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.

Self-adjusting air cushions let machines run smoother and faster
A new type of pneumatic-cylinder air cushion automatically adapts to changing operating conditions. It eliminates the headache of manual adjustments and offers the potential to increase productivity and reduce maintenance costs.
Guidelines for selecting pneumatic cylinders 5
Pneumatic cylinders come in thousands of variations. Here’s a look at different types, how to calculate force, speed, and air consumptions, available options, and when to consider special designs.
Design away die-casting difficulties
Three broad design strategies can drastically reduce die-casting costs and improve part quality.
Off-highway diesel engines meet Tier 4 emissions regulations
With tighter regulation kicking in, engine manufacturers use a range of techniques to ensure compliance
Reinventing the flywheel
Mechanical batteries hold promise for making wind and solar energy more reliable
The benefits of custom components
Modifying off-the-shelf parts or customizing from scratch can simplify R&D and speed production.
Plastic cam followers outperform metal
Cam followers with plastic rollers run faster and quieter, need no lubrication, and are suitable for clean rooms and harsh environments.
New surface-inspection techniques improve hydraulic cylinder rods and seals
A new inspection technique helps improve the surface finish of hydraulic cylinder rods, leading to dramatically longer seal life
Hannover Fair: Robotic bird demonstrates efficient flight
SmartBird, an autonomous, self-propelled biomechatronic bird, can take off, fly, and land all on its own.
Hannover Fair: Luminescent markers detect counterfeit parts
Luminescent pigments in or on parts can be used to verify part authenticity.
Quick parts from a new source
One major parts supplier also offers rapid-prototyping and manufacturing services.
Hannover Fair stresses efficiency, sustainability
Exhibitors from around the globe were touting innovations that built on a theme of “smart efficiency” at last month’s Hannover Fair in Germany.
Adhesives that stand up to harsh chemical environments
Here’s how engineers can select adhesives, sealants, and coatings that withstand harsh chemical environments
A simpler way to predict bolt preload
Generalized torque coefficients and a universal torque table give engineers an easier path to accurate bolt preloading
Understanding the basics of autofrettage
Autofrettage lets engineers reduce tubing thickness in high-pressure applications without sacrificing strength, life, or safety

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