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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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