Solutions in Motion™

    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

    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: rodless cylinders, DURATRK

    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

    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

    [VIDEO] How to Adjust the Cushions on Your Rodless Cable Air Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Apr 12 ,2017

    In this video, W.C. Branham’s Chad Randleman demonstrates how to adjust the internal cushion screws on your pneumatic rodless air cylinder. Most cylinders come standard with adjustable internal pneumatic cushions. Cushions can be found at either end of the cylinder and are provided to decelerate the load at end of the stroke and provide a dampening effect.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] Introduction to DURATRK's DTK Customized Compact Pneumatic Rodless Cylinder

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 23 ,2017

    In this video, Troy Branham is joined by Tobias Suter, Owner and Managing Director of Lanamatic, as he introduces one of their unique products – a variation of their compact pneumatic rodless cylinder. Lanamatic is a Swiss manufacturer of pneumatic rodless cylinders, which can be found under the W.C. Branham DURATRK label.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    What You Need to Know About Pneumatic Cylinder Repair

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 14 ,2017

    W.C. Branham products are designed and manufactured with the highest quality materials and workmanship. We use proprietary quality techniques that are based on countless hours of testing. And re-testing.

    However, it’s the nature of things to wear out. Or break. Continuously moving parts suffer wear and tear over time, and pneumatic cylinders typically function in harsh environments featuring water, oils, dust or other potential challenges.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    Key Considerations for Applying Pneumatic Rodless Cylinders to Your Mechanical Design

    Posted by Troy Branham on Feb 1 ,2017

    In a recent blog article, we listed some questions you should ask when you want to use pneumatic rod cylinders in your mechanical design. For many applications, however, rodless cylinders are a better choice. With this type of pneumatic cylinder, the external carriage itself slides back and forth along the cylinder body, rather than an external rod extending and retracting. This design is particularly useful for applications that require long strokes or high moment loads, thanks to the shorter, enclosed and self-guided configuration.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders

    [VIDEO] How to Size a Pneumatic Rodless Cylinder for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 12 ,2017

    In order to properly size a pneumatic rodless cylinder for your next application, you must consider a few variables including; the moving orientation of the load and the guiding member that will be supporting and guiding the load. Those variables will determine the size, style and the installed options of the cylinder that you require.

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    Topics: rodless cylinders