Fluid Power Journal

Hold It Right There: Methods for Stopping a Linear Pneumatic Actuator’s Movement in Mid-stroke

By Richard Bullers, SMC, CFPPS A machine operator defeats a guard and reaches his hand into a machine to reset a part in a nest, but misjudges the speed of …

Quick-Changing Robots

Enabling a single robot to exchange end effectors during a manufacturing or assembly process, much as a human is capable of operating different tools, …

Next Generation Hydraulic Fluids: High-Performance & Environmental Safety

By Josh Green, EnBio Industries Selecting the right hydraulic fluid for an application is not always an easy task for a hydraulic system operator. When the …

Shot Blasting for Hard Surfaces

Shot blasting better protects powertrain components from damage, while increasing their cyclic loading capacity. Automobile manufacturers use shot blasting for …

Determine the Appropriate Solution to Control Air Cylinder Speed

Because air is a compressible fluid, controlling the speed of actuators is a unique problem. A pressurized air cylinder that is not under load will extend …

Take Your Best Shot!

  Submit your fluid power photo HERE to take your shot at prize money and recognition. Each year, the International Fluid Power Society and the Fluid …

Is Your Air Dryer Eating Your Profits?

By Ron Marshall Much time is often spent looking for leaks and finding inappropriate end uses in an industrial plant in an effort to save money. But often …

Low Vacuum High flow

By Daniel Pascoe Most vacuum pick-and-place applications require a moderate vacuum level of about 20+”Hg. For example, a 40-mm diameter cup has a …

Contamination: How Its Cure Can Be Worse Than The Disease

By Brendan Casey, HydraulicSupermarket.com Given that removing contaminants from the oil to extend hydraulic component life is the primary objective of …

The Compressed Air Energy Equation

By Ron Marshall Something about the compressed-air-system energy equation doesn’t appear to add up. Compared to what goes into the compressors, little energy …

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