Minnesota Rubber's sealing diaphragms are made out of injection-molded silicone rubber, as opposed to regular millable gum processes. They are made for applications that have varying temperatures and demand resistance to aging, such as pneumatic gauges in cars and trucks. They are good insulators and resist UV radiation and weathering. The ASTM DZZ40 grades have silicone rubber properties of shore A of 20-80 and the ASTM D412 grades have a tensile strength of 1150-1750 psi. They resist heat up to 180 C and are flexible down to -45 C. The molding process has no material pre-processing, and molded parts have little gate or flash waste. The rubber's repeatable, short cycle times and less or no secondary operations make for fewer manufacturing steps, and therefore less labor content.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.