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Transistors are common semiconductor devices found in numerous electronic assemblies, featuring three terminals that allow them to amplify or switch electronic signals and power. As a basic building block of modern electronics, transistors aid the operation of radios, calculators, computers, and other everyday devices that we rely on. Generally, transistors may be classified as either Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) or Field Effect Transistors (FET), each of which varies in its characteristics and functionality. To help you understand the use of transistors and their types, we will discuss them briefly.


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While the design of a particular electronic device is paramount to its proper functionality, one of the most important aspects of design is to ensure that a device is capable of turning on. Without the ability for a device to properly switch on and be powered, all the advanced materials and components within the assembly are little more than paperweights. In order for a steady supply of voltage to be provided to a circuit and all of its connected components, printed circuit boards (PCB) utilize what are known as power planes.


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Bearings are common components to mechanical assemblies, rotating between parts for the means of constraining motion and mitigating the forces of friction. Thrust bearings in particular are rotary bearing types that are permanently placed between moving surfaces, set apart from other variations through their role of supporting axial loads. Thus, bearings are commonly found in marine, aerospace, and automotive applications alike, often seeing implementation within engine assembly parts, gearboxes, rotators, clutch pedal components, and more. As such bearings are regularly put under high amounts of stress and are dependent upon proper lubrication and placement for their functionality, failure is a possibility. In this blog, we will discuss the most common reasons for thrust bearing failure and how to prevent such occurrences.


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As flights can regularly be a lengthy endeavor, passengers often seek the greatest seat they can for optimal comfort. While many debate over whether the window or aisle seat is better, some are major proponents of the bulkhead seat. The bulkhead is the wall that serves as a divider between business and economy classes, sometimes coming in the form of a curtain or screen. Bulkhead seats are known for offering a passenger more legroom as compared to others of the same class, alongside other benefits. Despite this, there are also various drawbacks to such seating as well. In this blog, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of bulkhead seats from the perspective of a passenger, allowing you to know if they are a good fit for your needs..


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From the communication systems that enable pilots to speak with air traffic control to the lighting systems that provide safe operations during low-light conditions, much of an aircraft’s equipment will rely on electrical systems and power for their functionality. As aircraft electronic technology and flight instruments continue to be improved and advanced, so too are the electrical systems that provide them with the power needed for their operability. In this blog, we will discuss how the aircraft electrical system functions and how power is generated aboard the aircraft during flight.


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Flow meters are used throughout the aviation industry to monitor the flow of fluids including fuel, hydraulic fluids, lubricants, and more. In this blog, we will discuss the ways flow meters are used to manage these fluids.


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Flow meters are used throughout the aviation industry to monitor the flow of fluids including fuel, hydraulic fluids, lubricants, and more. In this blog, we will discuss the ways flow meters are used to manage these fluids.


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Check valves are a safety device often implemented in fluid and gas assemblies for ensuring that all materials only move in one direction through the system. As fluids are pressurized, they will pass through the valve by first entering the inlet, and then will be forced through the outlet for their exit. Based on the various check valve designs found across common types, all serve to provide uninterrupted flow until pressure is lost or the pump is shut down at which time they will then prevent any fluids or gasses from moving back through the check valve. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the common types of check valves, allowing you to know how such components provide their one-way flow operations.


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In the case of a flight emergency where all power may be lost, it is paramount that pilots can still have functional flight systems and instruments so that a safe landing may be conducted. Despite many modern aircraft having two sources of power, there is always a possibility that both may fail or be inoperable. In such emergencies, the aircraft may be able to rely on a structure known as a ram air turbine (RAT) which can be used as an alternate source of power during flight.


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An actuator is a type of transducer, or a device used to convert one type of energy into another. This energy can come in the form of an electric current, hydraulic pressure, or pneumatic pressure. An example of an actuator that transforms energy from electricity or fuel in the energy of circular motion is a motor. Adversely, a linear actuator converts the energy of rotary motion into linear motion. A piezoelectric actuator is an example of one type of linear actuator.


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Hydraulic piston pumps are an essential part of fluid control systems. There are many types of piston pumps, each one offering a variety of applications. In any facility, the piston pump machinery should be monitored at all times. In the event of its failure, operations will quickly halt. As such, it is critical that facility managers understand the essentials of piston pumps and how they operate. This blog will serve as a guide to piston pumps and their varying types.


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If you’ve ever found yourself on an aircraft where another passenger was repeatedly coughing and sneezing, you were probably a bit concerned for your health. A common myth about aircraft is that, because all passengers are breathing the same air, if one passenger is sick, all other passengers are being exposed. However, thanks to air quality control systems aboard commercial airlines, it is just that: a myth. Whether you’re flying a long haul flight or a short commuter journey, there are a few things to know about the air quality you can expect on an aircraft.


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A valve train can be defined as virtually any engine that acts as a controller for the opening and closing of a valve, although for older models, the fuel output is managed by the injectors. As indicated by its name, the main function of the valve train is to monitor the entry and exit of the valves. For more information on what a valve train is, its functions, components, and repair options, read the article below and gain a better understanding of the valve train. If you don't have a lot of experience fixing or working on engines, the valve train of any sort of engine is a very complex design and can be overwhelming. While this article focuses on diesel engines, many of the points can also apply to other types of engines as well.


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