Solenoids Enable Equipment Automation
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Solenoids Enable Equipment Automation

Designers need familiarity with the variety of solenoid technologies used to upgrade equipment for remote operation and automation. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer, and Pat Philips, Fluid Power Product Manager, both with AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2021 issue of Design World. The article is titled Upgrading Equipment with Solenoids, and discusses solenoid…
Rodless Cylinders Provide a Compact Pneumatic Linear Motion Option
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Rodless Cylinders Provide a Compact Pneumatic Linear Motion Option

Rodless cylinders are an ideal way to apply pneumatic linear motion for equipment. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the December 2020 issue of Fluid Power World titled Rodless Cylinder Solutions for Compact Pneumatic Linear Motion, discussing how rodless pneumatic cylinders can be a great solution for implementing compact linear…
Pneumatic Fitting Tips
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Pneumatic Fitting Tips

Properly identifying pneumatic fitting and component sizes, especially on older equipment, is easier with these tips. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the June 2020 issue of Fluid Power World titled Cracking the Code on Existing Pneumatic Fittings. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text….
The Pneumatic Efficiency Big Picture
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The Pneumatic Efficiency Big Picture

Although electrical systems can beat pneumatics for operating efficiency, pneumatics are often more cost-effective over the long haul. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the May 2020 issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics titled Pneumatic Efficiency: The Big Picture. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text….
Pneumatic Air Preparation Basics
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Pneumatic Air Preparation Basics

Top tips for supplying clean and regulated air for best pneumatic equipment performance. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2020 issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics titled The Principles of Pneumatic Air Preparation. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. For industrial pneumatics systems,…
Building a Pneumatic System BOM
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Building a Pneumatic System BOM

Planning the details and remembering the small stuff pays off when designing a pneumatic system. Kevin Kakascik, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2020 issue of Design World titled How to Build a Pneumatics Bill of Material. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text. Maybe…
Pneumatics Go Analog
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Pneumatics Go Analog

Pneumatic components can incorporate analog electronic controls and sensors to improve operations. Winn Paulk, automation controls group product manager at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the November 2019 issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine, titled Integrating Analog Controls into Pneumatic Systems. See below for a summary or click on the link above for the full…
Getting a Grip with Pneumatic Grippers
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Getting a Grip with Pneumatic Grippers

Pneumatic grippers are a common and useful way for machines to handle product and other items, but they must be properly selected to match the payload. Pat Phillips, PE, product manager for fluid power and mechanical products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the October 2019 issue of Fluid Power World titled Getting a Grip…
Pneumatic Actuator Control Options
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Pneumatic Actuator Control Options

Pneumatic actuators are essential workhorses for implementing machine and equipment motion. Here are some pointers regarding different styles for control and monitoring. Pat Phillips is the Product Manager for Fluid Power and Mechanical products at AutomationDirect, and he authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Fluid Power World titled Pneumatic Actuator Control Options….
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion
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Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Pneumatics are often the best fit for executing mechanical motion in a reliable, simple, and cost-effective manner. Pat Phillips is the Product Manager for Fluid Power and Mechanical products at AutomationDirect, and he authored an article for the June 2019 issue of Tech Briefs titled Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion. Here’s a summary, click on the…