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Aircraft engines are remarkable pieces of engineering, powering some of the most advanced aircraft models in the world. If you have ever observed an aircraft closely, you might have noticed that the engines are not perfectly parallel to the fuselage, but slightly tilted downward. This deliberate design choice serves several crucial purposes, and in this blog, we will delve into the reasons behind this unique feature.


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The wonder of aviation technology has consistently captured human imagination. From the Wright brothers' first powered flight to the advanced aircraft of today, one fundamental element has remained unchanged–aircraft wings. These wings play a crucial role in aviation by providing the necessary lift needed to raise and sustain aircraft in flight. In this blog, we will delve into the fundamentals of how aircraft wings work, exploring concepts like Angle of Attack (AOA), fluid flow, and even their similarities to rotor blades.


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While not as corrosive as strong acids or as viscous as some crude oils, water can still pose a risk to important machinery when it is left to collect in the wrong areas. Since the air in and around a system can often include some level of moisture, many mechanical systems will employ a drain valve to make sure collected water has a method to escape. Also used to help remove other unwanted fluids, gasses, or contaminants, drain valves are helpful components in industrial machinery which help protect them against blockage or corrosion. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of drain valves, exploring their working principles, different types, and their applications to help explain why they are so prevalent in industrial systems.


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Limit switches are electromechanical devices that detect when an object moves further than its predetermined limit, quickly interfering to prevent it from causing unwanted damage. Most often, they are used alongside industrial machinery as a way to keep individual moving parts working at their best. As a form of proximity sensor, they follow a set of principles which are designed to observe once an object has passed a defined limit to its movement. However, unlike similar sensor devices, limit switches detect movement by making physical contact with the target object. This simple mechanical design offers certain advantages as well as a few major limitations. While there are a plethora of variations, this article will focus on limit switch designs that are used in the control and actuation of industrial valves.


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Bearings are crucial devices in industrial machinery that facilitate the smooth transition of movement between components. They come in many forms, but one of the most durable of the many types is the tapered roller bearing. As a result of their cone-like shape, these bearings are able to support large loads in multiple directions, lending great versatility to many industrial applications. Therefore, they have found use in many heavy-duty operations where bearings are often subject to large loads of varying directions. To find a roller bearing type which can best suit your operational needs, we invite you to read on ahead.


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Before the introduction of the Airbus A320 family of planes, all aircraft had a central yoke in their cockpits. The original yoke was a two-handed tool which pilots could use to manually control the aircraft’s functions. Then in 1985, Airbus designed the first commercial airliner with a side stick in place of the central yoke. Up until that point, fighter jets were the only ones using side stick navigation. Now, nearly all modern Airbus aircraft use side sticks, while Boeing has committed to keeping the central yoke. After this, if you are curious what is the difference between these configurations, simply read on as we discuss the ways in which they vary.


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Flight instruments are crucial elements of aircraft, allowing pilots to maintain readings on various flight parameters such as altitude, attitude, airspeed, and more. Having measurements on such characteristics is paramount as it ensures that optimal flight paths are followed and hazards avoided. For this to be upheld, all instruments must function correctly and with ample accuracy. When one wishes to test their instruments for their performance, apparatuses known as air data test systems (ADTS) are used.


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