FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit includes look at future of distribution

Frank Hurtte, of River Heights Consulting, spoke at this week’s FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit at the Westin Savannah on the state of the world of fluid power distribution—and…

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Can air compressor heat be recovered?

The recovery of compressor heat can substantially reduce the total cost of energy in most commercial or industrial facilities. Thanks to the laws of physics, the most plentiful…

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Compressed Air Fail: Air dryer purge

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A grain products company was increasing their production capacity and needed a new compressor and dryer. The budget was tight,…

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Right-sized cylinders and efficiently ensure performance

By: Nathan Irvine – AVENTICS Corp Rightfully, pneumatics is considered extremely simple, flexible and economical. Add to that, air-powered systems are quite durable—they routinely run for years trouble-free with…

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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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The New Festo Semi-Rotary Drive is Designed for Fast Installation and Long Life

Festo introduces a new pneumatic semi-rotary vane drive and matched contactless position sensor that transforms a relatively simple and low cost drive into a solution that lowers engineering…

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How costly is my desiccant dryer?

Desiccant units will consume about 2 to 3 kW of energy for every 100 cfm of dryer rating, compared to about 0.8 kW per 100 cfm for refrigerated…

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Festo introduces low cost etherNet/IP connectivity

The new Festo CTEU-EP universal EtherNet/IP interface module improves the quality, performance, and diagnostics of OEM pneumatic systems at a fraction of the cost of previous generation solutions…

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Why is my compressor room so hot?

The physics of compressed air dictates that heat must be generated if air is compressed. The amount of heat depends on the size of the compressor. For example,…

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How do I know what size air compressor to buy?

Determining what size of compressor to buy is a very difficult problem. This is especially true if the compressor will be for a new system that hasn’t been…

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How many horsepower should a 100 hp compressor consume?

CAGI Sheets tell the story! When you buy a 100 hp compressor, how many horsepower do you think it should consume? Yes, this is a trick question. Compressor ratings…

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Compressed air fail: Water hammer

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A building products company chose to allow their piping contractor to design the piping system in their compressor room. Rather…

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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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Piab acquires Kenos and grips new market

Piab has acquired Italian-based Kenos, a company in the market of large area vacuum grippers. Kenos designs and manufactures gripping systems used in various applications e.g. packaging, wood,…

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Piston and cylinder sets offer unmatched capabilities

Airpot has a new line adaptable piston and cylinder sets. Constructed using a graphite piston borosilicate glass cylinder combination in which each piston is selectively matched to fit the cylinder…

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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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Optional added features for the piCOMPACT23 now available

Improved and intelligent blow-off functions, a split unit design, and a self-adhesion control feature are a few of the new added extras on offer in Piab’s premium piCOMPACT23…

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FIPA develops flexible, cost-effective vacuum gripper solution for repacking application

FIPA Inc., recently designed and installed an alternative package handling solution for PCA Roboter- und Verpackungstechnik GmbH, which has specialized in powerful, innovative palletizing and packing systems for…

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What’s more efficient, reciprocating compressor or screw air compressors?

Often, when it comes to choosing an air compressor for a service shop, there is a choice between types and sizes of compressors. Do you choose a standard…

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Pneumatic Hose and Tubing

THE basic function of pneumatic hose and tubing is to convey pressurized air to actuators, valves, tools and other devices. But there are countless types and sizes of…

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Air Dryers

IN PNEUMATIC systems, compressors draw in ambient air that always contains some amount of water vapor. The process of compressing air to around 100 psi raises the air’s…

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EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab tests and compares blowoff products

EXAIRs Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blowoff products such as air nozzles, air knives and air guns. Companies can…

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Where are pneumatic grippers used?

Pneumatic grippers are used in many pneumatic systems, as a means of grasping or holding parts; grippers may move, insert, stack or orient the parts to achieve a…

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Compressed air fail: Compressor lubricant release

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A food products company used lubricated screw compressors to feed the process machines in their plant. The compressors contained food…

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