When people hear the word vacuum, most think about the machines
used to clean your home. However, there’s an entirely different
meaning in manufacturing that helps enhance how we live our daily
On October 18, 2017
A cleanroom is an environment maintained to ensure minimal levels
of environmental pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes,
aerosol particles, and chemical vapors. It is critical for...
On September 20, 2017
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 August 24, 2017
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
On November 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
Using high-quality actuator components can protect industrial
equipment designers—and the users of their products—from a lot of
grief. Harsh environments that can damage equipment exteriors...
On May 12, 2015
In today’s modern, fast-paced business environment it is becoming
ever more challenging for engineers to spare the precious time
needed to visit trade shows. With more and more business being...
On March 18, 2015
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
In an earlier blog post about 3D printing, “Bearings Technology
Risks in Precision Linear Motion System Development,” we examined
bearing technology options; now we conclude by looking at...
On July 24, 2014
We examined the technology options for use in linear drive trains
being deployed on additive manufacturing or 3D printing systems in
"Drive Train Technology Risks in Precision Linear Motion...
On July 10, 2014
Selecting the best linear drive technology for your additive
manufacturing (3D Printing) machine, or any other application,
should be a process driven by the balancing of cost with
On July 2, 2014
Wouldn't you like to take the guesswork out of selecting the right
linear drive train for your positioning application? If you’re like
most design engineers in today’s world, chances are you’re...
On April 21, 2014
How does a company decide the business case to build a linear
positioner in-house or purchase an existing off-the shelf
technology, when it comes to industrial applications that involve
On April 10, 2014
For offshore OEMs, the space, cost, reliability and performance
benefits of single supplier, multiple technology integrated
solutions represent a sensible approach in extreme environments.
On August 15, 2013
Don't be quick to think the belt is your limiting factor when
sizing an actuator. There are other mechanical components to take
into account. Often, there is skepticism or concern about using
On May 22, 2010