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.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.