Wikipedia article of the day for October 23, 2017

The Wikipedia article of the day for October 23, 2017 is Blackbeard.
Blackbeard (Edward Teach, c. 1680 – 1718) was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. He was probably born in Bristol, but little is known about his early life. He may have served on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War before he joined the crew of Benjamin Hornigold, a pirate who operated from the Caribbean island of New Providence. In the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a renamed merchant vessel, Teach blockaded the port of Charles Town, South Carolina, with an alliance of pirates. After successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he settled in Bath Town, but soon returned to piracy. He was attacked and killed near Ocracoke Island by a crew seeking the reward for his capture. A shrewd and calculating leader, he avoided the use of force, and there are no accounts that he ever harmed his captives. Following his death, his image was romanticised, becoming the inspiration for a variety of pirate-themed works of fiction.

Wikipedia article of the day for October 23, 2017

Seeking engineers for help with a project. If anyone is interested

Seeking engineers for help with a project. If anyone is interested

Hi, I have some background in R&d development for small businesses. It was mostly mechanical work for small containers, electronic housing and such. Nothing as massive as the project that I want to bring to life.

For nearly 5 years I've been pondering the development of a electric rail gun that would launch a satallite into orbit. More over, my idea streached further to having drones launched into space. And even further having a concrete printer on Mars or the moon.

If your still reading this and haven't discredit me, then let me give you some number I've gathered. The u.s Navy has a rail gun that uses 25 mega Jules. And shoot a projectile Nealy 160 km in a straight line. this alone tells me this is not fiction.

I am looking to build and machine a small scale prototype that could shoot a go-pro and safley return it in parachute style. I have access to Auto Cad programs such as master cam. And I could draft a basic start using my knowledge. But what I'm here for is for your help. I'm trying to understand electric power, structure integrity, Metallurgy, and controls. Maybe we could form a team if anyone's interested.

The payout if this becomes a reality is very great, not only in money as a buisness, but in reaching new goals and mile stones as a planet.

Ultimately I have funds for the project. About 10k I just need to construct a small scale prototype without blowing it up or lighting it on fire.

I've also been thinking about the capsule and using electro conductive gasses or liquids as a substitute for rails.

I'm no engineer. So bare with me.

Submitted October 22, 2017 at 03:45PM by Gymnast_SRY
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Seeking engineers for help with a project. If anyone is interested

Finding The Right Hinge for a project Enclosure

Finding The Right Hinge for a project Enclosure

Hey /r/engineering,

I'm looking for a specific type of hinge for a project enclosure but I'm having difficulty describing it with the right terms when searching.

I'm looking for an internal hinge, that would allow the lid of the box to sit flush (I believe they call this "inset" configuration) when the box is closed (hinge at 90 degrees). However, when the hinge opens, the lid needs to clear the edge if the box it was previously flush with. So I think a simple barrel hinge wouldn't work here. I'm thinking some kind of small cabinetry hinge would work.

If you have any idea what they call these type of hinges, please help a fellow engineer out.

Submitted October 22, 2017 at 03:21PM by matmann2001
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Finding The Right Hinge for a project Enclosure

Best Machine Design and Automation companies

Best Machine Design and Automation companies

Hi folks

I'm pretty interested in Machine design and Automation, and I'm looking to intern at companies (as a Mechanical) that specialise in this field.

So far I know of JR Automation, Valin corp, Motion Solutions but I'm sure theres so many out there (especially the medium to small companies) that I'm not aware of.

If anyone knows some good ones, in either the US or Europe, i'd love to know!


Submitted October 22, 2017 at 11:41AM by TeamToken
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Best Machine Design and Automation companies

What type of process control system (PCS) have you seen used in your industry?

What type of process control system (PCS) have you seen used in your industry?

Hello /r/engineering,

I am a young engineer with experience exclusively in the biotech industry. I've only been at a handful of project sites, but I seem to almost exclusively see Emerson DeltaV everywhere as the PCS. This falls into the category of a distributed control system (DCS) where multiple controllers are all linked together and can be operated off a single display.

I've seen some equipment that comes as a packaged unit with a programmable logic controller (PLC), but these are usually pre-configured and just linked in to the rest of the network of controllers. I have also heard that there is an alternative to DCS called SCADA, but I don't really know much about it at all.

I am assuming this has to be due to some sort of standardization accross the industry, but I find it kind of odd that I've seen pretty much nothing else in use. Perhaps it has to do with being an FDA regulated industry, and it is the most compliant system for whatever reason.

Anyways, I'm curious to hear about other manufacturing fields and the control systems they use. Petroleum/Chemical, Electronics/Computer parts, Automotive, Food/Beverage, conventional (small molecule) pharmaceuticals, medical devices, mining, finished goods, power/utilities, you name it.

It's hard to find any sort of conclusive information about this topic so I'd appreciate hearing your individual experiences, especially retro systems since nothing I've seen has been older than 10 years old at most…

Thank you!

Submitted October 22, 2017 at 06:16AM by topwewm8
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What type of process control system (PCS) have you seen used in your industry?