Pneumatics

Know Your Pneumatics: Continuous Position Sensing

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 achieving...
On February 20, 2018

How to Achieve Safe Motion Control in ATEX Environments

Machinery and moving equipment is a vital element in all areas of modern automated industry, but what happens when the atmosphere in the working environment is potentially explosive?    All motion...
On January 23, 2018

3 Ways to Magnify Return on Investment (ROI) on Pneumatic Cylinders

As the range of pneumatic cylinders available on the market today becomes more extensive and sophisticated, it can be challenging to ensure you’re maximizing the ROI available from your application.   ...
On January 9, 2018

How to Innovate to Address the 4C Challenge for Rail

Looking at a complete system within the vehicle along with all its interfaces from a completely clean sheet will give us the opportunity to question, review and potentially improve that system (in...
On November 30, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Specifying Cylinders for Size Restricted Spaces

For applications with space limitations or size restrictions, integrating a standard linear actuator to achieve the required force / thrust can sometimes be a challenge. However, utilising specialist...
On November 21, 2017

5 Ways to Improve Airflow and Reduce Operating Costs

Pneumatics technology is key to manufacturing processes as compressed air is utilised in everything from cooling to controlling automated machinery on assembly and packaging lines.   Since pneumatics...
On October 24, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Basics of Air Preparation

Having a steady supply of clean and dry air is a requirement for protecting pneumatic components and ensuring their proper operation. For applications such as clamping, positioning, pushing and...
On October 10, 2017

Know Your Pneumatics: Single or Double Acting? Choosing the Right Cylinder

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 actuator...
On September 26, 2017

Hints & Tips: 6 Simple Circuits To Reduce Air Consumption - Part 2 of 2

Did you know you can improve machine efficiency without reducing productivity by selecting pneumatic valves and pressure regulators strategically? Many times, the compressed air delivered to a...
On September 12, 2017

Hints & Tips: 6 Simple Circuits To Reduce Air Consumption - Part 1 of 2

Did you know you can improve machine efficiency without reducing productivity by selecting pneumatic valves and pressure regulators strategically? Many times, the compressed air delivered to a...
On September 12, 2017

Learn how to make your predictive maintenance "smarter"

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

Know Your Pneumatics: Hints & Tips For Specifying Linear Actuators

Introduction to Linear Actuators 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...
On August 29, 2017

What is the Foundation for a Smart Factory?

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 additional...
On June 1, 2017

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

How Innovative Current Collection Can Help Rail Manufacturers

One of the biggest changes in the rail industry has been the move away from dependence on diesel as the main motive fuel. With the increasing electrification of railway networks, train...
On April 20, 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