Kenneth Korane

Kenneth
Korane
Managing Editor,
Machine Design

Ken serves as Managing Editor of Machine Design. He has 25 years of service and holds a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. His prior Work experience: includes Product engineer at Parker Hannifin Corp. and mechanical design engineer at Euclid Inc. Ken is the primary editor for fluid-power technology.

Articles
Compact Valves Combine High Flow, Extreme Reliability
Compact Valves Combine High Flow, Extreme Reliability
Engineering Essentials: Tips for Maximizing Cylinder Performance

Fluid power is routinely used in industrial applications, most often with cylinders providing linear motion. Among their advantages, hydraulic and pneumatic power-transmission systems offer: simple and accurate control of force and velocity; a high force-to-weight ratio; constant force or torque output; and safety in hazardous environments, as fluid-power setups present no explosion risk.

Hydraulic Cylinders Get an Upgrade
Cleveland-based Parker Hannifin Corp. recently announced three engineering enhancements to its hydraulic cylinders that should lengthen operating life, lower costs, cut weight, and enhance overall performance in most any operating environment.
Cashing in on engineering achievements

This past year’s Nobel Prizes have been handed out, bestowing worldwide fame and $1.2 million in prize money on chemists, doctors, economists, peacemakers, physicists, and writers — but not engineers.

Electrohydraulics drives engine research

As government regulators demand ever-lower emissions from trucks and mobile equipment, and users demand better mileage, engineers continue to explore the nuances of diesel-engine combustion.

The Internet of (Industrial) Things

Much has been made of late of the Internet of Things (IoT) — a world where countless “smart” machines and devices are networked to each other. Harnessing the data they send and receive will, at least in theory, make life easier and better for all of us.

How the Internet and networking relate to engineering and manufacturing was the focus of November’s Automation Perspectives forum, part of the 2013 Automation Fair held in Houston. Several experts at the event shed light on the benefits, and pitfalls, of networking in the industrial world.

Image Gallery: Scenes from Automation Fair

The event, hosted by Rockwell Automation and more than 100 partner companies, offered attendees a look at products and trends related to industrial and process control – in particular, how IP-based Ethernet is revolutionizing industry by helping users enhance the efficiency and productivity of their operations.

World War II sub gets modern hydraulics 1
World War II sub gets modern hydraulics
ICUEE The Demo Expo
Scenes from ICUEE

October 1 to 3, the 2013 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) drew more than 17,500 visitors to Louisville, Ky. The show’s focus was on innovations and trends affecting equipment involved with electric utilities, gas, water, sewer, telecommunications, and general construction.

Robotic dragonfly takes flight

A small and ultralight UAV developed by engineers at Festo, Esslingen, Germany, reportedly can match the highly complex flight capabilities of a dragonfly. Called the BionicOpter, the robotic insect can fly in any direction — even backwards — turn and accelerate quickly, hover, and glide without beating its wings. It’s said to be the first aircraft that flies like a helicopter, plane, and glider.

Raising the bar on adhesive performance
The newest cyanoacrylates offer fast bonding, excellent strength, and high heat resistance.
Drones come down to Earth: UGVs and driverless vehicles a reality 2
Autonomous haul trucks that drive themselves offer a glimpse at the future of mining.
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