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
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
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
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
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
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
Rail engineers can face significant challenges in defining
components for space-restricted applications and managing the
overall weight of a solution. Where conventional manufacturing
machines such as...
On November 12, 2015
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
On September 15, 2015
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
On February 19, 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
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
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
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
The design of pneumatic values used in “extreme” transportation
applications requires a different mindset for both the manufacturer
and the design engineer. These valves might be...
On October 22, 2014
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
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
In the previous blog in this series, we learned how the Chainless
Challenge “won the race” in drawing students to hydraulics like
never before. But another big winner has obviously been that...
On November 7, 2013
Both passenger and freight trains are expected to operate reliably
in some of the most challenging conditions imaginable. Extreme
temperatures, aggressive contamination, and shock and vibration all
On September 19, 2013
Vehicles within the commercial transport sector, whether rail or
construction, are consistently expected to operate reliably in some
of the most challenging conditions. Indeed, it is crucial...
On September 17, 2013