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.
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.