Qin Zhang is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developing a programmable electrohydraulic (EH) control valve. The new device consists of five proportional-flow control valves that are used with a hybrid control algorithm. Zhang and colleague Haibo Hu published a paper outlining their conclusions: They say it is technically feasible to integrate a programmable valve using five individually controlled proportional valves. It is important to obtain the characteristics of sub-valves before the integration, say Zhang and Hu. They also assert that the use of a simple logic control algorithm is sufficient for achieving programmable valve features such as open center, closed center, tandem center, and float center. For more information, call Zhang at (217) 333-9419 or visit www.uiuc.edu.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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