Originally made for ceramic fiberboards and other ceramic-based materials in heaters, ovens and furnaces in the automotive, electronics and plastics industries, this single-part, water-dispersed, ceramic-silicone sealant is now used for sealing high-temperature motor windings. It has moisture resistance and dielectric properties to 1100F (593C). Applied by brush, roller or spray equipment, it has a viscosity of 600-1,200 cps. It can dry in less than an hour at room temperature and cure fully at 450F in 30-60 minutes. It has a solids content of 40 percent and a theoretical coverage rate of 535 ft2 per gallon at 1 mil. It has no volatile organic compounds, is non-flammable and environmentally safe. It comes from stock in pint, quart, and gallon containers.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.