Intech Power-Core Engineering Blog

4 minute read
| September 2, 2021

Small, Greaseless Cam Followers Rise to the Occasion in Robotics Applications

Have you ever run into issues trying to select small cam followers for your application? If the answer is yes, you’re not... Read More
5 minute read
| July 15, 2021

Quiet Gears Improve Patient Comfort and Imaging Quality in Medical Equipment

If you have a medical exam or procedure that involves X-rays, mammography units or robotic surgery equipment, the last thing... Read More
4 minute read
| May 27, 2021

Sealed End-Cap Design Boosts Cam Follower Durability in Washdown Applications

If you’re designing for packaging or processing machines in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical or electronics industries,... Read More
4 minute read
| April 7, 2021

Long-Lasting, Lubrication-Free Guide Rollers Enable Flexible Automation for Genomic Research

When it comes to life science and laboratory instruments, your choice of motion components can make a big difference in... Read More
3 minute read
| April 7, 2021

Power-Core™ Gear-Drive Overcomes Belt-Drive Challenges in Frozen Food Slicing Applications

Slicing operations in frozen food applications are demanding, to say the least. They involve a constant switch between... Read More
5 minute read
| April 6, 2021

Precision Track Rollers Beat Metal and Plastic To Hold Up 1,280-Pound Glass Door

High-quality sliding doors are expected to open easily and quietly—a motion that largely depends on high-quality track... Read More
6 minute read
| January 13, 2021

Explore The Ways Our Large Diameter Gear Integrated Bearings Shine in Difficult Environments

When the design calls for a large bearing—for example, to support a large outer diameter (OD) ring gear—choosing a sturdy... Read More
6 minute read
| November 11, 2020

Greaseless Cam Follower With Hybrid Design Excels in Washdown Applications

The wrong type of cam follower or roller can lead to contamination issues, frequent maintenance and reduced service... Read More
4 minute read
| May 21, 2014

5 Advantages of Plastic Rack and Pinions in Motion Applications

 Polymer Eliminates Contamination in Linear Motion Systems  Read More
4 minute read
| February 27, 2014

Power-Core Plastic Components Take On Metals

Even with all the advances in engineering polymers and processing methods, metal alloys still dominate the production of... Read More
2 minute read
| February 20, 2014

Large Cast Power-Core (TM) Propeller Dives Into Paper Pulp Mixing

Most engineering polymers won’t stand up to the harsh conditions found inside the mixing tanks used in pulp and paper... Read More
EPS
| February 13, 2014

Modified Plastic Gears For Electronic Power Steering (EPS) Systems

At the beginning of the 1990s Electronic power steering was just beginning to hit the main stream. Delphi - since bankrupt... Read More
2 minute read
| February 6, 2014

Power-Core Withstands Pulsed High Voltages

The development of high-voltage pulsed power systems for both research and commercial applications has created a tricky... Read More
2 minute read
| January 30, 2014

Intech Gears Could Eliminate Noise From Your Segway Gearbox

Does your segway make too much noise? Have you ever wondered where it is coming from? Segway drive gears in the segway gear... Read More
2 minute read
| January 23, 2014

Vacuum Conditions Pose No Problems For Power-Core

Of all the physical properties required of engineering polymers, vacuum stability does not come up all that often. Yet some... Read More
3 minute read
| January 16, 2014

Cast Nylons Replace Structural Aluminum and Gluing Delrin Parts

Robotic arms for e-coat systems have traditionally been made from aluminum, whose strength-to-weight ratio made it seem... Read More
2 minute read
| January 9, 2014

Nylon Gears With A Performance Edge

Metal and plastic gears have traditionally exhibited clear-cut differences in performance characteristics and cost.... Read More
2 minute read
| January 9, 2014

Food safe Cam Followers Substitue Stainless Steel in Food Processing

Food and beverage machinery is not always the most hospitable place for motion components such as rollers, gears and... Read More
2 minute read
| January 8, 2014

Part II: All Plastic Gears Are Not The Same

Engineers sometimes lump all plastic gears together, with injection molded nylon gears as the point of reference. When we... Read More
3 minute read
| January 2, 2014

