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    Pneumatic or Electric Linear Actuator: Key Differences and Applications

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 1 ,2017

    Actuators move or control devices or system components. Linear actuators operate in a straight line. They can be powered with air, fluid, electricity, or even the human hand—although for industrial applications, a hand crank is a bit rustic. Let us clarify for you the differences between pneumatic and electric linear actuators.

    In some ways, both types of actuators are the same. Both electric and pneumatic designs are compact, and they are both cost-efficient, though in somewhat different ways. Electric actuators offer excellent design flexibility when it comes to control options, good for when you need extreme precision. Pneumatic actuators are known for their quick response and defined stroke. They can deliver force anywhere between 4,000 and 2,000 pounds.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators, rodless cylinders

    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

    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

    How to Install an External Guide on a Rodless Air Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 14 ,2016

    Rodless air cylinders save valuable machine space because they are almost half the overall length of a comparable rod cylinder while producing the same, if not more, punch. And the ability to add an external guide can make them even more versatile.

    The external guide makes it possible to load the slide with lateral forces and torques. Tools or other drives can be mounted directly on the slide. In the case of our DURATRK™ line of rodless air cylinders, the adjustable slide guide is capable of handling high moment and forces in all directions. With screws provided, installation can be handled with the following steps and a few easy adjustments. 

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    Topics: Air Cylinders

    7 Signs You May Need an Air Cylinder Repair

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 28 ,2016

    Troubleshooting problems with air cylinders can be complicated when you’re faced with numerous situations that can lead to downtime and equipment damage or failure. With a rigorous preventive maintenance program and awareness of where problems can come from, air cylinders can be kept running at optimum performance levels while maintaining maximum functionality. So what are the seven signs you may need an air cylinder repair?

    Your air cylinder may need repair if you notice any of these warning signs:

    1. Failure to move (or actuate)
      Lack of movement is a clear sign that something is wrong. Monitoring actuating pressure can help avoid system breakdown.

    2. Actuating too slowly

    3. Requiring higher than normal pressure to actuate
      If pilot control pressure is too low, the control line may be too small or the metering choke valve could be malfunctioning. Also, there may be mechanical binding between the working load and the air cylinder, so check to make sure that the parallelism is maintained.

    4. Visual corrosion or excessive wear

    5. Hissing noises

    6. Load pulsing
      Air cylinders are known for their smooth, almost silent movement. If you notice a change, it’s probably not running right.
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    Topics: Air Cylinders