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Problem: Building Anchor

Problem: Building Anchor

This question varies a bit from the normal Air Teaser, however it still uses some of the same formulas that are used to determine a force..

10/01/2014 with 0 Comments
Partnering with Manufacturers to Achieve Energy Savings

Partnering with Manufacturers to Achieve Energy Savings

SMC Corp. of America, a supplier of factory automation components, has been working with manufacturers for nearly a decade to reduce their..

08/01/2014 with 0 Comments
Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

The most common vacuum technology for handling sealed materials today utilizes air-driven vacuum ejectors. The handling system is quite..

08/01/2014 with 0 Comments
Problem: Standard Size Cylinder 3

Problem: Standard Size Cylinder 3

Deadline past. Not available for submissions. Winner: Robert Justin Allison, CFPS, Butler, PA, Rotork Hiller Answered Correctly: George..

04/01/2014 with 0 Comments
Problem: Pushing the Button

Problem: Pushing the Button

What will the cylinder do if the push button is pushed and held? What will the cylinder do if the push button is pushed and released with a..

01/31/2014 with 0 Comments
Problem: Necessary Pressure

Problem: Necessary Pressure

If the rotary actuator has four 4″ diameter cylinders as shown, what would be the necessary pressure to rotate the shaft with a..

09/30/2013 with 0 Comments
Problem: Size an Air Compressor and Receiver

Problem: Size an Air Compressor and Receiver

A company has a machine that uses 50 cfm at 100 psi. Size an air compressor in SCFM that will have a duty cycle of 40%. Then size an air..

08/01/2013 with 1 Comment
Designing and Building a Machine for Energy Conservation

Designing and Building a Machine for Energy Conservation

(and Convincing a Customer it is Worth it!) Machine builders and their customers are often at odds over machine pricing and how to address..

07/31/2013 with 0 Comments
Problem: Sheet Metal Shear

Problem: Sheet Metal Shear

This month’s problem is to convert a manually operated sheet metal shear to operate on pneumatics. Looking at the diagram, you will see..

12/26/2012 with 0 Comments
Problem: Standard Size Cylinder

Problem: Standard Size Cylinder

The figure shows a door to open with an air cylinder pushing at a 45-degree angle. The door is 48 inches high and weighs 100 pounds. It..

12/26/2012 with 0 Comments
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