Solutions in Motion™

    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

    [VIDEO] How to Properly Size and Select a Caliper Disc Brake

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 18 ,2019

    Caliper disc brakes come in many sizes and types, depending on your needs. W.C. Branham is proud to offer a wide range of industrial and vehicular caliper disc brakes – more than 300 possible model configurations. From active pneumatic and active hydraulic to lever mechanical actuated and spring applied brakes, you can customize the perfect product for your application. The key to success is proper caliper disc brake sizing.

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    Topics: Caliper Disc Brakes

    When Would I Use a Hydraulic Cable Linear Actuator?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 10 ,2019

    There is a wide variety of pneumatic products on the market that nicely suits almost any industrial purpose. But, in some cases, a hydraulic cable linear actuator may be the better choice.

    All linear actuators convert energy into straight-line motion, forward and/or back. Hydraulic actuators use fluid as a power source rather than compressed air, and they use either a rod or a cable to move the load. Each type has advantages and limitations, so the key to successful performance is matching the cylinder with the task at hand. Let’s look at the differences between these two types of hydraulic actuators.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Fluid Power 101: Common Uses for DURATRK™

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 28 ,2019

    When we talk about fluid power, we often think of hydraulics because hydraulic actuators use a fluid such as oil. But let’s not forget that air is also a fluid, even though it’s not a liquid, because it flows. And air is a powerful option for driving industrial actuators — often the preferred option compared to hydraulic actuators.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Ready for More: Branham Hopes to Back 6 Teams in 2019 Hyperloop Competition

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 7 ,2019

    For four years in a row, Elon Musk's SpaceX has invited high school and college students to design and create a pod for the Hyperloop Pod Competition. The pods designed by student engineers are expected to help the development of a new, faster, cheaper form of transportation, The Hyperloop. 

    Last year, we provided caliper brakes to the University of Michigan's team, Michigan Hyperloop. 

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    Topics: Hyperloop

    Gearbox Repair: What To Do If Your Gearbox Breaks Down

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 5 ,2019

    Wear and tear is a fact of life for machinery operating in industrial settings that feature high temperatures, high speeds, outdoor dirt, or harsh washdowns. Even the highest quality components eventually break down. Right angle gearboxes are generally low-maintenance, but if something goes wrong, how can you tell if you’re looking at gearbox repair versus replacement?

    The sooner you detect emerging problems, the better your chances of a less costly repair instead of an untimely, expensive gearbox failure. Developing problems can also push gearbox components out of spec, which weakens performance and speeds further damage. Here are some signs to look for and steps you can take to troubleshoot gearbox problems.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    [VIDEO] Supporting the Car Wash Industry with a 20-Year Partnership

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 27 ,2019

    If there is such a thing as a manufacturing match made in heaven, it may be W.C. Branham and Airlift Doors. Airlift Doors, a Minnesota-based commercial door manufacturer specializing in car care applications like car washes, service bays, car dealerships, and more, first started working with W.C. Branham in 1995.

    Today, that partnership is over 20 years strong and showing no signs of slowing down, thanks to ingenuity and quality products:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Door Operators

    What's the Difference Between a Mechanical, Electric, Hydraulic, and Pneumatic Cylinders?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 20 ,2019

    When choosing the best type of actuator for your design, there are several variables to consider: What you need to move, how you need it to move, and under what conditions. 

    Your four choices are mechanical, electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic. The difference between these cylinders gives each one distinct advantages and disadvantages when used for certain applications.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators