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    How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Concept is Inspiring College Level Innovation

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 21 ,2018

    Elon Musk is known around the world for his innovative creations such as Tesla Inc., Neuralink,OpenAI, SpaceX, and The Boring Company among others. And his latest invention is just as cutting edge as the rest.

    The SpaceX Hyperloop is Musk's answer to slow, expensive, problematic forms of ground transportation between busy cities. The Hyperloop will be a newer, faster, safer, less expensive and more convenient form of transportation between high traffic cities less than 900 miles apart.

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    Topics: Insider

    Cylinder Force Calculator: How to Determine Force Required for your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 14 ,2018

    When choosing cylinders for industrial applications, you have to know the amount of force required to perform the job at hand. Cylinders can move, slow, or hold a load, rapidly and repeatedly, if needed. The force required depends on the load itself – its weight and movement angle, among other factors. As they say, you have to do the math. But using a cylinder force calculator would make it much easier.

    We have created four charts to help you. Simply choose the chart that corresponds to the type of cylinder you expect to use.

    Note: W.C. Branham makes cylinders in both metric and imperial sizes, so there are separate charts for each.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, rodless cylinders, Pneumatic Cylinders

    Industrial Caliper Brakes 101: Which Works Best for My Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 7 ,2018

    All industrial caliper brakes are designed to slow, hold, and/or stop fast-moving or very heavy loads. And they can do it very quickly, if necessary. However, the type of caliper brake you use depends on the application. Some are best suited for heavy-duty off-road vehicles such as Utility Trucks, Road Construction, Turf Vehicles, Lift Trucks, Aircraft Ground Support Equipment, Military Ordnance Trailers, Agricultural Tractors, Mining, whereas others are more fit for different types of industrial applications like Manipulator arms, Hose Reels, Web and Wire Tensioning, Packaging, Printing Presses, CNC Machinery, Conveyor Belts, Wind Energy, Indexers, and more.

    So, which industrial caliper brake should you use?

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Emergency Brakes

    5 Reasons to Consider a Custom Cylinder For Your Industrial Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 31 ,2018

    One size does not fit all. That’s true just about everywhere, but nowhere is the need for a good fit more important than in industrial design applications. Equipment that doesn’t perform flawlessly impedes productivity and wastes money. Pretty good is not good enough. Sometimes, only a custom cylinder will do.

    But how do you know when custom is the way to go?

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    Topics: Pneumatic Cylinders

    Advantages Of Using a Compact Cylinder for Food Processing Machinery

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 18 ,2018

    Food processing is complex, which is why these types of facilities are often huge and require multiple types of movements, from transport and sorting to lifting and rotating. Speed, reliability and sanitation are critical for processing facilities, especially if they handle perishables. In this environment, a compact cylinder provides several distinct advantages. 

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    Topics: Pneumatic Cylinders, Compact Cylinders, OVLPRO

    3 Advantages of Using an Oval Bore Compact Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 12 ,2018

    The bore shape of a compact cylinder can make a big difference, in both performance and costs. With a traditional rod-style pneumatic cylinder, the rod is attached to a round piston inside a sealed tube, allowing the rod to extend and retract through a cap in one end of the tube with each stroke.

    The problem is that the rod can rotate slightly as it slides because the round piston that it is connected to rotates. Rod rotation reduces the cylinder’s performance by pulling the intended thrusting force off-line. Over time, off-center loading can cause premature or uneven wear on the seals and rod bearings, or cause the rod and/or piston to bend. The cylinder can also fail if the rod de-threads from the piston.

    In certain industrial applications, rod rotation can be an especially serious problem. One solution is a guided cylinder that uses guide rods and guide blocks mounted parallel to the piston rod to hold it in position as it strokes back and forth.

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    [VIDEO] Product Spotlight: OVLPRO's New Compact Cylinder Size

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 3 ,2018

    If you need push/pull pneumatic automation in a tight space, take a look at the new OVLPROTM Low Profile Cylinders from W.C. Branham.

    OVLPRO cylinders are compact, lightweight and repairable. They are pre-lubricated for high duty cycles, and the new OVP25 series may be just what you're missing.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Cylinders, Compact Cylinders, OVLPRO

    Magnetic Coupling: Why This Technique Works Best for Wet or Harsh Conditions

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 21 ,2017

    In many industrial equipment designs, moving parts are mechanically connected to one another. But for some torque-transfer applications, it’s best if the two shafts do not physically meet. This is particularly true in wet, high-pressure, or other harsh working environments. Magnetic coupling provides a valuable alternative because it transfers torque via a magnetic field rather than physical contact.

    This type of coupling is typically used for liquid pumps and propeller systems because it keeps the two shafts apart, effectively separating fluid from the motor operating in air. Magnetically-coupled cylinders are ideal for food processing and packaging equipment, thanks to their clean surfaces and their ability to withstand rigorous washdown. In fact, for car washes or other operating systems that are continually exposed to water and caustic chemicals, magnetic coupling offers both reliability and durability.

    Magnetic coupling  also eliminates the possibility of vibration transfer, a significant challenge in some systems.

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    Why Reliable Emergency Brakes Are Essential for Industrial Packaging

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 13 ,2017

    If you’re a fan of old “I Love Lucy” reruns, you likely know this famous scene: the pies are coming down the conveyor belt faster and faster. Lucy can’t keep up, and pies are piling up. It’s a mess. Hilarious, right? But not in real life – say, if your packaging equipment goes awry and the product is dumping all over the floor instead of neatly into boxes, or your bottling line malfunctions.

    It’s not just a mess, it’s a serious safety hazard. Emergency brakes are critical for industrial environments, such as industrial packaging.

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    Topics: Fail-Safe Brakes, Packaging Machinery, Emergency Brakes

    How Pneumatic Components Can Streamline Material Handling

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 29 ,2017

    Efficient material handling is critical in modern manufacturing. A century ago, moving materials from one place to another depended primarily on manual labor. It was cumbersome and time-consuming. Today, advanced technologies and equipment design innovations automate much of the work. To remain competitive, however, manufacturers must constantly search for ways to further streamline their operations.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators, Pneumatic Cylinders