The latest directory from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) makes powder metallurgy players a bit easier to find. The 2003 PM2 Buyers Guide lists the manufacturing, materials, and product capabilities of 147 suppliers of powder metallurgy components and subassemblies. And the 2003 PM2 Suppliers directory lists 163 companies and organizations that produce the various metal feedstocks, make process equipment, and provide powder metallurgy services. Copies of the directory are available from the MPIF. Visit www.mpif.org.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.