Today’s manufacturers face rapid change, increasingly complex products, and pressure to increase efficiency while reducing costs and improving product quality. Lifecycle management and the traceability of manufactured goods have become an important part of the supply chain process. The goal is to embed automation in the product flow, tracking products in order to increase the efficiency and visibility of production, improve production planning and inventory management, and enhance the efficiency of enterprise resource planning.

Figure 1. Example QR code. Try reading it with your smartphone.

Figure 1. Example QR code. Try reading it with your smartphone.

At the core of this traceability is automatic identification (AutoID) and data capture. AutoID instantly recognizes and tracks objects, collects data about them, and enters that data directly into a computer. Management decisions can then be made more quickly and flexibly. AutoID technologies include one-dimensional and two-dimensional codes, RFID, biometrics, OCR, and smart cards.

Beyond tracking traditional warehoused goods, AutoID will be an important foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. At the individual component level, IoT will rely on “smart objects” with unique IDs that can be seen within the Internet environment. According to Liukkonen and Tsai,

In manufacturing, IoT is about the integration of identifiable embedded computer-like systems in the infrastructure of the Internet and the business, which is based on software and services, built around it. The next technological advancement of IoT seems to concentrate on the development of a more complex network of interconnected objects (i.e., things) which can complete a variety of tasks including sensing, controlling, monitoring, and responding. […] Fast development of machines and devices, new sensor technologies, and intelligence that is integrated to production equipment and measurement devices have created totally new possibilities for making IoT a novel form of business and a versatile tool box of renewable industry, which provides solutions to many problems related to process monitoring, diagnostics, control, and optimization.

When objects can represent themselves digitally, they can be controlled remotely and more precisely, and it is then possible to fully track their progress from point A to B to C. Effective control of material flows improves inventory control and production scheduling. Today, many manufacturers are required to accurately identify their products both for internal record keeping purposes and due to their customers’ requirements for traceability

Data Matrix

Manufacturers of electronic devices, such as IGBT modules and power transistors, are looking for a reliable, cost effective method for uniquely identifying and tracking products through the manufacturing cycle and distribution. The code must be durable so it can survive the manufacturing process but must not affect circuit performance. It must also be able to store information in the small space available on PCBs and components.

Figure 2. Data Matrix code dimensions can vary to accommodate the complexity of the data encoded.

Figure 2. Data Matrix code dimensions can vary to accommodate the complexity of the data encoded.

A Data Matrix is a 2D code capable of encoding large amounts of text or numeric data in a compact space. Of the available 2D tracking methods, the Data Matrix code has emerged as the accepted standard for electronics and other manufacturing industries.

Data Matrix codes are used as unique IDs for managing individual parts and material lots. The codes add tracking and security information to a master card or every single piece on a master card and then are used to register such details as the lot number, date of production, test program name, and revision number.

These 2D codes are read by vision-based systems rather than the laser scanners used with 1D bar codes. A camera takes a picture of the code, and then the software finds the code in the image, orients it, and extracts the data.

Data Matrix codes encode information digitally, can accommodate low-contrast printing directly on parts, provide high information density, are easily scalable to various levels of magnification, have built-in error correction, and can be read in any orientation.

curamikRogers can add Data Matrix codes to a wide range of metalized substrates, including direct-bonded-copper and active-metal-brazed substrates. Codes, which can be text or numeric in form and encoded by code-reading camera systems, are written on metalized surfaces by means of a thin oxide layer formed by an optical laser system; no additional material is required on the substrate. In addition to bare copper surfaces, data matrix codes can be written on nickel (Ni), nickel/gold (Ni/Au), and silver (Ag) plated surfaces.

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The EMS Mass Transportation marketing team recently returned home after a busy week of exhibiting our silicone material products at the InnoTrans show in Berlin.

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The event, a leading international trade fair for transport technology, was well-attended with approximately 140,000 visitors spending time with over 3,000 exhibitors from 62 countries. Occupying all 41 exhibition halls at the venue, the show was divided into 5 major segments: railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors, and tunnel construction. In addition to all the activity inside the show, outside there was a large outdoor area that offered vehicle manufacturers an opportunity to exhibit electric busses on a Demonstration Course and in a nearby static display area.

We had a wonderful time speaking with everyone who came by our booth to find out more about our BISCO, PORON, and ARLON product families.

innotrans_blog2_smPart of the BISCO product family, MF1 Foams are well-suited for use in rail applications due to their durability, fire resistance properties, and low compression set. In addition, our HT-200 silicone material is commonly used as an acoustic barrier in rail cars, while our HT-800 series silicone is often found used in floating floors as it has been proven successful in significantly reducing interior cabin noise. Our ARLON silicones, are well-known in the rail industry as well, widely-recognized as efficient problem solvers for gaskets and seals, coil insulation, and self-fusible tapes. For more information on Rogers’ complete line of silicone materials please visit our web site

We’re looking forward to another great show in 2018!

Designing the products that protect our world requires constant innovation and a persistent search for the best materials…materials that are lighter, stronger, flexible, and more reliable. At Rogers Corporation, we are passionate about helping design engineers meet critical product performance requirements.

vibration_toolOur Elastomeric Material Solutions group has created a series of calculators and online tools to solve critical design challenges, addressing anything from ultra-thin protection for sensitive electronics to robust gasketing for automotive applications.

