The MTR91 and 101 trash receptacles are lined with Blast Wrap materials to mitigate explosion.
Two new trash receptacles promise to contain the blast from explosives planted in the can, capture fragments, and distinguish fire, keeping damage, injuries, and fatalities at a minimum. The MTR 91 and 101 models from BlastGard International were tested effectively to endure blasts of up to 60.47 psi (100 percent fatal) and extinguish a fireball in 3-4 msec, says CEO James Gordon. "Basically everyone outside of 10 ft sustained minor injury," he says. Key to the improvement is the patented BlastWrap™ design, which works by dissipating substantial blast energy through irreversible processes such as drag, turbulence, friction, viscosity, etc. Made from two flexible films of 3-10 mm thickness, arranged one over the other and joined by a plurality of seams filled with attenuating two-phase filler material such as volcanic glass beads, BlastWrap products are lightweight, configurable, and featue a density of 4.95 lbs/ft3 (0.09 gm/cc). With an extinguishing coating of non-toxic fire and flash suppressant elements that can suppress 85 percent of the original blast force, these products also interfere with secondary combustion, reducing heat release and gas pressurization. The trash cans have been tested and approved by the British Department of Defense, which holds some of the world's most stringent procedures for bomb-proof trash can testing. Currently, the receptacles come in only one standard size, but they can be customized and laminated for various colors. For frequently asked questions on BlastWrap and products from BlastGard, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4392-538.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.