The newest Hyson T2 Mini Series spring, the T2-50 nitrogen gas spring is tiny, with a 12mm-diameter body and 6mm-diameter piston rod. It includes over-pressure protection and a two-step piston head for safety, and comes in stroke lengths from 7-125mm. It allows easy charging and discharging and gas spring hosing with an M6 charge valve. It can be ordered in color-coded pre-charged pressure ranges from 6500-2610 psi, and contact forces from 30-112 lb. Custom charge pressures are available between 300-2610 psi.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.