New piPUMP offers vacuum without the frills

Piab is introducing piPUMP23, a powerful vacuum pump aimed at automated industrial procedures involving, for instance, packaging, sheet metal and wood products. The new pump offers the same premium vacuum ejection performance and energy-efficiency as piCOMPACT23, the company’s popular all-in-one vacuum generator. However, not included are the advanced integrated controls and additional features of piCOMPACT23, […]

51D electronic pressure switches from Norgren

Norgren’s new 51D pressure switch has been designed for high accuracy and resolution for pneumatic applications and works precisely with an accuracy of +/- 2% and a response time of +/- 2.5ms. For filtered, lubricated or non-lubricated compressed air, neutral and incombustible gases. Features include: • Port sizes: 1/8 NPT, G 1/8 • System pressure selectable […]

Piab’s recent acquisitions offer a glimpse into its future

I had the chance yesterday to sit down with Mike Tuohey, Piab’s Sales and Marketing Communication Manager, in his office in Hingham, Mass. Tuohey’s name is one of the most familiar to me in all of fluid power—he’s been in the industry for 33 years now and has seen a lot of history. But the […]

Compressed Air Fail: Control problem due to high flow events

By Ron Marshall A sawmill installed a VSD compressor in their compressed air system to save energy and provide better pressure control.  The site had two 50-hp fixed speed compressors and a new 75-hp VSD controlled compressor.  The system was supposed to be set up so that the VSD compressor would provide the variable flow […]

Registration opens for NFPA Annual Conference

Industry leaders from across the fluid power supply chain will convene at the Four Seasons Resort – Orlando at Disney World on February 20-22 for the National Fluid Power Association’s 2018 Annual Conference. This year’s conference features an expanded general session for more diverse topics and solid takeaways: • Best-selling author Chris McChesney will present […]

PHD releases Series PNC pneumatic identification stamping clamps

PHD is proud to announce the release of the Series PNC Pneumatic Identification Stamping Clamps, also known as the Number Cruncher Clamp, featuring a high clamp force to stamp characters in draw quality steel. Available in three sizes, the largest produces up to 48,330 lb (215 kN) of clamp force with 87 psi (6 bar) […]

Soft robotics design winners announced

The third annual Soft Robotics Design and Research Competitions rated projects that exhibited novel and innovative approaches to soft robotics components and research. Winners of the contest have just been announced. The competition is sponsored by the Soft Robotics Toolkit, a team that grew out of research at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin that […]

Building up a distributor network from scratch

When you think of distributor networks, what may come to mind is a network that has been in place for decades. But in the case of Koganei USA, their North American distributor partners are relatively new relationships. Koganei’s parent company has been around for more than 80 years, and had previously used a single domestic […]

Smart pneumatics monitor provides gateway for IoT solutions

The Aventics Smart Pneumatic Monitor (SPM) module provides the user with reliable information on the state of wear of actuators, valves and other devices as well as the energy efficiency of pneumatic systems – without the need to involve machine control. Predictive maintenance minimizes the risk of unplanned machine downtimes and significantly lowers operating costs. […]

Compressed Air Fail: Tale of two plants

By Ron Marshall A protein products processor has two plants, separated by a one hour drive, doing about the same thing. The first plant has a standard 60 hp fixed speed, load/unload compressor with dew point controlled heated air dryer, and a 600-gal receiver.  A compressed air assessment was done and the baseline for this […]

Updated friction cups poster available

Piab offers an updated Duraflex Friction Cups poster, suitable for wall hanging. The poster shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit your machine’s connection.  There is also a table of lifting forces and measurements to help guide your suction cup selection. This line of suction cups […]

Achieving required safety levels with pneumatic exhaust valves

By Linda Caron Global Product Manager, Factory Automation Pneumatic Div. Parker Hannifin Corp. As more companies increase their focus on machine safety, design engineers need a firm understanding of the Machinery Directive and how to comply with required safety levels. Installing a pneumatic safety exhaust valve can be a simple and cost-effective way to accomplish

Friction cups grip slippery materials

Piab DURAFLEX friction cups provide a firm grip on slippery materials. To simplify the task of engineering them into a design, the Hingham, Mass. based company offers an updated DURAFLEX Friction Cups poster, suitable for wall hanging. The poster shows all available suction cups with part numbers for 10 different types of fittings to suit

