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.
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Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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