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  • Maybe you're just looking for some ground-level information. Maybe you need to make an informed sourcing decision. Whatever the reason, whatever you're looking for, these primers, briefs, articles and guides serve as your gateway to learning more. Each resource category offers a wealth of information aimed at providing you with the background and facts you need. Whether you're trying to track down the basics on a certain manufacturing process or deciding between various equipment vendors, ThomasNet's Need-to-Know Guides connects you to key industry info.
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Pressure RegulatorCompressed Gas Pressure Regulators
Maintaining control in pressure-related industrial applications is important to the success of an operation in terms of both performance and safety. A pressure regulator is a self-contained mechanical control device that usually does not rely on any external power sources. This device employs a sensor, valve, and controller unit. Although the two are similar, it is important to make the distinction between a regulator and a control valve. Regulators tend to be less expensive and relatively easier to install and maintain. However, applications requiring larger valve sizes may be better served...
Hydraulic EquipmentHydraulic Pressure Switches
This article describes how pressure switches operate, specifically in hydraulic applications. It also contains details about different uses for hydraulic pressure switches.
Exhaust Gas AnalyzersResidual Gas Analyzers
This article summarizes how residual gas analyzers operate and discusses the two types of ionizing residual gas analyzer setups.
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EngineersFailure Analysis Engineering Services – Buying Guide
Failure analysis is a requisite service for products, structures and vehicles destined for public consumption, typically before failure occurs, but also in cases where unfortunate accidents have happened. Given the range of possible failure conditions, a number of different failure analysis operations and services are available.
boltsThe Evolution of Bolt Manufacturing
Like the screw, the bolt occupies an integral position in both industrial and everyday life. In fact, bolts and screws are used more than any other type of mechanical fastener, and they can be found in nearly every simple or complex machine
Adhesive TapesDouble Coated Tapes Buying Guide
Double coated tapes are fabricated from various materials and chemical compositions and are used for bonding and sealing purposes. An overview of the types of materials and applications typically associated with these tapes is detailed here.
Various fastenersExplaining Screw and Nail Sizes
This article presents a very basic guide to standard screw and nail sizes, gauges and nomenclature.
CNC Milling MachineAlternatives to Casting
Casting is versatile and can create complex geometries.
Swiss Screw MachineHow Swiss Screw Machines Work
Screw machines are automated lathes which can machine turned parts.
Nickel Plated FastenersApplications of Electroless Nickel Plating
This article briefly explains the electro nickel plating process and its benefits. Current density levels involved in the process, as well as pre-treatment cleaning are also included.
Deep Drawn SinkDeep Drawing: Benefits and Industrial Applications
A discussion of industrial deep drawing: how it works, when it's beneficial, and factors that influence cost.
CNC Machine10 Tips for Growing Your CNC Machining Business
Starting a new business can be a challenging endeavor, especially if the entrepreneur is entering a crowded market with large, well-established competitors already in place.
Plastic RecyclingHow Plastic Recycling Equipment Work
This article describes the different types of equipment used in various stages of the plastic recycling process, as well as how these machines function.
Plastic MetallizingHow to Metalize Plastic
Plastic components can be coated with metal (called metallization), to increase desired properties for certain applications, such as conductivity and abrasion resistance.
Plastic preformManufacturing Plastic Preforms
This article describes the various techniques used to manufacture plastic preforms for molding operations, as well as the factors involved in preform screen design.
Plastic PelletsQuality Inspection for Plastic Composite Materials
This article describes some of the common methods used to inspect plastic products and raw plastic materials for defects in their design or mechanical characteristics.
Pallet racksCommon Types of Pallet Racks
Pallet racks are shelving configurations commonly constructed from wood, plastic and metal, and they are designed for a variety of storage purposes. Standard types of these structures are detailed here.
Phenolic GearPhenolic Materials Buying Guide
Phenolic resin is a plastic composite material commonly used to manufacture rigid products, such as printed circuit boards.
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