Effectiveness, safety, customization, profitability – the diverse and complex requirements in drive and damping technology are constantly increasing and changing. How do development engineers approach them? What specific solutions do they create for different industrial and technological sectors? How are pioneering innovations successfully achieved that provide real added value? We discuss this and much more in our The Engineer's Blog.
When we heard that counterfeits of our genuine RINGFEDER® shrink discs were being circulated, we were especially surprised with the falsifiers’ audacity: Even our company initials had been copied – and incorrectly, too. Our lab investigations quickly showed that these were imitations of inferior quality and performance.
HVLS (high-volume, low-speed) fans are generally ceiling-mounted and are less often of the wall-mounted type. They are more than 7ft (2.1 m) in diameter. Their functional principle relies on size and not on speed to move a large amount of air. Though HVLS fans are used in a wide variety of applications, they are predominantly used in the agriculture industry and in food storehouses, thus controlling temperature and reducing the spoilage of perishables goods. Other important application areas are manufacturing shop floors and warehouses where they efficiently control the temperature and increase the comfort of employees. This in turn increases the productivity of the workers in those spaces. There is yet another important advantage of using HVLS fans in manufacturing environments. By virtue of their function HVLS fans have the ability to reduce condensation and high humidity. As a result, rusting of machines and metal parts that are stored in manufacturing settings is effectively reduced. This doubles the benefit to business owners by making their employees happy and also protecting their goods. In the end, this means reduced costs.
Patents protect inventions. For a layman, however, patent affairs are complex and difficult to understand. We try to bring some light into this jungle of property rights and explain how patents function, which advantages they offer and what has to be taken into account during the process from an invention to a patent.