Daily Archives: April 11, 2019

Building Your Own Hydraulics

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When you need to move a heavy load, or to keep something in a specific position for a long period of time, you will want a hydraulic system to help. These systems work by pumping fluid into a sealed shaft in order to push a piston out and hold it there until the fluid is released back into the holding chamber. There are many ways to use these systems, from theater to assembly lines, and a couple of ways to build your own.

The Right Parts

The first thing you will need to build your hydraulic system is a bit of planning. You will want to know what kinds of loads you are pushing, how long you need the piston to stay extended at any given time and what types of pressure you are looking for. This can help you get the right pumps, high pressure hydraulic shaft seals and other parts you need for the system.

The Right Plans

Once you initial planning phase is done, it is time to look at various building plans to see which one fits your needs the best. You can find video and blog tutorials online to get you started and then tweak the final product for your specific use.

The Right Knowledge

The more you know about hydraulic systems, the easier it will be to design and build your own. It will also be easier to maintain if you know some basics because you will be able to design the system for easier maintenance as well as know where the wear-and-tear is likely to happen.

With the right parts, plans and knowledge, you can build and maintain your own hydraulic systems for everything from manufacturing companies to cosplay props. This allows you to have the system set up to your specifications as well as know how to maintain and repair it better.

Why You Need to Consider the Electromagnetic Compatibility of Your Product

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If you’re in the business of manufacturing electronics, or products that contain electronics, you have probably heard the term “electromagnetic radiation.” But what does that mean for your product? Is that even something you have control over? The answer is yes, and there are many reasons to apply this to your chain of manufacturing.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Means Quality

Too much electromagnetic radiation is bad. The damage can be both operational and physical. Whether it’s coming from your own product or from outside sources, it can hinder the performance and accuracy of electronics. If your product is medical or sensory in nature this could even mean life or death. So why would you want to get in your own way? Include electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) early on in your design process in order to limit this phenomenon in your product; this will cover your bases for both the emission of electromagnetic energy and immunity from outside energy.

EMC Regulation Testing

To ensure that your product complies with EMC regulations, you’re going to need to have it tested. Even if you produce in a sector that doesn’t mandate this, it should be considered best practice, anyway. If you ever anticipate distributing internationally you want to make sure you come up to the highest standards. There is a multitude of options for getting EMC Regulation Test done, for both emission and immunity.

Avoid Legal Complications

If you aren’t convinced by anything else, complying with electromagnetic compatibility regulations will save you money. If you want to avoid fines and wasted product manufacturing due to recall, don’t cut corners on this important aspect of your product. Although not everybody gets caught, why take that risk? For some product types and geographic regions, this is even mandated, so make sure you know what is required of you.

Protect the Spectrum

The part of the electromagnetic spectrum that our electronics use is finite. We don’t want to crowd it with unnecessary radiation. Do you want your product to continue to work in the future? Participate in the minimal creation of electromagnetic output. Doing what’s best for everybody is also in your best interest. Important technologies like radio and microwaves depend on this!

Although it is a complicated concept, the occurrence of electromagnetic energy in our electronics and the world around us is not one to be taken lightly. Do your part by manufacturing electronics responsibly. There are plenty of resources out there to educate yourself. Don’t skip this step and your product will have a much better chance at success!