Ocean Optics' (www.oceanoptics.com) new Lab-on-Valve sequential-injection analyzer puts a computer controlled six-position selector valve, precision syringe pump, and spectrophotometric flow cell in a 12.7- x 15.3- x 15.3-cm package for automated wet-chemistry applications. With processing taking place within the valve manifold, there is no need for additional tubing and connectors, so microvolumes of samples don't travel long distances with increased potential for contamination or degradation. Applications include biological processing medical immunoassays, water quality analysis, and dilution monitoring.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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