This system connects a coated cable within the hose bore to the valve plungers, wedges or flappers at hose end joints. The cable holds valves open when conditions are normal, like a compression spring, but during coupling ejection, hose stretching or hose separation, both valves seat themselves and cut off flow in either direction. They are used in hoses that move industrial fluids or gases, such as in chemical processing, offshore drilling, agriculture, petroleum refining, rail, highway or ocean-going transportation, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and other industries.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.