Terrapin G coating uses tiny nanomaterial particulates in a thin, flexible coating that is transparent but durable. Terrapin G has a pencil hardness of 3H on the JIS 9401 test and 4H on the ASTM D3363 test, both on polyester film substrate and HB pencil hardness on either test on polycarbonate. Tekra's tests also showed 20 percent better abrasion resistance. Terrapin G is designed for PDA and cell phone lenses, and other high-use opto-electronic applications like signature verification windows, LCDs and OLEDs. This coating also resists common household and industrial cleaning chemicals, as well as oils and food products. It also adheres to sputter-coated metals and oxides. It is available in polyester web widths up to 60 inches in 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 7- and 10-mil thicknesses, and polycarbonate web widths up to 48 inches and thicknesses of 7-, 10-, 15-, 20-, 25- and 30-mil.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.