Pneumatics

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

Reducing Compressed Air Consumption in Beverage Manufacturing | Case Study

Air blowing activities consume almost half of all compressed air used in plants and can often become an unrecognized burden on a business’s resources. One of the largest soft drinks...
On December 1, 2016

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

Smart Cylinders Reduce Operational Costs

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 side...
On November 7, 2016

Know Your Pneumatics: 3 Ways to Adopt Advances in Pneumatic Valve Technology

Pneumatic valves have come a long way since the development of the compressor more than a century ago and it can be a real challenge to ensure you’re taking full advantage of the latest...
On November 1, 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

Rail Industry | Repair or Replace? 3 Things to Consider for Refurbishment

In a world where trains must function on time, every time, pressure is on railway operators to ensure regular upgrades and repairs of their infrastructure, all driven by the needs and expectations...
On September 14, 2016

How to Overcome Environmental Challenges for Rail Freight Applications

When it comes to the global rail industry, there can be no doubt that rolling stock, such as engines, carriages and freight wagons, must operate in some very challenging environments while...
On December 15, 2015

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

Hanover Fair 2015: Advanced Sealing Technology Centered on Leading-Edge Materials Expertise

The presentation of the Parker Engineered Materials Group at the Hanover Fair this year will be focused on the company’s in-house materials expertise. The world debut of a new family of materials with...
On March 31, 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

How Three Auto Plants Found Savings Through Cleaner Welding

Welding is not a clean process. Weld spatter and water expulsion are two inescapable byproducts. At least that’s what the managers of three Canadian automotive plants believed before learning...
On December 23, 2014

How Safe Welders Strengthen Your Lean Industry Standing

In our last blog we introduced five ways a well-managed weld cell contributes to efforts to maintain uptime in a lean plant. We concluded that sometimes the innovative creativity of people working the...
On December 17, 2014

Make Your Welding Line Connect with the 5 Secrets of Lean

The welding line's lean best practices separate the leaders from the followers. The stars of such manufacturing excellence are often found in the automotive industry, where you'll see welding lines in...
On December 5, 2014

When is a Standard Pneumatic Valve Not Good Enough?

Pneumatic valves work in a variety of applications to control the operation of actuators, including cylinders, clutches, rotary actuators, and air bags. In the transportation industry,...
On October 21, 2014

More Trends in Industrial Automation: FieldBus-based Pneumatic and Piezo-actuated Valve Technologies

Our previous post discussed how advancements in technologies such as drives showcase certain trends in a rapidly evolving industry. Here, let’s take a look at trends in FieldBus-based pneumatic...
On November 20, 2013