Gears and Bearings

Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Gears and Bearings May 11, 2022

Three bearing challenges in food production

The food and beverage production sector is facing bearing challenges with safety, sustainability and cost control. Potential solutions are highlighted for each.

By Alan Stewart
Courtesy: University of Colorado Boulder
Machinery and Equipment April 27, 2022

3D-printing a robot from scratch

New 3D-printing approach melds solids, liquids

By Daniel Strain
A steel plate in the shape of a Block M is marked with a laser inside the LPBF Panda 11 printer. Photo: Evan Dougherty/Michigan Engineering. Courtesy: University of Michigan
Machinery and Equipment April 18, 2022

Smarter 3D printing makes better parts faster

University of Michigan researchers have found software for powder bed fusion printers optimizes laser's printing path. See video.

By Evan Dougherty
Two examples of pneumatic actuated ball valves. The actuator sits on top of the valve body and operates the valve via compressed air.
Gears and Bearings February 18, 2022

How to extend the life of a ball valve

Proper preventive measures can extend the life of ball valves by years

By George Packard
A common technique used when attempting to free a stuck part is to apply heat. The process involves many risks and requires great skill.
Machinery and Equipment January 19, 2022

How to free seized nuts and bolts with penetrating oil

Heating with a torch may not be the best method for freeing stuck parts; consider penetrating oil instead

By Liza Klein
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Gears and Bearings January 12, 2022

Geared products market projected to have strong 2022

Interact Analysis projects the geared motor and industrial gear market will continue its rebound in 2022 with 8.4% growth year over year (YoY).

By Interact Analysis
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Machinery and Equipment December 14, 2021

Industrial machinery industry poised for rebound

The machinery sector is bouncing back, with farming machinery, semiconductor & electronics machinery, and textiles machinery leading the way.

By Adrian Lloyd
Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Machinery and Equipment October 27, 2021

Machinery production size in 2021 to exceed 2019 levels

Interact Analysis is projecting the global machinery market will rise by 6% in 2021 to more than $2 trillion with heavy machinery and materials handling leading the way.

By Adrian Lloyd
Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
Gears and Bearings October 1, 2021

Improving bearing performance for turbomachinery in plants

Texas A&M University researchers are working to improve the rotation in turbomachinery rotors with advances in process fluid-lubricated bearings.

By Steve Kuhlmann
Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Machinery and Equipment April 19, 2021

Original equipment effectiveness’ role in productive manufacturing

Original equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be used as a gauge to determine how effective and productive a manufacturing plant is.

By Frank Lamb