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.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.