Flowserve recently developed a new valve—at the request of the NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay Saint Louis, MS—that may reach beyond aerospace applications to the industrial gas industry, including markets like upstream oil and gas, and steel. The company built a split-body valve for NASA, designed to simplify installation and maintenance, enable trim size changes, and reduce inventory needs. Measuring 25.5 inches and remaining leak-free at 11,250 psig, the valve will be used at the space center for transfer-line isolation and tank venting. For more information on the new valve, go to www.flowserve.com.
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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