Using a tiny piezoelectric "pill," the Tecno electronic-pneumatic regulator almost instantly limits airflow. When a low power drive signal is applied, the device's piezoelectric element changes shape and regulates pneumatic pressure through an airway. Because it has no moving parts, Tecno is reportedly wear-free. It is not affected by magnetic fields and generates no heat or sparks, making it suitable for use in hazardous operating environments. Applications for the piezo-based pressure regulator include ultrasound welding equipment, sheet tension winding machinery, and highly sensitive medical equipment, such as breathing apparatus or blood pressure monitoring systems. Hoerbiger-Origa Corp: Product Code 4185.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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