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Understanding and Measuring Time Delay in an Analytical Instrumentation System

Time delay in sample systems is the most common cause of inappropriate results from process analyzers. Process measurements are instantaneous, but analyzer responses are not. There is always a time delay from the tap to the analyzer.

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PTFE Hose Offers Unmatched Flexibility In Tight Spaces

But even PTFE has its limits, so keep the minimum bend radius in mind

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3D-Printing Interconnected Graphene Layers

A new way to 3D print graphene at a far higher resolution than before paves the way for the material’s use in smaller objects and a greater diversity of shapes than previously possible.

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Fluid Dynamics Simulation Reveals the Underlying Physics of Liquid Jet Cleaning

Semiconductor manufacturing involves cleaning processes. Due to environmental and health concerns, physical cleaning techniques such as liquid jets or underwater ultrasound are more desirable than the use of toxic chemicals. Researchers are only now attempting to understand the physics of physical techniques.

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New ‘Metallic Wood’ so Light it Could Make Titanium Obsolete

An international team of engineers has built a new material from the atom up. Combining the strength of titanium with the porosity and cellular structure of wood, this sheet of nickel with nano-pores has an incredible strength-to-weight ratio.

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Calculating the ROI of Process Analyzer Technology

It’s no secret that process analyzers are more expensive than other measuring devices within your sampling system. Some organizations require justification for such expensive equipment in the form of a return-on-investment (ROI) analysis. While much of the current process analyzer technology delivers a truly amazing ROI, some presents a negative ROI due to poor system designs. Here’s how to determine your process analyzer’s ROI.

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Back To Basics: Rubber Hose Gets The Job Done Simply At Lower Cost

For lower pressure and less critical applications, rubber hose is often a cost effective solution

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Scientists Left Stunned after Melting Gold at Room Temperature

Scientists were stunned to discover that gold will melt at room temperature when exposed to an electric field. The ability to manipulate the property of gold will have implications for its use in sensors, catalysts and transistors.

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Bill Gates is backing a plan to turn CO2 into fuel

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his partners are experimenting with a technology to extract CO2 from the air and use it to produce a mix of petrol and diesel. If the process—which has already proved successful on a small scale—can be replicated on an industrial scale, it could provide clean fuel and help stop global warming.

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New Class of Metamaterials Changes Physical Properties in Seconds

A new class of mechanical metamaterials can change from rigid to flexible in response to a magnetic field. They nevertheless retain their shape, making them appropriate for applications such as smart wearables or soft robotics.

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How to Maximize Industrial Fluid System Component Life

Focusing on sound system design practices, as well as the proper selection, installation, maintenance, and storage of your fluid system components can help you maximize the life of those parts to reduce your total cost of system ownership. Here are several strategies to get the most out of your regulators, valves, hoses, and more.

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Swagelok Northern California can optimize it, engineer it, and build it for you

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The 100 Greatest Innovations of 2018

Popular Science has released its 31st annual Best of What’s New awards. This is a compilation of technologies and gadgets that don’t just wow, but have the potential to change lives, across 10 disciplines.

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How to Calibrate an Analyzer in an Analytical Instrumentation System

In many analytical instrumentation systems, the process analyzer does not provide an absolute measurement. Rather, it provides a relative response based on settings established during calibration—a critical process subject to significant error.

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LLNL Machine Learning Detects 3D Printer Failures With 10ms of Video

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have used an algorithm to monitor 3D printing frame by frame that can detect errors in parts as they are printed. The technique improves 3D printing to 93% accuracy.

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Historic Chinese Moon Lander Returns First Shot of Unexplored Region

China’s Chang'e-4 probe successfully landed on the far side of the moon, and early this year sent the first ever pictures of the uncharted region.

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Vlog: Enter the Grab Sampling Matrix

Three minute overview on Swagelok Grab Sample Systems that helps you pick the right one. Swagelok Northern California can customize a grab sampling system for the unique needs of your application. We offer both Grab Sample Module systems for gas and liquid sampling and Grab Sample Liquid Only systems. 

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Preventing Semiconductor Material Degradation

Silicon Carbide is becoming more popular in semiconductor applications for electronic devices, but it does degrade. Now scientists in Japan have gained new insights into the material’s degradation at the atomic level.

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Low Power CO2 Carbon Recapture

Scientists evaluate two vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) technologies for low-cost post-combustion CO2 capture and concentration (CCC). The aim is to identify the best adsorbents for carbon capture that are also the most cost-effective.

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3D Printed Graphene Recharges Battery Design

A 3D printing technique has overcome the shortcomings of graphene to revolutionize the way manufacturers will produce batteries and supercapacitors, and perhaps even tissue engineering. Whereas until now graphene has only been able to be used for objects with simple geometries, the new fabrication process enables the production of complex objects with excellent mechanical strength, high thermal and electrical conductivity, and low weight density.

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