Verton MFX-HS Concentrate represents a low-cost approach to achieving the mechanical properties of long-glass-fiber-reinforced (LFR) thermoplastics in molded components. Blending this new LFR polypropylene concentrate with unfilled polypropylene reduces material costs by more than 10% compared to conventional LFR polypropylene grades, the company reports. Blends created with the new concentrate reportedly show no drop in mechanical performance versus compounds with 30% pultruded long glass--and they show improved surface appearance and impact property retention at low temperatures. Applications for the concentrate include hand tools, lawn-and-garden equipment, and automotive instrument panels, structural door modules, and load floors.
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.