Stephen Mraz

Senior Editor,
Machine Design

Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design.  He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from Steve was a Flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He is currently responsible for areas such as aerospace and medical.

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What’s the Difference Between Direct and Indirect Drives for Hydraulic Pumps?
Engineers and designers commonly use electric motors to power hydraulic pumps. In some cases, the motor and pump are set up in a direct drive configuration. In others, they are connected using an indirect drive. Here’s a look at each drive type.
4 Tips for Stronger Blind-Rivet Joints 2
When using blind rivets in product design, engineers need to pay close attention to these four over-arching rules.
Where Do We Stand with the IoT? 2
Industry leaders discuss issues surrounding the current state and growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).
A Gallery of Self-Tapping Screws 2
Self-tapping screws are usually drilled into pre-made holes (pilot holes) in metals, such as zinc, aluminum, and bronze and its alloys, as well as plastics and resin-impregnated plywood. Here are 15 that you should know.
Lightweight Brakes for Tight Spaces
The XS Series of spring-set holding brakes from Warner Electric are good options for applications that need to save on space and weight.
Concept Cars from the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
Take a sneak peek at tomorrow’s automotive features.
Steel bars
8 Tips for Lowering the Cost of Steel in Your Designs 1
Here are eight tips that can lead to stronger, lighter, and less expensive steel parts and products.
CITE: World’s First “Ghost Town” for Testing New Technologies 2
A New Mexico city is being built exclusively to test, evaluate, and commercialize new devices, networks, and technologies. But no one will live there.
The Ultimate STEM Starter: A Manned Space Program 4
The U.S. should commit to a 20- to 30-year program that puts an occupied base on the moon, a construction-centric space station working in orbit, humans on Mars, or something equally grand and inspirational.
Position Sensors for Rugged Environments
The Alliance Sensors Group's LV-45 Series of position sensors use linear-variable inductive transducers to eliminate contact between the sensing element and its moving parts.
Sheet-Metal Allowance: Determining How Much Sheet Metal Is Needed to Make Curved Parts 4

When engineers need to make curved or bent pieces of sheet metal, they use company-written tables, rules of thumb, and guesstimates to determine the length of straight stock needed for bending into a precisely measures curved part. But these methods are unavailable to some engineers.

Tamper-Proof Fasteners

Tamper-resistant or security fasteners are often used to prevent unauthorized entry. They are often non-removable or require a special tool to remove them. Higher-quality tamper-proof fasteners have hardened heads, making it difficult to form a new drive slot with a file.

Avoiding Corrosion on Fasteners 1

A major cause of failures in metal fasteners is electrochemical corrosion (rust), or so-called galvanic action. Engineers and designers alike can greatly reduce this type of corrosion by specifying fasteners made of the proper materials or with the right coatings.

Scenes from the 2015 Assembly Show
Robotics, powered conveyors, and a host of assembly technologies and hardware filled the convention hall.
Washer Helps Assure Quick-Release of Shaft Collar
The Elasto-Ring rubber washer cushions the U-Clip quick-release collar against any pressures.
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