Pneumatics

4 Ways to Achieve Required Safety Levels with Pneumatic Exhaust Valves

To ensure optimum machine safety, design engineers need a solid understanding of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and how to comply with required safety levels.  A safety exhaust valve when...
On March 12, 2019

Maximise Performance and Minimise Downtime of Pneumatic Systems

With the ever-increasing complexity of modern pneumatic components, it becomes crucial to know what to look for and what is best suited to your system. Choosing and maintaining system components...
On March 5, 2019

Bath Sensing Technology Improves Aluminium Reduction Process

The demand for aluminium has been on a relentless growth track, driven by the needs of many and diverse industries in established and rapidly developing regions of the world. The introduction of point...
On February 27, 2019

All You Need to Know About Air Motor Selection

The popularity of air motors is on the rise as a result of their many advantages. However, not all pneumatic motors are made the same, so choosing the right one for your application can prove...
On February 7, 2019

Know Your Pneumatics: Safety Exhaust Valves

Any engineers who are involved in machine building as part of their core activities will know all about the EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Most will have stood in front of a newly built...
On January 24, 2019

Understanding the Machinery Directive

In every manufacturing industry, machine safety is always a top priority. When operating in Europe, utilizing machinery and components with CE certification is the best way to ensure the reliability...
On January 16, 2019

Industry 4.0 is Taking Place in Front of Our Eyes

We are all witnesses to the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0 as it has been coined, as most of us will have seen robots, machines, vehicles or control systems connect to the Internet at...
On November 20, 2018

How to Install Pneumatic Cylinders to Maximise Life and Performance

Installing a pneumatic cylinder correctly is a vital design consideration. Failure to address this properly can result in inaccurate operation, compromised reliability and premature failure. Depending...
On October 31, 2018

Know Your Pneumatics: Basics of Rodless Cylinders

Pneumatics have always played an important role in achieving maximised productivity for manufacturing automation applications and the technology is constantly evolving to solve engineering challenges. ...
On April 19, 2018

Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Smart Sensor

The latest generation of smart sensors for actuators are able to share information with the controller, typically via technologies such as IO-Link. They can also receive commands and...
On March 15, 2018

How to Use Smart Sensors to Aid Predictive Maintenance Strategies

When optimally selected and applied, the latest generation of smart sensors can have a positive impact on predictive maintenance strategies for fluid power applications. Real-time data collection via...
On February 27, 2018

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 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 February 7, 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 January 24, 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

Pneumatics Technology Enhances Profitability in Rail Applications

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 December 12, 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