In certain applications, a cylinder's cycle time is critical. That means that it must not only extend quickly; it must return fast, as well. Using poppet-type Jumbo Exhaust Valves from Clippard Instrument Laboratory, machine builders can speed the return, even on pneumatic cylinders with long strokes. To accomplish that, the Jumbo Exhaust valve mounts on the cylinder, and dumps pressure on the other side of the piston as soon as the inlet pressure reaches zero. The Jumbo Exhaust Valve allows for use of smaller control valves and longer supply lines. It is said to be ideal for packaging machinery and automation applications. Clippard Instrument Laboratory: Product Code 4187.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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