An adhesive tape from 3M replaces the mechanical fasteners often used to build horse trailers, reducing the stress animals endure when they are transported.
VHB Tape provides enough strength to hold panels on horse trailers while also providing a bit of viscoelasticity to absorb vibrations. A recent study showed that horse trailers made with VHB Tape up to 41 percent quieter at highway speeds and vibration was reduced up to 30 percent over trailers made with mechanical fasteners. Veterinarians say that horses notice even 5 percent decreases in noise and vibration, according to 3M.
The tapes have been crash-tested at up to 60 mph, holding together during the tests. The tape is also used to attach roadside signs to poles, surviving 90 mph wind gusts. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-506.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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