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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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