Advanced Refractory Technologies (ART) researchers have developed a new coating technology they say will "revolutionize the way materials designers and parts fabricators view coatings and materials surfaces." The coatings, called DYLYNR, are said to provide several properties at once--the slipperiness of Teflon(reg), the hardness of diamond, and the adhesion of "super-glue," as well as optical, electrical, and corrosion-resistant properties. The diamond-like Nanocomposite coating consists of two atomic-level networks, one based on carbon and one based on silicon. The two-network system provides a low-friction, highly adherent coating that can be tailored by the specific chemistry or how the coating is applied, according to Donald J. Bray, director of business development at ART. Applications for the coating include: microelectronics, communications systems, automotive components, personal-care products, business machines, chemical processing equipment, and bearings. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.