For NPE 2006, Ferromatik Milacron and FOBOHA teamed up to display a Ferromatik Milacron model K-TEC250S-2F-DETW injection molding machine with a secondary injection unit and FOBOHA's patented twin turning-cube. For this machine, Milacron mounted the secondary injection unit at a 40-degree angle on top of the moving platen. The change reduces the floor space required for a side-mounted secondary injection unit and saves cycle time by allowing the injection nozzle to stay mated to the hot runner system during clamp movement. Designed to be extremely flexible, the K-TEC machine is made on demand from standard available components. "You may not find another one configured exactly like it," says Ferromatik's Hare. "It is made of standard components — standard assemblies — all configured to generate machine that best suits this particular application."
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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