AutomationDirect adds Total Air Preparation (TAP) Units and Ethernet/IP (EIP) modules

AutomationDirect’s line of NITRA pneumatics now includes new Total Air Prep (TAP) units and NITRA Ethernet/IP protocol compact modular valve (CMV series) modules. Both TAP units contain an automatic drain air filter with clogged filter indicator, relieving regulator, lockable shut-off valve, pressure gauge and air dump. Electric models also have an adjustable electric soft start […]

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William L. Clippard III, Clippard board chair, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

William L. Clippard, (Bill), Chairman of the Board of Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., recently received the highly prestigious Stillman Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of The Ohio State University for his commitment to the field of engineering. The Stillman Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award honors retired or emeritus alumni who have distinguished […]

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Servopneumatics embraces Cinema 4.0

Experiencing films with all the senses is what cinema audiences can expect in one of the world’s 18,000 MediaMation cinema seats. With this concept, the whole body senses the movie, thanks to movements controlled by Festo’s servopneumatics and VTEM motion terminals. In essence, this provides a unique way of combining the digital world with pneumatics. […]

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Compressed air delivery via modular interfaces allows thousands of mating cycles

HARTING, Espelkamp, Germany, has announced the development of a new compressed air module at Hannover Messe, which is designed to meet the increased demands on interfaces for flexible production processes – the Han Pneumatic Module Metal. It employs robust, durable high mating cycles contacts made of metal that can be plugged and unplugged at least 10,000 […]

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Predictive maintenance at the forefront at Hannover

Moving beyond simple preventive maintenance for fluid-power systems, more than a dozen companies are looking to the future in a special Predictive Maintenance 4.0 exhibit at the Hannover Fair. The goal is not only to monitor the condition of machines and note anomalies, but also to use analytics and cloud-based systems to determine the remaining […]

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Noshok unveils new temperature products, improved delivery times

Noshok has announced re-engineered and expanded bimetal thermometer offering with cost reductions of up to 28% and significantly improved delivery times of 5-7 days. The company is also announcing a new battery operated digital temperature indicator, and flanged thermowells. Noshok’s new bimetal thermometers feature an improved design including a highly sensitve bimetallic helix coil which is silicone […]

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Air-Way Manufacturing announces ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification

Air-Way Global Manufacturing has announced that the company has achieved International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015 Environmental Management certification. The company had been pursuing this certification since Fall of 2016 and is excited to announce the final approval from ISO. They add this certification to their existing ISO 9001:2008 certification as well. “Our entire staff […]

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PMMI announces Jim Pittas as next President and CEO

SVP Jim Pittas will succeed Charles D. Yuska as president and CEO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. Pittas will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer immediately and will work with Yuska to assume the title of President and CEO upon […]

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Peninsular Cylinder announces partnership with Amlok

Peninsular Cylinder Co. has announced a new partnership with Amlok. This allows Peninsular the ability to incorporate the rod lock, providing a plug and play assembled unit at a cost competitive price. These integrated units are suitable for the food industry, wash-down, and underwater applications. Bill Tyler, Peninsular’s National Sales & Marketing Manager, focused on the […]

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Plattco Corp. partners with Nexmatix on new energy-saving valve

Thanks to a brand-new partnership with Nexmatix, Plattco Corp. is about to start delivering even smarter solutions for customers nationwide. Known for its “smart” approach to pneumatic valves, Nexmatix offers a significant value proposition to companies that implement its technology. Plattco is teaming with Nexmatix to introduce an energy-efficient Double Flap Airlock Valve for material handling. […]

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Compressed air fail: Value of measuring

A food processing plant was running out of compressed air capacity and decided to bring in an auditor to assess the size of the new compressor. The auditor hooked up his instruments to measure compressor pressure, power consumption and flow. Very soon, the auditor began to notice that things didn’t quite add up. When in […]

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Allied Electronics now distributing Festo actuators, fittings, solenoids, valves, and filters

Festo, a worldwide automation companies, and Allied Electronics, a leading distributor of industrial automation products with North American headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex., have inaugurated a national distribution agreement covering Festo actuators, fittings, solenoids, valves, and filters. “Festo is recognized for its engineering, product quality, and support,” said Frank Cantwell, VP of Product and Supplier Management […]

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Industrial Automation and Motion, Drive & Automation shows to merge

