Following a broad-scope brainstorming, the system architecture was narrowed to a straightforward dual, alternating pin design to retain and systematically release single spherical cleaning tools into the pipeline.
A primary purpose of the system was the ability to load and restrain loaded tools until they were ready for launch. This required determining the applicable forces on the system. To completely capture the design requirements, Syncroness tested and measured the sphere absorption of impact forces. These forces quantified the strength required in the pin assemblies that would be used to capture the loaded spheres. Similarly, Syncroness engineers calculated the forces of the spheres on the pins when statically retaining the weight of a “stack” of staged the tools under all conditions.[...]