How To Improve Safety Standards When Automating Pneumatic Applications

Poorly designed pneumatic automation systems can be dangerous. Backfires, free hoses, accidental starts, ‘whipping’, and sudden part ejections all risk irreversibly damaging valuable machinery and posing a safety risk to operators.

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How ‘Smart’ Pneumatic Systems Are Revolutionising Robotics And Machine Automation

There has been a drive towards automating machines and tasks wherever possible in the industrial and manufacturing worlds. This has led to the introduction of ‘smart’ pneumatic systems that use compressed air to control devices and machinery. Read on as we explore how these systems are revolutionising robotics and machine automation, making processes faster, more accurate and easier to manage.

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When Do I Need to Replace My Pneumatic Compressor Valve?

Intense air compression is at the heart of every effective pneumatic system. Compacting air into a confined space allows compressors to imbue dense gas with immense kinetic energy. Pneumatic compression can transfer powerful strength to lifters, pushers, ventilators, and moving arms alike.

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Can Having The Right Pneumatic Silencer Improve Productivity And Efficiency?

High-pressure pneumatic loops periodically need to return some of their pressurised air to the atmosphere to stay balanced. Whether they’re lifting, pushing, or holding, pneumatic exhausts and outlets help keep the internal psi levels in valves, cylinders, and pipelines stable and safe.

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Supplier Profile: Festo

If you work with pneumatics, the chances are that you will recognise the famous Festo brand. Known for its high-quality solutions, Festo is a trailblazer in pneumatic circuit design. Hydrastar has worked in partnership with Festo for over 25 years, and strongly endorses the service of this crucial company. Here is an updated profile:

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How To Troubleshoot Leaks In Pneumatic Valves And Cylinders

Air escaping from a pneumatic valve can be alarming. The consequences, at best, include reduced efficiency and, at worst, may lead to expensive damage. Diagnosing pneumatic system problems can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a quick guide to troubleshooting!

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What Load Capacity Does My Pneumatic Cylinder Need? How To Choose The Right Size Of Cylinder

Today’s cylinder catalogue is a toybox of variety. Many different sizes, designs, and configurations are available, but how do you know which one is optimal for your pneumatic requirements? Here’s a guide to selecting the right size:

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Does My Application Need A Hydraulic Or Pneumatic System?

In engineering, fluids (whether liquids/hydraulic, or gases/pneumatic) play a significant role in the design and construction of systems and machines. The study of fluids enables engineering applications in a variety of designs and structures, ranging from medical equipment to irrigation systems. Hydraulics and pneumatics focus on the mechanical qualities of liquids and gases respectively. How to decide the type of system most suited to your application at the design stage?

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Optimism Remains High in the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Industry Despite Lockdown

The UK lockdown to combat Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected the hydraulic and pneumatics industry as much as any other. Nevertheless, there are some great, positive news stories breaking through in the world of hydraulics despite all the gloom elsewhere during the pandemic.

Here are our favorite uplifting stories about engineering, hydraulics, and pneumatics from the past few months.

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4 Effective Ways To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Pneumatic System

Improving the efficiency of your pneumatic system is central to minimising your manufacturing costs. Improving compressed air efficiency can cut electricity consumption by up to 50%: a significant saving for manufacturing companies! However, many operators are unaware that their pneumatic systems are performing inefficiently, even though a series of simple steps can make a significant difference. Continue reading “4 Effective Ways To Improve The Efficiency Of Your Pneumatic System”