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In the world of fasteners, lock washers are a noteworthy variety. These small parts play a pivotal role in ensuring the stability and longevity of various structures and components by preventing the loosening of metallic fasteners, such as bolts and nuts. In this exploration, we will be taking a look at lock washers, helping you to understand their types, applications, and the scenarios where their inclusion is indispensable. Read more >>

Posted on November 27, 2023 David Atkinson Aircraft Fasteners

Drain valves, a crucial component of any HVAC system, play a pivotal role in maintaining the efficiency and longevity of particular assemblies. Understanding the types and functions of drain valves is essential for homeowners, facility managers, and HVAC professionals alike, ensuring that they can be properly chosen and maintained. In this blog, we will explore the key aspects of drain valves, including their common types, applications, and maintenance. Read more >>

Posted on November 2, 2023 David Atkinson Aircraft Fasteners

Understanding the difference between an aircraft’s muffler and exhaust can be extremely important for maintaining the proper functioning of the vehicle. While both are intricately connected and play overlapping roles in an aircraft's engine, they each have distinct purposes and characteristics. To better understand these complex components, we will explore the major differences between exhausts and mufflers employed on aircraft. Read more >>

Posted on May 24, 2023 David Atkinson Aviation Hardware

Industrial bearings are used to reduce friction generated by the rotational movement of parts found in a wide range of machinery. In general, bearings contain rolling elements that move in the same direction as the rotational movement of machine parts, and they are typically available as balls, cylindrical rollers, spherical rollers, tapered rollers, and needle rollers. It is worth noting that the rolling element changes according to the design and purpose of each bearing type. Read more >>

Posted on March 20, 2023 David Atkinson Aircraft Bearings

Latches are mechanical components that permit the temporary combination of moving parts, and they are actuated so they release the coupling and permit these two components to come apart. Moreover, advantages to using latches include their high-speed design, lower power requirements, and small die-size. Often utilized in seat belts, clamps, straps, and objects featuring retractable components, latches are available in many forms. To better understand these versatile components, the following blog will go into greater detail about trigger latches and pertinent information associated with them. Read more >>

Posted on December 8, 2022 David Atkinson Aviation

As the aviation industry has progressed through the years, much of the early technology used by pilots has been combined, and replaced with a single digital interface called the electronic flight instrument system (EFIS). This system is used in modern aircraft, and it combines several different sensors, circuitry, and software to effectively replace all mechanical flight instruments and gauges with a single unit. In this article, we will be discussing the different components of the EFIS in detail, so that you may better understand the crucial instruments which make up our modern “glass cockpit.” Read more >>

Posted on November 1, 2022 David Atkinson Aviation

O-rings are circular mechanical gaskets designed to sit in a groove and be compressed when assembling two or more parts, creating a seal at the interface. They are commonly employed in static or dynamic applications, like rotating pump shafts or gas sealing applications, respectively. More than that, O-rings are the most common seals used in machine design due to their low price points, easy manufacturing processes, and simple mounting requirements. Read more >>

Posted on September 19, 2022 David Atkinson Aviation

Thyristors are small electronic elements that have been around since the 1950s, and they are often relied on for the means of managing significant amounts of voltage and power. Serving various roles, thyristors can be found in electric power control devices, electric motor speed controls, light dimmers, and much more. While thyristors once primarily acted as an element that turns devices through current reversal, they now are able to turn devices on and off with the use of a control gate signal. With the diverse applications of thyristor components, it can be useful to have a general understanding of their design and functionality. Read more >>

Posted on September 8, 2022 David Atkinson Aviation

Turbofans are one of the most common types of engines found in modern aircraft models, generally being found on commercial airliners, various military planes, business jets, and more. Turbofans combine many of the best features of propeller and turbine engines, and their popularity comes as a result of their high thrust generation and optimal fuel efficiency. If you have taken the time to examine the turbofan engines of a commercial airliner at an airport or on another type of aircraft, you may have noticed that most have a white spiral that is painted on the center of the spiral. While this design is surely aesthetically pleasing, it actually serves a few important purposes, those of which we will discuss in this blog. Read more >>

Posted on July 28, 2022 David Atkinson Aviation

Bearings are machine elements that limit the relative motion of components while simultaneously reducing friction between moving parts. As such, they find use in a wide range of industries and countless applications. More than that, there are a multitude of bearing types, one of which includes sleeve bearings. Read more >>

Posted on June 15, 2022 David Atkinson Aircraft Bearings


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