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Actuators and Valves

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Technology Partnerships from the Mars Rover Curiosity

On Aug. 6, 2012, the Mars rover Curiosity ended its six-month-long journey to Mars with a successful landing.
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Heineken Bar Automation
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Heineken Bar Automation

A member of our Automation & Control Facebook group recently posted this 2012 video from Heineken that is sure to be of interest to Automation World readers.
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Actuator Design Revisited
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Actuator Design Revisited

Festo revises its approach to actuator control valves to create new product designs that are 50 percent smaller than comparable actuators.
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Voice Coil/Moving Coil Actuators

This podcast covers voice coil actuators—also known as moving coil actuators—which are commonly used in audio speaker manufacturing. But these actuators can do more than just be placed in speakers.
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Timer and Timing Delay Use in Automation

This podcast explains the use of timers and timing delays to coordinate the precise interaction of sensors and actuators in automated systems.
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CONCOA: Gas Distribution/Management System

The 544 Series IntelliSwitch Iiv automatically switches between two high-pressure, high-flow gases to provide interchangeable service and continuous supply.
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Industry’s Role in Education
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Industry’s Role in Education

The clearest trend in technical education for manufacturing today is the increased involvement of industry players of all sizes participating in the process.
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Fluid automation solutions deliver a lower total cost of ownership, greater asset availability, and improved productivity.
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Fluid automation solutions deliver a lower total cost of ownership, greater asset availability, and improved productivity.

Asco Numatics offers a combination of fluid control products and fluid power products--fluid automation solutions for a wide range of industry applications including automotive, beverage, food, oil and gas, packaging, pulp and paper, metals and mining.
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Festo: Compact Pneumatic Valve Terminal

The VTUG offers flexibility in the choice of control options.
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Emerson: Digital Valve Controller with Stainless Steel Housing

The Fisher FIELDVUE DVC6200's stainless steel housing and sealed construction prevents corrosion damage to components.
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Fully Integrated Rack & Pinion Valve Actuator

FieldQ FOUNDATION fieldbus Version 3 has new diagnostic capabilities that simplify daily work practices.
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Energy Boosts Flow Meters
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Energy Sector Spurs Flow Meter Growth

ARC report points to pent up demand from the power, mining and oil & gas industries as the principal driver behind double digit flow meter sales growth in 2011 and 2012.
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Ross Controls: Double Valves with BG Certification

The CAT-3 DM1 Series E and CAT-4 DM2 Series E size two double valves have received third-party certification from the BG (Berufsgenossenschaften– German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).
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Festo: Pneumatic Safety Valves

The MS6-SV and MS9-SV can be mounted as stand-alone units or incorporated with Festo air-preparation systems and feature soft-start functionality.
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Norgren: Valve for low temps, extreme environments

A poppet valve for applications that must operate in extreme temperatures, as low as -40°C (-40°F) or as high as 60°C (140°F), is the newest addition to the line of Prospector poppet valves from Norgr
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