February 2016

Parker Hannifin’s Hydraulic Unibody Series Rotary Actuator provides superior performance in injection equipment used in in the harshest environmental conditions, offering a lighter weight, easier to interface, more economical solution than competitive units. Built with a hard-coat anodized housing and hardened, high-strength alloy steel pinion and racks, the device is suitable for applications that are exposed to weather extremes. The rack-and-pinion gear design provides greater durability and life than comparable splined gear designs, provides excellent efficiency characteristics (90 to 95 percent), and minimizes hydraulic power unit (HPU) size. The internally plumbed, lightweight design with just two connection ports simplifies and reduces the time required for installation for both injection equipment OEMs and well service companies. Its high-reliability, one-piece housing eliminates leak paths and external connections; fewer plumbing hoses and fittings are required, which reduces labor costs and makes installation easier. The design allows for mounting directly on numerous process valves, reducing the amount of bracketry required and minimizing overall package size, which can be invaluable in areas with limited space available. Several add-on valve modules also reduce overall integration costs while improving product performance. The crossover vent module allows for flow between both cylinder ports, permitting free rotation of the process valve for greater ease of maintenance. The counter-balance valve module with crossover vent is designed for load holding in both directions, preventing run-away loads and allowing for flow between both cylinder ports. The D03 Solenoid ready module provides a manifold block directly mounted to the actuator for reduced plumbing and enhanced performance. Multiple linear and positional feedback and visual indication options are also available.





January 2016

Peak Protected, the service brand of laboratory gas generation specialists Peak Scientific, has introduced two new product offerings aimed at the maintenance of lab equipment in hospitals, universities and large scale research facilities.

Firstly, Supported Maintenance aims to give greater flexibility to labs with internal maintenance teams, to carry out preventative upkeep of the lab’s gas generators as well as other laboratory instruments.

Supported Maintenance offers a hassle-free scheduling service operated by Peak, meaning that Peak will automatically send the preventative maintenance kit to the generator’s site when maintenance is due, alongside clear technical instruction of how to perform the maintenance safely and proficiently. It also offers users a 10% discount on any additional parts out-with the service kit.

Additionally, the company has unveiled a new Elite Kit, which contains all the parts required to perform maintenance on components within the generator – including compressor based systems.

Billy Myers, Global Service and Training Director at the corporation, stressed, “At Peak we are continually striving to improve our service offering. We asked our customers what we could do to make their service experience with Peak even greater. Based upon the feedback we received, we have introduced Supported Maintenance and Elite Kits providing a more flexible service provision across the entire Peak Protected range.”

The UK-based generator specialist previously launched its 24hr Premium Protected programme, which offers customers a guaranteed next day response providing a greater flexibility for all types of laboratory budgets and resources.


HORIBA Scientific’s Ultra Fast Depth Profiling TOFMS

November 2015

The speed of Plasma Profiling TOFMS results from a high density, low energy sputtering plasma and the ultra-fast full mass coverage TOFMS detection. Minimal sample preparation coupled with no UHV sample transfer environment also contributes to the high speed of analysis and makes PP-TOFMS a user friendly tool easily implementable in a variety of scientific and engineering applications. PP-TOFMS analysis will give you quick answers about your “just-deposited” or “just-processed layers” or any solid sample you wish to analyze.

It will provide valuable information about depth distribution of major elements, profiles of dopants, identification of unexpected contaminants, and quality of interfaces within the nanometer scale. It is important to note that not only any element can be detected but the technique is also “nearly equally sensitive” to all elements, except for H, C, N, and O, since the ionization process is totally separated from the sputtering process.

This permits a standard-free, instantaneous semi-quantification analysis of your sample with an atomic concentration range spanning orders of magnitudes in a single measurement. PP-TOFMS will save you time in the optimization of layer deposition process and fabrication method for a wide range of materials applications such as microelectronics, photovoltaics, and optoelectronics.