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Bear the Wear and Tear with Versatile, Durable Plastic Flange Bushing

bear-the-wear-and-tear-with-versatile,-durable-plastic-flange-bushingThe Sacramento Bee published an industry news update on its site regarding the bearings industry in America. Things are looking good as the country’s numerous industrial sectors are all in need of the vital components that this field provides. The article points out that the market has a lot more room to expand.

Ball, roller, and plain bearing demand in the US is forecast to increase 4.4 percent per year to $12.9 billion in 2017. This will be a notable improvement from the growth registered during the 2007 to 2012 period. Market advances will be supported by improved conditions in motor vehicle manufacturing, the largest market for bearings. The trend toward “insourcing” US durable goods manufacturing will create opportunities in a variety of markets.

Engine, turbine & power transmission market to grow the fastest The engine, turbine, and power transmission equipment market will experience the fastest growth, bolstered by continued growth in the wind energy segment. The automotive market will not be far behind, outpacing overall bearing demand gains. Bearing manufacturers will benefit from particularly strong growth in heavy truck and bus production, as these vehicles utilize more bearings (both in unit and dollar terms) than passenger cars.

All sorts of machines need bearings, especially if said they have parts that rotate or pivot. Basically, the more moving parts there are, the more bearings are needed. While it does sound like these tools are always made of metal, that’s not always the case. Manufacturers will be glad to know that there are sturdy plastic flange bushing parts, which are more lightweight and versatile.

For the uninitiated, bearing refers to any machine element that restrains motion between two joined parts. This is designed to reduce the instances of friction, thereby decreasing wear and improving performance; for example, your car’s engine has plenty of these components that help it perform at top efficiency. Bushings are a type of bearing, and they’re usually used for rotary applications such as for turbines, fans, and so on.

Manufacturers and other entities operating with rotating machinery of any sort will need high quality PTFE or Nylon bushings from companies like Advanced EMC Technologies. Bushings are usually subjected to intense machine wear, and will eventually break down with continued use. It’s better for operators to have as many bearings on hand to replace critically damaged ones quickly so that the workflow doesn’t get interrupted.

(From US Bearings Market, Sacramento Bee, September 10, 2013)

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Bear the Wear and Tear with Versatile, Durable Plastic Flange Bushing

plastic_flange_bushingsThe Sacramento Bee published an industry news update on its site regarding the bearings industry in America. Things are looking good as the country’s numerous industrial sectors are all in need of the vital components that this field provides. The article points out that the market has a lot more room to expand.

Ball, roller, and plain bearing demand in the US is forecast to increase 4.4 percent per year to $12.9 billion in 2017. This will be a notable improvement from the growth registered during the 2007 to 2012 period. Market advances will be supported by improved conditions in motor vehicle manufacturing, the largest market for bearings. The trend toward “insourcing” US durable goods manufacturing will create opportunities in a variety of markets.

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Keeping Connections Leak-Proof and Secure with Durable Polymer Seals

keeping-connections-leak-proof-and-secure-with-durable-polymer-sealsThe Las Vegas Guardian Express has a special feature on its website regarding a revolutionary polymer synthesized by the CIDETEC Center for Electrochemical Technologies in Spain. This new type has the ability to “heal” itself when damaged. More about this innovation can be read in the following passage:

Synthetic polymers impersonate natural polymers with one big exception. Synthetic polymers do not have the inherent ability of self-healing—that is until now.

In the September issue, Materials Horizon reports that scientists have created a polymer that after being sliced and separated, the molecule can self-repair it form back to its previous, undamaged condition. What is unique to this synthetic polymer, is that the entire repair is done without use of a catalyst. Again for chemistry 101 haters, a catalyst is a substance that works to speed up a chemical reaction.

For its toughness, the synthetic self-healing polymer has been nicknamed the Terminator after the Terminator 2 T100 (sic) robot.

Polymers can be used in a variety of applications, such as sealing connections. While the self-healing compound has yet to be produced for everyday use, regular polymers are durable enough to be used for normal home purposes such as leak plugging. Sturdy polymer seals, such as those produced by Advanced EMC Technologies, can secure links and keep them pressurized.

Numerous machines, especially those with piping, hoses, wires, and cables could use a sealant to secure their components. This guarantees a firm grip among connecting elements and manages to preserve internal pressure. This way, liquids and air passing through them can’t leak out and compromise the system.

Seals come in all shapes and sizes to fit a wide range of equipment. Ergonomic v-packing seals, for instance, are designed to “hug” the lip of a machine it’s placed on for a firmer hold. If your appliances or industrial tools tend to leak, you should only trust well known brands in the field. While the self-healing polymer is still in its testing stages, there’s no need to wait when there’s a whole line of durable sealants available in the market; just make sure that you consult an expert to find out which type you should use.

(Self-Healing Polymers Will Soon Be Invading Your Household, Las Vegas Guardian Express, September 19. 2013)

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Keeping Connections Leak-Proof and Secure with Durable Polymer Seals

keeping-connections-leak-proof-and-secure-with-durable-polymer-sealsThe Las Vegas Guardian Express has a special feature on its website regarding a revolutionary polymer synthesized by the CIDETEC Center for Electrochemical Technologies in Spain. This new type has the ability to “heal” itself when damaged. More about this innovation can be read in the following passage:

Synthetic polymers impersonate natural polymers with one big exception. Synthetic polymers do not have the inherent ability of self-healing—that is until now.

