Exair's safety air
gun has a small diameter nozzle and extension that will fit into tight spaces
with a strong blowing force. The Precision Safety Air Gun uses Exair's Nano Super Air Nozzle which has been engineered
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consumption. The Nano Super Air Nozzle is available in a rugged Type 316
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nozzle come in contact with other surfaces. The PEEK nozzle provides resistance
to chemicals, fatigue and temperatures up to 320F (160C).
The Precision Safety Air Gun has an ergonomic design to keep the hand in a
comfortable position. A hanger is provided for convenient storage or mounting
to a tool balancer. Prices start at $53.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.