Archive For: Pneumatics

Getting a Grip with Pneumatic Grippers

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 ... Read More
 
Pneumatic Actuator Control Options

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. ... Read More
 
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

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 ... Read More
 
Eastern Washington University Students Look for a Smooth Ride

Eastern Washington University Students Look for a Smooth Ride

Everyone likes a smooth ride in their vehicle — unless you are off road in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Most of us will avoid the bumps and potholes to drive on the smoothest pavement possible. Car manufacturers recognize this too. They spend lots of money on TV, print and digital advertising to promote that their ... Read More
 
Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines

Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines

Available in many combinations, filters and regulators are a must-have on any machine. Other devices to perform functions such as energy isolation, lockout tagout and lubrication should also be considered. Chip McDaniel, technical marketer for AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the January 2019 issue of Design World magazine, titled Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines. ... Read More
 
What is a Pneumatic System?

What is a Pneumatic System?

In machine automation a pneumatic system provides a simple and cost-effective means to move, clamp, rotate, grind and screw. A pneumatic system is a collection of interconnected components using compressed air to do work for automated equipment. Examples can be found in industrial manufacturing, a home garage or a dentist office. This work is produced ... Read More
 
What Type of Air Prep is Required for Plant Compressed Air?

What Type of Air Prep is Required for Plant Compressed Air?

Here are some best practices to supply safe, clean and dry air to a machine or an item of equipment. Pat Phillips, Product Manager, Fluid Power & Mechanical Products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the October 2018 issue of Fluid Power World magazine titled What type of air prep is required for plant compressed air? ... Read More
 
Safely Provide Clean Air to Machines with Total Air Prep Units

Safely Provide Clean Air to Machines with Total Air Prep Units

Even with best efforts to supply clean and dry plant air, point-of-use air preparation is still needed for safe and reliable pneumatic machine operation. Pat Phillips, Product Manager, Fluid Power & Mechanical Products at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the August 2018 issue of Industrial Equipment News titled Safely Provide Clean Air to Machines with ... Read More
 
Combining Components in Pneumatic Systems Designs

Combining Components in Pneumatic Systems Designs

Pneumatics have been used in industrial machines and manufacturing plants and facilities for decades, so most of the basic components are tried and true, with significant innovations few and far between. But there are many innovative ways to combine these different components to create pneumatic subsystems. The explains four pneumatic subsystems, showing how combining basic ... Read More
 
Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

Chip McDaniel, Technical Marketing at AutomationDirect wrote an article titled Tubing versus Hose in Pneumatic Systems for the February 2018 issue of Fluid Power World. The article looked at some of the differences between tubing and hose, and related fittings—and at best practices for design, selection and implementation of each. Tubing and hose play a ... Read More