Prism Magazine - Novmber 2001
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- By Andrea Tallent


Hydraulic Valve Addition

Parker Hannifin Corporation's Hydraulic Valve Division has announced an addition to its Colorflow series of hydraulic and pneumatic control valves. Parker is the originator of the color-band scale on flow control and needle valves—a feature that provides a highly visible reference for setting valve openings accurately and quickly. The product line will now include optional stainless steel parts in flow control, pressure compensated flow control, needle, and check valve functions. Each valve style will be available in several popular sizes, with maximum pressure ratings up to 345 Bar (5000 PSI). Uses for the stainless steel valves include food processing, car washes, chemical processing, and offshore applications. Colorflow valves can be used in both OEM and retrofit installations.


Funding opportunities

NineSigma, an organization that specializes in the research and development enterprise, announces the release of ProposalNet—a secure, no-risk resource for identifying, qualifying, and matching R&D buyers and suppliers. ProposalNet is a software clearinghouse designed to attract worldwide funding opportunities for proposed discovery, development, and commercialization initiatives, particularly from the private sector. Universities, research organizations, government labs, and companies, including small businesses, can showcase their newest science, technology, research and development, and commercialization proposals, replacing the current ad hoc nature of finding private-sector backers for research projects. Such approaches can be expensive (e.g., opportunity costs, person-hours, publicizing costs, etc.), time-consuming, and hit-or-miss. The ProposalNet Web-based user interface puts proposals in front of a global set of buyers faster, cheaper, and more effectively than newsletter ads, conference proceedings, and other paper media. For further information, visit or contact Mike Keating at 216-295-4808.