The OPW Div. of Dover Corp. supplies more than 60% of domestic gasoline fuel-delivery systems, including nozzles, swivels, break-away fittings, and emergency-shutoff valves. The company has increasingly turned to pneumatics to speed production of precision, high-quality parts. Pneumatic actuators and air logic let OPW automate MIG welding processes. Part quality exceeds Six Sigma. An inexpensive pneumatic rotary actuator provides accurate torque testing of brass swivel adapters. The unit is more precise than a torque wrench and considerably less expensive than electronic torque testers. Manufacturers are finding that automation need not necessarily involve a lot of complicated I/O or computers. "Adding an air cylinder to a simple $25 arbor press can make pressing, clamping, and holding into hands-free operations," says Jim Ruthemeyer, a manufacturing engineering manager at Ruthemeyer's company typifies a growing trend among U.S. manufacturers squeezed to do
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Pneumatic tools are powered by the flow and pressure of a compressed gas. Typically, these handheld power tools use compressed air or compressed carbon dioxide that is stored in small canisters for portability.
Hand tools are manually-operated tools that fit in the hand.
Pneumatic Brake and Clutch Assemblies
Pneumatic brake and clutch assemblies consist of elements for both the connection and disconnection of shafts (clutch) and for the slowing or stopping of shafts (brake) in equipment drives.
Pneumatic clutches are air-actuated assemblies consisting of elements for the connection and disconnection of shafts (clutch) in equipment drives.
Drive Sockets and Adapters
Drive sockets and adapters include individual products and packaged sets of removable wrench and interchangeable bit screwdriver attachments.
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