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    Troy Branham

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    Branham Gains Rep as Go-To Resource for Hyperloop Teams

    Posted by Troy Branham on Mar 18 ,2020

    So, what’s the latest with Elon Musk's Hyperloop project? We know our devoted design and engineering customers are as excited about the annual Hyperloop Pod Competition as we are here at W.C. Branham, so we wanted to update you on a couple of this year’s teams. We have a somewhat proprietary interest in this project, not just because it’s right up our engineering alley, but because over the years several teams have designed their prototype pods using our caliper disc brakes.

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    Topics: Hyperloop

    [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

    How to Determine Which Bevel Gear Design is Right for Your Application

    Posted by Troy Branham on Jan 8 ,2020

    Simple gears are used to transfer power from one shaft to another, but when the shafts intersect at odd angles, they don’t intersect at all, or you need to change rotational direction of a shaft, things become complicated. It takes a bevel gear to keep things moving. Bevel gear design is commonly used in many industrial applications as well as in all types of vehicles.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    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 a Right-Angle Gearbox?

    Posted by Troy Branham on Dec 4 ,2019

    What is a right angle gearbox?

    A right-angle gearbox is one in which the driveshaft and the output shaft meet at a 90o angle, using rotation to transfer power.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    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

    Best Ways to Maximize the Service Life of Your Right Angle Gearbox

    Posted by Troy Branham on Nov 6 ,2019

    The nature of automation and the facts of physics dictate that all moving parts wear out over time, and your right angle gearbox is no exception. Industrial settings are demanding and unforgiving. High speeds, high temperatures, wash down requirements, and other factors take their toll.

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    Topics: Right Angle Gearbox

    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