Mini suction cups are for handling small items and are available in Models U and B. Model U is available in 2 and 3 mm in diameter sizes, and is for flat and slightly curved surfaces. Model B with bellows is available in sizes 5 and 8 mm in diameter, and compensates for level adjustment. The bellows provides a lifting movement to separate thin items. All these cups are available in an electrically conductive silicone rubber, and this anti-static silicone is rubber reinforced with carbon black.
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The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.