New Leybold vacuum pumps are robust, flexible

Industrial and research applications increasingly rely on dry and robust vacuum systems that can be tailored to a specific task. The new air-cooled SCROLLVAC plus vacuum pump from Leybold, Cologne, Germany, is said to do just that. The SCROLLVAC plus, which is an oil-free, dry running “fore” vacuum pump, qualifies for a variety of demanding

Compressed air fail: Saving money on compressor purchase

By Ron Marshall A mine located in northern Canada has a compressed air system used to generate 150 psi compressed air for diesel engine starting duty. Due to the failure of the original compressor, a new compressor was purchased as a replacement. The previous compressor operated in load/unload mode with timed shutdown. This ensured the […]

New M35 Series modular double valves ensure safety

Ross Controls has introduced its new M35 Series safety exhaust (dump) valve for Category-4, PL e machine guarding applications. The safety function of the M35 Series valve is to shut off supply of pneumatic energy and to exhaust any pneumatic energy from downstream of the valve. The Ross M35 Series double valve includes the 3/2 normally closed […]

Festo showcases VTEM Motion Terminal at PackExpo

The key to understanding the power of the revolutionary Festo VTEM Motion Terminal, introduced in North America at Pack Expo, Las Vegas, Sept. 25-27, is the platform’s first-of-its-kind digital valves. Valve functionality is controlled by downloadable apps so that one valve can potentially replace up to 50 different components, depending on the app or combinations […]

New Clean Line pneumatic ISO cylinders for hygienic applications

The new CCL-IC series of compact pneumatic ISO cylinders are suitable for applications with limited installation space, combined with increased hygiene requirements. Their hygienic design makes them suitable for applications in food and beverage. With nine bore sizes, the CCL-IC series of compact pneumatic ISO cylinder covers the broadest range available on the market for […]

Clippard launches high-flow proportional electronic valves

Clippard’s newest DVP series proportional solenoid valves are precision-built 2-way control valves, utilizing a unique, patented valving principle. This powerful series was designed as the next generation of the well-known and trusted original EV line of Clippard “Mouse” valves. With a life of more than a billion cycles, a solid, compact design, and extremely high flow rates, […]

Students from CalPoly, San Jose State, Virginia Tech take top prize at the Amazing Packaging Race

The Amazing Packaging Race took over the Pack Expo Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging Expo 2017 show floor yesterday, and three students from Team 17 outplayed 19 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of Emerson’s ASCOTM, the event sponsor. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO […]

PackExpo Day 2: Believe it or not, more robots—and pneumatics, too!

So much happened at this year’s PackExpo Las Vegas, here are some additional thoughts and sights from this year’s very crowded show: The AMK Automation booth was focused on flexible machine automation solutions, both centralized and decentralized. AMK showed a centralized single-cabinet design as well as a working decentralized machine, where a single cabinetless controller from […]

PackExpo Day 1: Smart machines … and a whole lot of robots

  Pack Expo’s back at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year, and it’s looking like a good show thus far. PMMI, which runs the annual event, said that this is the largest Las Vegas iteration of the show in history—more than 30,000 attendees are expected, including 5,000 from outside the United States. The exhibit […]

Pneumatic design 101: Go with the flow

The benefits of pneumatic power can be realized by following some basic pneumatic design rules for specifying air preparation units, actuators and valves. Contributed by Chip McDaniel, Educational Specialist at AutomationDirect Compressed air use by industrial machines is a close second to the use of electricity in terms of cost, and well ahead of other […]

A look at Japan’s IFPEX show

Over my 20-plus years covering the fluid power industry, I’ve been to a lot of this industry’s trade shows—including EIGHT IFPEs—talk about feeling old! I have been to shows all over the United States, as well as the U.K., Germany, Brazil, and Canada. So, I was very interested to see my first show in Japan, […]

Exair launches new website to improve efficiency and safety

EXAIR.com is the new digital home of Intelligent Compressed Air products for industry. EXAIR’s new website has improved the product selection process by providing descriptions immediately from the homepage. An improved account management and ordering process streamlines access to historical orders, allows one click repeat orders and eases editing of your information. This website is […]