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    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

    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

    Pneumatic Cylinder Repair: Should I Fix it or Replace it?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 21 ,2017

    At W.C. Branham, we take great pride in the quality of our products, which are built to last. Nonetheless, wear and tear is inevitable. Pneumatic cylinders used in industrial applications or in heavy machinery, for instance, often face extremely demanding working conditions. They are constantly moving, often fast and under tremendous force.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Pneumatic Cylinders

    Brake Caliper Options for Industrial Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 14 ,2017

    It's easy to think of cars, trucks, and off-road heavy equipment when you think of caliper disc brakes. When in fact, this versatile type of braking system works well with something as light as a bicycle or as heavy as shipping dock or mining equipment. Other types of “vehicles” such as elevators also use caliper disc brakes.

    Caliper disc brakes have the ability to slow, hold, and stop very heavy and/or fast-moving units, and quickly, if necessary. For this reason, they are well-suited to applications that require high torque, high energy stopping and/or tensioning. They absorb the energy generated by the braking process, then dissipate that energy as heat.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    [VIDEO] How to Replace Friction Pads on a Caliper Disc Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 31 ,2017

    In this video, W.C. Branham's Chad Randleman demonstrates how to replace the friction pads on your caliper disc brake.

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    Topics: Videos

    How to Choose the Correct Rodless Cylinder for your Mechanical Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 25 ,2017

    Pneumatic cylinders are useful in a wide range of industrial applications. A rodless cylinder, in particular, offers special advantages for mechanical design, because it is shorter and entirely enclosed. Rodless cylinders save space without sacrificing performance, they can be mounted in any plane, and they can be grouped to accommodate multi-axis design.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders