Rotary and Centrifugal Feeders: A Viable Alternative to Vibratory Bowl Feeders?

Many times, it is said that though Vibratory Bowl Feeders have been around since the early part of the Twentieth Century. Till date no major alternative for the same has been invented. However, a Rotary or Centrifugal Feeder which uses a motorized drive is definitely an alternative. There are many advantages of Rotary Feeders vis a vis vibratory bowl feeders, the major one being the speed or feed rate. Rotary or Centrifugal Feeders work at very high speeds and one can achieve a total feed rate of up to 50 meters per minute as against just about 12 meters per minute in case of even high speed vibratory bowl feeders. However, there are several drawbacks as well... [More]

Future Weekend "Honey-Do" List May Include 'Test 3D Printer'

Snake the drain first thing Saturday morning followed by seeding and watering the lawn. After that, maybe take a look at the gutters and make sure that they are clear. If you have time and you haven't fallen asleep on the hammock, test fully functional 3D printer. Huh, whaaa? Most of those in manu... [More]

Body Parts Factory: New 3D Printers will Allow Scientists to 'Print' Living Tissue

Let's give 'em a hand, or a foot; or perhaps even an ear or a nose. The increasing advances in 3D printing may just allow scientists and doctors to one day "print" up an organ for you -- an organ your body won't reject as it will come from your own stem cells! [More]

On Land, In the Air, and Even In Outer Space: 3D Printing Not Science Fiction Anymore

3d printing has been around for quite some time now, but many people don't realize the advancements made in manufacturing thanks to it, and how mainstream it has become. On land for making engine components, shoes and clothing, and CAD models; to the air and in space for one company's "Microgravity Foundry". No longer is 3D printing something you only see in the movies. [More]

See Spot Train and Seek: Robotics Slowly Replacing Animals in the Classroom and Under the Waves

Cornell University has developed a new tool that could change the way veterinarians are trained. While it might not fetch your paper or shoes the way that your dog might, or completely ignore you like a cat, it can give future vets a realistic device in training. Meanwhile, the US Navy plans to use underwater robots to replace what was typically done by dolphins, sea lions, and human divers. [More]

The Robotic Elephant in the Room: There May be No Choice When it Comes to the Robot vs. Worker Question

In a recent article by Paul Krugman, NYT OP-ED, he floated the idea that the increased development of robotic and automation technology, coupled with the financialization of manufacturing, is slowing hiring in the manufacturing sector and will start displacing workers in other sectors as well. I believe there is an even more sinister element at work that could mark an ongoing hiring decline, not only in manufacturing, but medical and office industries too...EFFICIENCY! [More]

"What Carbon Footprint?" Asks Coil Coater

In case you haven't heard, our planet is getting warmer. At what rate it is occurring or how much human activity has to do with the increasing temperatures is a heated debate. One thing we do know for sure...carbon dioxide (CO2) is a contributing factor in global warming and humans are responsible for a large portion of these emissions. Things are much different today than they were even five years ago; individuals and businesses alike are trying to reduce their environmental impact and GHG (Green House Gas) emissions. What the average person does not realize is that they have two types of footprints, a primary and secondary. The primary footprint is a measure of our direct emissions of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels including domestic energy consumption and transportation, e.g. car and plane. The secondary footprint is a measure of indirect CO2 emissions from the whole lifecycle of products we use, those associated with their manufacturing and eventual breakdown. To put it simply – the more we buy, the more emissions will be caused on our behalf. [More]

60% Energy Savings on Full Wave/AC Vibrators vs Half Wave/DC Vibrators

As electricity costs increase, people are looking for more and more ways to reduce everyday costs. One such way to reduce costs while using vibratory feeders is to use a full wave/AC feeder instead of a half wave/DC feeder. Even though up-front costs are greater, by switching to full wave vibratory feeders, one can quickly reclaim costs by taking advantage of up to 60% energy savings! [More]

Ethanol -- What is it Good For?

Ethanol (also known as E-85) has been the talk of the world in recent years. Although it has great benefits to our current global warming problem, amongst others, it does not seem to be the great golden solution. The process of generating ethanol has its own problems, as discussed inside. [More]

The New & Improved Horseless Carriage

In light of ever increasing gasoline prices, General Motors Corporation has recently made an announcement that they hope to have fuel cell powered vehicles in showrooms by 2012. Let's hope this is the case. [More]

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