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    5 Common Mistakes Made When Sizing a Pneumatic Linear Actuator

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 25 ,2019

    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

    Ask the Engineer: How Do You Determine Moment Load?

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Jun 19 ,2019

    There are always numerous factors that go into choosing the right linear actuator for an application. One consideration that is often overlooked is moment loading. Moment load comes into play when the cylinder is located some distance away from the actual load that it's lifting. That distance may be very short, but you have to account for it along with the weight of the load in order to spec the proper cylinder.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    W.C. Branham Inc. on Why We Love Working in River Falls

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 12 ,2019

    At W.C. Branham, we love working in River Falls, WI, because we get to have it all. We get the small town feeling and affordability, with easy access to all the Twin Cities’ urban amenities. Drive five minutes in one direction, and you're out in the country. Drive 45 minutes in the other, and you can take in a Twins game. It's the best of both worlds, and it's our world!

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    Topics: Working at W.C. Branham

    Right Angle Gearboxes: Does My Design Call for a Right or Left-Hand Rotation?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 11 ,2019

    Right angle gearboxes are used throughout dozens of industries in hundreds of applications that require a reliable transfer of speed or power.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    Everything You Need to Know About Spiral Bevel Gear Design

    Posted by Peter Wold on Jun 7 ,2019

    Years ago, it was expensive and very difficult to make spiral bevel gearboxes. And while the precision necessary to craft such beautiful and intricate pieces is still tricky, with the right attention to design and fabrication, it's much more doable.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    Why Compact Air Cylinders Are Still A Big Deal

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 30 ,2019

    When we hear the familiar phrases “small but mighty” and “oldie but goodie” referring to fluid power, what comes to mind? Compact air cylinders, of course! Although they've been around since the 1950s, compact air cylinders have certainly stood the test of time. They have proven so versatile, they’re still the right solution for a wide range of industrial applications.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    STEM Support: HS Robotics Team Wins With Branham Brakes

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 15 ,2019

    If you ever wonder about the future of engineering, just visit a high school robotics competition. Thousands of teams from around the world plan, build and compete with the remote-controlled robots that they have strategically designed to excel in that season's team challenges. The designs are complex, the competitions are intense, and we had the pleasure this season to help and watch the team from Plano, Texas in action.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    Backed by Branham: Queen's University Advances in 2019 Hyperloop Competition

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 8 ,2019

    As the visions of one famous billionaire and thousands of innovative engineering students move us closer to a future of high-speed underground transportation, WC Branham is excited to be along for the ride. Every year, Elon Musk's SpaceX invites teams of students to design and create a pod for his Hyperloop Pod Competition, and this year WC Branham sponsored 3 teams that have been invited to compete in California.

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    Topics: Hyperloop

    When is a Double-Acting Air Cylinder Right for Your Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 1 ,2019

    Cylinders that convert energy into linear motion can be powered by hydraulic fluid or compressed air. Hydraulic cylinders are usually the go-to option for seriously heavy-duty lifting and moving because hydraulics are very powerful and can provide tremendous holding strength. But for most industrial applications, the more agile air cylinder is often a better choice.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    What is a Linear Actuator?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 24 ,2019

    When you're looking to move a load in a straight line in an industrial application, a linear actuator is probably your answer. Linear actuators, also called cylinders, that movement possible. Without them, automated equipment could not exist. But the type of actuator depends on the situation. Each type of actuator has its own pros and cons, but understanding how each kind of linear actuator works will help you decide.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators