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Compact Air Cylinders

There are a multitude of industrial applications for air cylinders. These pieces of equipment are, very simply, cylinders with compressed air inside them. In addition to the air in the cylinder, there is also a piston. Because the air is compressed, it pushes against the piston and the force of the air moves the piston back and forth. These air cylinders are ideal for situations where any kind of liquid leakage is unacceptable. Because the air is in a compressed gas form, there is no chance of leaking. Additionally, these cylinders can be engineered in special ways to adjust to the needs of the buyer. Air cylinders range in length, stroke speed, and barrel size.

Small Air Cylinders

A pneumatic air cylinder is a type of air cylinder that uses pneumatic air pressure to power a device, machine, or spring. Pneumatic air cylinders are used in a variety of tools and industrial machines, including nail guns, injection molding machines, industrial cranes, and many other products. Most pneumatic air cylinders come in two varieties, singleacting and double acting. A single acting pneumatic cylinder is the simplest form of pneumatic cylinders and is useful for low-impact and low stroke applications.

How a Single Acting Cylinder Works

A pneumatic air cylinder is a type of air cylinder that uses pneumatic air pressure to power a device, machine, or spring. Pneumatic air cylinders are used in a variety of tools and industrial machines, including nail guns, injection molding machines, industrial cranes, and many other products. Most pneumatic air cylinders come in two varieties, singleacting and double acting. A single acting pneumatic cylinder is the simplest form of pneumatic cylinders and is useful for low-impact and low stroke applications.

The Mighty Air Cylinder

In the world of air cylinders, size certainly makes an important contribution to the areas in which the air cylinder can be employed. An air cylinder is of pretty basic construction. Most commonly, there is a tube or cylinder with a plunger inside of it and the plunger recedes and pushed forward. The pushing forward of the plunger forces air out of the cylinder, and that forced air is used to control devices such as air brakes, for example. Additionally, air cylinders usually come in two different varieties, single-acting and double-acting. What is more, air cylinders are available in various sizes. Compact air cylinders, for instance, are perfect for use in areas of a machine where there is not a lot of room for a larger air cylinder like you might see on the back of a garbage truck where the trash is compacted.

Benefits of Dovetail Slides

Dovetail slides offer economic and simple solutions to machine builders and users, guaranteeing precise movement and tooling positioning for special machine and/or OEM product lines. The base and saddle of the slides are generally constructed from close-grained cast iron and are normalized to prevent distortion. Designed to ensure accurate, smooth and reliable performance, dovetail slides usually have large contact areas. This large contact area means they offer higher stiffness and load bearing capacity than other types of slides. Dovetail slides have many benefits over other slides, and some of these benefits are suited to specific applications. I’d like to discuss some of these benefits as well as considerations in terms of suitability for certain applications.

Universal Electric Motors: Advantages Far Exceeding the Disadvantages

Electric motors are useful for a number of reasons and are necessary where fuel powered motors cannot perform. Many electric motors are restricted by operating on either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) power. However, universal electric motors are capable of operating using both AC and DC power. So, why are some electric motors limited by either AC or DC and what makes universal motors different? Many items used frequently if not daily have universal electric motors that power them. They are utilized because of a vast amount of advantages, but like all things there are also some disadvantages.

Gear Reducers: Controlling your Equipment

Have you ever wondered why a machine does not run at the speed of the engine that is powering it? If a machine ran at that speed it would be difficult to control the machine and its functions. Therefore, speed reducers are able to help control the speed and torque of an engine by utilizing different gear ratios. Speed reducers are used on all types of electrical, mechanical and hydraulic motors. Another term for speed reducer is a gear reducer and depending on the machine that uses the reducer, there are several types to choose from. The three general categories are spur, worm and bevel gear reducers. Each is used for different types of applications in a range of industries.

Compressed Air Cylinders Used More in Heavy-Duty Applications

Compressed air cylinders, also known as pneumatic cylinders, are employed in a wide range building and automotive applications such as gates, doors, hatch motors, and jacks and hoists. Air cylinders are also heavily relied in the industrial sphere as actuators for lift gates, valves, machines, and hoists. Engineers often favor compressed air cylinders as they are more clean and quiet, and require less space for fluid storage than other actuators. Some other benefits of these cylinders include their excellent energy storage characteristics, reduced fire and electrical shock hazard, lightweight fluid and components, and they are ideal for applications of variable forces. There is also no leakage from pneumatic cylinders that could contaminate surroundings as the operating fluid is a gas. This makes them ideal for situations where cleanliness is of great importance.

