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RACK, punishments. An engine with which to torture a supposed criminal, in order to extort a confession of his supposed crime, and the names of his supposed accomplices. Unknown in the United States.
     2. This instrument, known by the nickname of the Duke of Exeter's daughter, was in use in England. Barr. on the Stat. 866 12 S. & R. 227.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In place of traditional rack and pinion systems, machine designers can implement a system featuring roller pinion technology.
If the backlash cannot be adjusted, both rack and pinion may be worn and need to the replaced.
Freightliner said rack and pinion steering increases control and responsiveness and has fewer moving parts than the integral gear steering system used on most heavy-duty trucks.
It features a magnesium housing, acrylic scope housing, optional LED light design with quiet switch, a Delrin Riser Mount for vibration dampening, and rack and pinion preloadable elevation adjustment.
cutting capability; a reinforced worktable; steel saw carriage; IS hp independent main and 2.4 hp scoring motor; rack and pinion guide system; mass balancing of the saw carriage; triple dust conveying system and a pusher with clamps.
According to the manufacturer, simple, nonpreloaded drives may not provide the accuracy needed because of the backlash between the rack and pinion. The preloaded units effectively eliminate the backlash by using two pinions--one to drive the axis and one to preload the axis to eliminate the backlash.
In the case of rack and pinion actuators, two pistons are used, rather than one.
Preloaded Double Pinions (PDP) from Andantex (Wanamassa, NJ) are designed to provide a cost-effective method of eliminating backlash between the rack and pinion in high-precision, linear motion applications.
Wirral based lifting equipment supplier LTM, LIFT TURN MOVE Ltd recently launched a new range "Wall Mounted Rack and Pinion Jack" as a further addition to their growing product range.
The carriage system provides, a rack and pinion, two pinion drive with adjustable force limiter.
The C6 turret punch press features an axis actuation system with rack and pinion drive on the X-axis and two servo driven ball screws on the Y-axis.