ones? Then take note of a sought-after quality measure—ISO certification—and how it can make a difference in your business: Now that the Amended Fastener Quality Act has been in effect for the past few years, a new quality trend—ISO certification—is taking hold of the fastener industry. While this quality measure is nothing new,...

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Fuel Cells May Power Subway Trains

Subway systems may one day shed their reliance on the electricity grid if all goes well in a project that aims to turn a 120-ton diesel locomotive into a fuel cell-driven train: Instead of stranding hundreds of thousands of subway riders, a power outage like last month's record-breaker may do little to inconvenience passengers in the future. That's because fuel cells—electrochemical energy...

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Location, Location, Location

So you've decided to relocate, consolidate or expand your facility. But where? Find out how to tackle the complexity of a location project and how to sidestep the mistakes: Figuring out where to locate your next facility—be it a factory, warehouse or your global headquarters—is tough. There are no sure things. Choosing a highly coveted area with attractive incentives can turn out to be...

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Why CMMS Spells Profits

With the latest computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), maintenance operations can start becoming a profit center for your plant. Discover their many benefits: If you're like many facility maintenance professionals, you constantly search for ways to trim expenses and closely scrutinize your plant's equipment, parts and labor costs. Fortunately, maintenance operations don't have to be...

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Taking Solar Energy to a Higher Intensity

The high cost of solar power has precluded widespread use. Now researchers in Israel are figuring out how to boost the amount of available energy, thereby reducing the price per watt: Given the immense size of the sun—its diameter is greater than a hundred earths lined up—you'd think that solar power would be similarly huge in the energy business. But it's the cost of solar energy...

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Shining a Light on Energy Conservation

By cutting back on your plant's energy usage, you can reduce costs, help ease the country's energy problem and benefit the environment. And all it takes is a switch to energy-efficient lighting: Look closely at your plant or factory, and you will find tremendous opportunities to conserve energy and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the industrial sector accounts for 70% of U.S....

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The Car Factory of the Future: Lean, Fast & Flexible

GM's new auto plant can assemble five different vehicles at a time, giving the company the ability to respond quickly to market trends. Explore its unique configuration: A century ago, the world's most state-of-the-art automobile assembly plant sat on the banks of the Grand River in Lansing, Michigan. There, with an innovative process called "progressive assembly," Ransom E. Olds and his...

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