Minnesota Rubber/QMR Plastics (www.mnrubber.com) has converted a water control valve from brass to molded assembly. The new valve features a 74 percent weight reduction, non-corrosive reinforced thermoplastic body, total sealing, and identical inlet and outlet plumbing connections as on the previous brass model.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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