Universal testing machines determine the mechanical properties of metals, plastics, and composites. The Super "L" UTM is a hydraulic machine with testing capacities from 12,000 to 600,000 lb/ft and higher, and the S-Series benchtop UTM determines tension, compression, shear and flexural strength, and other properties. Bulletin 115-G explains testing functions, capacities, and other features and includes a photograph of each machine.
Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co. Inc., Box 429, Willow Grove, PA 19090, FAX (215) 441-0899.
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.