Festo expands low cost EtherNet/IP connectivity to IO-Link devices

The CTEU-EP universal interface module from Festo makes EtherNet/IP connectivity low cost and plug and play for IO-Link devices and Festo valve terminals. The CTEU-EP is ODVA conformant and a Rockwell Encompass referenced product. For maximum flexibility, OEMs can cost effectively integrate IO-Link devices such as pressure and flow sensors, RFID readers, and light stacks […]

Presair unveils low cost pressure monitoring solution

Presair has released a pressure monitor providing a low cost solution to original equipment manufacturers and facilities worldwide. The pressure monitor provides notification and prevents issues before downtime occurs. Versions are tailored to meet the needs of manufactures, the monitor notifies personnel using visual, audio and even text alerts when air pressure rises or falls […]

PACK Expo scholarship program to distribute $30,000

The new PACK EXPO scholarship program will provide $30,000 annually to support the future packaging and processing workforce. Each year, six $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to students studying packaging and processing at PMMI Partner Schools. A portion of the proceeds from the PACK gives BACK events at PACK EXPO International and PACK EXPO Las […]

Allmand expands into portable air compressor market

Allmand Bros. Inc., a subsidiary of Briggs & Stratton Corp. is expanding its product offerings into the portable air compressor market. The Maxi-Air Portable Air Compressor’s heavy-duty, over-sized rotary screw air end provides consistent, high-pressure air volumes at low rpm for enhanced fuel efficiency. The Maxi-Air comes in two models, the MA185 and MA400, with […]

Compressed Air Fail: Cooling choke

A tire manufacturer used air cooled lubricated screw compressors to feed the production machinery in their medium-sized plant. The plant is located in an extremely hot climate. Over the years, some of the air compressors at the plant reached the end of their useful life and were replaced. Because the production demand was growing, the […]

Festo MSE6-E2M energy efficiency module now compatible with Ethernet/IP and PROFINET

First introduced in 2015, the MSE6-E2M (E2M) intelligent service unit is now compatible with Ethernet/IP and PROFINET communication protocols – significantly expanding potential applications in North America. E2M units can pay for themselves in less than a year from the energy savings accrued. The E2M automatically shuts off the air supply to a machine when […]

MD&M East update: Automation is on tap

This year’s MD&M East—and its associated shows, like ATX East, East PACK, etc.—are back in New York at the Javits Convention Center this week, and there’s a good buzz about the show. The economy is chugging along, according to exhibitors, and there is reason for optimism in the coming quarters. Here’s a sampling of what […]

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Digital flowmeters measure air usage wirelessly on network

EXAIRs new Digital Flowmeters with wireless capability use a Zigbee mesh network protocol to measure and monitor your compressed air use, trends, and historical data. Each meter has a range of 100 ft (30 m) and transmits data to an Ethernet connected gateway. Each meter and gateway are configured for security and have 128 bit […]

COPT Center, Leybold shoot vacuum videos in perfect laboratory setting

Cooperation between Universities and industrial enterprises are much more common in other countries, such as Great Britain and the United States. In Germany, cooperation is mostly restricted to the technology level and the subsequent transfer of basic research knowledge gained at the universities to the mass production opportunities of industry. Vacuum technology of Leybold is an elementary factor in […]

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COPT Center, Leybold shoot vacuum videos in perfect laboratory setting

Cooperation between Universities and industrial enterprises are much more common in other countries, such as Great Britain and the United States. In Germany, cooperation is mostly restricted to the technology level and the subsequent transfer of basic research knowledge gained at the universities to the mass production opportunities of industry. Vacuum technology of Leybold is an elementary factor in […]

PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up quick

PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up fast … in a little more than 100 days, the event will be upon us! Sustainability, efficiency and product safety are among the top issues to be addressed at the show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 25–27. Co-located with the Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the event is […]

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PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up quick

PACK EXPO in Las Vegas is coming up fast … in a little more than 100 days, the event will be upon us! Sustainability, efficiency and product safety are among the top issues to be addressed at the show in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sept. 25–27. Co-located with the Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the event is […]

Original equipment gauges meet a higher standard

Ashcroft introduces the 8008A pressure gauge to industrial OEMs looking for a cost effective high quality gauge. This new durable instrument meets the recognized specifications of EN837-1 and ASME B40.100, ensuring accuracy and long term performance. A corrosion resistant stainless steel case along with liquid fill vibration dampening help extend the service life. The Ashcroft […]

