A challenging reconfiguration for a high-speed conveyor finds a solution in with pneumatics technology. By Bernie Moltchan, Simplimatic Automation Sales Manager – Beverage, Simplimatic Automation Simplimatic Automation, Forest, Va., manufactures material handling systems and automation for the packaging, semiconductor, electronics, assembly, pharmaceutical, medical device, optical and automotive industries. Recently, the company’s beverage industry team worked […]
Pneumatic actuators, often called air cylinders, are an inexpensive and easy-to-use design choice for many industrial applications that require linear motion. While the technology has been around in nearly its current form for more than half a century, there are some interesting trends and design advances that engineers should be aware of. There have been […]
Pneumatic products, systems, and machines require clean compressed air to operate efficiently and reliably. By Michael Guelker, Festo Product Manager, Pneumatic Actuators and Air Supply products Particles, water and oils in compressed air reduce the service life and functionality of components and systems. They also impair productivity and energy efficiency. Being aware of how to […]
Pneumatic actuators, often called air cylinders, are an inexpensive and easy-to-use design choice for many industrial applications that require linear motion. While the technology has been around in nearly its current form for more than half a century, there are some interesting trends and design advances that engineers should be aware of. Air cylinders have […]
Festo’s new microslide DGSC is only 8mm wide. This pneumatic slide is for installation in small spaces such as in the production of electronics and small parts assembly. Its positioning accuracy is just 0.01mm due to the preloaded ball bearing cage guide. Its areas of application range from handling operations in Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) […]
Festo (www.festo.com) has expanded its CPX automatic platform with the addition of a new range of low cost modular pneumatic valves along with a complementary series of low cost digital I/O modules. The sub-bases of the MPA-L valve terminals are manufactured from polymer and not from metal to save weight and cost, and can be […]
Festo (www.festo.com) has introduced a guided pneumatic swivel module that delivers a versatile rotating drive solution for difficult and larger loads. Ideal for manufacturing automation, the DSM-HD swivel module eliminates the need for additional guidance or bearing system while seamlessly combining a precision heavy duty bearing with a high performance semi-rotary vane drive to conveniently […]
Festo has been active on the cutting edge of design the last few years, from the award-winning design of its M9 compressed air preparation units to its elegant SmartBird and elephant-inspired robotic arm. So it’s great to see the latest item to come out of their German design team, the ExoHand. And nice to see pneumatics playing a prominent role in this design
Pneumatic installations frequently do not include any monitoring facilities—a serious error, as 79% of the costs of compressed air are accounted for by the electricity used for generation and preparation.
Technical updates are placing standard grippers from Festo in a leading position for mechanical engineering applications of tomorrow. The parallel, three-point, radial and angle grippers DHxS from Festo are compact and offer greater reliability in the gripping process.