PERRET hydraulic shock absorbers are used on production lines to prevent end-of-travel impact at high speed. Capable of withstanding high temperatures and output rates, the absorbers come in a range of sizes, operating at temperatures up to 180C and frequencies at 4 Hz, with admissible impact speeds ranging from 0.3 to 4m/sec. To dissipate the mechanical energy of a moving mass, a laminar fluid flow is sent through the "operating clearance" between the piston and its compression chamber. This principle limits local heating of the fluid and increases the service life of the absorber.
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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.