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H&P Insights: The Versatility of Pneumatics; Advances in Control Technology; Evaluating Pneumatics and Electronic Actuators

June 2, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Hydraulics & Pneumatics editors.

The Versatility of Pneumatics

The physics of pneumatics are well-accepted. The application of pneumatics, as a Hydraulics & Pneumatics articles notes, is limited not by the force that can be generated, but by the imagination of a designer.

The article is a great reminder that motion is a law of nature but using that motion to accomplish such things as baking bread, moving melons or raising the curtains is really as much art as science.

Advances in Control Technology

As ideas have become more sophisticated, so have the controls that manage pneumatics. As another Hydraulics & Pneumatics article notes, the integration of advanced control systems has improved the way pneumatics systems can be measured and managed—and designed.

As the article states, “The integration of these communications components, along with the introduction of lighter-weight materials for construction, mean valve manifolds can be placed closer to the actuators they control.

“Machine builders can install valves on end effectors, robot arms, and other working components,” it continues. “Besides decreasing the amount of tubing needed to connect the valves and cylinders driving the equipment, this can reduce potential leakage in the system, as well as leading to quicker response times and increased throughput for motion sequences.”

Evaluating Pneumatics and Electronic Actuators

The decision on whether to replace pneumatic cylinders with electric actuators isn’t as simple as compressor costs or basic budget consideration. There are many factors to consider, and the wrong decision can be costly. A new Hydraulics & Pneumatics white paper, presented by Bimba, will cut through to issue with analysis and a cost calculation to help you make the best decision for your business. Click here to access the white paper.

About the Author

Bob Vavra | Senior Content Director, Power & Motion and Machine Design

Bob Vavra is the Senior Content Director of Power & Motion and its sister publication Machine Design. Vavra has had a long career in publishing, media and events. He has covered all aspects of manufacturing for the past 20 years and is a regular attendee at events such as IMTS and Hannover Messe. Vavra is also a sought-after webcast moderator and event emcee, and has presided over events in the U.S., Germany and China. 

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