order to assist equipment manufacturers in meeting increased demands for
enhanced vehicle performance, higher system efficiencies and improved
environmental compliance, HydraForce is releasing a new line of HyPerformanceTM cartridge valves. These valves
target the construction, paving, agriculture, material handling, forestry, industrial
and other high-performance markets.
They are designed to facilitate reliable and continuous
operating pressures as high as 350 bar and 420 bar, intermittent. HydraForce will
offer a complete line of these valves by 2012. When the line is complete, it
will cover a range from the common -10 cavity to a metric -42 cavity with flow
ratings to 530 lpm and will be available in a variety of valve configurations,
including solenoid (poppet and spool), electro-proportional, directional, flow
and pressure control types.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.