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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)


Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Marine industry gets revolutionary hinge

Marine industry gets revolutionary hinge A gap in the market has led New Zealander Paul Edmondson, technical design consultant to the Mirabella V yacht, to pioneer a business designing unique hinges for the marine sector. Vosper Thornycroft, the company responsible for manufacturing the worlds largest single masted yacht, created a seven pivot, 35kg hinge for the Mirabella Vs 25kg bulwark door. Edmondson recognised a niche to develop this initial concept further and developed a lighter, sleeker, concealed hinge with improved functionality. The hinge had to be hidden when the bulwark door was shut, yet look good when it was open. It also needed to allow the door to self open outwards, but feel lighter for the operator. It was also important the hinge did not impede the doorway. Igus was the chosen bearing manufacturer, because its maintenance-free polymer bearings are ideal for the boat market, where oil can leave stains on teak and white fairings. Iglidur X bearings from Igus were chosen for the hinge, because of their low coefficient of friction and ability to take very high loads. Iglidur X can additionally cope with the harsh environments, salt water and high loads sea vessels have to deal with.

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