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    4 Preventive Measures to Avoid Pneumatic Cylinder Repair

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 20 ,2017

    Things happen and sometimes repairs are inevitable. That’s part of life when you’re working with any type of equipment. Pneumatic cylinders used in industrial applications operate in high-stress environments, so it's likely they will need repairs at some point—even if they are built to last.

    Here are four things you can do to extend the life of your pneumatic cylinders:

    1. One thing you should get in the habit of doing is regularly inspecting and maintaining your pneumatic cylinders. There are times when something just breaks or goes askew, but most often, repairs become necessary due to wear and tear. Cylinders that receive regular attention perform the best and last the longest.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Cylinders

    Gearbox Selection: 4 Things to Consider During Your Engineering Design Process

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 15 ,2017

    During the engineering design process, you have to map out every component you'll need. If you need a gearbox for your application, how do you know which type? These products are very popular with design engineers because they are extremely versatile, but that also means there's a lot to choose from.

    Some styles are particularly well-suited for certain applications. For instance, W.C. Branham makes continuous recirculation lubrication (CRL) models that are an excellent choice for heavy-duty, high-cycle applications, whereas our spiral-bevel models are ideal for high rpm applications. For packaging and similar applications, you may want to consider our Include-A-Shaft gearboxes.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    Pneumatic or Electric Linear Actuator: Key Differences and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 1 ,2017

    Actuators move or control devices or system components. Linear actuators operate in a straight line. They can be powered with air, fluid, electricity, or even the human hand—although for industrial applications, a hand crank is a bit rustic. Let us clarify for you the differences between pneumatic and electric linear actuators.

    In some ways, both types of actuators are the same. Both electric and pneumatic designs are compact, and they are both cost-efficient, though in somewhat different ways. Electric actuators offer excellent design flexibility when it comes to control options, good for when you need extreme precision. Pneumatic actuators are known for their quick response and defined stroke. They can deliver force anywhere between 4,000 and 2,000 pounds.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators, rodless cylinders

    9 Benefits of Using Compact Air Cylinders in Your Mechanical Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 16 ,2017

    Increasingly, space is a major consideration when designing equipment for industrial applications. Compact air cylinders are becoming more popular than ever, because of their short stroke and low profile which can accommodate tight spaces where traditional cylinders would not fit.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders, rodless cylinders

    When is it Appropriate to Use Hydraulic Spring Applied Caliper Brakes?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 9 ,2017

    Hydraulic spring applied caliper brakes are an ideal choice for applications that require emergency stopping or static holding. This type of brake is used in industrial machinery as well as heavy off-road vehicles. However, this braking method is not a good choice for continuous slip applications, because friction pad wear results in reduction of spring force and braking torque.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes, Fail-Safe Brakes

    4 Common Mistakes Made When Sizing a Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 2 ,2017

    Every design engineer knows that you have to get all of the details right. If not, the device or equipment you’ve designed won’t perform as expected. Or, at least, not as well as expected. That won’t do, especially when you’re designing machinery for industrial applications.

    Right angle gearboxes are a good example of this. They're popular because of their versatility and value for a wide range of industries and specific applications. However, that versatility can be your downfall during the design phase.

    Right angle gearboxes fit many different situations because they can be configured and installed in multiple ways. It is essential to spec your gearcases correctly in order to avoid unfortunate design errors. So, let's look at four of the most common mistakes.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    What's the Difference Between a Hydraulic and Pneumatic Linear Actuator?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 27 ,2017

    An actuator is a device that converts energy into movement. A linear actuator moves a load in a straight line. The energy source that operates an actuator can be hydraulic (fluid-based), pneumatic (air pressure-based), or even electric.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Worm Gears 101: A Breakdown of Common Functions and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 20 ,2017

    Worm gears work like a screw, with “teeth” that form a continuous helix. Worm gears are not necessarily the most efficient choice, but for certain industrial applications, they offer distinct advantages.

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    Topics: Worm Gears

    3 Reasons Why a Pneumatic Door Operator Is Best For Your Car Wash

    Posted by Peter Wold on Jul 12 ,2017

    For some car wash applications, several different types of door openers will do the trick. This is especially true in “easy” climates, where the weather doesn’t pose the kind of problems that could keep the operation from running smoothly and cost-efficiently. However, if your car wash is located where cold, inclement weather is the winter norm, a pneumatic door operator is definitely your best choice.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Door Operators

    Laundry Machinery: How to Repair or Replace Your Air Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 28 ,2017
    Working at her wringer washing “machine,” your great-great-grandmother could not have envisioned today’s commercial laundry facilities. In hospitals, hotels, uniform supply companies, and other industrial settings, automated laundry machinery unloads, lifts, feeds, conveys, washes, dries, presses, folds, and sorts garments and other items, large and small.

    The work is often endless. Yet machines can perform all of these steps with little human intervention. Without air cylinders to drive and direct this choreography, industrial laundry systems wouldn’t exist. Air cylinders help control starting, stopping, and speed of moving parts at every step of the process.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders