Thursday, 18 August 2016

World Market for Hydraulic Pumps to Reach $10.4 Billion by 2022

http://www.mobilehydraulictips.com - According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, the global hydraulic pump market is expected to garner $10.4 billion of revenue by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 4.7% during 2016-2022. In 2015, Asia-Pacific accounted for 36.7%, followed by North America. Growth in developing countries such as China and India would primarily be supplemented by increasing use of hydraulic pumps in manufacturing, construction activities and automobiles.

Based on type, hydraulic pumps are classified as vane, piston, and gear pumps. Gear pumps dominated the market in 2015, accounting for more than 50% of the market revenue, owing to their low cost. Piston pumps are expected to be the fastest growing product, due to the component’s high efficiency, reliability, and increasing usage in high pressure application areas like mining and construction.

In 2015, the mobile segment occupied a major share of the overall market. However, the industrial segment is anticipated to grow at a faster rate during 2016-2022, owing to increasing application of hydraulic pumps in manufacturing activities in the developing economies.

Other findings include:

· In 2015, Asia-Pacific was the highest revenue-generating region for hydraulic pumps, followed by North America
· Growth in Latin America/Middle East/Africa is likely to be supplemented by increasing usage of hydraulic pumps in mining and oil extraction activities
· Gear pumps are the most commonly used hydraulic pumps worldwide
· Mobile applications were the major revenue-generating segment in 2015
· The industrial application segment would grow at a faster CAGR of 5.5% during 2016-2022

The complete report is available for purchase at https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/hydraulic-pump-market

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Tech Giants Back Agriculture Equipment Manufacturers to Make Sustainable Solutions

Agriculture equipment are used for assistance in agriculture activities. Agriculture equipment comprise a wide range of equipment such as tractors, plough, cultivation equipment, and harvesters. The market is anticipated to grow at a moderate pace, with a CAGR of 5.9% from 2016 - 2022, to garner over $200 billion revenue by 2022.



Source: https://blog.alliedmarketresearch.com/collaboration-with-tech-giants-helps-agriculture-equipment-manufacturers-319

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Engineering Essentials: Pressure-Control Valves

Pressure-control valves are found in virtually every hydraulic system, and they assist in a variety of functions, from keeping system pressures safely below a desired upper limit to maintaining a set pressure in part of a circuit. Types include relief, reducing, sequence, counterbalance, and unloading. All of these are normally closed valves, except for reducing valves, which are normally open. For most of these valves, a restriction is necessary to produce the required pressure control. One exception is the externally piloted unloading valve, which depends on an external signal for its actuation.

 

Relief valves


Most fluid power systems are designed to operate within a preset pressure range. This range is a function of the forces the actuators in the system must generate to do the required work. Without controlling or limiting these forces, the fluid power components (and expensive equipment) could be damaged. Relief valves avoid this hazard. They are the safeguards which limit maximum pressure in a system by diverting excess oil when pressures get too high.

Cracking pressure and pressure override —The pressure at which a relief valve first opens to allow fluid to flow through is known as cracking pressure. When the valve is bypassing its full rated flow, it is in a state of full-flow pressure. The difference between full-flow and cracking pressure is sometimes known as pressure differential, also known as pressure override.

In some cases, this pressure override is not objectionable. However, it can be a disadvantage if it wastes power (because of the fluid lost through the valve before reaching the maximum setting). This can further permit maximum system pressure to exceed the ratings of other components. (To minimize override, use a pilot-operated relief valve.)

 

Relief valves are either direct-acting or pilot-operated.


Direct-acting — A direct-acting valve may consist of a poppet or ball, held exposed to system pressure on one side and opposed by a spring of preset force on the other. In a fixed, non-adjustable, normally closed relief valve, Figure 1, the force exerted by the compression spring exceeds the force exerted by system pressure acting on the ball or poppet. The spring holds the ball or poppet tightly seated. A reservoir port on the spring side of the valve returns leakage fluid to tank.

Fig.1: Simple, direct-acting relief valve has no adjusting screw and therefore opens at a fixed, pre-set pressure as controlled by setting of compression spring.

When system pressure begins to exceed the setting of the valve spring, the fluid unseats the ball or poppet, allowing a controlled amount of fluid to bypass to reservoir, maintaining system pressure at the valve setting. The spring re-seats the ball or poppet when enough fluid is released (bypassed) to drop system pressure below the setting of the valve spring.

Because the usefulness of a fixed relief valve is limited to the single setting of its spring, most relief valves are adjustable. This is commonly achieved with an adjusting screw acting on the spring, Figure 2. By turning the screw in or out, the operator compresses or decompresses the spring respectively. The valve can be set to open at any pressure within a desired range. Aside from the adjustable feature, this valve works just like the fixed valve in Fig 1.

Spring-loaded poppet valves are generally used for small flows. They don’t leak below cracking pressure and respond rapidly, making them ideal for relieving shock pressures. They often are used as safety valves to prevent damage to components from high surge pressures, or to relieve pressure caused by thermal expansion in locked cylinders. The differential between cracking and full open pressure on spring-loaded poppet relief valves is high. For this reason they are not recommended for precise pressure control.

Fig.2: Adjustable, direct-acting relief valve blocks flow through the valve until force of system pressure on the poppet overcomes the adjustable spring force and downstream pressure.

Relief valves are also made to relieve flow in either direction. Fluid pressure at the other port acts on a shoulder on the plunger to open the valve. Another type of direct-acting relief valve has a guided piston. In this valve a sliding piston, instead of a poppet, connects the pressure and reservoir ports. System pressure acts on the piston and moves it against a spring force. As the piston moves, it uncovers a reservoir port in the valve body.

These valves have a fast response but may be prone to chatter. They can be damped to eliminate chatter, but this also slows their reaction time. They are reliable and can operate with good repetitive accuracy if flow does not vary widely. Valves with hardened-steel pistons and sleeves have a very long service life. They may leak slightly below cracking pressure unless the pistons are sealed.

Guided-piston relief valves generally are used for pressures below 800 psi, although they can be made with heavier springs for higher pressures. The heavier springs give the valve a greater differential and consequently increase the size of the valve.

A variation of the guided-piston relief valve is the differential-piston relief valve. Here, the pressure acts on an annular area (the difference between two piston areas). This annular area is smaller than the valve’s seat area. This permits the use of a lighter spring than would be needed if pressure acted on the entire seat area. These valves have a lower pressure differential than poppet or guided-piston relief valves.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Innovative Biopsy Devices Identify Cancer Cells at its Early Stage

https://blog.alliedmarketresearch.com - Today, biopsy devices market players are seen introducing innovative devices that can identify cancer cells at an early stage. 

With the advancements of modern science, and emergence of bio-psycho-socio-therapeutic model, there has been a growing demand for obtaining accurate therapeutic results, say research analysts at Allied Market Research (AMR). Optimal therapeutic result with minimal damage is what many prominent players such as UAB focusing on, highlight AMR researchers. Earlier, oncologists depended greatly on sophisticated and complex imaging devices and biopsies to detect diseases such as cancer in symptomatic patients. In most cases, when detected the disease is often at an advanced stage, which makes it tougher to cure or treat. Therefore, to enhance the clinical results, scientists are concentrating on ways to detect cancer sooner. Such efforts have encouraged innovative discoveries in the biopsy devices market.

CT Guided Device Discovery Brings Hope for Radiology Department


There has been an increasing demand for a device that can aid Interventional radiologists to carry out “Computed Tomography (CT)” directed biopsy safely. In a recent incident a group of engineering students from the famous Sultan Qaboos University and medical specialists from the Oman Medical Specialty Board created history by inventing a similar CT guided device. Echoing their sentiments about the device the team said “We called our device the Painless CT-guided Biopsy Device.”

Computed Tomography guided biopsy is a procedure by which Interventional radiologists can obtain a sample of the tissues from a human body.  The tissue sample is then tested in a histopathology laboratory to get the final diagnosis results. So far, the process was performed manually. Besides this, the traditional method also carried greater risk for medical practitioners and patients and is time-consuming. But, not anymore! The team behind this innovative equipment is determined to demonstrate it at various local conferences and international events and exhibitions. Such discoveries are expected to drive in huge investment towards R&D in the biopsy devices market.

Robotic Surgeon is here to Detect Your Cancer Cells


There has been a growing speculation about surgeons being assisted by robots to detect cancerous tissues. While many doubted the capability of these knives to sniff out the cancer cells, iKnife - an intelligent knife - shows its dexterity is beyond normal human potentiality. Developed by a group of scientists at “Imperial College London”, the device is undergoing clinical trials as a part of the institute’s plans to “roboticise” medical surgery.

iKnife can easily detect the smoke as it burns through human tissue. This enables doctors to identify if the cells are cancerous. The team behind the discovery explains that the optical biopsy device has the power to sniff the cancer cells, and is an imaging tool that overlays traditional x-ray and MRI images onto real – time images to guide surgeons. Guang-Zhong Yang, a professor and director at the reputed Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College said “We are entering a new age of precision surgery.” Yang added “We want to enhance surgeons with robots that give them almost superhuman powers to image and diagnose damaged tissues, and the dexterity to repair them.”

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Can ‘Technomeat’ Live Up to Its Promise?


http://www.theepochtimes.com - A small group of Silicon Valley-funded tech companies is out to disrupt factory livestock farming with plant-meat alternatives that are better for the environment than meat, better for our health, and just as tasty as the real thing.

With a staff of not chefs but mainly chemists, biochemists, and physicists, they are engineering alternatives to meat that look, cook, and impress just like the real thing—blood and all—using only plant ingredients like yellow pea, soybean, spinach, beets, carrots, and the like.
 

"By 2054, meat alternatives will comprise 33 percent of the overall protein market, up from just 2 percent today.


Prominent venture capitalists such as mega-billionaire Li Ka-shing, Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, and others have invested $200 million in the two leading companies, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, according to Crunchbase.

While Redwood City, California-based Impossible Foods, backed by $183 million, continues to work in its labs on a beef burger and nondairy cheese, Manhattan Beach, California-based Beyond Meat’s grilled chicken strips and homestyle chicken have been on the market for a few years now.

In early 2015, the company released a beef-like Beast Burger, Beyond Beef Crumbles, and Beastly Sliders.


Lux Research, a strategic advisory firm for emerging technologies, predicts that by 2054, meat alternatives will comprise 33 percent of the overall protein market, up from just 2 percent today.

Driving this major shift in our eating habits is a perfect storm of consumer awareness: rising health concerns about consuming meat, the higher cost of meat due to increasing global demand (most notably for animal feed), and environmental concerns about animal agriculture, according to Lux.

Demand from Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers tends to be more health-related, while millennials tend to be motivated more by environmental concerns. Regardless, the market for plant food is now much larger and much more mainstream than before, pushing the boundaries of innovation past the typical vegetarian fare.

And this new group of plant-food explorers still enjoy eating meat. Call them “flexarians.” In fact, these people may even prefer that their meat substitute fool them into believing it’s the real thing.

Influential food writer Mark Bittman as well as Gates have both said they could not tell in a blind taste test the difference between Beyond Meat’s plant-based chicken and real muscle meat.

Food critic Corby Kummer, writing for the MIT Technology Review, said his impression was that Beyond Meat’s products were only getting close to the experience of “debased industrial meat.”

They are likely decades away from achieving the quality of a fine steak, “with the intramuscular marbling fat that bastes every bite,” Kummer wrote. But to be fair, he acknowledges for the company to achieve a product comparable to a Tyson chicken strip is indeed progress.

Gates wrote on his personal blog that the earth cannot support enough animal agriculture to feed the world’s growing population, and companies like Beyond Meat have taken on the challenge of finding alternatives that do not require asking everyone to become vegetarian.

He famously deemed his bite of chicken taco, made with Beyond Meat, no less than “a taste of the future of food.”

A Growing Industry


While the market for plant meat is still nascent today, it is growing at a healthy rate of 8.4 percent annually, according to Allied Market Research, nearly triple the overall growth in the food industry.

