If you have ever experienced a tacky mess when trying to bond laminates under high temperatures, Stevens Urethane has a solution with its new "super-high-melt" polyether thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Stevens ST-1665 is said to provide one of the highest melt temperatures available in a thin urethane film, between 190 and 210C. Because it requires a higher than usual temperature to become tacky and bond with other materials, its strength and barrier characteristics are not affected by processing temperatures that might melt "normal" urethane films. In multi-layer laminations, the material is typically used on the "high-heat" side of the lamination. The high-melt urethane maintains its integrity and performance properties, while films on the other side of the substrate soften and bond, forming a multi-layer lamination. Stevens Urethane: Product Code 4373
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.