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.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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