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    5 Benefits of Using Fluid Power for Your Material Handling System

    Posted by Troy Branham on Oct 10 ,2018

    Fluid power is a great way to help automate material handling. It is the process of using a fluid under pressure to move a load or perform some other mechanical task. Hydraulic systems typically use a specialized oil, whereas pneumatic systems use compressed air as the “fluid.” Both types of actuators can be invaluable for material handling applications, though not necessarily the same ones.

    Here's what you need to know about fluid power and material handling.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    [VIDEO] Actuator Sizing: PNEUSA®

    Posted by Troy Branham on Sep 5 ,2018

    The PNEUSA® is a unique cylinder design using an internally enclosed cable cylinder based on our original cable cylinder sealing technology. This provides complete protection of the internal sealing components from harsh environments, which means you can use the PNEUSA® in all types of applications!

    But finding the perfect fit for your application isn’t always the easiest job. Our VP of Engineering and General Manager, Chad Randleman, breaks down how to size a PNEUSA® rodless cylinder for your rodless cylinder application:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Hydraulic Rod Cylinders vs. Pneumatic Rod Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 29 ,2018

    You’ve researched the many types of actuators and decided a rod-style actuator is the answer for your industrial equipment design. That’s great! But, do you want a hydraulic rod cylinder or a pneumatic rod cylinder? Either style can deliver excellent, reliable performance in the right circumstances, so what’s the difference?

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Best Applications for Hydraulic Linear Actuators

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 22 ,2018

    When your industrial design calls for linear movement, you might want to use hydraulic actuators. There are definite advantages to using a fluid-powered actuator, but that doesn’t mean they are right for every purpose. It all comes down to the requirements of your specific application. So, when should you choose hydraulic linear actuators?

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    Topics: 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

    [VIDEO] How to Properly Size and Select an OVLPRO Rod Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Aug 1 ,2018

    When looking for a cost-effective and efficient solution for your rod cylinder application, you may be looking at many different options. The trick is to fit your rod cylinder to the requirements of your application, and with our OVLPRO options, we can help. Here’s how to properly size and select the right OVLPRO rod cylinder, from our VP of Engineering & General Manager, Chad Randleman.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators, Videos

    When are Oval Bore Cylinders Right for Automated Assembly for the Medical Industry?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jul 25 ,2018

    No matter what your industry, the equipment in your production facilities has certain requirements in common. It has to provide:

    • Durability and reliability that ensure maximum uptime
    • Benefits that ensure a strong return on investment

    And it has to be a perfect fit for your operating environment. But not all environments are equal. Some, such as automated assembly in the medical and semiconductor industries, are far more demanding. Here, positioning equipment must perform with ultra-high precision and stability, often at very high speeds and in limited space. And components have to be appropriate for clean environments. Without all that, you cannot maintain the integrity of products coming off the line.

    While there are many types of cylinders out there, a low profile oval bore cylinder may be the perfect product for your application. Here's why.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    [VIDEO] Actuator Sizing: DURATRK

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 20 ,2018

    When properly sizing and selecting a DURATRK rodless cylinder for your next cylinder application, the goal is to determine the amount of cylinder force necessary to provide a cost-effective and efficient solution.

    DURATRK rodless cylinders are available in bore sizes from 18mm up to 63mm bore, and are available in stroke lengths from a few inches to 16 feet. With that flexibility and customization comes the importance of properly calculating and sizing the perfect rodless cylinder for your application:

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Hydraulic, Mechanical, and Pneumatic Cylinders: When to Use What?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 13 ,2018

    By definition, actuators either move things or stop them. In industrial design and other heavy-duty applications, actuators — or cylinders — provide the driving force that moves (or holds) machinery components. You may ask, "Should I choose pneumatic cylinders for my design or some other type? Well, that depends on what you need to move, in what way, and under what conditions.

    Pneumatic cylinders are powered by compressed air. But cylinders can also be powered by pressurized fluid (hydraulic), by electricity, or by hand (mechanical). For obvious practicality reasons, we can rule out hand-cranked cylinders for industrial applications.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators

    Secrets of Fluid Power: Know Your Cable Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jun 6 ,2018

    Think a cable cylinder might be the best actuator to your design project? Well, which one do you need? There are rodless cable cylinders, guided cable cylinders, single acting cable cylinders, and linear tension cable cylinders.

    Some aspects of cable cylinders are the same regardless of model. But of course, there are differences too, and it’s those differences that can help point you in the right direction. You can get the full story by downloading our Cable Cylinder Catalog, which includes a selection guide and sizing worksheet. Here’s an overview to get you started uncovering the secrets of fluid power.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Actuators