In consumer product, automotive and industrial applications, thermoplastic elastomers often have to work as part of a materials system that includes a rigid substrate made from engineering plastics. And when TPEs can readily bond to that substrate, all sorts of benefits follow. Among these are manufacturing efficiency and cost reduction since bondable TPEs can often be overmolded onto their substrates in a single manufacturing step — doing away with adhesives, surface treatments and manual assembly steps. And as bondable TPEs become compatible with more varieties of thermoplastics, it gives engineers the ability to work with new materials combinations that better meet performance goals. So important is bonding that most TPE suppliers continually work on bondable grades. They've been able to dramatically increase the ability of these materials to bond to rigid engineering thermoplastics — including nylon.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.