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    [VIDEO] How to Size a Pneumatic Rodless Cylinder for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 12 ,2017

    In order to properly size a pneumatic rodless cylinder for your next application, you must consider a few variables including; the moving orientation of the load and the guiding member that will be supporting and guiding the load. Those variables will determine the size, style and the installed options of the cylinder that you require.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] An Overview of Our DURATRK Rodless Cylinder Line

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 4 ,2017

    In this video blog, our experts introduce you to Lanamatic - a Swiss manufacturer of pneumatic rodless cylinders. Through a private label arrangement, Lanamtic products can be found in the United States within the DURATRK label here at Branham. 

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    Topics: Videos, rodless cylinders, DURATRK

    [VIDEO] What is a Fail-Safe Brake?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 28 ,2016

    Fail-safe brakes are brakes that, by nature, are always engaged. They commonly consist of spring applied brakes which are actuated by a stack of belleville disc springs. When pressurized, by either pneumatic or hydraulic pressure, the spring stack is retracted and the brake is opened or disengaged.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Videos, Fail-Safe Brakes

    5 Common Mistakes Made When Sizing a Pneumatic Linear Actuator

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 22 ,2016

    Pneumatic linear actuators offer numerous advantages across a wide variety of applications. However, they must be spec’d properly. Otherwise, the result could be less-than-desired productivity and greater-than-expected problems, downtime, and costs. There are several factors that affect sizing.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Tips on Sizing Industrial Caliper Brakes for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 20 ,2016

    When it comes to industrial and vehicular caliper disc brakes, W.C. Branham is proud to offer a wide range of sizes covering a wide range of applications that create a wide range of solutions. That adds up to more than 300 possible model configurations. It is essential to spec the proper size, in order to assure reliable, cost-effective performance.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    How to Install an External Guide on a Rodless Air Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 14 ,2016

    Rodless air cylinders save valuable machine space because they are almost half the overall length of a comparable rod cylinder while producing the same, if not more, punch. And the ability to add an external guide can make them even more versatile.

    The external guide makes it possible to load the slide with lateral forces and torques. Tools or other drives can be mounted directly on the slide. In the case of our DURATRK™ line of rodless air cylinders, the adjustable slide guide is capable of handling high moment and forces in all directions. With screws provided, installation can be handled with the following steps and a few easy adjustments. 

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    Topics: Air Cylinders

    [VIDEO] A Deep Dive into W.C. Branham's Right Angle Gear Drive Product Line

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 7 ,2016

    W.C. Branham was industry-first with right angle hollow bore helical gearboxes that package an all ball bearing configuration in a leak-proof, sealed gearcase with a pre-lubricated design. The immediate benefits were achieving higher thrust and radial loads, lower operating temperature for greater efficiency, no leakage, and longer service life.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    What is a Worm Gear Set and What Does it Consist Of?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 30 ,2016

    A worm gear set actually looks a lot like it sounds — there's a worm that drives a gear. The worm — a shaft with a spiral thread — engages with and drives the gear — a toothed wheel. The worm screw and worm wheel are aligned at a 90-degree angle, forming the simplest kind of right angle gearbox. In fact, a worm gear was one of the original six simple machines. No matter how simple, though, the worm gear is an effective, time-honored way to manage power and torque.

    Uses for Worm Gears

    Worm drives create a compact means to substantially decrease speed and increase torque.A worm gear can have a massive reduction ratio with little effort — by simply adding more circumference to the wheel. That technique can either greatly increase the torque, or greatly reduce the speed. By comparison, it would take multiple reductions of a conventional gear set to achieve the same results — so worm gears have fewer moving parts and fewer places for failure.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    What Is the Difference Between a Single and Double Acting Hydraulic or Pneumatic Cylinder?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 16 ,2016

    If you need power, there’s nothing like a hydraulic cylinder to deliver a big punch. It’s the workhorse of the industrial world for the heaviest lifters and movers, including bulldozers and dump trucks. Hydraulic cylinders are commonly used in mobile applications. Hydraulic cylinder bore sizes can range from a few inches to several feet in diameter.

    Pneumatic cylinders are typically used on industrial machinery and rely on compressed air pressure from 15-110 psi. Pneumatic cylinders tend to have less overall cost associated when compared to hydraulic cylinders. Pneumatic cylinders have more main body choices which include extruded aluminum profiles for easier integration into machinery.

    Designing around them requires knowledge of pressure, force, and safety considerations. But it all starts with understanding the difference between a single and double acting hydraulic cylinder.

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    Topics: Hydraulic Cylinders

    [VIDEO] What is a Brake Caliper and How Does it Work?

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Nov 9 ,2016

     A brake caliper is a device used to either stop or hold a rotating mass. It's designed to absorb the energy created by the rotating mass, and dissipate it as heat. This video blog gives you a quick look at the different styles and highlights their main functions. 

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes