Smart pneumatics monitor from Aventics predicts status and wear of systems

The new Smart Pneumatics Monitor from Aventics provides reliable and valuable information on the state of wear and energy efficiency of pneumatic systems to end users. It sends pre-processed status messages to defined employees and parent IT systems without detouring to the machine controller. This information reduces the risk of machine downtime and lowers operating […]

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Atlas Copco rolls out first product at new Rock Hill plant

Atlas Copco has produced its first piece of equipment, an XAS 185 portable air compressor, at its new production facility in Rock Hill, S.C. Facility construction, which began in January 2016, included lean manufacturing features to enable efficient and flexible processes that are sustainable for the environment. The compressor is the first product of Atlas […]

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Making technical education more local

Talk to many component manufacturers and you’ll hear the phrase “local for local,” meaning that they’re strategically placing facilities near their customers. So, instead of one manufacturing plant in China, they may have one in China, one in the U.S., one in Brazil and one in the Czech Republic. Now, the University of Florida is […]

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New 380 Series pressure/vacuum pumps released

Gardner Denver Thomas has released newly developed 380 series variants: 380CE32 (115/60/1), 380CS32 (100/50/60/1) (380CUU32 (230/50/1) coming soon). These oil-less single WOB-L piston units can be used for pressure or vacuum operation and are engineered to be versatile and reliable for a wide array of market applications, ranging from General to specific Medical, Laboratory, Food and Beverage, […]

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Solenoid valve emulates feeling of live fire for military training

The problem The military had an issue with shooting accuracy due to soldiers training on machine guns without live ammunition. They complained of having experienced very different sensations when firing live rounds, because they were not used to the noise and feel during practice. The military needed a responsive solenoid valve manufacture to expedite the […]

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Electro-Matic completes purchase of RAF Automation

Electro-Matic Ventures Inc., a supplier of high-technology automation components and services, announced that it has acquired RAF Fluid Power, a provider of advanced automation with a focus on pneumatic and robotic solutions, located near Cleveland in Solon, Ohio. This is the first acquisition for Electro-Matic Ventures, which has three other subsidiaries: Electro-Matic Products, Electro-Matic Integrated, and […]

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Ingersoll Rand to debut breakthrough technologies at ComVac

Ingersoll Rand will debut some of its new, breakthrough technologies and services at ComVac (Booth #C12, Hall 26). Experts will also be available to discuss the latest products and services that are redefining reliability: Next Generation R-Series 200-250kW Rotary Screw Compressors The Next Generation R-Series RS200 to RS250 oil-flooded rotary screw models will debut on the […]

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Day 3 of IFPE: Talking about manufacturing service options

I had the chance to talk with Bob Mosey of Moseys, a precision manufacturer that specializes in providing manufacturing services for a lot of different OEMs, including those in the hydraulic and pneumatic industries. “We can take a part from concept through final production and into final packaging if the customer wishes, so it’s a pretty wide […]

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CCEFP, the NFPA and fluid power head to Capitol Hill

CCEFP and NFPA, and several industry supporters, visited Capitol Hill on February 27-28, 2017 to promote the proposed Commercial Off-Road Vehicle R&D Program through the Vehicle Technology Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This program is important because: • commercial off-road market consumes 8% of total transportation energy, larger than either marine or […]

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Top reasons to visit NFPA at IFPE next week

Set-up has already begun for IFPE 2017, and NFPA will once again have a strong presence at the March 7-11 show. While the show provides the perfect opportunity for companies to showcase their specialties and for industry leaders and engineers to learn more about the newest innovations, it also offers NFPA members several opportunities to […]

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Hyperloop is coming to Conexpo/IFPE

Much of the mobile equipment on display at Conexpo/IFPE, and their underlying fluid-power systems, revolve around building and maintaining things like housing, roads and bridges. But an unusual—some call it outlandish— infrastructure project that’s under development is Hyperloop. This novel passenger transportation system will be the focus of several Tech Talks at the Tech Experience […]

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Auburn Systems to announce new velocity measurement solution at IFPE

The International Fluid Power Exposition will bring professionals fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries from around the world together in Las Vegas from 7-11 March 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity for a sneak peek into an evolving set of instrumentation and control technologies that are likely to disrupt traditional powder and bulk […]

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ASCO introduces 617 series SentronicLP electronic pressure regulator for low-power applications

