For engineers in need of information on adhesives, the Adhesive And Sealant Council, Inc. (www.ascouncil.org) is presenting a short course on pressure-sensitive adhesives November 10-11 in Cincinnati. The course will provide information on testing, formulation issues, raw material considerations, and surface chemistry, among other subjects.
Lecturers will speak on surface energetics and contact angles, how to make an emulsion pressure-sensitive adhesive, basic polymer viscoelasticity, and coating of an emulsion pressure-sensitive adhesive. There will also be a roundtable discussion on problem solving.
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.