September 26, 2017



Fluid Power

Pneumatic design 101: Go with the flow

2017-09-14 21:06:26

The benefits of pneumatic power can be realized by following some basic pneumatic design rules for specifying air preparation units, actuators and valves. Contributed by Chip McDaniel, Educational Specialist at AutomationDirect Compressed air use by industrial machines is a close second to the use of electricity in terms of cost, and well ahead of


Canfield Connector unveils initial product in new GatorMate solenoid connector line

2017-09-12 16:36:24

Canfield Connector, Youngstown, Ohio, is launching its first product, a Deutsch-to-DIN electrical connector, under the new GatorMate brand. The money-saving 5JD adapter mates Deutsch DT04-2P wiring with readily available DIN 43650 Form “A” interfaced solenoid coils. “This connector enables manufacturers and processors to


How do accumulators improve system performance?

2017-09-01 21:05:28

Hydraulic accumulators are pressure vessels that store and discharge energy in the form of pressurized fluid. In essence, potential energy is stored in a compressed gas and released on demand to force oil from the accumulator and into the circuit. Here are some important benefits accumulators provide, and how they make hydraulic systems


NFPA publishes update to its “Technology Roadmap”

2017-08-30 16:36:05

A new publication, the 2017 NFPA Technology Roadmap: Improving the Design and Function of Fluid Power Components and Systems, has been published by the National Fluid Power Association. Copies can be downloaded after a brief registration process from the following website:  The purpose of


Bosch Rexroth expands laser cladding capabilities for cylinder rods

2017-08-28 15:06:21

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Beyer, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden, officially released the upgraded laser cladding process at Bosch Rexroth’s cylinder plant in the Netherlands. To develop and install this upgraded process, Bosch Rexroth and the Institute have closely worked together. The result: a



Talking PACK EXPO with Doug Stoll of Intelligrated

2017-09-12 17:30:07

The booth demonstration showcases a unitizing approach to robotic palletizing in which loads are built directly onto slip sheets or conveyor, a practice common in manufacturing operations serving a variety of international markets or handling empty containers.


Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Bimba Manufacturing Announce Collaboration to Provide Single-Source Turnkey Electric Motion Solutions

2017-08-31 22:00:09

This arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric’s servo motors and control products with Bimba’s electric mechanical actuators. The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other’s strong presence in the industrial marketplace, providing greater value to customers by offering a turnkey electric motion


Upgradable I/O communication module monitors decentralized applications via 2G and 3G wireless networks

2017-08-29 20:00:05

CONTA-CLIP presents the communication module GSM-PRO2, a remote control and maintenance solution for decentralized applications via 2G and 3G wireless networks that features I/O expansion modules for a customizable number of inputs and outputs. The multifunctional I/O module alerts users via automated SMS or email messages when the monitored


HEIDENHAIN’s Compact TNC 620 Control Now with Touchscreen Technology

2017-07-26 22:00:04

TNC contouring controls from HEIDENHAIN are popular with users thanks to their workshop-oriented operational design and conversational programming. And now, HEIDENHAIN’s compact TNC 620 control combines its advantages of field-proven HEIDENHAIN contouring controls with the latest in touchscreen technology. The TNC 620 control with


Pneumatics system from FIPA creates safe injection molding and cutting solution

2017-07-26 21:06:22

When a well-known automotive manufacturer needed its front and rear wheel arches molded by an injection molding specialist, it turned to Proper Polymers, a South Carolina-based company that manufactures plastic parts using the injection molding process. The project presented considerable challenges, achieving a viable solution maintaining zero


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