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Original equipment gauges meet a higher standard

Ashcroft introduces the 8008A pressure gauge to industrial OEMs looking for a cost effective high quality gauge. This new durable instrument meets the recognized specifications of EN837-1 and ASME B40.100, ensuring accuracy and long term performance. A corrosion resistant stainless steel case along with liquid fill vibration dampening help extend the service life. The Ashcroft […]

Mobile hydraulics powers vacuum lifting

Vacuum-lifting attachments make construction equipment more productive. Construction equipment has long been used to move material like large pipes and concrete slabs, typically with ropes, chains or slings tied to the bucket or stick. Lately, however, operators of these machines are turning to vacuum-lifting technology as a faster and safer alternative. According to officials at […]

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Mobile hydraulics powers vacuum lifting

Vacuum-lifting attachments make construction equipment more productive. Construction equipment has long been used to move material like large pipes and concrete slabs, typically with ropes, chains or slings tied to the bucket or stick. Lately, however, operators of these machines are turning to vacuum-lifting technology as a faster and safer alternative. According to officials at […]

No turning back on IoT

After spending a week at the recent Hannover Fair, one comes to the inescapable conclusion that most everyone with a stake in the future of fluid power is either embracing the concepts of IoT, or is at least watching as the changes unfold. We’ve all heard the hype surrounding what’s called the fourth industrial revolution—the […]

No turning back on IoT

After spending a week at the recent Hannover Fair, one comes to the inescapable conclusion that most everyone with a stake in the future of fluid power is either embracing the concepts of IoT, or is at least watching as the changes unfold. We’ve all heard the hype surrounding what’s called the fourth industrial revolution—the […]

PHD Inc. celebrates 60th anniversary

PHD Inc. was founded this month in 1957. Over our 60 years of innovation, PHD has made automation work better and more efficiently for manufacturers around the world. The first product developed, and still popular today, was the Tom Thumb pneumatic cylinder. Today PHD manufactures a very broad offering of products used for industrial automation. […]

Low temperature valves from Hafner Pneumatik

The valves of the low temperature series “Hafner on the Rocks” are now also available as 1/2-in. ported, offering 3,000 lpm air flow. They can be used in low temperature applications down to -40° C. The new 1/2-in. -40° C series features: • 3/2-way, 5/2-way and 5/3-way • Electrically and pneumatically actuated valves • Up to 3,000 lpm air […]

Bimba enhances “Blue and Improved” cylinder line with Blue and Improved Flat-1, including 19 new features

Bimba today announced the release of the latest in its cutting-edge, compact air cylinders—the Blue and Improved Flat-1. “Blue (as in New) and Improved” designates Bimba products that have been redesigned to offer enhancements applying the most recent advances in design technology. The Blue and Improved Flat-1 features 19 new product enhancements such as permanent […]

21A Prop Series of valves from ODE suitable for automation, packaging, medical uses

General purpose flow control solenoid valves from ODE, the 21A Prop Series, are constructed of brass (with Stainless Steel AISI 300 series armature tube), are 2/2 way proportional acting, feature flow of 1.4, 2, 3.2, 4, 6.4 or 9 lpm, pressures to 40 bar. Applications include air, industrial automation, medical, packaging, thermoregulation, and water. Good repeatability […]

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Ritter Technology acquires Fluid Systems Engineering

Ritter Technology, LLC (Ritter), a leading provider and distributor of industrial motion and control products, announced that it has acquired the business of Fluid Systems Engineering located in Clinton Township, MI.  This most recent acquisition strengthens Ritter’s commitment to providing engineered hydraulic and pneumatic products to its customer base in the greater Detroit area. Fluid […]

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Aventics makes a move beyond pneumatics, acquires Vector Horizon Technology

Aventics has announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Ky. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialist says it will further strengthen its position in the global commercial vehicles business. The business of VHtek is defined as the management of design, research, development, prototyping of products and applications around the electro-mechanical actuation and […]

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Safe pneumatic system design

Consider the following safety and design choices for control of pneumatic systems in automated equipment. By Pat Phillips • Product Manager, Fluid Power & Mechanical Products at AutomationDirect A safe pneumatic system design starts at the connection to a machine’s air preparation hardware and continues to correctly pairing valves with cylinders. This article reviews the […]

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