Short stroke, flange mounted, double acting, single ended hydraulic cylinders are now available from this company for space limited applications where fluid lines and fittings are isolated from the work area. Ports for the fittings are machined on the rear face with drilled passages in the outer wall which lead to either side of the piston. The product is available in nine sizes with pressure ratings up to a reported 3,000 psi.
Mack Corporation , 3695 E Industrial Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86004; FAX (520) 526-0473; www.mackcorp.com.
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Butterfly valves have just been added to this company's lightweight, grooved-end stainless steel piping system to eliminate the need for more costly flanged-end valves. The valves are rated up to a reported 300 psi for use in pulp, paper, steel, and chemical processing applications. The products feature full stainless steel bodies with integrally cast necks and global ISO top flanges.
Victaulic Co. Of America; FAX 416-675-5565; www.victaulic.com.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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