Smith Flow Control's Flexi-Drive valve
actuator allows the remote operation of valves located in hard to reach or
dangerous areas. Flexi-Drive attaches to the host valve with no modifications
required. A flexible linear drive cable connects the valve to a hand wheel up
to 200 ft away, accommodating 540 degrees of bends in the cable run. The system
can be passed around and through walls, bulkheads and floors. It is completely
sealed and permanently lubricated for maintenance-free operation.
completely submersible, operating in water up to 50 ft. It is constructed from
corrosion-resistant 316 stainless steel, and designed to withstand temperatures
from -65 to +400F. The Flexi-Drive's clutching system replaces the sheer pins
used by similar products, ensuring operation throughout its 20,000 valve cycle
Flexi-Drive is for
use in the power industry and chemical, petrochemical and oil processing
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.