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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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