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.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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