High-density interface (HDI) three-way miniature solenoid valves are for manifold mounting at 0.300 inch center-to-center. Applications include pneumatic control ones where a large number of valves must be designed into the smallest area possible. The valves measure 1.25 x 0.3 inches, and are available in face-mount, plug-in, and ported configurations.
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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.