Cylinders & Actuators

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

All-weather Pneumatic Solutions Help Rail Operators Optimise Reliability

Both passenger and freight trains are expected to operate reliably in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. Extreme temperatures, aggressive contamination, and shock and vibration all do...
On September 19, 2013

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 September 17, 2013

How Can Pneumatic Cylinders Help Plants Produce Primary Aluminum?

Pneumatic cylinders are used in many general industrial applications but perhaps one of the most unusual involves the production of primary aluminum in the metal industry. Production process Tapped...
On June 24, 2013

How Can Pneumatic Technology Help Farmers Boost Their Crop Yields? Part 2 of 2

An accurate and advanced pneumatic mechanism installed on farm seeders lets farmers control seed handling, seed placement and down/up-force control. In the early part of the systems’ development, they...
On June 11, 2013