This M2 steel tool bit from Pacific Sintered Metals won the grand prize in the combined hand tools and recreation category. The bit goes into an installation tool that expands and secures tubes within a heat exchanger. Pacific Sintered makes the parts to a full-density of 8.1 g/cm3, using a compaction and liquid-sintering process. For extra wear resistance, the part is then heat treated to 61-63 HRC and triple tempered for toughness. The part's thin and stepped sections are molded near net-shape, which helped contribute to a 90 percent cost reduction compared to machined-wrought M2 bar stock. For more information on Sintered Metals' bit, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4932-548.
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.