Design engineers continued to see new products aimed at facilitating heat dissipation, a particular concern as electronic devices are put into more compact packages while pushing more power. Announced at the show was Raychem's low-thermal-resistance HeatPath(TM) gel family. The conformable gel easily fills gaps between components and heat sinks with minimal pressure applied, thus avoiding damage to delicate parts. Eliminated are clamping systems and tight tolerance control ...Also debuting was the DC 2406KL series of fans from NMB Technologies. These light (45 g), small (60 X 60 X 15 mm) fans produce only 19 to 34 dB of noise. Preloaded, shielded ball bearings and variable speed control via a separate heat sensor increase fan lifetime.
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.