Low-backlash gearboxes, racks and pinions

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The automotive student teams at TU/e are the publicity and technological showpieces of the university. For years now, Solar Team Eindhoven, STORM and TU/ecomotive have been providing the media world, in print and video form, with fascinating material. But all these teams are following in the footsteps of a single predecessor: University Racing Eindhoven. Or, as it was still called in 2003, Formula Student Racing Team Eindhoven. This year URE is celebrating its third lustrum. (written by Tim Gerth, Cursor TU/e)

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During the roll-out day, the complete team was split up into different sub teams to transform the iconic 18 Septemberplein into a one-time race circuit. The transformation of the 18 Septemberplein resulted in the perfect atmosphere to celebrate UREs 15th anniversary. Fans of all ages gathered watching demonstrations of an old combustion car (URE04) and old electric car (URE09).

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Apex Dynamics presents a fully automatic smart lubrication system to automate manual (or absence of lubrication) for moving parts. Customers increase their productivity because there is less risk of components running dry, resulting in expensive downtime and repair. In addition, the system is more environmentally friendly, safer and more efficient. The pump can be used to lubricate rack and pinion drive systems, linear guides, ball screw and bearings.

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The racing season is about to start! As proud sponsor of the URE student team, Apex Dynamics looks forward to the racing season and in particular the Formula Student Race in Assen from 9-12 July. After the presentation of her new electric race car, the URE13, URE is now busy preparing for all race days. We discuss these preparations and what we can expect from the races with URE's CFO Alex Pap.

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Team Rembrandts has won the Engineering Inspiration Award. That means Team Rembrandts has qualified for the 2019 World Cup and that even their entry fees will be paid by NASA. Unfortunately, the team has not reached the end finals, which means that the robot is packed and comes back to the Netherlands. But this fact was not spoiling the fun. For the participants of the Rembrandts team, but also for all those who stayed at home, it was a great experience. Something they will never forget.

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Did you ever harvest asparagus as a way to earn some money as a teenager? Nowadays this is done mainly by foreign workers, but even those are less and less happy doing this kind of work. But how to get the asparagus come on your plate? Cerescon is a young, fast developing high-tech startup that has developed an automatic asparagus harvesting machine to solve this problem.

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In the market of precision rack systems, Quality 6 or Q6 racks are the most common, but what exactly does this quality say? This appears to differ per supplier. The only thing that all suppliers have in common is the length deviation per meter! For example, if you order a quality 6 rack you do not know which heat treatment and thus hardness you will receive. Because the hardness is a measure tangential force, this fact is often even more important than the accuracy. The racks from Apex Dynamics in quality 6 are available in different versions, we explain them to you in this article.

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With not less than three trophies, Team Rembrandts has returned home today. The Chairman's Arward The Gracious Professionalism Award Orlando Regional Champions Congratulations Team Rembrandts! With this fantastic performance, they have also managed to qualify for the World Championship end of April in Detroit. A unique collaboration between Fontys Hogenscholen (Eindhoven), Zwijsen College (Veghel) and the Heerbeeck College (Best) but also with all other participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

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During the Palmetto Regional, the Rembrandts team succeeded in winning the prestigious Chairman's Award. With this unique achievement, the team has qualified for the FIRST Championship in Detroit. The team had her mind set on this Award because this was one of the highest achievements for Team Rembrandts. The jury of this Chairman's Award does not only look at the performance of one construction season or the ranking in the 2018 (Power Up) event. It is assessed on several seasons and there is looked at mutual cooperation (also with other teams), application and progress of technology, but above all it indicates that the goals of FIRST are being pursued.

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How do you make a low-backlash movement in the horizontal or vertical direction, in other words: from rotating to linear? The real expert knows that without a doubt, but only the specialist in mechanical drive technology knows all possibilities with the associated advantages and disadvantages. In this article we give a number of possibilities to make a correct choice for a linear drive.

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