MATERIALS: NewAge Industries’ Superthane® Pneumatic is flexible tubing made from hydrolysis-resistant polyurethane that allows for tight bending in and around equipment, making it a good choice for pneumatic control, robotics, automated machinery, fluid circuitry, lubrication lines and instrumentation applications. Produced from an ether-based polyurethane compound, Superthane® Pneumatic does not contain plasticizers (ingredients used to enhance flexibility) that may leach out and result in flow contamination. The tubing offers cold temperature flexibility to as low as -90F (-67C) and virtually unlimited flexural life. It is manufactured to resist more pressure or vacuum than corresponding sizes of PVC or rubber. In addition to resisting moisture, it also withstands radiation exposure, kinking, tearing, abrasion and impact. It is available in eight colors - red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white and gray - and large quantities are stocked in 1/16 and 1/8 inch I.D. sizes.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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