As a vital part of any internal combustion engine, fuel pumps work to deliver fuel from the tank to the engine, ensuring consistent and reliable fuel flow to support the combustion process. There are several types of fuel pumps commonly used in automotive applications, each with its own set of characteristics and operating principles. To learn more about these complex components, we will explore the different types of fuel pumps available on the market and how they work.
Aside from propelling an aircraft forward, the power and torque generated by a combustion engine is also used to power many of the systems which support the engine itself. Moreover, there are systems that the engine helps run but does not directly benefit from. As such, in addition to an ignition system, aircraft engines also incorporate a lubrication system, fuel system, electrical system, and pressurization system, all of which are explained below in this brief introduction.
Bearings are crucial components found in many types of machinery; thus, they are manufactured in a wide variety of forms and shapes. Regardless of the bearing type in question, all allow a specific type of motion in a system that is subjected to static or dynamic loading. More than that, these high-precision elements enable equipment to move at numerous speeds while efficiently transferring significant weight.
Lithium-Ion or Li-ion batteries have become a mainstay in the electronics world since their introduction in 1991. Due to their rechargeable, lightweight, and reliable nature, lithium-ion batteries are chosen to meet the power requirements of numerous devices, ranging from mobile phones to military and aerospace equipment, and more. Given their ubiquity in several industries, it is important for customers to understand the basic operating principles that govern lithium-ion batteries in case they decide to implement these devices in their work. In this blog, we will discuss all the nuances relating to lithium-ion batteries, including their chemical and physical characteristics, uses, and safety profiles.
HVAC systems, or Heat, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning systems, are a regular element of many modern buildings, allowing for a space to achieve optimal comfort as one can use the system to govern air quality, temperature, air flow, and relative humidity. While many are familiar with the temperature controls that many HVAC systems provide, features may go beyond temperature control with the ability to manage relative humidity. While humidity settings can bring more comfort, they can also protect a space from issues like mold growth and respiratory issues. Because of these various capabilities that modern HVAC systems offer, as well as how they can affect health and safety, it can be very useful to have a basic understanding of how they are designed and implemented within buildings.
Screws are a common form of fastener that may be found in countless assemblies across different applications, serving to secure two or more parts together through their external threading that draws in and locks materials as the component is driven into a surface. While all screws perform the same basic role of assembly, there are a variety of types that differ in their design to accommodate a number of applications and requirements. Hex head screws are a typical subtype that one may find in a hardware store, and they are notable for their six-sided head and preformed machine threads. In this blog, we will discuss how hex head screws may be used, covering their common materials, variations, and applications.
After healthcare, manufacturing is ranked as the second most dangerous work environment, with countless risks of injury and death. In an attempt to lessen the hazards in the industry, limit switches gained popularity for safety regulation. Also known as travel switches, limit switches are electromechanical devices designed to cut power to stop the motor and activate the brake that halts the machinery when a specified limit is exceeded through physical force. These switches typically comprise an actuator mechanically linked to a set of contacts used to detect the measured objects, and they can be found in a vast array of devices. To further explore the functions and benefits of limit switches, this blog will examine their different types and how they work.
Aircraft that are able to conduct vertical take-off and landing are known as VTOLs, and they often come in the form of drones, helicopters, tiltrotor aircraft, and more. VTOL technology presents a major benefit to urban operations, allowing aircraft to fly in dense areas where a conventional fixed-wing model would be unsafe. Additionally, many proposed VTOLs for urban areas are to be electrically powered, making them eVTOL vehicles. In this blog, we will discuss eVTOLs and how they have the potential to radically change aviation.
In our modern world, we are often dependent on countless electronics that support our business endeavors, communication, personal lives, and much more. Despite our ability to effectively harness electricity for power, it remains a volatile force that can easily lead to damage and danger if not properly managed and controlled. While there are a number of ways in which we can better manage electricity for safety, one of the most simplistic and common solutions is to use grounding wires. As electrical protection is one of the most important elements of safety for any building, aircraft, automobile, or facility, it is highly beneficial to have a general understanding of grounding wires and how they benefit an electrical system.
Nowadays, lithium batteries are more in demand than ever before. These batteries are used in our cell phones, computers, laptops, wireless tools, and electric vehicles. However, just because all the devices mentioned earlier use lithium batteries, this does not mean that they all use one single battery type for every device. Instead, there are six main types of lithium batteries with specific uses.
Motor drives are electronic devices that control torque, position outputs, and manage motor speed. They are available in a variety of forms and are used to power machines, robots, equipment, and other machinery. That being said, this blog will outline motor drives, allowing you to better understand their purpose and importance.
LEDs are found nearly everywhere, ranging in implementation from traffic signals to digital computers and residential lighting. Known for their diverse color range and impeccable longevity, LEDs are the first lighting choice for many engineers and building planners. With this lighting technology, the fundamental working component is the diode, which is a semiconductor that manipulates a circuit to perform intended actions. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about diodes and how they work to emit light in the case of LEDs.
Data communication has allowed the world to be connected in ways never thought possible before. Its evolution and implementation enabled a revolution in commerce, social networking, navigation, defense, and many other domains. With such ubiquitous technology, it is beneficial to understand the history and current technology concerning data communication.
