MATERIALS: Engineered Plastics Solutions Group (EPSG) announced the release of a revolutionary rubber blend called DuraFlex™.DuraFlex™ has the highest known resiliency and fatigue life in the industry. EPSG material experts worked with Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. (ARDL) to create a natural rubber blend that would survive in the toughest, most abusive shock and vibration applications. The resulting formulation is nothing short of spectacular. The Goodrich Flexometer test is an industry standard heat rise test whereby materials are exercised and the temperature rise of the material is measured. Lower temperature rise corresponds to longer fatigue life. For comparison, a general purpose natural rubber will experience a 12-14F rise. Typical long-life natural rubber blends will experience a rise of approximately 6F. DuraFlex™ tested at a 0 degree rise.
EPSG has run repeated fatigue life tests on the material and has not been able to fail it in a customer application. The material is naturally a pearl white color but can be molded in black or most any other color. This allows for easy part identification, machine color matching, etc. Ideal applications are shock and vibration isolation such as engine mounting, cooling system mounting, motor mounting, and vibratory equipment applications. It is also ideal for military applications such as isolating equipment in aircraft, ships, tracked vehicles, and trucks. The material comes in a range of durometers.
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.
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.