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
Air blowing activities consume almost half of all compressed air
used in beverage plants and can often become an unrecognized burden
on a business’s resources. One of the largest soft...
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
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
On November 7, 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 August 11, 2016
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
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
On March 31, 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
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
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
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
Significant breakthroughs in engineering are often the result of
efforts develop a solution to a unique problem. Nontraditional
challenges require an innovative approach; for example, how do you
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
In about 2006, those of us who are involved in hydraulics and love
it began to worry that students were losing interest in the
technology. To better attract bright young students to hydraulics,
On October 30, 2013