Four Selcom® SLS 5006/50-RU non-contact laser measurement sensors from LMI Technologies are being used to measure the thickness of calendered sheet at the Vredestein Banden BV tire plant in Enschede, The Netherlands. Measuring the true shape and dimensions of the fresh and uncured material, the sensors are mounted in a dual head set up on two tracks on both sides of the calendered sheet. Real-time control of the roller gap minimizes fluctuations and monitors the thickness of the rubber sheet to be within tolerance. Go to www.lmint.com to find out more.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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