MATERIALS: Tyco Electronics’ Raychem Versaflex polyester sleeves for mechanical protection of wire and cables have been launched in North America. The sleeves are competitively priced and offer extreme flexibility and strength through a braided design that allows for easy expansion and contraction of the sleeves while retaining tension.
The RoHS-compliant product line easily conforms to irregularly shaped products or substrates without the need to heat-shrink. The sleeves do not retain heat or moisture and offer resistance to abrasions. Specific applications include cable bundling and protection of wire harnesses and hoses in the industrial, commercial and rail industries.
Product offering includes flame-retardant and non-flame retardant versions, which are both available in multiple sizes. The flame-retardant version meets UL VW-1 flammability requirements.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.