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Valve box

Furon(R) Valve Box Enclosure is designed for flow-through ventilation and pressure containment applications, due to its 5 psig pressure rating. A Type II PVC material and twin-sheet thermoform design allows for valve and connection inspection. Valve box measures 24 x 24 inches, providing input/output connections on four sides. Leaks are avoided through the molded seamless construction and Viton(R) seal.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Enter 646


Model 012 is a fractional horsepower oil-less air compressor designed specifically as a component for manufacturers of aerosol nebulizers. In this application, the compressor pushes air through a jar of medication, atomizing the medication into very small particles so that it can be easily inhaled into the lungs of the patient for effective treatment of asthma. Other design features include: reduction in the number of ball bearings from three to one; use of plastic components that are injection molded in house versus die-cast zinc that comes from an outside supplier; and a snap-fit assembly instead of screws.

Thomas Industries Inc., Enter 647

Pneumatic manifold

The X Systems(TM) is a durable thermoelastomer assembly, eliminating seals and screws for the valve to manifold interface. The design is said to allow for standard and complex pneumatic manifold circuitry, including multiple-operating pressures, vacuum, or partitioned configurations. Advantages over traditional aluminum manifolds reportedly include lower cost, lighter weight, and rapid prototyping.

Parker Hannifin, Enter 648

Ball valve

The Triad Series 3-Piece ball valve is suitable for high-pressure, high-temperature, and severe-service applications, and comes standard as fire-safe certified to API 607 4th Edition standards. The series features live loaded stem seals, redundant body and stem seals, and carbon-steel bodies. Triad models are available with a temperature range from -100 to 650F.

Flow-Tek, Enter 649

Air regulator

The Minimatic Air Regulator-1 (MAR-1) features a downward and upward adjustable pressure, with range springs of 0-100 psi. According to the company, pressure is held constant while avoiding downstream pressure creepage. No tools are required to choose pressure from the 40 pitch threads with the knurled micro adjustment knob. Air regulators are designed for panel mounting, particularly in control circuits or on individual jigs or fixtures.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Enter 650

Air filters

Quadrafoam air filters, used in telecommunications enclosure applications, are intended to allow heat exchangers to operate at maximum efficiency with little maintenance. The filters include one-piece roll-formed aluminum frames, 85% open expanded aluminum Uni-Grid support, and Telcordia NEBS compliant filter media. They may also serve as both a dual-purpose air filter and EMI shield.

Universal Air Filter Co., Enter 651

Diaphragm pump

The model N838 diaphragm pump includes an integrated-control brushless dc motor, which reduces wear and increases lifetime. Featuring low EMI and RFI levels, the pump has a 34 l/min. flow and an end vacuum of 27 inches Hg, all in a 6L x 3.5W x 5H in. package. The company reports a high rate of efficiency due to increased flexibility and power controlled by the structured diaphragm. Employed by the medical industry, the pumps are used in concentrators, analyzers, and sampling systems.

KNF Neuberger, Enter 652

Safety relief valve

The Conbraco 500 Series safety relief valves offer pressure settings up to 900 psig at 800F for use in steam, air/gas, and liquid service. These ASME Section VIII certified valves are available in bronze, carbon steel, or stainless steel, and include a full-nozzle design, integral stainless steel springs, self-aligning pivoting disc, and API 527 seat tightness. Applications include storage tanks, pumps, pressure vessels, pressure piping systems, cyrogenic and industrial gases, and power plant auxiliary systems.

Conbraco Industries, Inc., Enter 653

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