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Replacing Components Like Plastic Flange Bushing & Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Replacing Components Like Plastic Flange Bushing & Root Cause Analysis (RCA)Regular maintenance is a good way to keep tools and machines up and running. However, when you’re doing maintenance work more often than usual, is it still possible to keep the current units in working condition? Jorge Sastre, an engineering professor from the European University of Madrid, discusses this question in his article for Bearing-News.com.

There’s more to maintenance than just repairing the problem. This is especially the case for small parts like bearings and bushings. It’s not enough that you lubricate the parts to keep them running smoothly; find out what makes the parts break down. By performing periodic root cause analysis (RCA) for mechanical issues, and by purchasing components like durable plastic flange bushing, frequent and costly mechanical breakdowns can be avoided.

Sastre has performed inspections on many types of machines in various facilities; a recent inspection took place in a repair facility a few months ago. Sastre commended the team for being very efficient, as the team managed to fix a broken auxiliary water pump in less than two hours. However, for him, the job was far from done: will the water pump fail again? Is there anything else that can be done to prevent the problem from recurring too soon?

RCA delves deep into the facts surrounding an issue simply by answering the what, who, when, why, where, and how. RCAs are not as time consuming as they initially appear to be, as employees can conduct RCAs while working with the broken tools or machines. Perhaps the old parts need to be replaced with brand new superior PTFE nylon bushings from manufacturers like Advanced EMC Technologies.

This definitely beats constantly oiling or lubricating the creaking parts. Having a low friction rate, durable PTFE nylon bushings are ideal for machinery that has pivoting or rotating parts. You shouldn’t wait too long to conduct an RCA, either; the analysis grows harder the more wear and tear the machinery or tool sustains. Analysis must be conducted the moment the machine shows the first few signs of complication or imminent breakdown.

Operating behavior is an excellent indicator of problems—engines making funny sounds, rotary valves struggling to rotate, and so on. Companies would be surprised to know how much time and money they would save if they’d identify the root source of the problem instead of implementing short term solutions that do not deal with the underlying issues effectively. Manufacturers that specialize in the production of high performance polymer seals, bearings, and precision components—like Advanced EMC Technologies—can provide companies with the durable components they need to ensure the functionality of their machinery.

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Manufacturers of Non-Hazardous Polymer Seals Say EPA wants to Phase Out PFOA by 2015

Some Teflon manufacturers have announced that they will be phasing out non-stick coatings on pans and other cookware by 2015 or earlier, reports Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss of E-The Environmental Magazine. The decision was made after these manufacturers received reports of serious health effects that resulted from exposing Teflon to high heat. High heat exposure releases a constituent chemical known as PFOA in gas form.

Manufacturers of Non-Hazardous Polymer Seals Say EPA wants to Phase Out PFOA by 2015However, take note that only Teflon derived from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) will be phased out. It’s unlikely to affect the other Teflon—virgin polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE). Chemist Roy Plunkett first discovered PTFE in 1938, and it currently holds the Guinness World Record for slickest substance. Companies that are looking for manufacturers of quality polymer seals and bearings that are non-hazardous should contact manufacturers like Advanced EMC Technologies.

At 0.02, PTFE has the lowest coefficient of static and dynamic friction for a solid. It has seen various uses aside from non-stick frying pans and casseroles, and has even been applied in aerodynamics. Consumers and businesses that are worried about the health hazards of PFOA would be glad to know that many manufacturers, such as Advanced EMC Technologies, are producing seals, bearings, and precision components using efficient but non-hazardous materials.

While there’s no direct evidence linking exposure to PFOA to health problems, workers in factories that produce PFOA products are at risk of developing pancreatic and testicular cancer. As initial tests have shown that PFOA is lethal to birds, some are quick to assume that it may pose the same threat to humans. The fumes emitted by non-stick pans during cooking may contain the carcinogenic PFOA, which has been found to increase estrogen levels and deregulate testosterone functions.

In a letter to former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson, a well-known Teflon manufacturer discussed its goal of totally eliminating PFOA by 2015 or earlier. Alternatives being researched assure the EPA and the public that future products containing PTFE (no longer called Teflon) won’t break down or contain any PFOA. By using polymers that do not emit hazardous substances, public health and safety is reinforced.

Virgin PTFE is already available in the market, primarily for making industrial-grade virgin PTFE rotary shaft seals. Reinforced seals can resist temperatures between 60 below zero to 520 degrees Fahrenheit. These seals are primarily used to handle hazardous materials, as they won’t degrade so easily upon chemical and nuclear exposure. Virgin PTFE may not be as slick as the original Teflon (static and dynamic coefficient of 0.09 and 0.05 respectively), but it doesn’t need to be.

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Replacing Components Like Plastic Flange Bushing & Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

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Regular maintenance is a good way to keep tools and machines up and running. However, when you’re doing maintenance work more often than usual, is it still possible to keep the current units in working condition? Jorge Sastre, an engineering professor from the European University of Madrid, discusses this question in his article for Bearing-News.com.

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Manufacturers of Non-Hazardous Polymer Seals Say EPA wants to Phase Out PFOA by 2015

Some Teflon manufacturers have announced that they will be phasing out non-stick coatings on pans and other cookware by 2015 or earlier, reports Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss of E-The Environmental Magazine. The decision was made after these manufacturers received reports of serious health effects that resulted from exposing Teflon to high heat. High heat exposure releases a constituent chemical known as PFOA in gas form.

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