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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in February 2012
Medical Design Conference Showcases Products
2/28/2012  9 comments
More than 2,200 exhibitors descended on the Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, rolling out products ranging from robotics and automation solutions to packaging machines, conveyors and materials.
Aerospace Composite Rewrites Fabric Rules
2/23/2012  16 comments
A new type of carbon-fiber composite has a nonwoven fabric architecture that produces more than three times the tensile strength of conventional materials.
Composites Employed in Military Helicopters
2/17/2012  18 comments
Two prototype helicopters that will be evaluated by the US Army deploy carbon-fiber-reinforced composites in both the aircraft structure and the blades.
Modified Packaging Film Protects Machines
2/14/2012  12 comments
When combined with an adhesive, a clear packaging resin usually used with food products can protect appliances and other machines during manufacturing and transport.
Smart Paint Detects Microscopic Cracks
2/13/2012  37 comments
A paint that detects microscopic faults uses nanotechnology to sense movement in large structures.
Packaging Materials Grown From Mushrooms
2/10/2012  31 comments
Mushroom roots grown on plant trash form new materials for packaging and other applications.
3D Smart Vision Simplifies 2D Factory Inspection
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2/8/2012  7 comments
QuantumVision's Hammerhead combines stereo 3D with smart camera technology in a single, handheld, rugged system.
Composites Reinforced With 3D Architectures
2/2/2012  6 comments
ETH-Zurich research team discovers how to build composite structures that use reinforcing elements within 3D architectures, as abalone shells do.
Additive Manufacturing Tops Materials Trends for 2012
2/1/2012  17 comments
The five most important materials trends of this year mostly concern new, alternative materials or processes and developments in current ones.

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Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
Remote monitoring now looks beyond the individual motor or conveyor and instead views the process from end to end.
BASF is partnering with Hyundai on a high-performance concept car that showcases both eco-friendly, sustainable materials and materials to enable lighter weight cars.
In an move to ease the use of multiple product design tools, PLM provider Aras and EDM company Zuken have integrated their products.
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