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 […]

2775 Series pressure/vacuum pumps

Gardner Denver THOMAS is pleased to announce the release of its 2775 series variants: 2775CE50 (115/60/1) and 2775CGHI50 (230/60/1 & 220-240/50/1). These oil-less twin WOB-L piston units are RoHS compliant and can be used for either pressure or vacuum operation. They are versatile enough for market applications ranging from Cable Drying to Pharmaceutical Processing Equipment. […]

AutomationDirect adds NITRA pneumatic rotary actuators, grippers

AutomationDirect’s line of NITRA pneumatics now includes rotary actuators and pneumatic object grippers. NITRA rotary actuators are available in four body sizes with or without shock absorbers. All are double acting and have an adjustable travel range from zero to 190 degrees. Anodized aluminum bodies include integral mounting slots for position switches and a durable […]

Why compact air cylinders are still important

The “less is more” trend seems to be prevalent in the pneumatic actuator market, as real estate on OEM equipment is at a premium. Compact air cylinders go back to the late 1950s, and satisfy the need for short stroke, low profile, compact actuators that have to fit in very tight spaces. In fact, this […]

ROSS Controls acquires industrial division of Automatic Valve Corp

ROSS Controls, Troy, Mich. has acquired the Industrial division of Automatic Valve Corp., as of September 1. Automatic Valve is ISO certified, offering a history dating to 1945. The company manufactures pneumatic industrial valves for a broad range of industrial automation, automotive, and process control applications at its Novi, Mich. facility. Automatic Valve markets its […]

CCEFP announces NSF funding to tune of $30 million for soft robotics research

The CCEFP recently announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) Emerging Frontiers in Research & Innovation (EFRI) program will fund $30,000,000 in soft robotics. The topic area of Continuum, Compliant, and Configurable Soft Robotics (C3 SoRo) will award 15 proposals of approximately $2,000,000 each over four years. The NSF EFRI program seeks proposals with transformative […]

Pack Expo Las Vegas to focus on worker safety

The OpX Leadership Network will host three Innovation Stage sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 25–27; Las Vegas Convention Center). The group, convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a catalyst for transformative solutions and best practices to improve operational excellence in today’s “do more with less, faster environment.” These […]

MVG modular vacuum gripper series can be configured to applications

The new MVG Modular Vacuum Gripper series by Coval can be configured to be perfectly adapted to every application, with the technical assistance of the Coval team. To obtain this result, some important developments have been made. The first choice offered to the user is its size. The MVG vacuum gripper series is tailored to the desired size. […]

IFPS upgrades Pneumatic Specialist Certification

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), the only organization to provide comprehensive technical certifications for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry, has recently upgraded its Pneumatic Specialist (PS) Certification Study Manual. The IFPS PS Certification is for those designing pneumatic systems and writing specifications, sizing and selecting components for pneumatic systems across […]

Robust pneumatics helps packaging manufacturer set it then forget it

Elopak equips fully aseptic filling machine with robust pneumatics. By Xavier van Aelst, Director Food & Beverage and Christian Broich, Sales Engineer, AVENTICS GmbH, Laatzen, Germany Machines for filling consumer-friendly containers with milk or juice have to work around the clock, and disruptions and downtime are not at all welcome. For this reason, availability plays […]