Pack Expo returns to Vegas

Pack Expo will be held Monday, September 25th through Wednesday, the 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event brings together more than 2,000 suppliers of advanced packaging equipment, materials, containers, and automation technologies including several pneumatics and hydraulics manufacturers. Attendees run the gamut, from plant […]

ASCO expands Numatics G3 and 580 Series to support 128 solenoid valves

ASCO has announced that its Numatics G3 Series and Numatics 580 Series electronic platforms have been expanded to control up to 128 solenoid valves on a single valve manifold assembly. The expanded G3 and 580 Series platforms feature flexible and cost-effective process control architecture that permits the design engineer or end-use specifier to optimize the […]

Compressed Air Fail: A poor dryer choice

A grain sorting facility purchased a new, larger compressor to renew their compressed air system—as well as to prepare for future load additions. The previous compressor was a 50-hp size with a 200-cfm desiccant air dryer with dew point control. To prepare for future needs, a new 75-hp compressor was purchased with a new larger […]

How does humidity affect the performance of a pneumatic cylinder?

Humidity in the atmosphere affects cylinder performance in two ways because humidity in the air—it’s moisture that is trapped in atmospheric air. One, you’re compressing it, so when you compress it into a air compressor, it tends to settle out and you have to do something with it. Any type of air compressor system has […]

Rob Clippard is semi-finalist for University of Cincinnati Rising Leader award

Rob Clippard, VP of Marketing and Sales at Cincinnati-based Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., is one of nine semi-finalists for the University of Cincinnati’s Rising Leader award. The judges selected Rob as on of the first Rising Leader awards for his demonstrated success advancing one of the Goering Center’s 10 Best Practices – Dynamic Business Strategy. Nominees […]

What are solenoid valves?

A solenoid valve is an electrically activated valve, typically used to control the flow or direction of air or liquid in fluid power systems. Solenoid valves are used in both pneumatic and hydraulic fluid power systems, and most often in either poppet or spool configurations. The spool or poppet of the valve is connected to […]

Soft pneumatic actuator generates cyclical motion

A new study has demonstrated the advantages and potential applications of an innovative multi-chambered soft pneumatic actuator. Researchers described how the actuator generates cyclical motion and characterized its trajectory and force output in an article published in Soft Robotics. Coauthors Alar Ainla, Mohit Verma, Dian Yang, and George Whitesides of Harvard University detailed the actuator’s […]

IMI Norgren introduces ISOLine range of cylinders

Built on reliable and robust technology, the ISOLine of pneumatic cylinders offers a fit and forget system that simplifies installation, with new technology as standard. It also provides a longer service life and reduced maintenance costs. Features include: • Comprehensive range for all applications • Cylinders and mounting that conform to ISO 15552 • All […]

Compressed Air Fail: Valve issues

A milk processing and packaging facility had two independent compressed air systems that were running inefficient modulating style compressors to produce the air needed to keep the compressed air powered machines running smoothly. With the help of their power utility, they were able to consolidate their two systems into one using a new variable speed […]

Atlas Copco expands desiccant dryer line with CD+ and CD

Atlas Copco has introduced the CD+ 25-260 and the CD 25-260, two new dryer ranges designed for flexible compressed air solutions. The heatless desiccant dryers increase efficiency and reliable operation, even in harsh conditions. The CD+ delivers the highest efficiency for applications that require a constant supply of dry compressed air. It offers minimal purge […]

Pneumatics system from FIPA creates safe injection molding and cutting solution

When a well-known automotive manufacturer needed its front and rear wheel arches molded by an injection molding specialist, it turned to Proper Polymers, a South Carolina-based company that manufactures plastic parts using the injection molding process. The project presented considerable challenges, achieving a viable solution maintaining zero vestige, producing a cutting station that would handle two […]

Kaman appoints VP, General Manager of its Automation group

Kaman Distribution Group, the distribution segment of Kaman Corporation has announced the appointment of Jeff Ames as VP, General Manager of its Automation platform effective as of July 10, 2017. Kaman Distribution Group operates through three product platforms: Bearings & Power Transmission, Fluid Power, and Automation. Jeff will report to Steve Smidler, Kaman Distribution Group’s […]

Tana Utley of Caterpillar to speak at Pack Expo’s Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast

The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) — sponsored by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies—will host an exclusive breakfast featuring Tana L. Utley, VP, Caterpillar Inc., at PACK EXPO Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 a.m. This event is part of PPWLN’s ongoing efforts to address the gender gap […]

