Fast, high bandwidth pressure control

Enfield’s high bandwidth pneumatic pressure control systems enable and enhance designs and concepts that are otherwise unattainable with slower electronic pressure regulators. With valve response times of less…

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AV valve system

The AV system from AVENTICS is a complete automation solution offering clear advantages for production systems. The AV system continuously adapts to the users’ requirements and maximizes the…

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Bimba announces acquisition of Intek Products

Today Bimba announced the acquisition of Intek Products of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999, Intek develops mechanical automation products and solutions for both single-axis and multi-axis coordinated electric…

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Bimba Manufacturing’s IntelliSense wins award

Frost & Sullivan has recognized Bimba Manufacturing with the 2015 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation for its IntelliSense predictive intelligence system for pneumatic…

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What are air brakes and clutches?

Air brakes serve as the main brake to provide parking and E-stop braking functions in a variety of applications, including draglines, grinding mills and shovels in mining, drawworks…

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Coalescing filters for high-value air preparation products

MFD Pneumatics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba, today announced the addition of coalescing filters to its line of high-value air preparation equipment. Coalescing filters protect sensitive pneumatic…

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New suction cup check valve senses part presence

Piab’s new piSAVE sense valve has a new design that work well in any orientation, even upside down. It is dirt tolerant and increases vacuum flow through the…

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Pneumatic actuators ensure ballast function in emergencies

Depending on the weight and distribution of the load in the hull, ballast tank systems either flood or empty the distributed tanks. This “trimming” generates counterweights on demand,…

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Mounting elements for EOAT

Piab’s line of mounting elements offer an easy way to install suction cups and accessories at the correct working position without the cost of engineering time or sourcing…

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Lifting the ergonomic way with vacuum

By Josef Karbassi, VP Automation Div., Piab Apart from being backbreaking work, lifting heavy objects can very easily end in disaster. The laws of physics will tell you that…

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Critical safety functions within pneumatic systems

As machine builders become more adept at the science of applying newer safety standards—such as ISO 13849—to their designs, they’ve started to take a deeper look at safety…

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Technology Tuesday podcast on fluid power distribution

Design World has launched Technology Tuesdays Podcasts in 2015, and the latest episode focuses on the business of fluid power and industrial distribution. Click below to listen to…

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Clippard MAR-1 series miniature pressure regulators

When Clippard introduced a miniature regulator in 1962, the MAR-1 became very popular as a simple, robust, and cost-effective regulator in a small package with exceptionally long life. As regulator…

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Piab introduces new Value Line

Piab introduces a new line of products called Value Line. This competitively priced line consists of 21 suction cups in three different shapes as well as two small…

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Pneumatic servovalves use flux capacitors to enable high frequency response

One of the biggest difficulties in dealing with pneumatic motion control applications is the compressibility of air. Hydraulic fluid is also compressible, but the bulk modulus of liquid…

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Compressed air fail: Gray cloud has a silver lining

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A plastic film manufacturer chose to purchase a very efficient VSD-style lubricant-free compressor and heat of compression dryer for a…

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Festo unveils its latest bio-creations

I’ve written extensively in the past about how German-based Festo AG’s Bionic Learning Network has developed some stunning robots based on nature. From elephants to kangaroos and birds…

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PHD Releases New Parallel Pneumatic Gripper

PHD, Inc., a manufacturer of actuators for industrial automation, introduces a new series of parallel pneumatic grippers. Series GRH Parallel Pneumatic Grippers are available in four sizes that…

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The New Festo HSP and HSW Part Handling and Assembly Modules

The new Festo HSP and HSW pick and place and assembly modules deliver performance and significant savings for OEMs in terms of lower engineering costs and shorter installation…

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Vacuum Automation 3.0 e-catalog now available from Piab

Piab, Hingham, Mass., has updated its electronic catalog designed for tablet devices. The catalog features close to 700 pages highlighting all of Piab’s energy-efficient air driven vacuum pumps…

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Compressed air fail: A little bit of luck goes a long way

A metal foundry was struggling for years with their compressed air system. Dirty water was fouling the air compressor cooling systems. Prying fingers were altering compressor set points….

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The IFPE Fluid Power Zone is back at IMTS in 2014

Be part of the “IFPE Fluid Power Zone” a unique tradeshow designed to assist you in reaching your industrial automation customer market. The 2014 IFPE Fluid Power Zone…

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Compact UPS with integrated battery

The new STEP UPS from Phoenix Contact is a compact uninterruptible power supply with an integrated battery. The STEP UPS provides standby power for short-term power losses in…

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Rotomation Selects CADENAS PARTsolutions for Digital 3D Part Content

Rotomation has selected CADENAS PARTsolutions to create and support their all-new catalog of online digital 3D part content. A Florida-based manufacturer of pneumatic and low-pressure hydraulic actuators, Rotomation…

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Bosch Rexroth selling pneumatics business to Triton

Big news in the fluid power industry as Bosch Rexroth Corp. has said that it has signed papers to sell its global pneumatics business—Rexroth Pneumatics—to Triton, a German-Scandinavian…

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