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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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