Project 7000™15Cr-5Ni stainless steel is said by its manufacturer to offer improved machinability, which in turn reduces part costs, reduces cycle time, and increases productivity. The product is also said to offer the same physical properties of conventional stainless steel alloys, such as toughness, high strength, and corrosion resistance. The material meets current ASTM and AMS specifications, and doesn't require manufacturers to purchase new equipment. Experimental heats were evaluated for mechanical properties, microstructure, and machinability.
"This stainless steel alloy is designed to improve its machining characteristics," says contest judge Francis McMichael of Carnegie Mellon. "Nickel-chromium steels are hard to machine and all improvements are welcomed."
Carpenter Technology Corp. , Box 14662, Reading, PA 19612-4662; FAX (610) 208-2633; www.cartech.com.
SS-1485 is a general purpose polyester thermoplastic polyurethane, and is reported to have good mechanical properties while resisting oils and solvents. The material is manufactured in thicknesses ranging from 0.001 to 0.125 inch and widths from 5 to 80 inches. Tensile strength is a reported 10,000 psi, and the product is available in hardness from 75 to 95 Shore A and in standard and custom colors.
Stevens Urethane, 9 Sullivan Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2800; FAX (413) 552-1195; www.stevensurethane.com.
The Light Duty Line Vac is said to convert an ordinary hose or tube into a conveyor for scrap, trim, and bulk materials. Designed for short runs, the product vacuums materials through the intake and accelerates them through vertical or horizontal lengths of hose or tube. The product is available in aluminum or stainless steel. Applications include hopper loading, fiber filling, scrap trim removal, and part transfer.
Exair, 1250 Century Circle N., Cincinnati, OH 45243-3309; FAX (513) 671-3363; www.exair.com.
Akulon®Recap™is a family of nylon 6 products based on virgin quality 100% recycled caprolactam. Made from recycled carpet and molded plastic parts, the materials are said to meet the physical and chemical properties of plastics made from virgin feedstocks. Applications include automotive components, power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and housings, decks, and covers.
DSM Engineering Plastics, 2120 Fairmont Ave. Box 14235, Reading, PA 19612; FAX (610) 320-6868.
Vespel®from this company is a material designed for use in applications where tight tolerances, dimensional stability, high compressive strength, and resistance to heat and wear are critical. Currently being used in automotive power transmission equipment, parts made from this product are said to outperform similar parts made of polyetheretherketone.
DuPont Vespel , 350 Bellevue Rd, Newark, DE 19713; www.dupont.com/vespel.
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Said to be vibration-, shock-, and heat-resistant, this company's thick film on steel technology is being used to create a new class of resistors. Produced by binding a dielectric glaze onto stainless steel, the product can then be formed, welded, molded, and can have holes drilled for mounting. Applications include irons, toaster ovens, deep fryers, dishwashers, and hot water kettles.
IRC, Inc. , 736 Greenway Rd. Box 1860, Boone, NC 28607-8607; FAX (610) 320-6868; www.irctt.com.
When used with the proper dispensing equipment, tagged adhesives from this company allow design engineers to bond parts consistently, quickly, and permanently without the use of heat to cure the bond. The product features a proprietary taggant consisting of metal coated class bubbles which allow engineers to test the flow, strength, and bonding properties of the product.
3M-Automotive , 3M Center Building 223-1S-02, St. Paul, MN 55144; TEL (800) 328-1684; www.3m.com
FlashCure™Single Component Light Cure Cyanoacrylates from this company are said to combine the advantages of instant and light-curing adhesives without the use of accelerators. The product is said to provide bonding in less than five seconds of exposure to UV light.
Loctite, 1001 Trout Brook Crossing, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; FAX (860) 571-5465; www.loctite.com.
Based on this company's ZEROPACK®integrated packaging process, this brick form for reactive hot melts is said to combine easy and fast application with long life. The product minimizes adhesive waste through the elimination of yield loss at the bottom of the container, and enables continuous operation of assembly lines because there are no drums or pails to change over.
H.B. Fuller , 3530 N Lexington Ave., St. Paul, MN 55126-8076; www.hbfuller.com.
This company's Duro-Lenz®urethane coating method is now available for emblems, nameplates, and medallions. The manufacturer says that the material flow can be controlled to provide italicized and individual urethane-coated lettering in a wide range of colors and adhesive choices for automotive, appliances, and marine applications.
Polymer Technologies Inc. , 3726 Ventura Dr., Arlington Heights, IL 60004; FAX (847) 797-9301.
Developed for the printing industry, this swell-resistant elastomer gum is made to resist deformation and contamination by chemicals found in printer's inks. Featuring customized nitrile rubber, the product is designed to be used in media isolation diaphragms for ink dispensing and retrieval systems and in high-speed ink jet printers. The product is also said to be nonmagnetic, and is available in Series 50 and Series 20 size.
Peter Paul Electronics , Box 1180, New Britain, CT 06050; FAX (860) 223-1734; www.peterpaul.com.
QE-7®is an aluminum alloy designed for use as a mold plate in injection mold tooling. Said by its manufacturer to be the hardest, strongest, and longest lasting alloy for the application, the product allows shorter cooling times, reduced cycle time, and increased productivity. The company also says the product improves part stability and shortens lead time.
Alcoa Engineered Products , 3131 E Main St, Lafayette, IN 47903; FAX (765) 771-3209.