FluxPlus(TM) is a tacky, dispensable paste flux that is for use in component removal and replacement operations. Formulated and packaged for use with either manual or air-powered dispensing equipment, FluxPlus can be applied in neat, controlled beads or accurate, consistent dots. FluxPlus can be applied exactly where it is needed and will stay put without spreading onto nearby joints and components. The paste is available in RMA, no-clean, and water-soluble formulations. Packaging options include 10, 25, and 50 gm syringes.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.