New glass bonding technology from Dow Automotive promises to speed OEM installation of windshields, backlights, sunroofs, and quarter glasses. Suitable for manual or robotic application, the BETASEAL Uni-wipe system goes on as a single clear wipe on the glass followed by the application of a new adhesive that bonds to a wide range of clearcoats without the use of body flange primer. A fluorescing agent added to the clear wipe makes it easy, with the right lighting, to verify proper application during the glass installation process. The new adhesive is UV-resistant, eliminating the need for glass blackout primer on typical ceramic enamel coatings. The short flash time of the clear wipe and the reduction in priming steps provides up to 75 percent reduction in glass preparation cycle time and reduces the related VOC output by up to 53 percent, according to Dow estimates. Go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-528 for more information.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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