According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there are about 5,400 aircraft in the sky at peak operational times on any given day in the United States. With so many planes in the sky flying along similar flight paths, the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) employed is indispensable for avoiding catastrophe. As a computerized avionic system, the TCAS monitors the airspace around an aircraft regardless of ground air traffic control, and warns pilots of the presence of other aircraft that could present a collision threat in flight. As such, it can be very helpful for pilots to understand the role of this essential system.


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On aircraft and heavy machinery alike, many of the parts used need to be able to withstand high vibration which can last for hours depending on the task. As a highly vibration-resistant fastener, the huck bolt is commonly used in these conditions for their superior strength and hold. Offering a simple and reliable alternative to welding, huck bolts can be found in trucks, automotives, rails, agriculture, mining, and the oil & gas industries, among others. If you would like to know more about the use of huck bolts in industrial machinery, read on as we explore the different types and their advantages.


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Wrenches are tools that grip onto fasteners in order to tighten or loosen them. The term “spanner” is used redundantly in the case of spanner wrenches, as “spanner” is simply the way the British refer to these tools. While there are many types of wrenches, Americans consider the spanner variety a type of wrench with pins or tabs around their circumference.


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A swivel socket is a special type of metal tool that is utilized for tightening or loosening bolts. The socket head swivels in varying directions to enable a user to access bolts in compact spaces and at awkward angles. Meanwhile, the socket is affixed to a driver that the user can turn and apply force to in order to loosen or tighten a bolt. Furthermore, swivel sockets are generally designed according to application, and the size of the socket opening can also differ to accomodate a myriad of bolt sizes.


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A screw ball bearing is a fairly unique piece of hardware, coming in the form of a bearing that is made up of a screw, nut, reversing device, and a ball. With a screw ball bearing, rotary motion can be transformed into linear motion, or vice versa, making it versatile in its use. Furthermore, the screw ball bearing is known for its high precision, high efficiency, and minor frictional resistance, allowing it to benefit a number of industrial applications and precision instruments.


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As altitude increases, the density of air gradually decreases. For aircraft, this means that less power can be generated through the combustion of fuel-and-air mixtures, necessitating equipment such as compressors that can increase the pressure of drawn-in air. The air compressor of a jet engine is a key reason for why such apparatuses are so powerful and useful, allowing for atmospheric air to be compressed prior to use. While compressed air is indeed beneficial for the combustion process, it is not the only use. In this blog, we will discuss the purpose of an air compressor for aerospace applications, allowing you to better understand their applications in aviation settings.


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Two terms that are often conflated with one another are thumb drive and flash drive. While many people do not see the differences between both devices, they have many distinguishing features that set them apart. As such, this blog will cover thumb drives and flash drives, their differences, and their uses.


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A barcode scanner is a device that utilizes a scanner composed of a lightsource, lens, and light sensor to read and translate information that barcodes contain. A barcode scanner's function is simple and relatively easy to understand. It measures the amount of light that is being reflected when a code is scanned by a beam of light produced by the barcode scanner. The reason for measuring the amount of light that is reflected while using a scanner is that the black bars making up a barcode reflect less light than the white spaces accompanying them. After this, the scanner automatically converts observed light energy into electrical energy. From here, a decoder within the scanner comes into action by converting collected electrical energy into data before forwarding it to a computer.


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Transmitters and receivers have evolved over the decades to make sending and receiving data easier. This is due to the evolution of electronic devices transitioning to the use of wireless equipment, as compared to employing traditional wired hardware. While traditional wired devices may have the fuss of figuring out which terminal to plug your device into, alongside the maneuvering of tangled cords, wireless devices have no cords, making them easy to deal with. For example, when a device is transmitting audio information to a connected speaker via bluetooth transmission to produce audible noise, this is all achieved through the use of a transmitter and receiver exchanging and transforming signals.


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A glider is a special type of aircraft that lacks an engine. You may ask yourself: how does an aircraft fly without an engine? In order for a glider to traverse the sky, it must generate ample lift to oppose its weight. To generate lift, a glider must move through the air, which also produces drag.


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