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    Best Ways to Maximize the Service Life of Your Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 6 ,2019

    The nature of automation and the facts of physics dictate that all moving parts wear out over time, and your right angle gearbox is no exception. Industrial settings are demanding and unforgiving. High speeds, high temperatures, wash down requirements, and other factors take their toll.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    9 Benefits of Using Compact Air Cylinders in Your Mechanical Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 30 ,2019

    Space is often a major consideration when designing equipment for industrial applications. While compact air cylinders have been used for decades, their popularity continues to increase because their short stroke and low profile can accommodate tight spaces where traditional cylinders would not fit.

    Small but mighty

    Compact air cylinders may be smaller, but they can be just as powerful as their larger cousins. They can be used for linear actuation and control in a wide variety of applications, including:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 9 ,2019

    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.

    Most Common Pneumatic Cylinder Issues

    Problems can vary according to the type of pneumatic cylinder and application, but there are some common signs you may see that indicate the need for air cylinder repair:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    9 Real-World Applications for Electric Linear Actuators

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 25 ,2019

    You know that linear actuators move loads in a straight line, forward and/or backward. You know they can be powered by hydraulic fluid, compressed air, or electricity. Each type of actuator has its own pros and cons. So, when should you use electric linear actuators? They are not appropriate for every application, but they can be quite versatile. Here are some examples.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Custom Manufacturing Case Study: How We Designed Stainless Steel Brakes

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 20 ,2019

    Nobody loves a good challenge more than our design and engineering team at W.C. Branham. We get many opportunities to exercise our creativity because almost 40% of the work we do involves some amount of custom design. It might be a small tweak to a standard product, or it might be something entirely new, designed from scratch.

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    Topics: Custom Manufacturing

    Hyperloop 2019 Recap: A Learning Experience for Branham-Backed Teams

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 28 ,2019

    Ever since Elon Musk announced the first Hyperloop Pod Competition back in 2015, it's been clear that the goal of the endeavor was much more about discovering new ways of doing things than actually winning the competition itself. After all, Musk's end goal is to revolutionize transportation with a high-speed underground tunnel. And now that Hyperloop IV is complete, the idea that learning is more important than winning one of his races is clearer than ever. 

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    Topics: Hyperloop

    How Does a Magnetic Coupling Work?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 26 ,2019

    Magnetic couplers convey force without any actual physical contact. Because magnetic forces attract and repel, they can perform this action in a linear or rotary fashion. But how does magnetic coupling work, and why is it so useful? 

    The Magic of Magnets

    Magnetic coupled cylinders have a carrier that moves from end to end in both directions on a tube.

    End caps with pneumatic fittings allow the user to shuttle the carrier from one position to another using air as power in conjunction with a pneumatic control box. It could shuttle a few inches on an industrial machine or move 10 feet on a car wash door (like the DoorTec pictured here on a car wash door).

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    Topics: Pneumatic Door Operators

    Employee Spotlight: Bob Vogler's 13 Year Journey

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 26 ,2019

    When Bob Vogler moved to River Falls, Wisconsin back in 2006, he'd never even heard of W.C. Branham. But less than two weeks later, he was already working here, and now he can't really envision leaving. It's an unlikely story that dates all the way back to a "help wanted" ad we posted 13 years ago.

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    Topics: Working at W.C. Branham

    Mechanical, Pneumatic or Hydraulic Brakes: What is Best for My Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 25 ,2019

    When you’re trying to decide which type of brake is best for your particular application (such as mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic brakes), it’s important to understand both the reasons for braking and the differences in the types of caliper disc brakes available for industrial equipment and on- and off-road braking applications.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 25 ,2019

    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.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators