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.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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