Engineers say seals made with Parker Hannifin's carboxylated HNBR sealing material operate better in extremely high temperatures and with highly abrasive fluids than other nitriles. A Canadian oil-well tooling company is using the material as the packing element around casing and piping in oil wells. The well fluids are corrosive and eat the casings, experts say. Plus, the farther into the well hole the tools go, the higher the temperatures they meet. The holes can go down to 10,000 ft. The XHBNR works in temperatures up to 300F and has a tensile strength of 5000 psi. It also resists hydrogen sulfide.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.