The conductivity of carbon black can easily be overlooked with material. It is a relative natural assumptin to figure that plastic is non-conductive. The addition of any color typically adds a certain amount of carbon that increases its conductivity.
"sufficient perseverance must occur to resolve all the root causes" is huge! Too many times processing engineers/design engineers/ etc...stop at almost good enough and fight quality for the rest of the time. I know this because I've done it. You just get tired of fighting it.
And I certainly understand your statement, "just because the problem didn’t totally go away doesn’t mean you didn’t fix a root-cause source of the problem." But...if I have several problems; in this instance, 3 and I fix 2, I have to ask myself, will everyone be ok with that? If not, I've often times had to come with a dollar vs time figure to show that I'm justified in continuing to try to solve the problem OR its not worth it to go on.
Good points, plasticmaster. This was a particularly strong Sherlock Ohms posting. The detail of the process outlined here reveals the complexity of tracking down problems and the difficulty of determining when you've reached the point of diminishing returns.
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.