MATERIALS: Essen, Germany-based Evonik Industries AG has expanded its TROGAMID® CX range to include the new TROGAMID® myCX, which stands for a new premium brand of microcrystalline high-performance polyamide and was improved specifically for the manufacture of sports glass and sunglass lenses. Evonik also offers plastic films made of TROGAMID® myCX, which are clear as glass and suitable for laminating and decorating optical parts. TROGAMID® myCX is permanently transparent, allowing a light transmission of 92 percent. Because of the low density and the high break- and scratch-resistance of the high-performance polyamide, sunglass lenses made of this material are not only exceptionally light, but very safe. TROGAMID® myCX is available as a granulate and as a transparent, colorless film that is clear as glass and can be used for laminating and decorating optical parts. The films come in standard thicknesses of 125 and 400 micrometers. Other thicknesses can be provided upon request.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.