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    Why Pneumatic Rodless Cylinders are Ideal for Passenger Train Doors

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 14 ,2018

    Passenger train doors have to work smoothly, quietly, safely, and reliably. Often, they have to function in extreme conditions, where heat and/or humidity are very high, or temperatures are well below zero. They have to endure constant vibration and frequent shocks, no matter how well-maintained the railroad tracks. And passenger train doors are heavy. This is a job for pneumatic rodless cylinders.

    Here's why pneumatic operating systems are the ideal choice for both internal and external passenger train doors.

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    Topics: Pneumatic Cylinders, rodless cylinders

    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: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] Actuator Sizing: Magnetically Coupled Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 30 ,2018

    When searching for the perfect magnetically-coupled cylinder for your next rodless cylinder application, there are certain observations you must make.

    In our new video, Chad Randleman, VP of Engineering & General Manager of W.C. Branham, explains how to do just that:

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    Product Spotlight: MAGTEC® Rodless Magnetically Coupled Cylinders

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 16 ,2018

    Let's talk MAGTEC. What is magnetic coupling, anyway? And when should you choose magnetically-coupled cylinders, as opposed to another style?

    One reason pneumatic cylinders are so versatile is that they can be configured in so many different ways. That makes it easier to find a great match for your specific application, but it doesn’t mean every air cylinder works best in every instance.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] Actuator Sizing: Cable Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 25 ,2018

    When picking the right sized cable cylinder for your pneumatic rodless cylinder application, the goal is to determine the amount of force necessary and provide a cost-effective and efficient solution.

    In order to find the right sized cable cylinder, we’ve compiled a list of steps that will help you make the right calculations:

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    Topics: rodless cylinders, Videos

    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 Cylinders, rodless cylinders, Pneumatic Actuators

    When to Choose the DURATRK DTFL Model Linear Guided Rodless Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 15 ,2017

    Machine builders are being asked, or sometimes pushed, by their clients to do more, which means the automated machinery they design needs to do more. Machines need to have high throughput, better accuracy, improved reliability, more  robustness  and have a higher ROI.

    It's no different with components used in automated machinery. Machine builders desire performance and value of the components they use. Let's look at pneumatic rodless cylinders, which are commonly used in various types of automated machinery.

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    Topics: DURATRK, rodless cylinders

    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: Pneumatic Actuators, Air Cylinders, 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

    How to Choose the Correct Rodless Cylinder for your Mechanical Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on May 25 ,2017

    Pneumatic cylinders are useful in a wide range of industrial applications. A rodless cylinder, in particular, offers special advantages for mechanical design, because it is shorter and entirely enclosed. Rodless cylinders save space without sacrificing performance, they can be mounted in any plane, and they can be grouped to accommodate multi-axis design.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders