MATERIALS: If you are an engineer struggling with trying to come up with components that will perform multiple functions in challenging conditions, check out rubber’s capability to bond to a variety of substrates, eliminate parts and lower assembly costs. Robinson Rubber Products has a new 10-page guide titled Rubber Polymer & Material Selection Guide which is full of technical information on more than 15 categories of rubber polymers and materials. Information includes hardness and temperature ranges, as well as the performance advantages and limitations for each category. This guide will quickly allow you to create a “short list” of potential polymers for your application.
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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