This new system is reliable and compact, geared toward high-flow and low-to-medium system pressure applications. It is similar to the traditional Seal-Lok (SAE J1453) line, but can also adapt to the FlexFlange light-duty, flexible, corrugated-steel tubes used in gas appliances. The new system has shorter threads on the Lite ORFS end, and SAE-ORB-studded fittings use a light-duty port stud with shorter thread length. Fittings with male NPT threads use a light-duty version (PTF-Short). They also feature a hard-line (metallic tube) connection that uses existing stainless-steel Parflange tooling and equipment. Standard Seal-Lok Parflange sleeves are used throughout the traditional Seal-Lok and Lite fitting platforms. The systems allow high flow through the bore of the fitting, adapt to inch/metric tube, and tube and hose connections, and can be assembled by torque method. They are compact compared to instrumentation/hydraulic/traditional-grade fittings, use a captive O-ring groove seal for leak-free connection while retaining the O-ring and offer a zero-clearance fitting system for tight installations.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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