MiniSystem Series of vacuum pumps consist of a polyamide pump housing which has been assembled to a multi-channeled black anodized aluminum profile for corrosion resistance. The pump has four channels, two for vacuum, one for compressed air, and one for the exhaust air. The design of the aluminum profile allows the pump to be equipped with gauges, vacuum filters, and blow-off units. The outside measurements of the largest size are 1.73 x 2.60 x 1.38 inches, and the weight is 4.3 oz.
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.