What is a Self-Aligning Bearing?
July 18, 2017
Self-aligning bearings function as automatic imbalance compensators when ailing shafts deviate from their angular norm. Granted, the device looks much like a standard bearing. There are rings, rolling elements, and an empty middle section for a shaft. A closer look, though, reveals a curved inner surface on the outer ring, plus two sets of ball […]
All about K-Couplings
June 30, 2017
Technical terms always cause a raised eyebrow while you try to decipher the term. K-Couplings are no exception, so let’s lay down a definition that explains this engineering term. Essentially, this shaft coupling is designed as a drive chain compensation mechanism. In other words, if there’s a misalignment error between two powered shafts, a flexible […]
Sintered Metal Filters and Silencers
June 16, 2017
Compacted powder metal filters and silencers are manufactured as all metal products. There are no fallible moving parts or different materials to fabricate, no peculiar flow models to predict. In lieu of a multi-component architecture, a single porous metal part filters numerous fluids mediums. Made from bronze, from copper-nickel and stainless steel, poriferous sintered strainers […]
Metal Powder Applications and Uses
May 4, 2017
Metal powder applications exist in every industry. Naturally, there are the sintered products we’ve explored and will continue to investigate, but there are other disciplines where alloy powders rule. Perhaps we should study a few alternative powder applications, just so that the newfound knowledge lends our sintering work context, yes? Starting with resins and paints, […]
Sintering and Sintered Components: What Is It All About?
April 20, 2017
A description of sintering and sintered components takes us away from traditional metal casting technology. Instead, the parts are fabricated from compacted metal particles. In this process, a powdery alloy is subjected to high temperatures and crushing pressures until the aggregate mass assumes a solid shape. In the context of bearing technology, the sintering process […]