Bearings are one of the most commonly used machine parts because their smooth, rolling motion makes it far easier to transmit a load. By translating the force of a load into the rotational movement of a ball or roller, bearings can help reduce friction between moving parts. As a result, they effectively reduce long term wear and tear while facilitating smooth motion between components on a moment-by-moment basis. As a highly versatile device, there are many different types of bearings to consider, with one of the most common being flange bearings. Named for their flanged design, these bearings have a lip on the exterior of the outer race that differentiates them from their standard counterparts.


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If you have worked with sheet metal pieces where fastening is conducted with the use of rivet-based hardware, then you have likely had the chance to take advantage of a strap duplicator. When creating rivet holes for securing parts together, it is essential that all holes are properly aligned. As eyeballing alignment can quickly lead to errors and frustration, it is best to use a strap duplicator.


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Operating an aircraft is an exciting feat; however, one must take many factors into consideration to ensure long term success during all of your flights. Aircraft comprise a vast collection of parts, all of which must be properly maintained with various different handling methods. That being said, this blog will focus on aircraft tires in particular, as well as their types and handling methods, so you may form a better understanding of this integral part of aircraft maintenance. Of course, optimum performance is only achieved when all aspects of flight are tended to with equal attention, and aircraft tires are merely another vital part of safe air travel.


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Just like with each part of an aircraft, the placement of the wings has been carefully chosen with considerations to safety and efficiency. On most commercial planes, they are placed in pods under the wings and mounted at a small distance by way of a pylon. This has become the standard engine attachment for all large commercial aircraft for several crucial reasons, all of which are explained in detail below.


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Whether one is working with an aircraft, automobile, or other vehicle type, such assemblies regularly consist of a large number of fastener types that keep them together with ease. Depending on the structure in question and its particular needs, various types of fastener may be used. For example, the fasteners relied on for securing skins sections on an aircraft fuselage are different from those used to assemble a seat, making it important that one is familiar with the various types of hardware they may have to work with if they ever seek to conduct maintenance or repair. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common fastener types found on various vehicles, helping you expand your knowledge and preparedness.


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The construction of a typical aircraft is quite complex, requiring millions of parts to establish the entire assembly. For a Boeing 747, around six million parts are needed, half of which are solely made up of fasteners. Fasteners are crucial for any assembly, creating temporary or permanent joints to secure parts together. Aircraft fasteners come in many types, some of which are used for structures big and small. While screws are often an overlooked component of many assemblies, they are crucial for the construction of a typical aircraft. Depending on the area in question, many types of screws may be used, examples including the AN526 screw, the AN366 screw, the truss head screw, and many others. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common types of screws that are found on typical aircraft assemblies, allowing you to better understand the role of each and their importance.


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Automotive vehicles have numerous qualities that contribute to their performance and efficiency. Among these are the tires, brakes, suspension, engine, and fuel system. The fuel system, in particular, is a key element in maintaining the power output of the vehicle. Over the years, the automotive fuel system has changed drastically, moving from simple carburetors to sensitive electric fuel pumps. These modern systems mostly rely upon injection to deliver fuel to the engine, which may be facilitated through one of several methods. In this blog, we will discuss the fuel rail, which is a high-performance direct fuel injection system that provides several benefits over other designs.


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Landing gear used for aircraft is designed to support a vehicle’s overall weight and provides stability during landing, take-off, and on-ground operations. However, the type of landing gear installed varies according to an aircraft’s design, weight, and intended purpose. In particular, tailwheel-type landing gear is the conventional choice for smaller aircraft, and they incorporate two wheels affixed toward the plane’s center of gravity, alongside a small skid or wheel toward the end of the aircraft to support its tail. Considered a variation of tricycle gear, such landing gear was originally created in 1929 by Waldo Waterman. While it is common to see small, modern propeller aircraft utilizing a tailwheel type undercarriage, they are not suited for larger, heavier-than-air aircraft.


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An aircraft engine mount is a structural component that holds the engine and connects it to the frame or body of the aircraft. These mounts must be a highly sturdy foundation in order to hold and support the aircraft engine with all of its movements. Normally, an aircraft engine mount takes the form of a web to bolster support and hold the engine steady as it vibrates while running. The mount also serves the function of safely distributing these vibrations across the entire aircraft to make for a smooth flight. This also prevents damaging vibrations from ruining critical components of the aircraft.


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Combustion engines are recognized for their high speed and high internal compressions that require systems that produce very high ignitions from sparks plugs. In particular, ignition systems are one of the only systems that utilize spark plugs as their source of electrical energy. With this in mind, this blog will cover the magneto ignition system, a type of ignition system wherein a magento is used to generate electricity. 


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