Engineers working in industries that use fast-running machinery
will almost certainly be familiar with the demands for ever-greater
productivity to increase competitiveness and reduce costs. We...
On February 16, 2017
Do you have a stack of t-slot aluminum framing catalogs or a folder
of pdf datasheets from extrusion manufacturers that contains an
almost endless amount of data on the material? For a person...
On February 14, 2017
What's changing at SLAS 2017 this year? The Society for Laboratory
Automation and Screening (SLAS) is having their annual conference
and exhibition in Washington D.C. from February 4th - February...
On January 31, 2017
There is no “one size fits all” drive train linear actuator
technology for every application. In reality, the selection depends
entirely on what is most critical to a specific application....
On November 17, 2016
Power generation environments are tough on hydraulic and other
types of cylinders (including pneumatic and electro-mechanical).
Vibration, dust, gravel, corrosives, chemicals, axial load, and
On November 7, 2016
For challenging automation motion control applications such as
packaging machines and rotary tables, some servo drives need to be
housed outside the electrical cabinet. Although the traditional
On November 3, 2016
It’s well documented that creating compressed air for use by
pneumatic cylinders is not a particularly cost-effective process,
largely as a result of generator and system inefficiencies. With
On October 26, 2016
For a machine designer, flexibility means highly configurable and
adaptable components that can allow for slight variations without
demanding major design changes. When applying these demands to...
On September 27, 2016
Design engineers developing applications using servo motors and
gearheads must lend consideration to thermal issues. Machine
performance requirements have become significantly more demanding,
On August 31, 2016
Various feedback devices are often offered as options on rotary
servo motors. Feedback devices include optical incremental
encoders, absolute incremental encoders and resolvers. Choosing the
On July 20, 2016
The tube bending industry is seeing a migration from more
traditional manual hydraulic process equipment to fully
automated "all electric" machinery. Historically, tube bending
operations have been...
On July 18, 2016
We surveyed more than 300 engineers and business managers in the
life sciences instrument industry and followed up the survey with
individual interviews. The key takeaways from that...
On June 22, 2016
Cost, quality, regulatory challenges, safety and usability were the
major near-term challenges identified in a recent survey of more
than 300 engineers and business managers who work for life...
On June 8, 2016
Computer scientist Alan Kay is famous for saying “The best way to
predict the future is to invent it.” To gain a better understanding
of what that future might look like, Parker Hannifin...
On May 25, 2016
Most engineers are comfortable with the qualities of square rail
bearing linear actuators and they use them regularly for motion
support. Let's take a quick moment to discuss the pros and cons...
On May 16, 2016
Are you on the fence about structural framing for your machine?
Despite the many presentations, articles, and forums that
provide helpful pieces of information for engineers approaching
this fork in...
On May 5, 2016
It has been reassuring to see the trend towards renewable energy
developing over the past decade, proving that we are becoming more
sustainable. Public opinion appears to have exerted...
On May 3, 2016
Whether searching for a partner or planning to do the work
internally, to bring motion and control value to your next
development project, verify that the team has the right tools and
On April 14, 2016
Meccanica Nicoletti, a leading Italian designer and manufacturer of
automated machines for winding and unwinding cable needed to
improve winding performance on its latest generation of Automat...
On April 12, 2016
It was a busy three days in San Diego at the recent Society for
Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) show as we talked about
the new products and new technology on display at the Parker...
On February 16, 2016