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Harvard researchers build pneumatic octopus

In a departure from the engineering behind typical rigid industrial robots, a team of Harvard University researchers have built what’s reportedly the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot….

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Aug
24

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What are automatic condensate drains?

Automatic condensate drains are essential components in every compressed air treatment system, purging liquid from receiver tanks, water separators, coalescing filters, and air dryers. Auto drains are small…

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International Equipment Manufacturers to demonstrate integrated industries solutions across five industrial technology events at IMTS 2016

A growing trend of the Industrial Technology Events powered by HANNOVER MESSE at IMTS 2016 is the number of international exhibitors present on the show floor. Approximately 70…

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24

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How do I control multiple compressors, Part 2?

To continue this simple question with a complicated answer, in this blog post we will deal with rotary screw compressors, the most common type of compressor found in industrial…

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Aug
23

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Firestone Industrial Products names Mark Hilburger Executive Director of Marketing

Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC (FSIP) has tapped company veteran Mark Hilburger to lead strategic marketing efforts as executive director of marketing. In the newly created role, Hilburger…

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Engineering Basics

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Compressed air fail: Water hammer

Monday, July 18, 2016

By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge A building products company chose to allow their piping contractor to design the piping system in their compressor room. Rather…

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What are air dryers?

Friday, June 24, 2016

In pneumatic systems, compressors draw in ambient air that always contains some amount of water vapor. The process of compressing air to around 100 psi raises the air’s…

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Where are pneumatic grippers used?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pneumatic grippers are used in many pneumatic systems, as a means of grasping or holding parts; grippers may move, insert, stack or orient the parts to achieve a…

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Can water damage my compressed air system?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

In a previous post, we discovered that air compressors will produce significant amounts of water, which is squeezed from the ambient air the compressor ingests through its intake….