We are all witnesses to the fourth industrial revolution, or
Industry 4.0 as it has been coined, as most of us will have seen
robots, machines, vehicles or control systems connect to the
On November 20, 2018
Machine design challenges Pressures to reduce overhead cost and
maximize profitability have forced original equipment manufacturers
and machine builders to significantly reduce their...
On April 25, 2018
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
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
On February 20, 2018
In March 1917, people in Cleveland, Ohio were applauding all things
American. The city's baseball team was a top contender among the
major leagues, and the United States was preparing for its role...
On November 7, 2017
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
On September 26, 2017
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
Now OEMs and users can remotely monitor and control factory
automation displays from anywhere in the world with a phone or
tablet and an internet connection. Parker has released the Remote
On August 29, 2017
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
We have nearly reached the half way point between SLAS 2017 and
SLAS 2018. What better time to close out a review of the
Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening 2017 show with a
look at the...
On August 23, 2017
Centralized machine control is more than a control architectural
scheme, it’s the first step to enabling Industrial Internet of
Things (IIoT). The Parker Automation Controller (PAC) provides...
On July 18, 2017
Manufacturers are forming their own ideas and interpretations
of what a ‘smart factory’ is and what they want it to do for them.
But a common need is for critical components to have
On June 1, 2017
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
On April 18, 2017
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
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
Recent improvements to Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) feature
sets mean they now offer more than just their well-known energy
savings capability, particularly when paired with a
On December 1, 2015
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
On January 28, 2015
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
Pneumatic valves work in a variety of applications to control the
operation of actuators, including cylinders, clutches, rotary
actuators, and airbags. In the transportation industry,...
On October 21, 2014
In order to meet challenging design and performance objectives,
under tight constrains of budget and schedule, many OEMs work with
motion control experts such as Parker to create a customized
On July 29, 2014