Check valves include smart valves, which incorporate a low-inertia poppet design with double-tapered O-ring seals to achieve a fast, positive seal in ultra-low-pressure applications. These valves control fluid or gas in low-pressure, low-flow systems. With more than 16,000 possible configurations, these check valves offer a maximum degree of modularity and versatility. Users can create custom valves from stock parts by specifying cartridge size, end fitting, opening pressure, body material, O-ring, and spring material.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.