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    What's the Difference Between a Hydraulic and Pneumatic Linear Actuator?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 30 ,2020

    There's a variety of types of actuators available. The energy source that operates an actuator can be hydraulic (fluid-based), pneumatic (air pressure-based), or even electric, and with each energy source comes distinct advantages or disadvantages for use in certain applications. Here’s a summary of the main differences:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    [VIDEO] An Overview of Our DURATRK Rodless Cylinder Line

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 8 ,2020

    In this rodless cylinder video, our experts introduce you to Lanamatic: a Swiss manufacturer of pneumatic rodless cylinders. Through a private label arrangement, Lanamatic products can be found in the United States within the DURATRK™ label here at Branham

    Learn more about the versatility of the DURATRK Rodless Cylidner Line in our rodless cylinder video:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Videos

    [VIDEO] Introduction to OVLPRO® Low Profile Pneumatic Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 5 ,2020

    At W.C. Branham, our slogan says it all: Solutions in Motion. We love a good challenge, and in order to uncover solutions, we’re always thinking outside the box. Or, sometimes, "outside the round" in the case of industrial actuators. That’s how we developed our unique OVLPRO low profile series of pneumatic cylinders.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Videos

    [VIDEO] Introduction to DURATRK™ Rodless Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 5 ,2020

    W.C. Branham President and CEO Troy Branham introduces our pneumatic actuator line, specifically our new DURATRK™ slot tube style rodless cylinders in this edition of Solutions in Motion.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Videos

    Cylinder Force Calculator: How to Determine Force Required for your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 18 ,2019

    When choosing actuators for industrial applications, you have to know the amount of force that will be required to perform the job at hand. Cylinders can move, slow, or hold a load -- rapidly and repeatedly, if needed. The force required depends on the load itself – its weight and movement angle, among other factors. An air cylinder force calculator can help you spec exactly the right actuator for the job.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 20 ,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

    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

    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