Gears and sprockets are both used every day in a broad range of important applications. As they look somewhat similar, and share a basic principle of operation, gears and sprockets are often mistaken for one another. Despite this, they really do not share many characteristics. This blog will explain both the few similarities and many differences between gears and sprockets, as well as the uses for each part.


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Printed circuit boards, also known as PCBs, are a very crucial component in modern technology as they can be located in nearly every sector and in every setting. Television sets, mobile cell phones, calculators, and even home appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, are just a few of the items and devices in which you can find a PCB board. To describe it briefly, a printed circuit board is a flat circuit board that can play out several commands for a device. Below you can find out more information on the types of circuit boards that are prevalent in the modern world.


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Screws are a type of fastener that feature a helical external threading that wedges and digs into the component it is installed into as it is tightened. As torque is applied and the screw is driven in, materials are pulled in tightly to prevent easy removal of the screw. Materials that screws are used in can include wood, sheet metals, and plastics. The most common material that is used to manufacture screws is steel, though stainless steel, titanium, brass, bronze, and other screw types are also available. Screws are the most commonly used threaded fastener on aircraft, having many different applications. While many variations of screws exist, they are generally classified in three groups: structural, machine, and self-tapping.


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A heat sink is a passive heat exchanger that takes heat generated by an electronic or mechanical device and transfers it to a fluid substance such as air or a liquid coolant. From here, the air or liquid is dissipated away from the device to allow the device to operate at its intended temperatures. Despite the name, most heat sinks are actually more like heat exchangers, with the exception of one: the Phase Change Material (PCM) heat sink. In cases where there is nowhere for a device to dissipate heat, the PCM heat sink absorbs it.


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Integrated circuits are an extremely important and useful electronic component for any advanced electronic system. Since the advent of the first integrated circuit in 1958 created by Jack Kilby, for which he later received a Nobel Prize for, integrated circuits can now be found in almost every electronic device and hardware component. With their cost and performance advantages over similar older counterparts, integrated circuits can be found in and benefit such devices as computers, mobile phones, appliances, and much more. In this blog, we will provide an overview of the design and function of integrated circuit technologies.


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Most crystal oscillators and ceramic resonators are used for consumer devices such as wristwatches, clocks, radios, computers, children’s toys and even cellphones. In this article, we will review some main differences between the crystal oscillator and the ceramic resonator. In main functionality the two are not that different. Where they diverge is more in material and degree of ability than in actual function.


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Threaded fasteners such as bolts are used throughout aircraft for a variety of reasons. They are manufactured from cadmium, a zinc-plated corrosion resistant steel, or anodized aluminum alloys. In general, there are three types of bolts used in aircraft structures. They are general purpose, close tolerance, or internal wrenching bolts. Additionally, bolts come in three head styles: hex, clevis, and eyebolt. This blog will provide a brief explanation of bolts and their many uses in the aviation sector.


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If you’ve ever been sitting in the window-seat of a plane preparing to take off, you’ve surely noticed the vehicles and machinery hard at work around you. Those vehicles and machinery are called Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and are used to service aircraft between flights. The roles this equipment fulfills include ground power operations, aircraft mobility, and cargo/passenger loading operations. There is both powered and non-powered ground support equipment. Non-powered equipment includes dollies, chocks, aircraft tripod jacks, and service stairs. Powered equipment consists of refuelers, tugs and tractors, ground power units, belt loaders, de-icing vehicles, and more.


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Automatic protective devices, better known as circuit breakers, are a critical part of an aircraft’s electrical system. Circuit breakers are provided to minimize distress to the electrical system in case of wiring faults or serious malfunction of a system or connected equipment, and are paired with alerting devices that provide a visual or aural alarm to alert the pilot to the situation.


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With the rapid modernization of aircraft, more electronic components such as navigation systems, intercoms, and even flight amenities such as entertainment systems all need power. With the increased demands of power from the beginning of each flight, many current aircraft have turned to alternators over generators as their source of power generation. In this blog, we will explore how alternators produce power, as well as how they can prove beneficial to some aircraft as compared to standard generators.


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The aerospace and defense industry has an overwhelming amount of information including classification systems such as part numbers, NIINs, CAGE codes, USP numbers, and federal supply classifications. If you are doing business within the aerospace and defense industry it is important to familiarize yourself with all of the industry terminology as, without proper understanding, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with demand, or would be at a loss as to how to source a part.


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Measuring fuel levels in an aircraft is an incredibly important task. Running out of fuel for an automobile typically means a ruined afternoon; an aircraft running out of fuel while operating, meanwhile, is potentially disastrous. Therefore, accurate and reliable fuel gauges are essential, with the most commonly chosen type in small aircraft being resistive-type fuel systems. In a resistive-type fuel system, a float level gauge feeds information on the fuel level to magnetic couplings and potentiometers that then relay information to the pilot. As fuel is expended in flight and the levels in the tank drop, the float inside the tank drops as well and slides a moving contact a long a resistor, increasing its resistance. The amount of resistance translates to how much fuel is left in the tank.


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Aircraft rely on fuel for propulsion, but electricity is just as vital for flight as well. Everything from instruments to lights to setback TVs in commercial passenger jets rely on electricity, which is generated as some of the energy produced by fuel being burned goes into a generator or alternator that produces electricity.


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One of the greatest challenges Americans traveling through Europe face is the fact that many of the plugs for their electrical devices cannot be inserted into the various socket types found throughout Europe. In this blogpost, we’ll break down eight different power adapters that will allow you to recharge and use your electronic devices while traveling overseas.


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We are all quite used to the standard curved shape of a commercial aircraft window, but believe it or not, they were once square. In 1952, three tragic commercial airplane crashes left engineers puzzled. The ill-fated airframes had two things in common—a fuselage that tore apart at cruising altitude, and square windows. 


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A portmanteau of “aviation” and “electronics”, “avionics” is a word used to describe aviation electronics for aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft. Avionics are incorporated on an aircraft for a multitude of purposes: communication, navigation, monitoring, flight-control systems, fuel systems, collision-avoidance systems, flight recorders, weather systems, aircraft management systems, and in-flight entertainment.


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An airplane is an intricately designed machine. Not one component is solely responsible for getting it up in the air. All of its parts work together to balance aerodynamic factors and operating requirements. The main parts of the body of an aircraft are the fuselage, the wings, the empennage, the landing gear, and the engines. A simple way to understand the body of an aircraft is to compare it to the human body. 


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KPIs, or Key Performance Indicators, are units of measurement that allow businesses to track their success and evaluate how effectively they are achieving their objectives.  When choosing which KPIs to use, utilize the SMART acronym.


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First appearing in the 1930s, reed relays were once a critical component of telecommunications systems. Despite phasing out of telecommunications, they are now more prolific than ever as they find use other applications such as automatic test equipment, electronics, etc


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Aircraft engines and car engines seem like they would be rather similar. After all, they are both machinery that power massive vehicles used to transport people and goods. But, the truth is, aircraft engines are rather different. Aircraft utilize RPMs, not multi-gear transmissions.


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