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Letting Air Out of Their Tires

Letting Air Out of Their Tires This is not yet a trend, but Atlas Copco Compressors would like it to become one. The company is encouraging employees at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters in the UK to replace the air in their tires with nitrogen — using, of course, Atlas Copco nitrogen generators. If this sounds like a gimmick, consider: unlike oxygen which gradually seeps through tire walls leading to under inflation, poor vehicle performance, and increased fuel consumption, nitrogen is slower to permeate rubber. It is also inert, halting oxidation and premature tire aging. Eureka magazine reports....

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Improved Pressure Booster — Series VBA
SMC Corporation of America

Improved Pressure Booster — Series VBA The VBA Series booster regulators from SMC Corporation of America have been improved for extended service life, lower noise, and better performance. Boosters provide convenient local supply of higher pressure air, up to 2X the supply pressure, without the cost of running the entire system at a higher pressure.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Cylinders & Actuators . . .
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Six Minutes of Your Time

Six Minutes of Your Time If you work with motion control applications, a few minutes with two industry experts may prove a small investment for some good advice. Sit back and listen to their input on "when to use pneumatics vs linear electromechanical actuators" in this Machine Design video presentation.

Space Saving Cylinders

Space Saving Cylinders Space-efficient configurations make these light-duty pneumatic cylinders wanted in the packaging and material handling world, not to mention the food and beverage markets. Several designs with pressure ratings from 150-250 psi are available: stainless steel, rodless, ISO/VDMA, and non-rotating.

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Materials Change Makes Valves Less Costly

Materials Change Makes Valves Less Costly Festo Corp. now offers a range of products with injection-molded polymer components. Substituting technopolymer parts for metal parts cuts cost without sacrificing performance. The new products — including flow control valves, solenoid-operated valves and terminals, and air prep systems — target the high-volume industrial controls market.

Time to Upgrade Your Machinery Safeguards

Time to Upgrade Your Machinery Safeguards Intended for Category 4 machine safeguarding operations, an expanded family of pneumatic safety-related valves addresses international standards. Key feature: "Two identical valve elements inside one body." Asynchronous movement of the elements initiates lockout and exhaust.

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Pneumatic Oscillating Feeders
Deca Vibrator

Pneumatic Oscillating Feeders Powered by efficient pneumatic drives, DFF and DFC pneumatic feeders transfer even the most stubborn materials. The simple design is easy to clean, perfect for food, chemical, or pharmaceutical applications. The drive and suspension components are designed to operate in hazardous or wet environments.

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Pneumatics to the Rescue

Pneumatics to the Rescue Hydraulics & Pneumatics Editor Alan Hitchcox gives credit to a life-saving device that remains relatively unheralded in the public eye. Yet, thousands of heart patients have been kept alive thanks to a VDA, or Ventricular Assist Device. Reliability is key to the blood-pumping system, so its key component comes as no surprise: a simple air compressor.

Common, but Effective

Common, but Effective They are the less-glamorous cousins of the pneumatic cylinder, but don't let their "common-ness" fool you. Air actuators offer several advantages over traditional cylinders including the "ability to shake off contamination." Do yourself a favor and review why, year-after-year, these simple devices are called upon to do the hard jobs.

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Multiple Feedback Means More Options

Multiple Feedback Means More Options Here's a high-speed servo-pneumatic control system aimed at industrial automation and product testing. The patented design — featuring a dedicated device controller, directly-coupled linear force motor, and lapped, spool-and-sleeve construction — offers proportional pneumatic control, but can be used in speed applications as well. Position, pressure, force, and flow are all fair game.

Small Price for Position Feedback

Small Price for Position Feedback First, the features: resistance to moisture, oil, dust, and debris; factory calibration from 0-10 V DC output; and a proprietary magnetostrictive sensor. Now the clincher: the new sensor, fixed inside the cylinder, permits pricing "far below previous technology."

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Economical, Compact EZ Inline Valve from
Parker

Automation Group — Parker Hannifin Corporation

Economical, Compact EZ Inline Valve from Parker Parker Hannifin Pneumatic Division announces the new EZ Inline Air Control Valve, a high flow, fast response valve offers long cycle life and exceptional durability available in 16 mm, 19 mm, and 26 mm with flow from 0.8Cv to 2.4Cv.

Custom manifolds
from Pneutronics Division provide complex or densely populated pneumatic assemblies.

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January 11, 2010 - Volume 2 Issue 1
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