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Reverse Osmosis

Reverse Osmosis

  • February 17, 2017

Reverse osmosis (RO) is a widely utilized process that affects many aspects of our daily lives. For example, RO helps food manufacturers concentrate fruit juice, aquarium operators maintain their tanks, and cities and campers produce drinking water from something dirty or salty. It’s difficult to make it through a day without using a product created with reverse osmosis.

Welding Gas Equipment On The Rise

Welding Gas Equipment on the Rise

  • February 2, 2017

Since the invention of “resistance welding” in 1886 by Elihu Thomson, welding has been an ever-evolving process that has forever changed the manufacturing industry. At the conclusion of 2016, it continues to show no signs of slowing down. The welding industry continues to be a highly competent and cost-effective method for joining metals and non-metals, including plastics and composites.  

Flow Switches & Excess Flow Valves For Cryogenics

Flow Switches & Excess Flow Valves for Cryogenics

  • March 22, 2016

Cryogenics is the science of dealing with the production of and effects of very low temperatures. However, there’s some debate over how low ‘low temperature’ must be to qualify as cryogenic. Some say lower than -1000C. Others, such as NIST, put it at below -1500C. At these temperatures most gases become liquid, which gives them some interesting uses. Cryogenic temperatures are mostly produced through the Joule-Thomson effect, which takes advantage of the relationship between pressure, temperature, and volume.

Application Spotlight: Semiconductor Industry

Application Spotlight: Semiconductor Industry

  • January 18, 2016

The semiconductor market continues to grow, and it’s not just all those new smartphones. Cars and lighting are the other big drivers, and all this growth means continued investment in semiconductor fabrication facilities and equipment.

More Than You Wanted To Know About Activated Sludge

More Than You Wanted to Know About Activated Sludge

  • January 5, 2016

Sludge sounds unattractive, and indeed usually is. Defined as, “a muddy or slushy mass, deposit, or sediment,” it’s the kind of thick, viscous goo you’ll find at the bottom of a pond. The thought of activating it conjurors up images of some science-fiction blob slithering through your town or city.

That’s actually not too far from reality. While it’s probably not in your neighborhood, activated sludge may well be just outside your city limits. The good news is that it’s far from harmful. In fact it’s positively beneficial as it forms an essential component of many large-scale wastewater treatment systems.

Monitor Or Meter? Don’t Confuse Them

Monitor or Meter? Don’t Confuse Them

  • December 17, 2015

Measuring fluid flow is difficult. To start with, there’s the question of whether to measure volume or mass. Then within each category there are multiple technologies to chose from. Cost rises with accuracy, and some high-precision methods lack robustness for industrial application, especially in large, distributed plant environments. That’s why, before committing to a flow measurement method, it’s important to step back and consider how the data will be used.

Process Cooling: Keeping Manufacturing Competitive

Process Cooling: Keeping Manufacturing Competitive

  • November 10, 2015

Metal casting and plastic molding are near-net shape manufacturing processes. Liquid material fills a die, solidifies and is ejected. A few quick finishing operations later and a precision part is ready for shipping or assembly. The key to making money though is doing this quickly. Molding and casting machines are expensive, as are the dies, so throughput and utilization must be maximized. That means chilling the filled die as fast as possible, and that takes sophisticated cooling systems.

Application Spotlight: Automatic Spray Systems

Application Spotlight: Automatic Spray Systems

  • June 11, 2015

Mosquito Misting Systems

Summer is here, and with the long days and rising temperatures come the mosquitos. The top months for mosquito presence are June, July and August and no one is safe from mosquito borne illnesses like West Nile Virus. It’s time to protect your home and yourself, but how do you get rid of them?

Steam Rules: The Future of Power Generation

  • April 15, 2015

Despite all the low energy lightbulbs and high efficiency appliances, demand for electricity is projected to increase over the next 25 years. More air conditioners will be installed in southern states to meet the needs of the growing population and more power will be needed for factories, shops and warehouses. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that between 2014 and 2040 residential electricity usage will grow 21%, commercial use by 27% and industrial use by 30%.

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