Ball Screws: 360º of A Perfectly Straight Line

Turning rotational motion into linear motion has been sought after for a number of years. Two gears can easily work together in order to produce a linear motion or in the case of a rack and pinion. However, this method is not as compact as another linear motion created by ball screws. Lead screws are sometimes confused with ball screws, but are not always able to be applicable to all situations ball screws are used. At the end of the 19th century a number of people tried to replace sliding friction mechanisms with ball screws similar to the present engineering. However, not until the mid-20th century were modern ball screws adopted widespread for a precise functioning purpose. Overall, the design is relatively simple which makes it perfect for the precision instrument it has been designed to be.

Imagining a Use for Double Acting Cylinders

When I was in high school, I spent some time on the technical crews of a few of our theatre productions. At the beginning of my first year of classes there, a several-years-long renovation of the school’s performing arts facilities was completed, which meant that suddenly we had access to a world-class theatre in which to perform. The theatre came complete with two balconies, a band pit elevator and a fly system that could compete with a lot of professional facilities. A fly system is the rigging from which the stage lights, curtains and in some cases props and sets are hung. They can be raised and lowered by ropes that run down the length of one of the theatre’s walls, and they’re operated by a fly crew during performances. Thinking about my time working the flies brings double acting cylinders to mind.

Don’t Ignore Brake Materials

Until recently, I drove a 1997 Ford Escort, Old Rusty. At the tail end of winter, the car’s blower motor gave out, rendering the heater and defroster features inoperable. Each morning of the week following the motor’s demise, I would find myself trying to scrape a thick layer of frost off of the inside of my windshield, the concave nature of which was not even mildly hospitable to scraping. When the mechanic at the garage told me that it would cost $600 to fix the blower, I asked him to perform a general inspection of the car. I wanted to know if it was worth putting that kind of money into that kind of car if there was any chance that some other costly problem would present itself. He found that the sub-frame was rusted into oblivion (which is how the moisture was accumulating in the car’s interior and collecting on the windshield), a wheel bearing was loose (which meant the wheel could fly off as I drove somewhere) and that the engine was leaking oil from an undetermined location. Time for a new car.

Linear Slides for Easy Motion

You are sitting in a dark tunnel, when suddenly the mining cart you are sitting in takes of and goes flying down a large hill, ripping around corners, soaring up and down, making your adrenaline rise and your stomach fall. If you cannot completely imagine the scenario, you could easily pick your favorite movie consisting of a scene such as this. Maybe Indiana Jones or Harry Potter? The reason I want you to think of these situations is it is a slightly more exciting transition into our next topic, linear slides. If you picture these large carts and carriages, they are often sliding along on wheels on a metal surface or railing. Linear slides can be thought of as the metal railings these large carts would slide down. However, instead of the wheels, ball bearings are used. The slides work much like the railings in that they dictate exactly where the carriage will go.

The Machine Vision Team

As children we learn that there is no “I” in “team,” a concept that teaches us to think unselfishly and use our individual skills for one common goal. As adults, those of us who venture into the business realm learn quickly that no company can thrive when every member of the staff is a lone wolf. Success depends on communication and a common vision. The same is true of many of the systems used in the manufacturing industry, such as machine vision. Regardless of how technologically advanced and impressive each piece of machinery is, it must function within the larger context of a full machine vision system to reach its full potential. A comprehensive look at what machine vision is and why the individual parts must work together as a team to make the manufacturing industry more efficient, less expensive and safer for workers will reinforce what has been drilled into our heads since we were small; it’s better to have a team then to go it alone.

