Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New! Compact Linear Guide Brake System

Check out our latest video update on YouTube -- a video demonstration of our manual UtiliTrak braking system, a recent addition to our popular compact linear guide product line. One my favorite products because it's so fun to see what our customers create using it! Looking forward to new customer application stories!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Defense Research Uses Standard Stainless Steel Motion Technologies

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In an effort to assist naval architects in designing helicopter friendly ships, the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool was asked to design a device that would measure the ship airwake that a helicopter pilot would encounter while landing on the rear of a moving model warship.

Contained inside a scale model of a helicopter and designed to measure in real time the forces exerted on the rotors and body, the instrument required linear and rotary motion technologies that could handle high repeatability and accuracy. It was also important that the product be stainless steel in order to withstand the ingress of water.

The combination of three technologies available from Bishop-Wisecarver was chosen for this difficult challenge: PRT Precision Ring and Track, an HD Heavy Duty Linear Slide with beam, and a LoPro Linear Slide.

Get the whole story on how this tough application challenge was solved, including comments from the project engineer. Read article [ here ]

To learn more about the products used in this challenge, visit

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Manual Brake for UtiliTrak® Compact Linear Guides

We are pleased to announce the addition of a compact carriage brake system to our UtiliTrak linear guide product line (you can download the PDF product sheet here). Ideal for applications with limited access, this option provides a simple two-component assembly solution for manually securing a carriage to linear guide rail.

Key features include:
- Brake is fabricated from aluminum then hard anodized to protect against corrosion and abrasion with the added benefit of good braking action, grip and long life
- Available in four sizes to fit UtiliTrak linear guide sizes 0, 1, 2, and 3
- Can easily be retro-fitted to existing applications or factory pre-assembled on new systems
- A second brake assembly can be added to the opposite end if more brake strength is needed
- Interference is minimized because brake system components are positioned below the carriage's payload mounting surface
- Position of the handle can be adjusted to any angle without affecting the brake position or strength

To learn more about this new UtiliTrak Linear Guide feature, check out the press release [ here ] or download the product sheet [ PDF ]

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Meet the New Guy: Bishop-Wisecarver Hires Vice President of Marketing

We are pleased to announce our newest team member! Bishop-Wisecarver welcomes Nandan Mehta. With more than twenty years of experience, Mehta comes to us with a strong background in mechanical engineering and business development. He holds a Master's degree in mechanical engineering with an MBA in finance, and is the holder of three successful US patents. Read all about him in our latest [ press release ]

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Smooth Motion Needed for Medical Analyzer Equipment

Why did this company choose to use DualVee Motion Technology® from Bishop-Wisecarver for their medical analyzer application? Smooth motion -- find out how this challenge was solved.

Challenge: Smooth, reliable guided motion needed for medical equipment design.

Application Description: The analyzer is designed for viral, bacterial, or chemical analysis of body fluids. It detects the presence of any number of infectious agents or trace elements of drugs.

Solution: Utilizing two stationary and one eccentric wheel, DualVee® technology was selected to move the reagent (assay) strips into position for the passing scanner. The scanner is mounted using four journal assemblies. Bishop-Wisecarver products manage both the relative movement of the tray and the precise movement of the scanner. DualVee Motion Technology exhibits performance characteristics most often associated with medical equipment design – smooth, low noise, and reliable antifriction guidance.

Product Used: Size 1 DualVee sealed wheels, concentric bushings, eccentric bushings and journal assemblies

High Five to Our Crossword Puzzle Winners!

We have two winners for the crossword puzzle in last month's newsletter. Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and congrats to the winners -- hope you enjoy your new coffee mugs! The art was created by our very own marketing department.

Here's a link to the crossword [ VIEW PDF ]

If anyone hasn't submitted their crossword yet, don't wait any longer! We said we'd give away five mugs, and there are still three left to be claimed!

[ VIEW ] Original Crossword Blog: Your Knowledge Can Win You Some Bishop-Wisecarver Swag

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ignite 1.0 -- Voice of American CEOs on Manufacturing

This twenty-four page publication is a great collection of information gathered from interviews with manufacturing CEOs all over America. Topics include U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness, Approach & Methodology, Key Insights & Reccomendations, Passion for the U.S. and Manufacturing and much more.

Bishop-Wisecarver's very own president Pamela Kan released a comment on Twitter saying, "Proud to have been interview for this." Her participation is acknowledged along with 33 other individuals on page 6 and 7. Check out this great PDF download at no charge! Get your copy [ here ]