DSM Engineering Plastics has entered into the film market with the introduction of several Akulon(reg) nylon grades suitable for cast and blown film applications in various viscosities. Internally lubricated and nucleated grades also are available. The Akulon nylons are said to be extremely clean and characterized by excellent clarity, color, and low gels. They offer good puncture resistance and have low gas transmission values. DSM Engineering Plastics (M), P.O. Box 3333, Evansville, IN 47732-3333, FAX (812) 435-7706.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.