Actuators for when space is limited

Tool and die, work-holding, specials manufacturing, and plastic injection molding industries need actuators that can fit into tight spaces. The Compact Hydraulic actuators save space without sacrificing performance. This new product family offers two series: Medium (CMH) and High Pressure (CHH). The CMH offers pressures up to 2030 PSI (140 Bar) whereas the CHH offers

Compact Air Cylinders Are Still A Big Deal!

Download Fabco Air’s Ebook More or Less – Compact Air Cylinders are a Big Deal! “Less is more” seems to be the trend in the pneumatic actuator market. Real estate on OEM equipment is at a premium today more than ever before! Download this Ebook to learn more…

The NB Linear Actuator – BG Type

Download NB Tech Tips NB’s award-winning BG linear actuators combine the functionality of a linear slide guide and precision ball screw in a single component. Compact size and exceptional accuracy make BG single-axis actuators an ideal choice for many applications, including positioning, measurement, automotive and semiconductor equipment.

FIPA introduces New 2016 Series sprue grippers

FIPA Inc., a manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT), has released the new 2016 Series self-centering, gap-free sprue grippers. Featuring a wide jaw opening, high closing force, single-acting operation, and easy assembly and disassembly, the new grippers are also available with optional direct sensing capabilities and smooth

New air spring product line for industrial applications

ITT Inc. has announced that it is introducing a new Compact Automation and Turn-Act Air Springs product line that provides air actuation for linear motion control. These air-tight…

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Can fluid power play a role in wearable exoskeletons?

Popular movies have long imagined robotic assist type machinery, from the Power Loader exoskeleton that Ripley wore in Aliens to the military weaponry showcased in Starship Troopers and…

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The new generation of PRIME MOVER pneumatic actuators

The new generation of PRIME MOVER actuators has significantly improved performance: The PRIME MOVER offers axial motion with no rotational forces involved. The actuator uses all metal construction…

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New Rack & Pinion Drives & Linear Actuators at IMTS 2016

ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. will showcase their new Rack & Pinion Drives and Linear Actuators at Booth E-4829 during IMTS 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, September 12 – 17, 2016. Further expanding their hardened & ground rack range, ATLANTA has added DIN 7 and 8 quality levels to provide more competitive price points to

New High-Performance Linear Actuators Offer Precise Positioning with High Thrust

ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce a new range of High-Performance Linear Actuators, offering precise linear positioning and high dynamic performance by means of a servo-worm reducer and precision ballscrew spindle. Linear speeds up to 590 inches per minute can be achieved with ballscrews diameters up to 50 mm and axial load capacities

Airstrike Actuators from Firestone Industrial Products

Airstroke Actuators from Firestone Industrial Products perform the same type of actuation tasks as a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder. Long used in the industrial market as pneumatic actuators,…

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Air bearing/actuator guaranteed to outlast any machine

The Airpel -Air Bearing provides force without friction, which is made possible by a stainless steel piston that is fitted to a borosilicate glass cylinder. The introduction of…

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Non-stiction cylinders offer precise position sensing

Airpot Corporation has added a position sensing option to its popular line of Airpel non-stiction air cylinder actuators.  The company offers non-contact electronic switching sensors from Sick, Inc. using…

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Cleanliness, cushioning, and kits lead pneumatic-actuator trends

Pneumatic actuators, often called air cylinders, are an inexpensive and easy-to-use design choice for many industrial applications that require linear motion. While the technology has been around in…

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Where are rodless cylinders used?

Rodless cylinders are used in pneumatic applications requiring a compact installation with a wide range of stroke possibilities. They most often used for automation applications requiring positioning, and…

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7 tips to get the best adhesive

by Paven Patel, General Manager and Barry Siroka, Business Development Manager, EpoxySet The process of evaluating and choosing an adhesive is easier when you consider a few key parameters. Choosing the best adhesive for a specific application can be complex. There are many variables to consider and numerous types of chemistries with different capabilities. An

Compact rotary latch series from Southco features dual trigger action

Southco has further expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-10 rotary latch with dual trigger. Southco’s newest rotary latch features a compact design that provides multiple points of actuation, allowing the latch to be triggered by two independent actuators. Dual actuation points and its compact size make the

Pneumatic system guidelines for success

Pat Phillips  •  Product Manager  •  Fluid Power & Mechanical Products  •  AutomationDirect Following these design rules will ensure a successful machine automation application. Pneumatic cylinders are a…

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Surgical assist robot goes pneumatic

Surgical precision saw a major technological boost in the early 1980s when robots began accompanying doctors in the OR. In recent years, minimally invasive operations have been gaining…

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Ball drive actuator stabilizes world’s fastest motorcycle

Ballscrews and ball drive actuators are normally associated with machine tools. Every so often though, engineers get the chance to go pit their knowledge about these components in unusual applications, such as a motorcycle built be beat land speed records. When engineer Mike Akatiff and the rest of the team behind the Top 1 Ack

Curtiss-Wright awarded contract by BMW

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Sensors & Controls division today announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with German automobile manufacturer BMW Group to provide its Exlar®  brand of integrated, roller screw driven electric actuators for use on robotic weld guns.  Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide all required robotic weld gun actuators for two new

Bishop-Wisecarver Group acquires Specialty Motions, Inc. linear actuator product lines

Bishop-Wisecarver Group, a WBENC-certified, woman-owned family of companies that offer guidance solutions, contract specialty manufacturing and mechatronic-based engineering services, announced it has acquired Specialty Motions, Inc.’s (SMI) linear actuator product line. Complementing BWG’s existing line of high-end linear actuators, the addition of the SMI4Motion product offering will enable BWG to expand the markets it serves

Optical encoder takes over for LVDT

Conventional servo-hydraulic test instruments use a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT), a type of inductive absolute encoder, to determine the linear direction of travel and position of the actuator. But when Instron was designing its ElectroPuls fatigue testing systems, it knew the limitations of LVDT technology would be problematic. ElectroPuls is driven by a linear

Designing a Motion-Control System…Software in 2015 Makes It Easy

Designing a Motion-Control System … Software in 2015 Makes It Easy will show how software is simplifying the work of motion-control designs. It will cover programming and software tools that help engineers pick component faster and with the physical layout of a motion system. Then the webinar will segue into an explanation of programming options

3d printed hand for amputees uses Firgelli’s miniature actuators

Youbionic’s artificial hand intended for amputees uses Firgelli’s PQ12-P Linear Actuator with Feedback. Product Details Miniature Linear Actuators with 20mm stroke, and built in position feedback potentiometer. Apply positive voltage to extend and negative to retract. Connect to the internal potentiometer to read the position feedback.   NOTE: Turn your PQ12 -P into a Linear

Actuonix L16 series with PMDC motor & rectangular cross section

The L16 series is slightly larger version of the L12 series. It has an axial design that utilizes a powerful PMDC motor and a rectangular cross section for increased strength. But by far the most attractive feature of this actuator is the broad spectrum of configurations available. Actuonix L16 series is available in three stroke