How do I compare air compressor efficiency?

When you are purchasing a compressor, it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. You should be aware that about 80% of the lifetime cost for…

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Aventics publishes machine safety guide for pneumatics

Aventics has published a manual titled “Machine Safety Expertise for Pneumatics” covering key topics in the implementation of directives and standards for safety-related pneumatics. Protecting people, machines and…

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Bimba introduces all stainless-steel compact cylinder to Flat-I product line

Bimba has announced the addition of a stainless steel, compact cylinder to its Flat-I product line. The Stainless Steel Flat-I cylinders were designed especially for applications in which frequent, corrosive…

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Top Donaldson award goes to heatless, regenerative desiccant dryer design

  Donaldson Co. Inc., a manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, announced its patent recipients and winners of the Company’s 14th Annual Inventor Awards, which are given to…

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ControlAir launches its new mobile responsive website

ControlAir, Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision pneumatic and electro-pneumatic controls, launched a new mobile responsive website, designed to optimize visually across any size screen, platform and orientation. …

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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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Why you need to understand proper air preparation

Pneumatic products, systems, and machines require clean compressed air to operate efficiently and reliably. By Michael Guelker, Festo Product Manager, Pneumatic Actuators and Air Supply products Particles, water…

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Why does my compressor run constantly?

If your air compressor is constantly running without shutting off, this could be a sign of a problem—and it is probably costing you a bundle. It is very…

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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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Vaccon company to exhibit at the Hannover Messe

Vaccon Company will be attending the Hannover Messe International Trade Fair to exhibit its robotic end-of-arm-tooling and venturi vacuum product line to a diversified global audience. Hannover Messe…

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Creative automation and Sterling Engineering form partnership

Creative Automation, Inc. and Sterling Engineering & Manufacturing jointly announced a partnership in which Sterling Engineering and its president, James B. Canner, now represent Creative Automation. Gerd Walter,…

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Compressed air fail: High compressed air costs at high-end car dealer

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A high-end car dealership purchased a premium brand air compressor for their upscale dealership to service both service and body…

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Hydraulic and pneumatic industry trends with NFPA

Fluid Power Industry Growth Trend The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for February 2016 decreased 12.3% compared…

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Vacuum switches for decentralized vacuum systems

Specially designed to facilitate vacuum sensing in decentralized ejector based systems, Piab’s miniaturized vacuum switches VS4015/VS4016 and VS4118/VS4128 are growing popular because of their small size, low weight,…

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New Festo mobile app enables quick delivery of industrial automation components

Festo, Hauppage, N.Y., has launched a new mobile app with features that allow fast delivery of parts and lower cost inventory.  The new Mobile App delivers quick and…

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Nearly 200 students learn fluid power at annual event

Each year, hundreds of middle school students are actively engaged in learning about fluid power during the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, a competition that challenges kids to solve…

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AutomationDirect adds compact extruded body cylinders

The NITRA Pneumatics H-Series compact extruded-body cylinders are offered in bore sizes from 12 to 100 mm and stroke lengths from 5 to 100 mm to meet a…

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ASCO introduces integrated automation solutions with ready-to-install pneumatic assemblies

ASCO has introduced ASCO Numatics Integrated Automation Solutions—customized assemblies of best-in-class electrical and pneumatic components designed to meet specific customer needs. “Leveraging ASCO’s 127 years of expertise, our…

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Industry and academia invited to submit presentations for FPIRC16

The next Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference (FPIRC) will be held October 10-12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NFPA and the Center for…

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Pneumatic technologies ensure safe packaging applications

By Erl Campbell, Food and Beverage Key Account Manager, Aventics The widespread use of pneumatics technology for packaging machines—to drive motion and actuate machine sequences—has garnered more interest by machine…

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National Fluid Power Association elects Tricia Fulton to Chair its Board of Directors

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) has elected Tricia Fulton, the CFO at Sun Hydraulics, to be the Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2016-17 fiscal…

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Top ranked U.S. universities showing off Industry 4.0 at Hannover Messe

In April 2016, for the first time in the history of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology event, many of America’s top ranked universities and industrial technology…

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Pneumatic valve reduces compressed air waste

A new pneumatic valve on the market this month proposes to save users up to 30% in compressed air compared to traditional directional control valves. A unique spool…

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Replacement for embedded magnetostrictive position sensors

Alliance Sensors Group has announced the ME Series of Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile,…

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Compressed air fail: Questionable weekend requirement

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge An equipment parts fabricator was concerned with their high utility costs, so they decided to bring in a compressed air…

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