Multi-seals' new one-part epoxy resin preforms are made for high-volume sealing applications. At room temperature, they are stored in solid form, and melt and cure when heated to seal off components from dust, moisture, oil, flux, solvents, conformal coatings or other contaminants. The company ensures uniform, high-quality results with close tolerances on preform configurations, consistent resin/catalyst premix ratios, and consistent viscosity from start to finish of each batch. Workers can dispense them as fast as 200-600 parts per minute with little or no training, and uniform results are easy, even without extensive operator experience. Available in a range of shapes, sizes and materials, the preforms eliminate pot-life concerns and cleanup procedures.
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.