DSM Engineering Plastic Products Inc. announced
that its KetronTM polyarylether-ketone (PEEK)
high-performance stock shapes are now available in rod
diameters up to 200 mm, tubular bar up to 140 mm OD,
and plate in widths up to 615 mm. Larger sizes allow
multiple parts to be machined with less waste.
Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Performance Polymers
has introduced the ResinfusionTM 8603 two-component
epoxy for infusing composite parts for aerospace, transportation,
and marine applications. The infusion is done via processes
including vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM),
the Seemann Composite Resin Infusion Molding Process
(SCRIMPTM), and resin transfer molding (RTM).
Resinfusion 8603 has a 78-minute gel time for easy handling,
and low viscosity of 260 cP for good wet-out of fabrics
used in infusion processes, the company says.
CYRO Industries announced a new generation of
ACRYLITEr AR abrasion-resistant acrylic sheet that maintains
optical clarity, the company says. The sheet is available
with the coating on one or both sides. Applications
include those subjected to heavy public contact and
cleaning, such as public transportation glazing.
THERMOUNTr RTTM laminate and prepeg employs
DuPont's Type N710 reinforcement, for use in
printed wiring board and chip carrier manufacturing.
The company says it developed the reinforcement for
high-volume, commercial electronic applications that
use high-density interconnect technologies.
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.