Fluid Power Journal

Basic Vacuum Cup Selection – Part 2

There are many types of vacuum cups available from a large range of manufacturers. The primary application of vacuum cups is on automated machinery, such as …

Basic Vacuum Cup Selection: Part 1

There are many types of vacuum cups available from a large range of manufacturers.  The primary application of vacuum cups is on automated machinery, such as …

Turn It Off!

If it’s not needed, then don’t use it, right? An obvious statement, but so rarely is this philosophy employed when using compressed air-powered venturi …

Hold It Down

Most of my previous articles have been about vacuum pick-and-place, which is the most common application in fluid power circles for vacuum components. However, …

Safety First!

Select a Secure Circuit Design In fluid power applications, safety is the number-one priority in the design of a system. Vacuum lifting, as you can imagine, is …

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 compressed air …

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 often based on a robot …

Random Pick and Place

In 90% of vacuum pick-and-place applications, the product being handled is a known size, shape, and weight. A packaging machine designed to pick up a 20-lb box …

The Pressure Is On!

Most industrial vacuum applications involve the picking up or transfer of products, such as vacuum pick-and-place or material conveying. This article discusses …

Vacuum Filters

I have previously written about the importance of filtration in vacuum pick-and-place applications and in other tasks where dirt and dust might be present. …

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