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New Trade Group Targets Decorating Engineers designing plastic parts enjoy plenty of alternatives when it comes to choosing colors and finishes for their products, but a new trade group believes there’s still a lot to be learned about in-mold decorating. Ronald Schultz, executive director of the In-Mold Decorating Association, discusses technologies of interest to design engineers. Full Story
New Plastics Enhance Design PotentialHigh-flow resins from GE Plastics allow molders to shoot parts at lower injection pressures, allowing larger and thinner components greater detail. KetaSpire, a new PEEK resin from Solvay, offers engineers a strong, lightweight alternative to metals and ceramics for demanding applications in aerospace, healthcare and automotive. Full Story Mold-Making Magic Speeds Production Using reverse engineering techniques, a California manufacturer of motorcycle accessories is not only cutting production time on molds by 75 percent but creating parts that boast finer detail. Actual parts are rotationally molded in ABS plastic using hand-laid-up molds. Full Story Colors Make the Difference in Medical PlasticsIncreasingly color is being used for fast identification of instruments in medical settings, such as surgery. Suppliers are adding pigment materials to special grades of medical plastics, so color can’t be washed off even under pressurized steam during autoclave sterilization. Full Story
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Applying the Finishing Touch The Precision Decorating arm of Phillips Plastics proves there’s plenty of value to be added at the end of the molding process. Find out how to add more visual appeal to products ranging from automotive components and consumer electronics to medical and sporting goods. The ABCs of Precision Decorating Steve Axtman, manager of Phillips’ Plastics Precision Decorating facility, tells engineers how to make the most of the company’s extensive painting, finishing and laser techniques. It’s one-stop shopping for customers that want their products to stand out from the competition.
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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.