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.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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