Eliminating Noise , Malfunction, And Skidding In Sliding Door Rollers

Of all the maintenance headaches associated with sliding doors, rollers cause most of the pain. Read More
3 minute read
| September 26, 2013

Plastic Conveyor Rollers Support 30 tons in Pipe Handling Industry

Of all the large, load-bearing applications for our Power-Core cast polymer, one of the most challenging has been the... Read More
4 minute read
| April 22, 2013

Cannex 2013 - Booth 934 Atlanta May1-3 2013

Cannex 2013 May 1 -3.  Intech is proudly presenting its full line of light-weight , long wearing, and self lubricating... Read More
3 minute read
| April 15, 2013

Polymer Impellers Fight Cavitation Wear In Pumps and Hydraulic Systems

You might not think that bubbles are much of threat to solid surfaces. But engineers who have encountered cavitation wear... Read More
3 minute read
| March 22, 2013

Large Underwater Gear Highlights Nylon's Moisture Resistance

Wear and moisture resistance are two recurring themes in the engineering problems solved by Intech Power-Core™. Oftentimes,... Read More
2 minute read
| March 14, 2013

Polymer-Steel Hybrids For Heavy-Duty Rollers For Rack Feeders

Metal or plastic? In many load transmission applications, the choice will be clear-cut based on loads, lifecycle... Read More
3 minute read
| February 25, 2013

Actuator Redesign For High-Speed Belvac 795 Can Making Machine

Though the necker on a can making line performs a very specialized task, the mechanical subsystems found on this machine... Read More
4 minute read
| October 3, 2012

Lube-Free Rotary Positioning for Cleanrooms and More

Intech’s Power-Core® rollers have found uses in applications ranging from industrial machines to transportation. Most of... Read More
| February 2, 2012

Introducing Intech Non-lubricated Linear Slides

Below is the first look at our newest product: A non-lubricated linear Slide. Read More
| May 13, 2011

Still Lubricating your Rack and Pinion System?

Lubricating a rack and pinion gear drive is often done manually. In industries, such as in food processing or packaging,... Read More
2 minute read
| March 30, 2011

Energy efficiency improves export chances - linear motion products

I recently attended a round table discussion with Mrs. Beryl Blecher, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs U.S.... Read More
3 minute read
| March 28, 2011

Electrically insulated gear box for electrolytic metal deposition

To increase the capacity of their metal deposition furnaces with typically one cathode and one anode, we were approached by... Read More
| February 17, 2011

Plastic gear material shows no water absorption after 700 hrs submerged in water

Ordinary plastic gears expand when they absorb moisture, internal stresses are relaxed, and the tensile strength drops by... Read More
| January 31, 2011

Stainless steel chain plating drum drive replaced by lube free gears

One of our customers, who use an aggressive liquid bath in a plating process for coating metal parts, was experiencing a... Read More
2 minute read
| January 27, 2011

Roller Assembly Technology that Effortlessly Opens Doors & Partitions

Manufacturers and designers of precision sliding doors and indoor/outdoor architectural partitions are always searching for... Read More
2 minute read
| January 19, 2011

Why Do Intech Power-Core Gears Last?

Rugged, high performance Intech Power-Core™ gears, rollers, and cam followers are individually calculated and designed from... Read More
| January 17, 2011

Power-Core Screen Support in Fish Crowder for Oregon River Project

As a result of writing these blog posts, we realize that increasingly we have become an integral part of projects that... Read More
2 minute read
| January 13, 2011

Self-Lubricating Plastic Gear System Replaces Pulley Drive-Train

When Dexter Magnetic Technologies introduced a dual axis robotic manipulator to control sputtering in the manufacturing of... Read More
| November 5, 2010

Happy Holidays from Intech Corporation

Thank you for your interest in our company. We wish you a peaceful holiday and a prosperous year in 2010. Read More
| August 27, 2010

Cam Followers for RT Light Testers in Can Making Production Line

In a high speed can making production line, light inspection is required to find pin holes and split flanges after the... Read More
| August 10, 2010

