A lightweight graphite-epoxy composite spring reduces fatigue in a hand tool made by Stanley Fastening Systems of East Greenwich, R.I. Stanley and ViaTech Inc. of Tempe, Ariz., developed the 7.5-gram leaf spring.
ViaTech claims it can withstand more than a million full deflection cycles with peak loads near 200 pounds.
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Syon Corp. has new packaging system
Syon Corp. of Ashland, Mass., has a new multicomponent packaging system for a wide range of liquids and resins.
The Syon system features a tube and bladder mixing and dispensing system and the Acu-Pak film package for accurately mixing and dispensing two or more part liquid and resin components in ratios ranging from 1:1 to 100:1.
Other packaging systems include a combination of plastic tubes, film pouches and metal containers, with or without dispenser nozzles.
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US Farathane work saves Ford money
US Farathane Corp. of Royal Oak, Mich., injection molds front stabilizer bar links in Ford Motor Co.'s first nonmetal links for its trucks.
Injection molding saves Ford about $600,000 per year compared to the forged steel links it formerly used on its Ranger 4x2 and 4x4 pickups.
The two plastic links per truck also save about a pound of weight.
Farathane molds the links of Zytel 43 percent glass-filled nylon supplied by DuPont Co. in a multicavity mold on a 400-ton press. It also molds the link bushing using a polyurethane/fluoropolymer compound made by Farathane.
Farathane ships the links directly to Ford assembly plants in Louisville, Ky., and Edison, N.J.
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