Rogers Corporation has added six new, extra-soft materials to its 4790-92 PORON Urethanes family. Available in 12- and 15-lb densities, these new products are up to 90% softer than the previous extra-soft, slow-rebound materials. With their longer recovery times and compression set less than 2%, the materials can serve in gasketing and cushioning applications requiring low closure forces, including handheld electronics. These products are cast directly onto a 0.002-inch polyester film. The materials will retain their properties at constant temperatures of up to 158F and can survive intermittent temperatures of up to 250F (121C). Visit www.rogerscorporation.com for more information.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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