An engineering team at Humphrey Products has engineered a one-piece pneumatic diaphragm valve for use in a medical anesthesia machine. The brass-body valve includes an integral pilot actuator and reportedly operates with zero leakage at 50 psig. Its design represents a departure from traditional anesthesia machine valves, which typically use a two-piece configuration that incorporates sliding seals. In contrast, Humphrey's valve employs a diaphragm that incorporates no sliding seals, and therefore can operate precisely for millions of cycles. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4388-539.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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