Is powder metal the right choice for your existing metal parts? A new "conversion kit" from GKN Sinter Metals (Auburn Hills, MI) can help you find out. These free kits contain information on the design criteria that determine whether a part might be successfully converted to powder metal. Also in the kit is a simple form for describing the part's dimensions, material specifications, critical tolerance characteristics, operating environment, and current manufacturing process. And it lastly contains pre-paid Airborne Express packaging to send the conversion form and sample parts back to GKN's engineering department for evaluation. GKN will provide a 15-business-day turnaround for feedback on the submitted components. Engineers can request a conversion kit online at www.sinter.gknplc.com.
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.