Producing quality product within a specified tolerance is a battle that every manufacturer, in every industry, fights every day.
Design engineers have the task of determining how tight of a tolerance should be allowed when developing a part and usually operate in the mind set of “the tighter the better.” In some cases, unnecessarily tight tolerances just drive up the cost of a component unnecessarily, but that is a debate for a different day.
It is understood that a component designed to need a functional coating would have its tolerances accordingly compensated. However, if the component you’re dealing with Continue reading Functional Coatings and Tight Tolerances: No Need to Worry About a Costly Redesign
As there is a vast array dry film lubricants on the market, there are just as many different applications in which these coatings could be utilized.
Given the countless combinations of coatings and applications, determining which one would be best for your application can be a daunting task. However, by determining a few key variables, the options can be scaled down considerably.
When trying to decide which type of dry-film lubricant would be best for your application, the following should be considered:
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In today’s automotive manufacturing age, lightweighting is a popular, albeit almost necessary, approach for automobile manufacturers in an effort to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. With lightweighting, vehicle designers look to replace the heaviest vehicle components, such as steel panels, frames and assemblies, with lighter counterparts, such as aluminum or carbon fiber pieces.
Not only will this provide improved fuel efficiency, which all OEM’s are struggling with in light of the Obama administration’s minimum MPG requirements, lightweighting also helps improve the handling and performance of the car, something consumers have come to expect.
Continue reading Some Problems Caused by Automotive Lightweighting (and How to Fix Them)