The packaging environment in many industries is usually moisture-free. However, to cope with requirements in food processing and packaging operations that require washdown, components must be designed or modified to deal with harsher operating or maintenance conditions. In many cases, these special products simplify the day-to-day packaging operation. These examples of an actuator, gearbox and valve terminal demonstrate the extent of changes required for these applications.
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
While many larger companies are still reluctant to rely on wireless networks to transmit important information in industrial settings, there is an increasing acceptance rate of the newer, more robust wireless options that are now available.
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