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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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