Sure there are several new products that in addition to improved performance, reduce waste, reduce cost and/or specifically meet regulations. But looking closely at many of the newest adhesives and joining products reveals an easy-does-it side.
One example is Master Bond's EP30FL epoxy potting and encapsulation compound. While boasting excellent adhesion to both similar and dissimilar substrates, the material's low viscosity makes it easy to apply.
Scotch-Weld Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) Easy 250 Adhesive System from 3M has easy in its name for several reasons. With a dispensing temperature of 250F, the handheld, self-contained system applies with a squeeze of a trigger and the high temperature allows a longer open time for production flexibility. A disposable nozzle, no-tip cap, no grease and no system purging makes the electrically heated, pneumatic applicator easy to use and maintain.
To make threadlocking easier, ITW Devcon Permatex Gel Threadlockers flow easily into threads, blind holes and cure in the absence of air when installed between close-fitting metal surfaces. The material cures at room temperature without cracking or shrinking. The newest GEL SQUEEZE Threadlockers consist of a single-component, anaerobic threadlocker gel in a convenient no-mess, no-waste, 5-gm GEL SQUEEZE applicator to provide pinpoint flow control.
Even if the product does not specifically say “easy to use” or “convenient,” the number of applications implies an easy benefit for users. Look for the easy aspect in the Adhesives and Tapes and Access Hardware sections of this supplement.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.