Spur gears versus helical gears

Gear types can be classified according to the relative position of their axes of revolution. For example, there are gears for parallel shafts, gears for intersecting shafts, and gears for skewed shafts. Spur and helical gears are two different types of mechanical gears falling under the category of “gears for parallel shafts”. Spur gears are used in many devices, like the electric screwdriver, wind-up alarm clock, and washing machine. Helical gears, on the other hand, operate much more smoothly and quietly than spur gears. Helical gears are used in almost all car transmissions. Look as hard as you like, but you won’t find spur gears in your car!

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Throwback Thursday: Willis Carrier, Inventor of modern air-conditioning

Born on November 26, 1876, in Angola, New York to Duane Williams Carrier and Elizabeth R. Haviland, Willis Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902 and went on to found the Carrier Corporation in 1915. The company is now a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration solutions.

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5 Ways manufacturers can improve employee engagement

Why is employee engagement important to manufacturers? The answer is simple—to make higher profits, as engaged employees perform better. Moreover, the increasing intensity of competition in today’s global market has presented new challenges for manufacturing organizations. Customers are more aware and require lower priced, good quality, and greater value products. With the looming skills gap and jobs becoming more technologically advanced, the requirement of skilled employees has become one of the most important drivers of improved business performance and profit margin. Manufacturers cannot afford to lose their employees.


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A look at our favorite manufacturing posts from 2016

As we enter 2017, let’s go through our most viewed blogs from the past year, representing different facets of manufacturing. Our readers were most interested in the technical issues surrounding different manufacturing processes. The concerns related to career development and the hiring of millennials to replace baby boomers also topped the list. Additive manufacturing continued to be a hot topic of interest, as well.

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