Hannover Fairs USA, the U.S. subsidiary of Hannover, Germany’s Deutsche Messe—one of the world’s largest and most active organizers of industrial technology events, today announced that two of the leading Hannover Messe portfolio trade shows, Industrial Automation and Motion, Drive & Automation, will combine to form Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD). The new trade […]

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Pneumatic automation in textile industry with fluidic muscle

Edited by Mike Santora Wernli was the first textile manufacturer in the world to produce colored dressing materials. Now its cohesive and adhesive elastic bandages, as well as compression bandages, show it continues to be on the cutting edge. Innovations like bandages with sensors for measuring fever or for therapeutic pressure regulation – coupled with […]

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Michigan’s Exotic Automation & Supply acquires Sidener Engineering

Exotic Automation & Supply, a premier Parker Hannifin distributor, announced today they have acquired Sidener Engineering, an Indiana Parker Hannifin distributor. The acquisition joins two well-established, reputable leading fluid power suppliers to offer greater services to Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and surrounding areas. Sidener Engineering was founded in 1981 and has grown into a full-line, value […]

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Alkon Corp. announces acquisition of Allenair, LLC

Fremont, Ohio-based Alkon Corp. has acquired Allenair LLC of Mineola, N.Y. A company spokesperson indicated that they are longtime admirers of Allenair products and are proud to add them to their company. Allenair will become a division of Alkon under its Management team and the company will integrate the sales and production activities over the next few months. The […]

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Saving air with a pulsating flow

We’ve written quite a bit lately about Parker Hannifin’s air saver unit (ASU), which decreases compressed air waste and can increase productivity. Through manual adjustment, ASUs can save energy by interrupting compressed air flow. These series of impulses are said to be mechanically more advantageous because the ASU can recover during the “off” period of […]

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Aventics announces acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology

Aventics, a manufacturer of pneumatic components and systems, announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Ky. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialists will further strengthen their position in the global commercial vehicles business. Aventics makes a move to expand its business beyond pneumatics in order to offer the market both […]

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Festo North America relocating headquarters offices this summer

Festo, a manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation, will move its corporate office from 395 Moreland Rd., Hauppauge, N.Y., to a newer state-of-the-art facility at 1377 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. The targeted move-in date is July/August 2017. The new office will be approximately 53,000 square feet in size […]

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Air actuators isolate disruptive vibrations

Even in harsh conditions involving a lot of dust and permanent vibrations, air actuators from ContiTech continue to work reliably, especially in construction machinery. “With these properties, they offer added value compared with steel spring bearings or hydraulic cylinders, as disruptive vibrations are largely minimized,” said Douglas Duesing, sales manager of industry and off-highway air […]

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Portable compressor offers 110 cfm without requiring exhaust after-treatment

Atlas Copco has released its XAS 110 compressor, which requires minimal costs to own and operate. The compressor delivers 110 cfm of air power for a variety of pneumatic tools, such as breakers and chippers, while minimizing service times and fuel consumption. The unit is part of Atlas Copco’s latest generation of portable compressors—Series 8. […]

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Clippard NPV series 3-way miniature pinch valves

Clippard NPV Series Miniature Pinch Valves are solenoid-operated devices designed to open and close tubes for controlling flow of liquids and gases. Other valve types have internal passages that may cause small amounts of fluid to remain in the valve. Pinch valves have no areas or dead volume where fluid can become trapped. Only the inside of […]

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Compressed Air Fail: Dryer control problem

A food processor purchased a surplus air compressor and dryer at auction for their processing facility. The compressor was much larger than required, but the plant manager had hopes for future expansion. Because the air pipes in the plant run in unheated areas, a surplus heatless desiccant dryer was also purchased. The dryer has an […]

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What are sizing considerations for an FRL?

Careful consideration to the sizing of the components feeding an end use is important. If not done correctly, the performance of the device can be negatively affected. Too often, low pressure problems will occur because a plant has selected a filter, regulator, lubricator (FRL) combination that is a standard size for all devices in the […]

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How do I size air tool hose and connectors?

Perhaps you’ve tested your air tool and found that it is getting a much lower pressure that its rating. This could be causing sluggish performance and a lack of power, leading to lower productivity. With a little bit of research you can fix the problem by matching the correct hose and connector to the tool. […]

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