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    Electric Linear Actuators: What Do They Do?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 17 ,2018

    Full disclaimer: W.C. Branham Inc. does not currently manufacture electric linear actuators. Instead, we manufacture many different types of pneumatic and low-pressure hydraulic linear actuators for over 35 years. So then, why write about electric linear actuators? Simple: We’d like to give you a few things to think about when you are trying to decide if going electric is right for your next application.

    As the name implies, a linear actuator moves a load of some kind in a straight line. You can use hydraulic or pneumatic power or electricity to operate linear actuators, but we’ll take a closer look at the electric option. How does it work? What can it do? And how does it differ from other options?

    Here's what you need to know about electric linear actuators.

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    National Manufacturing Day: Celebrating The Next Generation

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 5 ,2018

    From technology and automotive to food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods, the manufacturing industry remains busier than ever. And what better way to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) Oct. 5 than to share the importance manufacturing has on our society and what inspires individuals to get into this line of work.

    Manufacturing's Impact in Our World

    There isn't much we use on a daily basis that wasn't manufactured by a company — local or international. The bed you woke up in: manufactured. The toothpaste (and toothbrush) you used to brush your teeth: manufactured. The car you drove to work: manufactured. The desk you sit at Monday through Friday: manufactured. And the stove you cooked dinner on: manufactured, as well. You get the idea. Manufacturing plays a huge role in the functionality of our country and world. So, why wouldn't we celebrate the industry?

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    How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Concept is Inspiring College Level Innovation

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 21 ,2018

    Elon Musk is known around the world for his innovative creations such as Tesla Inc., Neuralink,OpenAI, SpaceX, and The Boring Company among others. And his latest invention is just as cutting edge as the rest.

    The SpaceX Hyperloop is Musk's answer to slow, expensive, problematic forms of ground transportation between busy cities. The Hyperloop will be a newer, faster, safer, less expensive and more convenient form of transportation between high traffic cities less than 900 miles apart.

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    Topics: Insider, Hyperloop

    Advice for Enhancing Your Engineering Design Process

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Aug 24 ,2016

    The engineering design process is a basic progression of several steps that mimic the process used in almost any problem-solving scenario.  The difference between a basic analytical problem and an engineered design problem is that an analytical problem has only one solution whereas a design problem can have many potential solutions. The job of an engineer or designer is to determine which solution is the best based upon what the most desirable outcome is.

    1. Identification

    The process begins by identifying a problem that requires an engineered solution. The first step is to identify and define what the problem is. Next, it is important to gather information, define any constraints that would impact the design and begin to imagine possible solutions to solve the problem.

    2. Planning 

    Once you have generated a few solutions you can begin planning what you will need.

    • What materials will be required?
    • What manufactured products exist that can be implemented into the design?  
    • What are the most important criteria of the design?
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    Topics: Insider