Spartan Scientific introduces IoT-enabled “Green and Dry” drain valve technology

Marking a move forward with IoT-enabled technology, Spartan Scientific, Youngstown, Ohio, has introduced its new condensate removal drain valve technology with Wi-Fi capabilities that saves time and money with preventative maintenance. The CRDV/S and CRDV/S Wi-Fi Series keeps pneumatic systems, air compressor tanks and air lines free of moisture using a closed-loop drain system, smart sensors, […]

Smart valve automation line expands

Hafner is offering one of the widest ranges of accessories for smart valve automation–controlled by an electro-pneumatic positioners. Products include: Type HVRZN 731 701 function: 5/2-way valve to override a positioner. By switching the hand lever, the actuator can be fully opened or closed. Type HVRZN 731 702 function: 5/3-way valve to override a positioner. […]

ProSense digital pressure gauges from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect’s ProSense DPG1 digital pressure gauges are suitable for industrial and general purpose applications requiring an accurate and reliable device with easy to read digital display. These DPG1 gauges have a 4-digit, 2-in. x 3/4-in. LCD display and 2-button operation. The display can operate in a continuously on mode, or an auto shut-off mode to […]

Aventics expands product range to include intelligent compact ejectors with display

Aventics is expanding its project range for vacuum technology. In August 2017, the company will launch the ECD series with four compact ejectors. The new products, some of which are IO-Link-capable, will reduce air consumption significantly. The new ECD (Ejector Compact Display) series consists of four product versions: ECD-BV, ECD-SV, ECD-IV and ECD-LV. Equipped with […]

New models added to Piab’s friction cup line

Serving an increasing number of specialist applications, Piab is introducing new families to its already broad range of friction cups. In this its latest line extension line-up, the company is adding a number of different cups in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations, all with the exceptional durability and elastic memory that are the […]

Pressure, vacuum gauges improve air monitoring with colorful graphics

The vibrant and adjustable red/green zone dial face on the new pressure and vacuum gauges from Festo Corp. provide a visual cue when a pressure or vacuum system is out of green-zone operation. Red/green zone dial-face adjustability allows a unified visual warning system to be applied across a broad range of processes for more uniform […]

NITRA current to pneumatic (I/P) transducers added by AutomationDirect

NITRA NCP series electropneumatic transducers from AutomationDirect convert a 4-20 mA current signal (I) from a PLC or other controller to a linear pneumatic output pressure (P). Used in paper and paper converting, food and drug, petrochemical, HVAC, textile, and energy management industries, NCP Series I/P transducers provide highly reliable and repeatable operation of pneumatic […]

Motion Industries to acquire L.A.-based Numatic Engineering

Motion Industries Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Numatic Engineering. Execution of the transaction will occur on August 1, 2017. Founded in 1955, Numatic Engineering has more than 60 years experience selling and supporting automation components. Their vast product offering ranges […]

Aventics plant is named “Factory of the Year” in Hungary

The Aventics location in Eger, Hungary can now call itself the “Factory of the Year 2016.” The Hungarian production location for the pneumatics specialist was honored in three categories, making Aventics Hungary Kft. one of the top-rated companies in Hungary. The award ceremony on May 5, 2017, in Budapest was thrilling: Aventics won three categories […]

Festo to expand its Mason, Ohio operations with custom assembly and kitting operations

Festo will close its Appleton, Wis., center and move custom assembly and kitting services to a larger facility in Mason, Ohio. The move places custom services within a few miles of the parts and logistics resources of the Festo North American Regional Service Center. The new Customer Solutions Center will provide customized products to the […]

COVAL launches FPC series suction cup

COVAL has launched the FPC (FlowPack Cup) series suction cup, a universal suction cup for all types of FlowPack packaging. FlowPack packaging provides many advantages: Direct food contact Large visible area to show the products Great number of applications in various industries: fresh fruits and vegetables, food processing industry, cosmetics, laboratories, and more High production […]

Expanded piFLOWp vacuum conveyor offers Wet-In-Place function

Ensuring a safer working environment in food and pharmaceutical processing plants, Wet-In-Place (WIP) functionality has been added to Piab’s popular piFLOWp vacuum conveyors. WIP spray nozzles are now available for inclusion/retrofitting in new and existing piFLOWp conveying systems. The water sprayed by the WIP nozzles will wet any dust from food or pharmaceutical materials left […]