ASCO has introduced the ASCO Numatics 617 Series SentronicLP proportional electronic regulator for accurate pneumatic pressure control in applications with limited power supplies. “The 617 Series’ 4-W power consumption offers design and control engineers a highly reliable and cost-effective solution for pressure regulation in low-power environments,” said Andy Duffy, vice president sales – Americas, ASCO. […]

Vacuum tooling system offers secure global grip in automation

Highly versatile and cost-effective, Piab’s Modular Automation Tooling system PMAT is available across the globe, helping manufacturers to realize secure, flexible and adjustable vacuum gripper/fixture tools for their assembly lines. Machined from high quality anodized aluminum alloy, PMAT is lightweight and easy to assemble on site without welding or special tools. It offers multiple mounting […]

Digital gauge monitors pressure the easy way

The new Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge provides a 5 full digit LCD in ranges up to 1600 bar. Available in accuracies of 0.5% and 0.25% FS, this new design boasts a minimum battery life of 2000 hours. Standard features include an IP67 enclosure, selectable units of measure, a 20-segment bar graph indicator, min-max, tare […]

ASCO’s Engineering Scholarship deadline is approaching

U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering are urged to apply for the 2017 ASCO Engineering Scholarship by March 31. ASCO will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students, provide $1,000 grants to their college’s engineering departments, and host the students at “The Amazing Packaging Race” at PACK EXPO International in 2017. Applications are […]

Aventics focusing on partner country of Poland for Hannover Messe 2017

Experts all over the world feel that Poland’s economy, in particular its industry, will see above-average growth over the next few years. A study published by consultant firm McKinsey in 2015 reveals significant potential for expanding the strong Polish food industry. Numerous Polish companies are currently investing in the production of milk products, frozen foods, and […]

Pilot Air extends PAC Series of rotary screw air compressors

The popular Pilot Air PAC Series Rotary Screw Air Compressors are competitively priced and boast a simple robust design whilst delivering the latest in technology and components. The PAC Series is now available from 4 kW to 75 kW sizes and 4 kW to 15 kW in Receiver Mounted packages. The PAC series of workshop and […]

My air tool doesn’t perform well, what’s wrong?

Complaints about poorly performing compressed air tools are quite common at industrial sites. The tools may lack torque, and even stall if any significant load is placed on them. This lack of output could be reducing your production output—and therefore be costing you money. Many times, the source of the problem is poorly designed supply components: the […]

Compressor repaired in just 8 weeks following catastrophic failure

Industrial compressors are used for a range of applications and usually perform a central role in a manufacturing process, requiring them to deliver a reliable service. All operators carry out preventative maintenance routines to protect against unexpected failures, but if the worst does happen the repair needs to completed quickly and efficiently. For one blue […]

Aventics asks Hannover Messe attendees how fast they can assemble a valve system

Based on the positive feedback of the previous year, Aventics invites visitors to the Hannover Messe once again to an assembly competition. Equipped with virtual reality headsets, interested visitors can delve into the virtual world of pneumatics. They enter a three-dimensional Aventics world where they can disassemble the valve system and experience all individual elements in a new dimension. […]

Next generation of DSD-series rotary screw compressors unveiled

The next generation of DSD-series rotary screw compressors is now available for flow rates from 14 to 25 m³/min. Featuring all-new airends with high efficiency Sigma Profile rotors and IE4 motors, they deliver improved specific power of up to nine percent as well as up to six percent greater flow rates than previous models. These […]

Festo thinks assembly in “Industry 4.0” mode

Adaptability, flexibility and the use of the OPC UA communication standard are some key Industry 4.0 features that are typical of the gripper units used for engine block assembly in the automotive industry. Festo is using these features to respond to the major issues that Industry 4.0 presents, such as the dynamic assembly processes in […]

Digitalized pneumatics achieves new level of productivity

The new Smart Pneumatics Monitor from Aventics provides reliable and valuable information on the state of wear and energy efficiency of pneumatic systems to end users. It sends pre-processed status messages to defined employees and parent IT systems without detouring to the machine controller. This information reduces the risk of machine downtime and lowers operating […]

Kaeser unveils Sigma Air Manager 4.0

The latest generation of the Sigma Air Manager (SAM 4.0)—the master control system for all of your compressed air production and treatment components—is now available. Among many other key benefits, the new system optimises pressure values, automatically adjusts compressor system air delivery to accommodate fluctuating air demand and optimises system efficiency through constant analysis of […]