New York--In an effort to service small-lot customers and distributors, Bayer Corporation has licensed LNP Engineering Plastics to color match, manufacture, and sell 110- to 5,000-lb quantities of unfilled thermoplastic compounds. Under this agreement, LNP manufactures and sells small lot colors of Makrolon(reg) polycarbonate, Bayblend(reg) polycarbonate/ABS blends, Lustran(reg) ABS, and Makroblend(reg) polycarbonate/PET blends under its Colorcomp(reg) line.
"For the custom molder, this means reduced inventory, shorter lead times, and critical color accuracy," explains Colorcomp Product Marketing Manager Matt Miklos.
UL certification is another benefit. "When you add color to flame-retardant resins, the UL rating is no longer valid. However, UL certifies that the material has been precolored by LNP and has been resubmitted for full certification."
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.