The Q-VDF series adjustable flow tubes are air-powered vacuum pumps featuring a straight-through design that allows debris to pass directly through without clogging. It was engineered for dusty applications, providing a combination of high flow rates up to 120 scfm and vacuum levels of up to 25 inches Hg. They come in barrel I.D. sizes from 0.1 to 0.75 inch. They are ideal for handling a variety of products, such as wood, corrugated, concrete block, as well as powder-coated packaging materials, according to the company.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.