Cylinders & Actuators

How to Install Pneumatic Cylinders to Maximise Life and Performance

Installing a pneumatic cylinder correctly is a vital design consideration. Failure to address this properly can result in inaccurate operation, compromised reliability and premature failure. Depending...
On October 31, 2018

Know Your Pneumatics: Basics of Rodless Cylinders

Pneumatics have always played an important role in achieving maximised productivity for manufacturing automation applications and the technology is constantly evolving to solve engineering challenges. ...
On April 19, 2018

Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Smart Sensor

The latest generation of smart sensors for actuators are able to share information with the controller, typically via technologies such as IO-Link. They can also receive commands and...
On March 15, 2018

Know Your Pneumatics: Continuous Position Sensing

The use of industrial networks to make sensors and actuators more intelligent has become common across modern factory environments, and the use of continuous position sensing is a pathway to achieving...
On February 20, 2018

3 Ways to Magnify Return on Investment (ROI) on Pneumatic Cylinders

As the range of pneumatic cylinders available on the market today becomes more extensive and sophisticated, it can be challenging to ensure you’re maximizing the ROI available from your application.   ...
On January 9, 2018

Pneumatics Technology Enhances Profitability in Rail Applications

Vehicles within the commercial transport sector, whether rail or construction, are consistently expected to operate reliably in some of the most challenging conditions. Indeed, it is crucial...
On December 12, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Specifying Cylinders for Size Restricted Spaces

For applications with space limitations or size restrictions, integrating a standard linear actuator to achieve the required force / thrust can sometimes be a challenge. However, utilising specialist...
On November 21, 2017

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

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 motion.  Introduction to 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