A machined groove for the O-ring that doesn't break or flare out when tightened makes the new Anver Captured O-Ring Barbed Fitting (www.anver.com) vibration proof, says the company. Engineers there say it provides a leak-proof, tight fitting seal and retains its position. The component is designed to screw into suspensions and provide the fit of a metal-to-metal connection with the static sealing qualities of an O-ring. The grooved design reportedly simplifies installation by eliminating the need for replacement gaskets or washers because the seal is already properly positioned for a tight fit.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.