Fluid Power:Bray Controls has designed a line of 22 to 96 inch (550 to 2,400 mm) resilient, seated butterfly valves for highly abrasive and corrosive applications. These valves meet process requirements with chloride content from low to very high parts per million in applications such as seawater, mining, sanitary service and FGD at an economical price.
The internal disc-to-stem connections prevent many valve failures due to erosion, corrosion and vibration. The splined disc-to-stem connection features matched, precision machined male splines in the stem and female in the disc, and is available in valve sizes ranging from 22 to 48 inch (550 to 1,200 mm). For larger valves from 52 to 96 inch (1,300 to 2,400 mm), the double keyed disc-to-stem connection offers double keyways machined into the disc, matching double keys in the stem.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.