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    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

    How to Decide Between Hydraulic and Pneumatic Actuation for Your Project

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 16 ,2019

    Fluid power can be complex. There are a lot of variables to consider when deciding what type fluid will be best to power your project. Should you choose hydraulic actuation that uses an oil-type fluid or pneumatic actuation that uses compressed air?

    Here is a quick guide for picking the right kind of actuation for your project.

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    Topics: Hydraulic Cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators

    Linear vs Rotary Actuators: Which is Best for My Application?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 15 ,2018

    Without actuators, everything would come to a standstill. That’s because actuators make things happen, literally keeping automated production plants moving, industrial doors operating, and so on. But they come in several styles, so how do you know which type to use?

    Here are some tips to help choose between linear and rotary actuators.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 14 ,2018

    When choosing cylinders for industrial applications, you have to know the amount of force 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. As they say, you have to do the math. But using a cylinder force calculator would make it much easier.

    We have created four charts to help you. Simply choose the chart that corresponds to the type of cylinder you expect to use.

    Note: W.C. Branham makes cylinders in both metric and imperial sizes, so there are separate charts for each.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, rodless cylinders, Pneumatic Cylinders

    How Pneumatic Components Can Streamline Material Handling

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 29 ,2017

    Efficient material handling is critical in modern manufacturing. A century ago, moving materials from one place to another depended primarily on manual labor. It was cumbersome and time-consuming. Today, advanced technologies and equipment design innovations automate much of the work. To remain competitive, however, manufacturers must constantly search for ways to further streamline their operations.

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    Topics: Air Cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators, Pneumatic Cylinders

    What Types of Cylinders Are Most Effective in the Food Processing Industry?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 19 ,2017

    As an industry, food processing covers a lot of ground. It’s candy bars in wrappers, potato chips in bags, shrink-wrapped meat, and any number of prepared products in cans and boxes. It’s beverages, too, with production and bottling of everything from water to beer or wine in plastic, glass or aluminum containers. And these containers must be flawlessly sanitary.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Packaging Machinery

    Pack Expo 101: What to Ask at the Big Packaging Event

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 25 ,2017

    If you're in the packaging industry, you've likely heard of the PACK EXPO, which just wrapped up this past week in Las Vegas. Whether you’re new to the industry or a packaging veteran, the PACK EXPO is a great opportunity to explore manufacturing options or start a conversation with others in the industry.

    Here at W.C. Branham, we are especially proud of the role our company and products have played over the years in helping improve packaging equipment design and functionality. Versatility is critical when it comes to equipment design options, because “packaging” covers a lot of ground. Products come in all sizes, shapes, and weights, all of which present certain design challenges. But all equipment requires actuators to move the process along and stop/hold at certain points.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Pneumatic Cylinders, Packaging Machinery

    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

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

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 27 ,2017

    An actuator is a device that converts energy into movement. A linear actuator moves a load in a straight line. The energy source that operates an actuator can be hydraulic (fluid-based), pneumatic (air pressure-based), or even electric.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Pneumatic Cylinder Repair: Should I Fix it or Replace it?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 21 ,2017

    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.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Pneumatic Cylinders