Designed for operation in confined spaces, Festo's MH1 Miniature Valves are only 10 mm wide. The 2/2-way or 3/2-way versions are compatible with the range of Festo compact cylinders, rotary actuators and slides. With up to 24 solenoids mounted on a manifold, the connections could get complicated. Festo engineers used a sub-D connector to have a compact, clean-looking valve assembly and to avoid exposed wires. The connector is part of a design option that provides protection to EN 60529. The fast-switching (4 msec response time) valves target light assembly, medical technology, semiconductor and process industries.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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