The Hydraulic Institute (HI) has recently added two new standards to its ANSI/HI Pump Standards. The first is the American National Standards for Air-Operated Pumps. This standard applies to air-operated pumps driven by a compressed gas (usually air) from an outside source and includes sections such as types, configurations, and nomenclature; definitions, design and application; and installation, operation, and maintenance. The second standard, the Air-Operated Pump Test Standard, applies to testing air-operated diaphragm and bellows pumps. It records test results and offers a uniform procedure for mechanical and other pump performance tests. For more information visit www.pumps.org.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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