Industrial automation is becoming a popular strategy for companies looking to reduce costs, increase productivity, and enhance the quality of their products. In order for an industrial automation system to work effectively, several intelligent devices must be employed. These devices typically have a sensory or modulatory function and must give feedback to external consoles, such as PCs. Two of these devices which are widely used but sometimes confused are relays and timers. In this blog, we will discuss the function and differences between these two devices.
Computers have become the backbone of countless operations and activities across the globe, serving to enhance how we work, communicate, shop, learn, and so much more. Whether a computer is designed for personal use or for work, many of the same hardware components are used to enable such devices to function as intended. In this blog, we will discuss the most common hardware types that are associated with computers, allowing you to better understand how such advanced systems are made up and how they function.
Network devices are commonly used alongside a variety of other electronics, allowing for computers, printers, faxes, and other such equipment to be linked together on a single network. When joined together on a network, devices can transfer data to one another with ease. As there are many device types that facilitate networking and communication, it can be useful to familiarize yourself with the most common variations and networking accessories.
Electronic components are often classified as being either active or passive, differing in the functions that they perform. While active components are capable of injecting power into a circuit and may manage current, passive components either consume or store energy. Passive components are useful for influencing the flow of electricity, often capable of resisting flow, storing energy, and producing inductance. In this blog, we will discuss some of the primary types of passive components, allowing you to better understand common electronic devices and their functionalities.
Though industrial computers contain similar parts to desktop computers, their functional purpose deploys power far superseding that of a conventional system. Engineered for their distinct computing capabilities, industrial computers are frequently utilized in harsh industrial environments ranging from factory automation implementation to mining, and various jobs where dust and debris are a regular occurrence. When choosing to integrate an industrial computer within your system of operations, one should always consider using robust computer hardware and enclosures capable of withstanding harsh temperatures, vibrations, outside contaminants, and other often uncontrollable circumstances. When determining your next selection of industrial computer hardware, understanding your Industrial PC, its intended functions, and staying up to date on any modernized pieces can ensure your machinery is capable of functioning as optimally as possible.
Semiconductors are an extremely common component for digital products, often being found in smartphones, televisions, digital cameras, home appliances, temperature sensors, transistors, and much more. A semiconductor is a type of material that features a conductivity level between a conductor and insulator, and their resistivity will often be altered by the doping of crystal structures or changes in temperatures. As a basic building block of countless electronic devices and integrated circuits, having a general understanding of their design, types, and uses can be very beneficial.
Motors and drives are two equipment pieces that are quite common to industrial machinery, ensuring that such assemblies are given the proper force and power needed for conducting operations. While motors and drives are often used in unison for the functionality of various machinery, each serves a distinct role. In this blog, we will discuss the difference between a motor and a drive, allowing you to better understand their unique functionalities and applications.
An electrical switch is any device used to interrupt the flow of electronics in a circuit. They are essentially binary devices, meaning they are either completely on/closed or completely off/open. The simplest switches are those in which two electrical conductors are brought in contact with each other by the motion of an actuating mechanism. Other are more complex, containing electronic circuits that are able to turn on or off depending on some form of physical stimulus. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common types of switches.
Industrial automation is a topic that has been heavily discussed in recent years, but it may be something that you are unfamiliar with. In its most basic form, industrial automation is the use of various devices that reduce manual labor, increase quality and production speed, as well as reduce manufacturing costs. Automation can be carried out in a number of ways, often utilizing logical programming and machinery that works together to complete assigned tasks. As many industries continue their push for industrial automation, it can be useful to understand how it works and the various types that are available.
Industrial control panels are assemblies that permit the control and management of mechanical machinery and industrial equipment. Depending on the application and present machinery, the components of the industrial control system will often vary. Nevertheless, the control panel will regularly feature relays, switches, circuit protection devices, sensors, and other various parts that all work together. In this blog, we will discuss the primary components of the industrial control system, allowing you to understand how they function and assist the management of machinery and equipment.
Electronic components encompass any discrete device or part that serves an electronic system for the manipulation of electrons. To make navigating the various types of electronics easier, components are classified into active, passive, or electromechanical component types. With passive components in particular, such electronics are incapable of introducing net energy to a circuit, and they may only rely on power provided to them from the electrical circuit that they are implemented in. As passive components include many of the basic building blocks of modern electronics, being aware of their common types and functionalities can be very beneficial.
Within the realm of engineering, electromechanics is the field of research concerned with processes that combine electrical and mechanical engineering. As such, electromechanical devices are those that utilize both electrical and mechanical systems, allowing them to interact in order to provide various processes. In this blog, we will provide an overview of electromechanics, allowing you to understand their various uses and forms across industries.
The industrial sector is a crucial aspect of many countries’ economies, responsible for the production of parts and systems for a variety of industries such as aerospace, defense, construction, waste management, and much more. With countless types of workspaces that may contain large machinery and equipment, the presence of chemicals, and other hazards, ensuring that there is abundant safety equipment available for workers is paramount for their safety and well being. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main equipment and systems that assist in providing safety in the workplace, allowing you to better plan for hazard prevention and accommodate workers.
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