Byond Meat chicken strips made from all vegetarian ingredients that are free of antibiotics, GMO's, and gluten. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Already, a surprising variety of meat alternatives can be found at natural grocers. Meat substitutes made from seitan (a wheat product), and tofu and tempeh (made from fermented soybeans), have been around for decades and are associated with incumbent brands Tofurky, Yves Veggie Cuisine, and Gardein.

Lux researcher Sara Olson says soy’s dominant 95 percent market share is expected to reduce to just 22 percent by 2054 as other meat-alternative options develop.

Some of the newer companies out there now include Sophie’s Kitchen seafood made with the Southeast Asian superfood konjac, jackfruit meat introduced recently by Upton’s Naturals, and a savvy blend of whole foods offered in a wide variety of meaty options by Sweet Earth Foods.

In fact, some vegetarians say they find some of these new fake-meat products somewhat offensive, or they may even feel baffled by claims on the products that appeal to meat-eaters, such as “flame-broiled,” and “quarter-pounder.” That is a little too meaty!

Other vegetarians may find themselves utterly drawn in by the artful packaging and product allure.

Nadia Berenstein, a food historian who is also a vegetarian, called Beyond Meat in a recent telephone interview, “an exquisitely technological and artificial product.”

Chile made with Beyond Beef crumbles. (Courtesy of Beyond Meat)



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Smart Home Security Solutions Offers More Than Just Securing Your Assets

Sudden rise in thefts worldwide is driving the Home Security Industry globally. Asian countries are observing an exponential growth.

Home security solutions: Allied Market Research
We never know when a bugler strikes, lurking around a house and waiting for a perfect opportunity to relieve a homeowner of his or her valuables. In any event where a criminal manages to bypass security a home owner can still make it difficult for him by concealing all the expensive items, say research analysts at Allied Market Research. In addition, researchers analyzing the share size and growth opportunities in the home security solutions market explain that many DIY kits can also help homeowners secure their assets. Today, the United States leads when it comes to burglaries and thefts.

So what are market players upto?

Home security solutions: Allied Market Research
Courtesy: #homesecurity

What’s driving the home security solutions market?
Approximately 65% thieves or buglers use force to enter a house and gain access to the valuables. Furthermore, surprisingly over 25% enter the houses through windows or unlocked doors. Many homeowners are exploring the functions and advantages of wireless home security solutions market nowadays. That’s because over 20% of the thieves were reported cutting the alarm wires before they entered the house.
As per the FBI, the dollar loss due to burglary in the United States alone is close to $2,185. Besides this, Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report reveals that about 28% of the home owners were present when the buglers entered the house.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Shape-Morphing with Smart Materials Promises Hope for Assistive Technology

Many of us understand the impact physical disability can have on an individual’s life, don’t we?Perhaps many of us have a firsthand experience with some sort of disability. In the U.K., over 1000 people suffer from spinal cord injury every year, according to Mark C Ransley a researcher and innovator at UCL. According to the research analysts at Allied Market Research assessing the size and share of the smart materials market, more than 15,500 stroke cases are reported every year in U.K. Loss of motor ability is the most tragic condition found in the aging population and the smart materials market has to prepare itself for the reality over the coming years. Besides elders, the younger population will also depend on assistive technology. 

Smart material market- allied market research

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The origin of assisted technology can be traced back to 5000 BC, where the use of wheelchair and crunches were common. However, recent discoveries in the material science are making things more lightweight as well as comfortable. The first ever radical approach in material science was the discovery of the robotic exoskeleton. These machines were developed to assist people perform manual labor, repetitive tasks, and strenuous chores. There are several reason why exoskeleton failed to attract many investors. They were noisy, expensive, and inaccurate. Moreover, the power requirements for the product was very high.  Besides, the rigid mechanical frames have posed limitations for people with imparities. 

Thus, researchers have adopted a completely different radical approach when it comes to the smart materials market. They believe that a transition from assisted robotic technology into the whole new world of assistive material holds answers to some important questions. The smart materials being developed today can electronically change their texture, shape, and stiffness. So wearable robots will be soon replaced by a smart wearable suit and amplify your movement by the virtue of the contraction and stiffening abilities of the material. This would mean that elders can let go off their walking stick as the material will carry the weight for you.