Industrial, medical and military cables demonstrate a small sample of a broad range of cable applications that require passing one or more relevant tests to qualify for usage. Surviving nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) contamination could arguably be the toughest test. Depending on the application, cables may have to be incredibly rugged, handle high voltages or be small enough to fit through the eye of a needle. Here is an example of a very small medical cable.
MICROMINIATURE ROUND CABLE
Designed for medical applications with critical size and electrical integrity requirements, W. L. Gore & Assoc.’s Microminiature Round Cable provides a very small durable solution. Using the company’s High Strength Toughened Fluoropolymer (HSTF) and low dielectric constant expanded PTFE (ePTFE) material, the medical cable handles device flexure, abrasion during routing or tracking and sterilization without performance degradation. An advanced biocompatible dielectric material, HSTF has increased scrape abrasion-resistance and cut-through resistance, as well as improved pinhole free performance in ultra-thin profiles. Specific medical applications for the cable include electrophysiology products and small diameter flexible endoscopes.
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.