Cylinders & Actuators

Know Your Pneumatics: Single or Double Acting? Choosing the Right Cylinder

The most popular style of pneumatic actuator consists of a piston and rod moving inside a closed cylinder, designed to move in a straight line to deliver linear motion. This style of linear actuator...
On September 26, 2017

Hints & Tips: 6 Simple Circuits To Reduce Air Consumption - Part 2 of 2

Did you know you can improve machine efficiency without reducing productivity by selecting pneumatic valves and pressure regulators strategically? Many times, the compressed air delivered to a...
On September 12, 2017

Learn how to make your predictive maintenance "smarter"

With the onset of Industry 4.0, factory and production environments are adopting industrial networks to become more connected and intelligent. This is largely driven by the need for...
On September 7, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Hints & Tips For Specifying Linear Actuators

Introduction to Linear Actuators Pneumatic linear actuators are designed to move in a straight line and are one of the simplest, most cost effective and straightforward ways to accomplish linear...
On August 29, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Understanding IO-Link

IO-Link is a point-to-point communication technology that can be implemented into most PLC configurations or integrated into most existing industrial Ethernet and fieldbus networks via a device called...
On May 1, 2017

3 Ways to Prevent Costly Downtime in Compressed Air Installations

Pneumatic systems have become critical to automation motion and control applications in almost every sector. Clean, versatile and powerful, compressed air is piped around a ring main in a factory much...
On April 18, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Basics of Air Bellows

Pneumatic air bellows are most commonly used for raising and lowering functions. They are particularly suitable for applications that require short stroke (up to 410mm) and high load capability (up to...
On March 21, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: 3 Ways to Increase Your ROI from Rotary Actuators

Did you know that pneumatic rotary actuators are a durable and simple way to convert compressed air pressure in rotary movement? Capable of operating in hazardous environments and when utilized...
On February 28, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: How to Size a Pneumatic Rotary Actuator

Once you have selected the type of pneumatic rotary actuator best suited for an application, the next step is to select an appropriate size. Here’s a breakdown of the three main design criteria to...
On February 9, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Which Rotary Actuator Should I Choose?

When selecting which type of rotary actuator is best for your application, the main design considerations are mechanical efficiency, package size, shaft options, max rotation and cost. Beyond that,...
On February 9, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Rotary Actuator Basics

Pneumatic rotary actuators are commonly used to convert compressed air pressure (in the form of a cylinder stroke)  into an oscillating rotary motion. Like other pneumatic components, they are...
On January 26, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Safety & Understanding Rod Locking Cylinders

In today's modern, fully automated manufacturing applications, assessing the potential risks to personnel is an essential part of overall system design. It’s vital to take appropriate measures in...
On January 12, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Rodless Linear Actuators with Integrated Valves

Wherever manufacturers require linear actuators in industrial automation, they look for a highly reliable system capable of accurate and fast positioning. However, these are not the only factors...
On November 30, 2016

Know Your Pneumatics: Selecting a Pneumatic Cylinder | Operating Environments

When selecting a pneumatic cylinder, it’s important to consider all aspects of the operating environment to ensure you make the correct choice. Environmental factors can sometimes be overlooked...
On October 25, 2016

Intelligent Pneumatic Solution Improves Automotive EMC Testing | Case Study

Today’s cars are rolling computers. With the electronic interconnectivity and functionality designed into the small space of a driver’s console, automobile OEMs must ensure that one bad component...
On September 15, 2015

How Manufacturers Find Savings in Compressed Air

When companies finally decide to make their manufacturing plants more energy efficient, the first targets for cost cutting tend to be their electric motors. Compressed air systems are rarely on their...
On February 19, 2015

Test What You Know About Pneumatics

Pneumatics technology is the gentle giant of power transmission in factory automation.  Compressed air is often applied for its cushioning capabilities, providing a more subtle touch than hydraulics...
On January 28, 2015

Helping Robots Get a Grip on Delicate Products

Grippers, end effectors and sensors make the robot. No matter how sophisticated the programming of this powerful equipment, unless the product to be manipulated is handled the way its...
On January 20, 2015

Parker’s Chainless Challenge Prompts Innovative Approach to Vehicle Mobility

Significant breakthroughs in engineering are often the result of efforts develop a solution to a unique problem. Nontraditional challenges require an innovative approach; for example, how do you move...
On November 20, 2013

An Adult Tricycle Wins the Chainless Challenge Race

In the previous blog in this series, we learned how the Chainless Challenge “won the race” in drawing students to hydraulics like never before. But another big winner has obviously been that...
On November 7, 2013