The sanitary clamp delivers up to 750 lbs of clamping force and can permanently mount on food and dairy processing, packaging, and material handling equipment. The sanitary clamp features a yoke and roll pin mounting assembly and can be opened without the use of tools. Applications include machines or equipment in Clean In Place (CIP), Steam In Place (SIP), and manual washdown conditions. Witte Company Inc., www.witte.com. Enter 679
Cam-operated couplings offer corrosion resistance and are manufactured for light weight. Nuglass couplings are made from glass-fiber-reinforced nylon with an EPDM gasket, 302 stainless steel handles and pins, and a temperature range of -30 to 200F. Propoglass couplings are made of glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene, EPDM, and stainless steel with a temperature range of 10 to 180F. Applications include maintenance, chemical, waste handling, material handling, and general industrial uses. New Age Industries Inc., www.newageindustries.com. Enter 680
T Series tube fittings and speed controllers have a compact design that features lightweight components. The maximum service pressure of the tube fittings and speed controllers is 150 psi, with service temperature range from 32 to 140F. The T Series tube fittings and speed controllers are ISO 9001 Certified. Pisco U.S.A., www.pisco.com. Enter 681
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.
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.
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.