MATERIALS:Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC’s AvaSpire® AV-700 Series is a new line of modified PEEK grades that fill the cost/performance gap between high-performance crystalline polymers (PPS, LCP and high-temperature nylon) and PEEK, an ultra-performance crystalline polymer. These proprietary PEEK-based formulations - available in unfilled, filled and wear-resistant grades - offer comparable strength and modulus, equivalent or better chemical resistance and up to a 30 percent cost reduction versus comparable PEEK grades. Targeted uses include applications in automotive, heavy-duty off-highway equipment, oil and gas recovery, semiconductors and chemical processing. The flagship material is AvaSpire® AV-722 BG 20, an unfilled resin that is the basis for most of the AV-700 series formulations. The line also consists of AvaSpire® AV-722 CF30, a 30 percent carbon fiber-reinforced grade, and three wear-resistant grades (AV-742 SL30, AV-722 SL30 and AV-755 SL45). Another grade, 40 percent glass-filled AvaSpire® AV-750 GF40, has been previously available.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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