Engineers at Radiance Laboratories, Inc. (South Burlington, VT) are applying a new radiation-based cleaning process to glass substrates used in the manufacturing of flat panel displays. Under a $140,000 Phase I Evaluation Contract from the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), Radiance Labs will demonstrate the contamination-removal capability of the process on bare glass and glass containing metal and oxide layers, resist, and polimide. The company's patented cleaning method uses high-energy radiation, usually from a laser, and a flowing gas such as nitrogen, to clean high tech and industrial surfaces. Radiance Lab engineers, in conjunction with those at USDC, will jointly look for the optimum process recipe for each substrate sample set. The recipes will be applied to 150 product samples in final cleaning. "Besides flat panel display substrates, we are working with manufacturers on cleaning several other surfaces, including hard disks, optics, photomasks, and silicon wafers," says Donna Bethell, president and CEO of Radiance Services Company. FAX: (301) 654-1034.
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.