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Does Mass Customization Has the Possibility to Kill Mass Production?

There are several technologies existing today that makes the mass production very possible. One of which is the new HP’s MultiJet Fusion printers. These printers are primarily made to build and create custom insoles. Now in line with this launch, the superfeet has already announced its first shoe brand tie up and partnership together with Brooks. This can be a signal of a very valid and true beginning of mass customization for companies.

Together with Superfeet’s FitStation powered by power printer made by HP, the brand will release a performance running shoe to the market that is primarily based on an individuals foot scan in 3D.

“The ability to give an individual a personalized shoe based on his or her unique biomechanics is a game changer. It is a compelling offering for the runner who is interested in tip-of-the-spear technology and a totally tuned experience,” said Brooks CEO Jim Weber.

He said that his company has been pursuing this type of technology because the customization of shoes can offer a very advantageous edge in the shoe market.

The scanning system hardware and software can effectively combine the 3D foot scanning together with its very different and dynamic gait analysis and foot pressure measurements. This aim to identify the unique motion path of the runner’s individual body.

Additive Manufacturing or Injection Molding?

Does this mean that it has additive manufacturing? Or is it made from injection molding?

At least it is the DESMA polyurethane injection-molding machine for this brand,

To further illustrate, this type of system uses the 3D foot scans to identify the proper lasts which the shoes are being built around. This is to make sure that each shoe is being tailor fitted according to the specific shape of the runner’s foot. Then, by using a very good combination of the variable PU injection which ahs the direct attach capabilities – the foot pressure being measured together with the movement analysis of the athlete’s or individuals’ runner joints are being successfully combined with their personal preferences. This crates the perfect personalized midsole requirements that has multiple tuned zones.

IP65 Electrical Enclosures Defined

For companies that want electrical enclosures that will protect their equipment from harsh environments and from protecting equipment from water ingress, their best bet would be IP65-rated enclosures. This type of enclosure is carefully designed to endure and withstand harsh yet demanding environments outdoors. They can protect sensitive electrical equipment and components even the careful wiring of any equipment from any type of ingress present in any environment. IP65 can give full protection from any type or ingress and totally dust proof.

It is important to note that the NEMA ratings are totally different from IP rated enclosures. You can read more on their respective websites about the major difference between each rating.

Different IP65 applications

IP65 are versatile because of their great protective features against any type of ingress. These are also durable because it is designed to withstand tough environments. Below are the most common areas of applications where IP65 are commonly used:

  • Outdoor Environments – This is the most common place where IP65 is usually used. Because this environment can have a lot of potential hazards and it can jeopardize any electrical equipment.
  • Factories and Warehouses – The common industry where factories need IP65 electrical enclosures are manufacturing companies. This is where chemicals, dirt, dust, and debris are most likely to exist. IP65 can help companies protect their delicate equipment to prevent damages and potential delays in their processes.
  • Agricultural Facilities – Electrical equipment are also being used on agricultural and poultry farms because it helps businesses to optimize their processes. In greenhouses, for example, IP65 is being used to protect components from any potential danger because of exposure to dirt, dust, or water.
  • Garages and Automotive Shops – The particles existing in this environment produced by car paints, oil and welding processes can harm and jeopardize certain electrical equipment. It is important to protect important equipment in these environments from any potential ingress.
  • Boats and Marine Environments – Most of the time, it is not recommended to use electronics in the wet and moist environment because it can damage equipment. IP65 is one of the best enclosure to protect electrical equipment from any potential water ingress.
  • Washdown and Sanitary Areas – Because this environment where water is present can bring corrosion to any equipment, it is important that the enclosure that will be used can protect equipment from corrosion and any potential damage.

Where does the IP65 is usually used?

IP65 is used in protecting delicate and complicated machinery. Usually, it is used to protect biomethane analyzers that give high-accuracy readings and information about the levels of methane and oxygen to outdoor security services. These type of machinery need protection from potential dust and water ingress. Also, security cameras need IP65 because it is used outdoors and they can also tamper with water that may hinder their performance. In addition to this, one of the common applications of IP65 enclosures are in protecting external temperature sensors and other types of sensors, this also includes humidity and barometric pressure. IP65 is equivalent to NEMA 4x enclosures. They both give the same level of protection against ingress of water and solid objects, however, NEMA is a standard which has criteria for corrosion resistance characteristic, but not for IP standard.