Friday, 14 October 2016

AESA systems, security concerns boost demand for airborne fire control radar

The emergence of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems, coupled with the rising security concerns in world nations, has led to growth in the airborne fire control radar market.


The global environment witnesses dramatic socio-economic and political changes between countries and international bodies. In this scenario, the issue of national security and sustenance of military technologies takes paramount importance for reigning governments. The rise in research and development activities on warfare techniques has augmented the airborne fire control radar market.

There is greater implementation of fire control radars in military aircraft due to growing security concerns with respect to territorial conflicts between nations. Each country is actively investing mammoth sums of money in creating a larger and distinguished defense base. The increasing focus of militaries in employing surveillance radar technology with greater accuracy in target location has ensured that there is greater need for weapon control radars. Along with the transition towards AESA (active electronically scanned array) systems, the world airborne fire control radar market is expected to grow exponentially.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Airborne Fire Control Radar Market to Reach $3,455 Million, Globally, by 2022

"By region, Asia-Pacific is projected to be one of the fastest growing airborne fire control radar markets during the forecast period, due to the strong economic growth and rising military expenditure, industrial development, and civil unrest situations in countries including India, Japan, and China."

A new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, "Airborne Fire Control Radar Market - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014 - 2022", forecasts that the global airborne fire control radar market is expected to reach $3,455 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 3.9% from 2016 to 2022. X-band segment is expected to witness highest growth rate, while region-wise North America is projected to lead the market during the forecast period.


Over the years, the demand for air and missile radar systems has increased significantly, owing to adoption of active electronically scanned array (AESA)-based systems, rise in concern for border security, automation of defense and surveillance radar systems, increase in military spending in various developing countries and others.

Radar has been extensively used by the defense industry after the Second World War and is now among the crucial component in military communications. High number of advancements in the recent years in radar technologies has given rise to increased flexibility of the tools. This has also resulted in the development of AESA in the airborne fire control radar systems. These types of phased array radar systems are much more precise, making it easier for airborne fire control radar in easy tracking of the target.

Furthermore, territorial conflicts in Asia-Pacific and Middle East & Africa pose a major challenge in todays environment. The cause for such conflicts includes a mix of political and economic interests, normative reasons, and struggle over scarce natural resources. It has been seen in the past that territorial conflicts were the leading cause of war, especially if two countries disagreed over specific parts of territory. Due to this, the countries have secured their borders with effective technologies through air, water, and land; this increase in security concerns gives rise to the demand for airborne fire control radar systems worldwide.

In terms of frequency band, S-band accounted for the maximum revenue share during the forecast period. In addition, X-band airborne fire control radar is expected to grow at the fastest rate.

North America accounted for majority of the global market share in 2015, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period.

Key Findings of the Airborne Fire Control Radar Market:


  • In the year 2015, S band segment dominated the overall airborne fire control radar market in terms of revenue, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.3%.
  • North America generated the highest revenue among all regions in 2015.
  • Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region with India, China, and Japan as the leading countries for airborne fire control radar market.
  • U.S. and China accounted for the majority of the share, in terms of revenue, responsible for nearly 50% of the total market.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Company, SAAB Group, Thales Group, and Airbus Group are leading players in global airborne fire control radar market. They have adopted various strategies such as contracts & agreements, new product launches, expansion, and partnerships to sustain in the market.

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)