Solutions in Motion™

    [VIDEO] How to Adjust the Cushions on Your Rodless Cable Air Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 12 ,2017

    In this video, W.C. Branham’s Chad Randleman demonstrates how to adjust the internal cushion screws on your pneumatic rodless air cylinder. Most cylinders come standard with adjustable internal pneumatic cushions. Cushions can be found at either end of the cylinder and are provided to decelerate the load at end of the stroke and provide a dampening effect.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    Pneumatic Actuators: Cable, Magnetically Coupled, or Band Type Rodless Cylinders?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 5 ,2017

    Once you have decided that pneumatic actuators are the best choice for your industrial automation project, you still have a critical design decision to make: which type? Should you use cable, magnetically coupled, or band type rodless cylinders?

    Pneumatic actuators are often the most cost-effective solution when you want to create linear motion. Single-acting or double-acting cylinders can be used to accomplish the task:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    [VIDEO] Introduction to DURATRK's DTK Customized Compact Pneumatic Rodless Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 23 ,2017

    In this video, Troy Branham is joined by Tobias Suter, Owner and Managing Director of Lanamatic, as he introduces one of their unique products – a variation of their compact pneumatic rodless cylinder. Lanamatic is a Swiss manufacturer of pneumatic rodless cylinders, which can be found under the W.C. Branham DURATRK label.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    Hydraulic Brakes: A Breakdown of Their Primary Functions and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 21 ,2017

    Industrial equipment and mobile machines serve a wide variety of purposes, and they work under a wide range of conditions. Regardless of a machine's specific function, however, equipment that moves also has to slow and stop – sometimes repeatedly and frequently. There is a braking system to fit every set of variables. Some are mechanical or pneumatic, but for certain applications, hydraulic brakes are your best choice.

    Mechanical brakes are the simplest, requiring no outside power source to operate. Pneumatic brakes can be a convenient, efficient choice, where there is no hydraulic pressure source and the application is sufficient for a pneumatic brake with a pressure source of 100 psi or lower. Hydraulic brakes can be the most effective choice when your application requires high torque stopping, tensioning, or holding.

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    Topics: Hydraulic Brakes

    Options for Custom Industrial Caliper Disc Brake Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 16 ,2017

    You cannot successfully customize industrial equipment design unless you have options. Options are particularly important when it comes to industrial caliper brake design, because optimum braking ensures safe, reliable, and efficient equipment operation.

    W.C. Branham offers numerous styles of industrial caliper disc brakes, with multiple options for each type. With the right choice, you know your design will deliver optimum performance, whatever your application.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    What You Need to Know About Pneumatic Cylinder Repair

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 14 ,2017

    W.C. Branham products are designed and manufactured with the highest quality materials and workmanship. We use proprietary quality techniques that are based on countless hours of testing. And re-testing.

    However, it’s the nature of things to wear out. Or break. Continuously moving parts suffer wear and tear over time, and pneumatic cylinders typically function in harsh environments featuring water, oils, dust or other potential challenges.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] Right Angle Gearboxes: Answers to Common Questions

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 15 ,2017

    In this video W.C. Branham’s Chad Randleman answers some of the most common questions we receive regarding right angle gearboxes.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes, Videos

    FAQ: What Gearbox is Available with Food Grade Grease?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 8 ,2017

    The food and chemical processing industries require specialized equipment as well as highly-controlled working environments. Choosing the right gearbox to keep processing equipment moving smoothly is crucial. But there are other factors you have to consider. With that in mind, we have answers for some of the most frequently asked questions.

    Why does the gearbox have to be different for these applications?

    Sanitation is everything in industries such as food and beverage processing as well as pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Maintaining a sterile environment is critical to avoid contamination. But machinery needs lubrication in order to function. Both the products being processed and the industrial equipment itself must be protected from contaminants.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearboxes

    Key Considerations for Applying Pneumatic Rodless Cylinders to Your Mechanical Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 1 ,2017

    In a recent blog article, we listed some questions you should ask when you want to use pneumatic rod cylinders in your mechanical design. For many applications, however, rodless cylinders are a better choice. With this type of pneumatic cylinder, the external carriage itself slides back and forth along the cylinder body, rather than an external rod extending and retracting. This design is particularly useful for applications that require long strokes or high moment loads, thanks to the shorter, enclosed and self-guided configuration.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    Mechanical Engineering Projects: Essential Tools For Getting Started

    Posted by Chad Randleman on Jan 26 ,2017

    Mechanical engineers design and build things that work. Tools. Machines. Entire systems such as automated industrial machinery. Many of these mechanical engineering projects are highly complex. And every one of them is different. Yet, choosing the best design and components for each project follows a similar path.

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