If you’re servicing the brakes or suspension system, you do not need fancy orange gloves or

If you’re servicing the brakes or suspension system, you do not need fancy orange gloves or insulated tools. Electric cars are nothing new to Brake & Front End readers. By the time the magazine was first published in 1931, the Anderson Electric Car Company had been producing them in Detroit, Michigan, for drivers like Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and famous carver Lizzie Borden. Almost 90 years have passed, and electric cars are back. And just as in 1931, even electric cars need brakes. This month we look at what it takes to service the 2013-current Tesla Model S.  The Tesla Model S is not a spaceship. Once you pull a wheel and look at the brakes, you will quickly realize that it shares many of the same components conventional vehicles use for the brakes and suspension.  For a shop that works on brakes and suspensions, the Tesla – now and in the future – will offer many opportunities. While many Tesla drivers claim they can get more than 100,000 miles out of a set of brake pads, many will need to have the brakes serviced sooner due to noise and pulsation. The noise problem is typically due to corrosion between the steel backing plates of the brake pads and aluminu...

The heart-pounding, fast-paced thrills of roller coasters have been delighting carnival and theme park goers since

The heart-pounding, fast-paced thrills of roller coasters have been delighting carnival and theme park goers since 1804, when the first wheeled coaster opened in Paris, France. What makes roller coasters so impressive is their ability to reach breakneck speeds without the use of an engine. All the kinetic energy required to power a fully loaded coaster through the track is loaded up in the first climb. The materials that are used in building the roller coaster also affect the kind of ride one can expect to have. There are generally two types of roller coasters: wooden and steel. Wooden roller coasters were the first type of coasters ever built. They are composed of steel strip running rails mounted on a laminated wooden track. Common types of wood used include Douglas fir and southern yellow pine. The wood is painted and treated to prevent short-term deterioration. Wooden coasters support the track through the use of large trestle-style structures made of construction grade wood. The structures are supported by ‘bents’, which are made from pairs of 4 x 6’s spaced apart and attached with a series of cross braces and chords. Concrete foundations joined with bolts and nails support...

A primer on the new law that will banish incandescent bulbs in California starting Jan. 1

Related Articles Commentary: Incandescent light bulbs need to go in trash today Congress flips the switch on the fight over incandescent light bulbs How to choose lighting as incandescents disappear They date back to the time of Thomas Edison. They’ve provided decades and decades of warm bright light to our homes and workplaces. And they’re about go bye-bye. On Jan. 1, 2018, the humble everyday incandescent light bulb will reach a milestone in its long and steady fade into our collective memory. Under environmental regulations that take effect that day, the bulbs burn too much energy to be sold in California; stores will be able to exhaust current supplies, but they will eventually run out. For consumers, that means choosing  among more efficient bulbs that use no more than 72 watts, including halogen incandescents, compact fluorescents and light-emitting diode, or LED, bulbs. This is not the first time the state has focused its regulatory glare on what have been the primary bulbs in many homes for more than a century. Check out this Associated Press story lede from January 2011: “Beginning Jan. 1, the state began phasing out certain energy-sucking bulbs, federal standards the ...

It also has five different settings for high, medium, low, and strobe, with an SOS feature.

It also has five different settings for high, medium, low, and strobe, with an SOS feature. It’s powered by a 3,350 mAh battery is rated to last up to six hours on a single full charge. There is a built-in Micro USB port and a Micro USB recharging cable is included in the initial purchase. The Anker Bolder LC 90 was designed to be shock-resistant, and it also carries an IP65 water resistance rating. This means it can handle an accidental drop as well as heavy rain. However, it can’t survive full immersion in water. This rechargeable flashlight runs off a 2,800 mAh rechargeable battery. The charger included in the purchase was designed with overcharging protection feature. This reduces the risk of damage during charging, to extend the overall lifespan. The URPOWER by CREE has an aluminum alloy case of superior durability. Yet it’s only 3.2-ounces and measures in at a compact 5.2-inches long It also has an IPX5 waterproof rating, which means that it can endure even heavy rain, but not total immersion in water. The Stiletto’s body is made from anodized aluminum for lightweight durability. The seals also carry an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means this flashlight can be submerged ...

The HP 34f 34-Inch Curved Display is a spacious, ultra-wide monitor that’s best for video watching,

The HP 34f 34-Inch Curved Display is a spacious, ultra-wide monitor that’s best for video watching, processing photos for the web, and multitasking. True to its name, the HP 34f Curved Display is an ultra-wide 34-inch monitor with a gently bowed screen. This spacious panel is ideal for multitaskers, and its rich, accurate colors recommend it for watching videos or preparing photos to upload. (It covers nearly the full sRGB color space.) It lacks some of the features found in serious pro-grade panels such as the Asus ProArt PA34VC and the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Monitor (U3419W), both Editors’ Choice models, but, at a $649 MSRP, it comes in at a lower price. The 34f is matte black with a silver stand and a silver bottom bezel. While the bottom bezel is an inch across, the top and side bezels are very thin, making this a good choice for use in a multi-monitor setup. Including the stand, the 34f measures 17.8 by 28.3 by 7.4 inches (HWD), and weighs 15.7 pounds. The cabinet rests on a short stalk attached to a base that’s a rectangular metal loop with a 10.4-by-7.4-inch footprint. The loop’s interior can serve as a “corral” in which you ca...

ACCORD, NY — Roller derby is a sport of passion and empowerment, combined with the flavor

ACCORD, NY — Roller derby is a sport of passion and empowerment, combined with the flavor of punk-meets-pop-culture camp in a full-contact sport that showcases a rainbow of colors, mixing it up … ACCORD, NY — Roller derby is a sport of passion and empowerment, combined with the flavor of punk-meets-pop-culture camp in a full-contact sport that showcases a rainbow of colors, mixing it up on skates.Think WrestleMania meets “Fast & Furious” and you start to get the picture of what it’s all about: teams of whirling dervishes on four-wheeled quad skates jamming, blocking, walling up, getting a goat, bridging and, in general, having a tremendously frenetic time. They step in the rink to who’s-the-best on skates on any given evening as the crowds cheer on their favorite teams and individual derby demons.One of the more unique aspects of modern-era roller derby, most commonly referred to in roller derby lingo as ‘derby,’ is that it simultaneously features offense and defense. It adds a thrilling component to the game—strategy versus brawn on the fast-paced tracks of polished wood.Laura Palermo skates in a roller-derby outfit named the Mid-Hudson Misfits under the derby nom de guerre...

From Gem-Rich One-Of-A-kind Earrings to Plique a Jour Enamel and Silver, These Are the Latest Jewelry Collections

This vivid collection from Graziela Gems features the newly discovered “Graziela Tourmaline” stones from a family-owned mine in Brazil. Reminiscent of the coveted Paraiba tourmaline but slightly greener in hue, this terrific tourmaline makes a vibrant centerpiece to these dynamic designs. The Bella Luna collection from MASTOLONI presents a luminous new angle on pearls. Creamy round freshwater pearls and delicately blue, softly iridescent angular moonstones offer a gentle but thrilling contrast as they dangle together from a variety of gold chains. Classic with a twist at its best! The subtle but utterly charming pieces of the Illure collection from A.N. International are everyday treasures waiting to happen. Pretty, petite, and twinkling with diamonds that are guaranteed to be natural, untreated and conflict-free. Available in bracelets, earrings, necklaces, or sets. 18K yellow gold earrings with purple lace Mexican agate, tanzanite, iolite, rainbow moonstone, chalcedony, and lavender spinel. New from Daria de Koning, the delectable Dailies collection offers one-of-a-kind earring pairs in the designer’s signature gemstone-rich style. Each pair is specifically scaled for everyday...

Japan’s ACD and Alchemy launch ACD cryptocurrency tokens across Asia

Global cryptocurrency payment firm Alchemy Global Payment Solutions Limited said on Wednesday that it has partnered with Tokyo-based ACD Inc. to enable ACD tokens at both online and offline merchant networks of ACD and QFPay in Japan and across Asia. Alchemy will provide their Hybrid Payment Solution to ACD e-commerce servicing platforms and retail merchants, enabling merchants to accept payments from customers paying with ACD tokens and other cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin, Ethereum as well as from digital wallets such as Rakuten Pay, Alipay and WeChat Pay, the company said. Ac0604 Buffer “The Hybrid Payment Solution is an intuitive application that enables merchants to accept fiat and cryptocurrencies with equal ease,” said Patrick Ngan, Co-Founder and CEO of Alchemy. “This partnership is set to benefit the entire payment ecosystem, from payment partners to merchants and consumers including ACD token holders who can now use their tokens to purchase goods and services..” Commenting on the partnership, Yasuhiro Sonoda, CEO of ACD said, “This partnership is an advanced alliance that maximizes the use of our online and offline resources and the resources of Alchemy...

