The Excelon Pro FRL system from Norgren takes a modular approach to air preparation. It includes a general-purpose filter to remove particles and common liquids, a coalescing filter to capture oil vapor and fine particulate, a general-purpose pressure regulator, a lubricator for downstream oil dispensing, an integral filter/regulator, a porting block and accessory valves for shutoff, exhaust and smooth start tasks. All of the modular components can be assembled without tools thanks to the system's patented “Quickconnect” connections and push-in fittings. The regulator and filter/regulators also feature a patented oval valve design that maximizes cross sectional flow area.
Radial Diaphragm Air Compressor
A new radial diaphragm air compressor from Dynaflo Inc. targets portable respiratory ventilation applications and features a fluid path that's completely sealed from the outside environment. It relies on a collection of 12 small pumping diaphragms arranged in a radial array and driven sequentially by a centrally located dc-motor actuator. This use of relatively small pumping diaphragms is designed to addresses flow pulsation, noise, vibrations and low-speed-cogging issues that can arise with traditional reciprocal pumps.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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