Drive sprocket for Escalator handrail extends maintenance intervals

“Shut down for maintenance, use the stairs please.” We have grown accustomed to signs like these in public places like... Read More
2 minute read
| July 27, 2010

Low inertia Power-Core spur gear increases caplet machine output

One of our customers, who manufactures packaging machines for the pharmaceutical industry to produce caplets, sought to... Read More
2 minute read
| June 15, 2010

Guide rollers hold camera steady on gantry suspended over race track

The average speed of a NASCAR car varies from one race track to another, it is calculated based on the winner’s lap speed... Read More
4 minute read
| May 26, 2010

Flat spot development on steel/plastic rollers in skid steer cab door

We wrote in our last post about wear on steel cam followers, below we have some more images that offer a great illustration... Read More
3 minute read
| May 12, 2010

Are steel cam followers overrated for use in packaging machines?

“Metal cam followers are overrated” said one packaging engineer in a recent conversation when asked why he opted for... Read More
2 minute read
| May 4, 2010

Power-Core gear segment and pinion in high-speed card feeder

A high frequency reciprocating gear and pinion being used in a feeder to insert postcards into magazines was suffering... Read More
3 minute read
| April 6, 2010

Sliding-door roller assembly permitted by fire and building codes

Fire and building codes were modified a decade ago to permit the use of horizontal sliding door systems in many... Read More
| March 31, 2010

No Embrittlement on Guide Rollers for Whistler Peak 2 Peak Cable Cars

When you are hanging a record 1,430 feet above the ground in a heavy cable car you want to be sure that the rollers it is... Read More
2 minute read
| March 16, 2010

Combating vibration, shaft bearings are only as good as their grease

Intech Power-Core™ guide rollers and iCamFollowers™ absorb shock and vibration and their life is typically calculated for... Read More
| March 1, 2010

“Will plastic rollers or cam followers last in my application?”

Together with a leading university we developed a roller life calculation, to reassure our customers of the reliability of... Read More
2 minute read
| February 2, 2010

High speed rotating face cams machined from Power-Core™ outlast steel

Exact steerage requires dimensionally stable cam tracks with narrow tolerances. Our cams are precision machined from solid... Read More
| January 19, 2010

Crystalline structure absorbs energy in high speed Power-Core roller.

A special design by Intech’s engineering staff, using a composite tire material, a tested method of manufacturing and... Read More
2 minute read
| November 25, 2009

Moisture Absorption, Swelling in Nylons, except Cast Nylon Powercore

Moisture absorption is a key factor to consider during nylon material selection. Design engineers need to take account of... Read More
2 minute read
| November 16, 2009

Self-Lubricating cam followers replace steel in outdoor applications

Our customers have been asking us to help them with components for machines that will operate in ever harsher conditions.... Read More
2 minute read
| October 28, 2009

Medical Latex Dipping Device for Easy Cleaning with Proprietary Gear Design

Power-Core™ gears have been used to upgrade the design of a latex dipping gear cassette assembly in a unique arrangement... Read More
2 minute read
| October 5, 2009

Plastic Gear Train Design For Zipper Pouch Packaging Machine

During the developmental stage of a new zipper pouch packaging machine, Hayssen, a division of Barry-Wehmiller, the largest... Read More
| August 18, 2009

Wear life of Power-Core gears can be calculated in advance

The “Lewis Formula”, proven accurate in calculating the life of metal gears, often provides skewed results in plastic... Read More
2 minute read
| August 13, 2009

Guide Rollers Provide Secure Fit Under Varying Loads & Temperature

Intech was selected by Bombardier to provide replacement rollers for the platform safety door on the Orlando People Mover... Read More
| July 13, 2009

Power-Core Custom Helical Gear Drive For Food Processing Machine

July 13, 2009 by intechpowerIntech Corporation is committed to lowering the impact of manufacturing on the environment. We... Read More
7 minute read
| January 1, 1970

The difference between injection molded plastic gears and machined plastic gears

The Difference between Injection Molded Plastic Gears and Machined Plastic Gears In the past, OEMss used plastic gears in... Read More
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