To address the cost crunch for diaphragms, Minnesota Rubber proposes LSR for its strength and flexibility. "Liquid Silicone Rubber thin-wall diaphragms are an excellent example of a very cost-effective replacement for fabric reinforced diaphragms," says Ted Ahrenholtz, senior design engineer, Minnesota Rubber. LSR's durometer rating from 20 to 80 Shore A and its tensile strength of 1150 to 1750 psi, combined with heat resistance to +180C and flexibility down to -45C, make it a good choice for pneumatic gauges in automotive and truck applications. With a clean molding process and no material pre-processing, molded parts typically have very little gate or flash material waste. In addition, compared to other materials and processes, LSR's repeatable, short cycle times and reduced or eliminated secondary operations provide lower labor cost. For more information on Minnesota Rubber QMR Plastics Liquid Silicone Rubber, go to http:// rbi.ims.ca/4933-526.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.