MATERIALS: Premix Inc. recently introduced Premi-Glas®2550 CR-SX, an advanced thermoset molding compound with superior smoke and flame retardant properties.Custom-formulated specifically for applications requiring Class I rated material, Premi-Glas®2550 CR-SX is ideal for use in HVAC and construction products, such as housings, drain pans and side walls for hot air furnaces, air handlers and air conditioning units; and for building products such as residential and commercial doors.
Premi-Glas®2550 CR-SX stands up to the industry’s most stringent test requirements for flame and smoke retardance and exceeds Class I acceptance criteria listed in the UL 723 standard from Underwriters Labs. Also known as ASTM E84 and UBC 8-1, this standard is the test method of choice for many industries, including construction, where flame spread and smoke generation characteristics of materials must be classified prior to specification. The compound also exhibits superior resistance to corrosion, noise and vibration, and provides excellent structural rigidity, which, along with the other attributes, is needed for internal components in aircraft, buses and trains.
A variation of this high-performance compound is also available which offers outstanding antimicrobial properties. In conjunction with its rated flame and smoke performance, the available antimicrobial version offers developers of large HVAC systems the inherent design flexibility of thermoset composites while in parallel enabling the improvement of indoor air quality.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.