Evonik Industries' Vestamid HTplus M1533 is a 30 percent glass
fiber-reinforced compound that contains an internal lubricant. Reducing
friction and minimizing abrasion,the
polyphthalamide (PPA) amplifies the durability of gearbox components and
reduces the energy consumed in the application. The material extends the repair
intervals because gearbox components made from Vestamid HTplus M1533 are
self-lubricating. The new compound can be used in gear wheels, friction
bearings and ball bearing cages. Vestamid HTplus M1533 is available in two colors:
natural and black.
Evonik is also adding 45 percent glass
fiber-reinforced Vestamid HTplus M10345 to its PPA range. This
thermally stable black compound is suitable for injection molding applications
that must withstand extremely high temperatures. Besides high chemical
resistance, molded parts made of Vestamid HTplus offer
high dimensional stability and mechanical properties such as rigidity and
tensile strength. Vestamid HTplus is suited for applications in which
metals have traditionally been used. In addition to corrosion resistance, lower
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.
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.