Linear Bearings Make Modern Movement More Bearable

Driving cautiously to work this morning, I was surrounded by lake effect snowfall and well-below freezing temperatures. My appreciation of the beautiful view was soon replaced by a singular focus of staying on the road. As the back wheels of my car slipped going around the corners and took away my sense of control, it caused me to desire one thing: friction. Having grown up many miles away from snowy winters, the combination of slick roads and cold tires sometimes proves too much for my previous warm weather driving experience. At those times, all I need is some more resistance between my vehicle and the road to slow it down and provide traction, so that my wheels don’t move quite so smoothly across the glossy ice and the process of motion is slowed dramatically. For manufacturers of linear bearings however, the desire is exactly the opposite – they look for ways to reduce friction and to create the least amount of resistance possible in order to make transportation of goods and products smoother and faster.

I Am Joe’s Gas Spring

People who are familiar with Reader’s Digest (or who have read or seen ‘Fight Club’) are likely to be familiar with the ‘I am Joe’s Body’ series that was published in Reader’s Digest some decades ago. It was a novel concept – describing the functions of various organs in first-person in hopes of connecting with audiences who are bored or intimidated by textbook lessons in anatomy. Independent of context, anatomy lessons can be boring or confusing; some of my readings for biology courses in college may as well have been written in Sanskrit. Since I started at IQS last week, I’ve been swimming in an unfiltered sea of extruders, oxidization inhibitors and cross-linked oligomers. If only these parts and services could speak to me, I thought to myself, I might have a chance at understanding what they do. While trying to think of a way to explain how gas springs work, I came across a picture of a gas spring-operated prosthetic:

A Day in the Life of Fractional Horsepower Motors

If I asked you what a fractional horsepower motor is, you could probably deduce fairly easily from its name that it is a motor with less than one horsepower’s worth of power. If I asked you to suggest where I could find a fractional horsepower (FHP) motor, it’s possible you would find it a little trickier to come up with an answer. However, the chances are that before you sat down to read this article today, you have already come across and used numerous FHP motors. From the mechanism in an electric toothbrush, to the pump in the coffee machine sitting on the kitchen counter, to the small motors that move the windows and locks in our cars, we are surrounded by fractional horsepower motors in most stages of our lives. These miniature motors keep our refrigerators and washing machines running, and power our windshield wipers and air-conditioning units and office machinery. In truth, we would be hard-pressed to get through the day without them.

Putting It All Together with Shaft Couplings

In world full of gizmos and gadgets, it is hard to keep up with the latest and greatest technological advancement or mechanical construct. It seems almost daily that a new car that does this or a new washing machine that does that comes on the market. One mainstay of industrial, commercial and domestic applications alike, however, is the shaft coupling. From automotive driveshafts to power generation and even washing machines, shaft couplings allow engineers to facilitate the transmission of torque and power in a predictable and reliable way, even when market place trends may be anything but. Though modern materials and manufacturing methods commonly revamp this antiquated device, it remains true to its original design. Despite relatively few changes, shaft couplings are implicated in an astounding number of modern machines, responsible for putting it all together, literally.

Moving Forward with Linear Actuators

Kitchen automation’ has little to do with robots, conveyor belts or self-assembling food, contrary to the images that pop up in my head immediately upon hearing the phrase. We live in an electronic-filled world with new gadgets being developed all the time. It only makes sense that technology would eventually make it to the kitchen. Linear actuators are the devices mainly responsible for the introduction of popup spice racks or fold-down televisions. Though appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators and dishwashers have drastically improved through new technologies, kitchen automation is the newest development. Disappearing cabinets, sliding tabletops and rising counters may sound like pure imagination but they are becoming a reality through these useful devices.

From Electric Cars to Electric Can-Openers: The Many Sides of the Electric Motor

While the first crude models were developed in the mid 1800’s, it was not until the mid 1990’s that the electric car was introduced into mainstream modern America. Running completely off of electric motors, these cars provided pollution free, low impact transportation and a smooth quiet ride to boot. By 2003, however, these cars had all but disappeared from the roadways, seemingly consumed by the gasoline engine yet again. While many focus on this unfortunate loss of technology, there is reason to celebrate once more. This year at auto-shows across the country and around the world, several of the nations leading automakers introduced new lines of the electric car which are already backlogged for delivery. While this revisited application for the electric motor is met with great fanfare, the devices are actually exceedingly diverse instruments common to the everyday life of the average American.

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