Depending on an application’s needs, there are numerous potting compounds available, with formulations offering properties including being low density/lightweight, flame retardant, flexible, optically clear, and thermally conductive. It can be challenging to know which material to specify, given the different chemistries, properties, and processing requirements. Kevin Brownsill, head of technical: learning and development at Intertronics, shares insight on potting compound selection for an LED assembly.
7th February 2024
You may have heard or read something about particular types of fastenings being required for securing machine guards in position. Derek Coulson, machinery safety consultant at Safe Machine, looks at the requirement for fixed guards to be attached with retained fastenings, and unravel what exactly that means, and lists some of the suppliers that offer various different types of retained fastening.
30th January 2024
Engineers may overlook fastener choice when designing their products, but fasteners are a key product design consideration, as the experts at Southco explain.
5th January 2024
As the world embraces electric mobility as a sustainable transportation solution, the reliability and performance of electric vehicles (EVs) and electric bicycles (e-bikes) are of paramount importance. The experts at Tappex explore the significance of quality threaded inserts in EV and e-bike applications, as well as the implications of threaded joint failures.
19th December 2023
As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain in popularity, the demand for efficient and reliable electric motors continues to increase. Electric motor design plays a crucial role in determining the overall performance and efficiency of the vehicle. An often-overlooked component with a significant impact on performance is the retaining ring, as the experts at Rotor Clip explain.
4th September 2023
Managing access to the data centre is becoming more complicated as data housing facilities continue to expand their hosting capabilities. Given that it is at rack level where data security and access control have the potential to fall short, Mike Fahy, commercial product manager at Southco, discusses the importance of electronic access solutions.
4th August 2023
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15th June 2023
14th March 2023
Choosing the appropriate hinge is an important step in the design process of many product applications, but with so many hinge types available, how can engineers ensure that they are choosing the right one? Stewart Beck, global product manager at Southco, explores the design considerations.
24th January 2023