Can a hard ester and a high-rebound thermoplastic reside in the same family? They can when they are part of the new Estane(reg) thermoplastic polyurethane product portfolio from BF Goodrich Speciality Plastics. The Hard Ester line includes extrudable materials that provide chemical resistance and a high-heat profile for dynamic, high-abuse applications, such as hose and tubing. The portfolio, which covers a range of hardnesses, is said to be more cost-effective than nylon. The High-Rebound TPUs offer "the first products in an innovative portfolio" for a variety of applications and industries. The materials exhibit improved tensile strength, strong tear and abrasion resistance, consistent properties, lot-to-lot scrap reprocessing, and recyclability of finished parts. BF Goodrich Specialty Chemicals: Product Code 4374
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.