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Problem: Cost of Air Leaks

Problem: Cost of Air Leaks

We often hear that the cost of air in a manufacturing facility is approximately 40% of a utility bill.  Obviously this will vary..

07/31/2015 with 0 Comments
Problem: Cylinder Extension

Problem: Cylinder Extension

Given: Cylinder is 4″ x 20″ x 2″ Operating pressure is 100 psi No load on cylinder This cylinder is extending at a rate..

04/08/2015 with 0 Comments
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 2 Comments
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
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