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Linear actuators are quite common to various applications, coming in the form of an electro-mechanical component that can create motion in a straight line. Often found in industrial machinery, valves, computer peripherals, and more, linear actuators create the necessary linear motion for different processes through the use of mechanics, hydraulics, or pneumatics. In some instances, feedback controls may be necessary, and such characteristics may be managed with the use of sensors and limit switch features.


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A control valve is a specialized valve type that is capable of managing the flow of fluids through their ability to change the size of their passage. With all types of control valves, a control system serves to relay commands for adjusting the size of the opening. The force that enacts these changes is made possible through control valve actuators which act directly on the valve or through the use of a control valve positioner. In this blog, we will discuss the primary types of control valve actuators that are used for flow changes, allowing you to find the best fit for your particular needs.


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Electrical components can often be sensitive to overload conditions, quickly breaking down or malfunctioning when voltages exceed intended limits. Faults such as short circuits can also be hazardous to individuals as well, posing the risk of shock or combustion if in the presence of combustible materials. As a result, it is paramount that all electrical system components are provided ample protection from overload conditions, that of which is achievable with a device known as a circuit breaker.


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The aircraft piston engine, or reciprocating engine, is a type that has served powered flight since its inception, acting as the most common power plants for general aviation aircraft even to this day. While there are numerous piston engine types that slightly differ in their construction, all operate according to the four-stroke cycle of intake, compression, power, and exhaust. To conduct such operations, piston engines rely on pistons and cylinders that are assembled in various ways to achieve different flight characteristics. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the most common piston engine types so that you may be more familiar with their differences and capabilities.


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When assembling components with the use of bolt fasteners, it is important to have an accommodating nut component for the means of securing the bolt. Nuts are fasteners that feature a threaded hole, and they are paired with bolts to keep assemblies together through friction, bolt stretching, and compression. Depending on the assembly and its needs, there are a variety of nut types that may be used alongside a bolt. When there is a desire for easy component installation without the need for many tools, the wing nut fastener proves to be a useful choice.


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A commonly overlooked part within an aircraft is the engine mount. It may be a simple structure, but it has many essential roles beyond holding the engine on the airframe. For example, the exact placement of the engine mount is important. Designers must consider the thrust line of the engine, how high or low it is in relation to the airframe, as well as gyroscopic precession. In this blog, we will discuss engine mounts in detail.


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Pointing devices are important accessories for computer systems, allowing for a user to input spatial data through various means. Coming in the form of computer mice, trackballs, joysticks, pointing sticks, and other such input interfaces, users can achieve increased control over a system for the benefit of varying applications. For industrial and military organizations, pointing devices may be used for the means of controlling machinery, vehicles, defense systems, and more. Although pointing devices may differ in their application and design, all serve to increase productivity and create an ease of control. In this blog, we will discuss pointing devices more in detail, allowing you to understand the various common types and how they may be used for such sectors.


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For NASA or any other company within the aerospace industry, the ability to monitor the degradation of an aircraft engine is pivotal. In this blog, we will investigate how to increase a Machine Learning model’s ability to help predict when engine breakdowns will occur and how to estimate the remaining useful life on an aircraft engine. The dataset in this model is simulated for commercial aircraft and, therefore, if an unexpected breakdown occurs, it will likely do so while in the air with customers aboard, causing a significant problem. As such, being able to monitor the condition of an aircraft engine is invaluable. Furthermore, aircraft engines are far from inexpensive, meaning there is an added economic benefit to understanding its useful service life.


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From purchasing groceries at a supermarket to attending sport events, barcodes are used in countless areas for conducting transactions and tracking data. While barcodes seem simplistic due to being small lines with spaces between, they have revolutionized the efficiency of countless businesses and organizations for tracking information. By understanding the functionality of barcodes and how to scan them with readers, one can increase the productivity of their operations with ease.


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Navigation refers to the process of planning, recording, and controlling the movement of a craft from one location to another. More specifically, air navigation involves piloting an aircraft from one place to another without getting lost, breaking any aviation laws, or endangering the safety of those on the aircraft or on the ground. In older aircraft, the pilot was accompanied by a flight navigator, who was responsible for trip navigation. With the introduction of sophisticated electronic GPS navigation systems, this role was rendered obsolete. Since this, advancements in air navigation technologies have continued. In this blog, we will discuss four new and exciting air navigation systems.


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The aerospace industry employs a broad range of different parts and components for many different uses. As such, there are many types of fasteners, such as screws, rivets, nuts, bolts, pins, collars, and more, in use throughout the industry. Despite being small parts, they have a critical role in the operation of an aircraft. For example, there are approximately six million parts used to construct a Boeing 747, more than half of which are fasteners. This blog will explain what aerospace fasteners are, where they are used, and their main manufacturers.


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