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21

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Bellows vacuum cups for short-cycle automated plastics applications

FIPA Inc., a manufacturer of vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and end-of-arm-tooling has announced its SP-BX Series Varioflex bellows vacuum cups for short-cycle automation applications…

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21

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Aventics participates in Pack Expo 2016

“Hygienic design and Washdown”, “Machine Safety” and “Industry 4.0 (IOT)” are three areas that Aventics will emphasize in their booth at Pack Expo 2016. In the first area,…

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Sep
20

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FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit includes look at future of distribution

Frank Hurtte, of River Heights Consulting, spoke at this week’s FPDA/ISD Joint Industry Summit at the Westin Savannah on the state of the world of fluid power distribution—and…

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Sep
16

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Pneumatic safety for truck-mounted forklifts

Picture this. A truck driver has to load and unload construction materials at twenty stations. The driver repeatedly parks, exits the vehicle and climbs underneath the truck-mounted forklift…

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16

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Pneumatic valves continue to inspire unique applications

Pneumatic valves are common in every industry, in applications from medical to chemical and automation to corrugation. Compressed air is readily available, clean and easy to use, so…

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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….