IntroductionSpecification Comparison      Material      Manufacture      Dimensional Tolerances           Wall Thickness           Outside Diameter      Surface Finish      Weld Bead      Heat Treatment

IntroductionSpecification Comparison      Material      Manufacture      Dimensional Tolerances           Wall Thickness           Outside Diameter      Surface Finish      Weld Bead      Heat Treatment      Mechanical Properties      Non-Destructive InspectionWhich Specification This article provides the alternative specifications for the Australian food industry service. Such specifications include: ASTM A269 “Specification for seamless and welded austenitic stainless steel tubing for general service” ASTM A249 “Specification for welded austenitic steel boiler, super heater, heat exchanger, and condenser tubes” AS1528 was revised in 2001 by key stakeholders in the Australian food manufacturing and tube industries. AS 1528 is unique, in that it covers all the associated fittings in addition to the tube. All specifications pertain to common grades, such as grades 304, 304L, 316 and 316L. AS1528.1 covers all grades of duplex and austenitic stainless steel listed in ASTM A240. All specifications need fusion-welded products without filler metals. Specifications such as ASTM A270, ASTM A269 and AS 1528 also cover seamless products. AS 1528 specifies nominal thicknesses of 1.6mm for...

Machines you need for large scale conservation farming

A tractor in a farm in Laikipia. Regular use of disc ploughs and harrows over a period of years does not protect the soil for future generations. PHOTO | BRIAN OKINDA | NMG  For good minimum tillage practices, one must involve new farm implements to prepare land, including a chisel plough or subsoiler and a crumbler roller. Fergus Robley, the managing director of Farm Machine Distributors (FMD), noted that the common practice of using disc ploughs to invert the soil normally results in unnecessary moisture loss. “Following up with a disc harrow gives further residual moisture loss along with soil degradation. This method makes a dry seedbed with poor soil structure and results in crop yield limitations.” “In contrast, preparing land for cultivation with a chisel plough, or a deep subsoiler preserves moisture in the soil and allows for economical land preparation. Moisture in the soil is as good as money in the bank,” he added. According to him, regular use of disc ploughs and harrows over a period of years does not protect the soil for future generations. “The most common result that we see too often is severe rain and wind erosions. This is not only an eyesore, but leaves field...

45th annual Nevada Day Rock Drilling competition offers unique experiences

Tobin Rupert and Jeff Cooper aren’t strangers to the Single Jack Rock Drilling World Championships hosted annually at the Nevada Day parade. The 45th annual event brought perfect weather Saturday, setting the stage for contestants from all over the nation to try to drill the deepest hole they can in 10 minutes. Rock drilling is also known as the traditional sport of western mining camps and outside of a few small strategies, willpower and endurance are the names of the game. With one hand on a drill bit and the other wielding a hammer, competitors have only a steady stream of water to help excavate their hole in a large granite slab. Rupert, who hails from Carson City, entered Saturday’s contest as a veteran, taking to the metal stage for the 17th year in a row, dating back to his first appearance in 2003. Though the longtime participant didn’t set his best mark in the event, participating while in his 50s is something he’s taken solace in. Rupert, who posted a depth of 8.41 inches, said he got his start in the sport after growing up boxing, noting that there isn’t any event that lets you swing as hard as you can for 10 full minutes. “There’s no other sport where a man can unle...

Protolabs now offers aluminium anodising on-demand production service

Protolabs has launched a new aluminium anodising service in response to growing demand from customers looking for a single-source solution. The company, which employs over 430 people at its facility in the West Midlands, is now offering the solution as part of its on-demand production service that starts with initial part design and moves through to a finished protected or decorative part – all from just one supplier. Industry’s need for speed has reaped dividends for the high-tech Shropshire manufacturer, with sales rising to £60 million across its European operations. Stephen Dyson, special operations manager at Protolabs, said: “We have grown rapidly as customers recognise the advantages of using our digital manufacturing capabilities for rapid prototypes and on-demand production parts. “Talking to our clients, we realised that if they needed to anodise an aluminium part it was often difficult for them to source and then manage a supplier. They not only have to do all the research and then raise a separate purchase order, but often find that the supplier only accepts large quantities of parts in an order, which isn’t great for low volume runs.” He continued: “Keeping the enti...