Tech-Etch uses photoetching to make a variety of equipment parts with sharper precision than traditionally machined parts. They can make custom light-gauge parts without burred edges in intricate patterns and with precise tolerances. They also make photoetched screens with tapered or straight holes, custom board-level shielding and flexible circuits. The flexible circuits use adhesive or nonadhesive materials. They are made out of materials including beryllium copper, stainless steel, aluminum alloys, titanium, tungsten, nitinol, molybdenum, brass and spring steels, and even polyimide film. They are usually 0.0005 to 0.0300 inch thick, and laser machining is available for parts from 0.030 to 0.125 inch. Laser machining is also available for polyimide laminate drilling and ablating, and a number of other finishing processes are available in-house.
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.