By placing both of a valve's coils on a single side, engineers from Miller Fluid Power have created a higher flow valve in a smaller package. The new valve simplifies design processes for engineers working on machines with tight packaging constraints. Because its dual solenoids are located on the same side of the valve, rather than on opposite sides, the wiring inside requires less space. As a result, it achieves high flow rates in package sizes that are said to be smaller than those of competing versions. The valve's Cvs range from 0.4 to 3.9. Miller Fluid Power: Product Code 4189.
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.