The latest addition is the Vibration Isolation Efficiency Calculator. It recommends the proper PORON™ VXT® Polyurethane material for vibration mitigation applications. This tool uses the design engineer’s system specifications to calculate the isolation efficiency of our materials and provides the most effective Rogers material solution.

The Vibration Isolation Efficiency Calculator joins our extensive suite of calculators, design guides, and tools for material selection, stress-strain calculations, test data studies, and more.

Elastomeric Material Solutions Web Resources:

  • poron_cfd_chartGap Filling Tool: The PORON® polyurethanes Gap Filling Tool will assist in choosing the proper material to meet final gap thickness requirements.
  • XRD® Technology Online Selection Tool: Screen Rogers foam materials for suggestions for energy management in low, medium, and high impact applications, from cell phone drops to lacrosse ball shots.
  • Technical Sealing Guide: The Technical Sealing Guide provides a comparative test-based data study on sealing and gasketing materials while highlighting essential criteria for long-term sealing solutions in enclosure applications.
  • Rogers Handheld Shock Control Design Guide: Protecting the LCD Glass of handheld devices is increasingly important. The Rogers Handheld Shock Control Design Guide covers everything you need to know about how PORON® polyurethane materials protect the displays in handheld designs.
  • Material Selection Guide for Industrial Applications: Covers availability, physical properties, electrical and thermal properties, temperature resistance, flammability and outgassing, and environmental characteristics for such applications as environmental seals, vibration isolation, and sound damping.

Design Tools Index: Download the design tools you need today.

 

I am Rogers.

On September 28, 2016, in Careers/Human Resources, by sharilee

Meet Melwyn Fields. For 24 years, he’s been part of our Elastomeric Materials Solutions group.

“I make engineered silicones that protect high-speed train passengers from uncomfortable noise and vibration.”

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This is the first in a series of Rogers Corp. employee profiles. Throughout our organization, our cultural behaviors describe how we work and are judged by our customers, business partners, investors, and each other.

  • Live Safely: I actively prevent injuries for everyone, everywhere, every day.
  • Trust: I respect people and trust them to do the right thing.
  • Speak Openly: I courageously seek and speak the truth.
  • Innovate: I create market-driven solutions that lead to customer success.
  • Just Decide: I make informed decisions rapidly to drive progress.
  • Simply Improve: I continuously simplify how I do things to achieve excellence.
  • Deliver Results: I align and achieve my goals to deliver our “Must-Do” results.

Together, we are changing our culture as we help change the world around us. For over 180 years, the employees of Rogers Corporation have focused on our customers, delivering world-class solutions to meet their most demanding materials challenges.

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Commuters in major metro areas choose trains as their mode of transportation because trains allow them to enjoy a safe, comfortable ride and avoid driving through rain or snow. When train cars lose power, though, it causes delays for the affected train and others caught behind it on the track. Even worse, trains without electrical power lose their ability to regulate the internal temperature of the cars. During the summer, temperatures inside the car can reach 38° C (100° F) if not cooled. In the winter, lost power can result in passengers facing below freezing temperatures inside the cars.

rail_app_noteA commuter train operator was facing this challenge on a regular basis because their electrical panel, located on the external surface of the car, was failing. The extruded rubber gasket that filled the space between the electrical panel and the car was not holding up to the harsh weather conditions. It hardened over time, producing gaps where wind, rain, and sun damaged the electrical panel. The result was loss of power.

Rogers’ BISCO® BF-1005 extra soft silicone foam material provided the right solution.

The compression set resistance of the BF-1005 silicone material made it the right material to fill the spaces created by the inadequate seal of the extruded rubber gasket. In addition, the softness of BF-1005 silicone material allowed it to easily fill the difficult geometries needed to maintain a good seal and keep the elements from shorting out the electrical panel. What’s more, the commuter train operator did not need to waste man-hours removing the old, dried out rubber gasket before installing the BF-1005 silicone foam. A Rogers Preferred Converter provided a precut peel and stick ready-to-use solution, which saved the customer time and money on installation. BF-1005 silicone foam meets ASTM E162, ASTM E662 and SMP 800C standards for flame, smoke, and toxicity requirements on trains.

Rogers’ BISCO® product family offers a wide range of multi-functional silicone-based elastomeric foam and solid materials for use in rail interior applications such as seals, gaskets, floor isolation pads, thermal insulation, sound barriers and anti-squeak / rattle pads. These materials are offered in continuous sheet form, enabling ease of fabrication whether slitting, die-cutting, or laminating with adhesive. In addition, Rogers offers a highly durable silicone seat cushion foam, supplied in bun stock form or as a fabricated cushion shaped to the customer’s design requirements.

innotrans_logoOur high temperature BISCO® silicone materials for rail will be on display at InnoTrans 2016, the place to be for anything and everything rail and public transportation: railway technology, infrastructure, public transport, interiors, and tunnel construction.

InnoTrans 2016
September 20-23, 2016
Messe Berlin
Hall 3.1 / 513

At the show, we’ll be featuring the BISCO MF1® 35 (35 IFD) and MF1® 55 (55 IFD), high quality silicone foam materials designed for seat cushion applications. They feature exceptional flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) characteristics, superior weather and UV-resistance, and low compression set to ensure safety, long-term comfort, and durability. They are available in slab form or may be fabricated to customer specifications.

Engineers and designers can quickly find the material that’s right for their application by downloading the BISCO Silicones Rail Interior Solutions Application and Material Guide.

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