Month: June 2016

Twelve tips for better cylinder selection

Guest contributor: Marty Hegyi Product Manager, Cylinders, Bosch Rexroth Corp. Here’s how to design hydraulic cylinders that improve performance, last longer and cost less. Hydraulic cylinders harness fluid pressure and flow to generate linear motion and force, and they work well in both industrial machines, like presses and plastic-molding machines, and in mobile equipment, like excavators and mining trucks. And

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Considerations for Industrial Enclosure Cooling

Guest contributor, Eric Corzine, Product Manager – Climate Control, Rittal Data Centers and server racks run hot. Protecting the technology backbone of your company means managing air flow, temperature, energy consumption and cooling technology. Rittal, the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic and IT equipment, offers some important

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How do I see PLC data from my smartphone?

Guest contributor, Pat Millot, Balluff From my smartphone, I can do anything from making coffee to adjusting my home thermostat. This wave of appliances and other physical devices connecting and communicating through a network is known as the Internet of Things and it’s playing a crucial role in industry. With the Industrial Internet of Things

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Hydraulic Training you can get excited about!

Roxann Machac,  CMA/Flodyne/Hydradyne Think for a moment on the subject of hydraulic training.   Does it conjure up images of stale textbooks or content so dull it could make an insomniac sleep peacefully?  Do you believe that only inexperienced workers need hydraulic training? Do you expect hydraulic training to be expensive, and can you even spare an employee –

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Which cable is best for your application?

Guest contributor, Janet Czubek, Balluff There are many different types of cable jackets and each jacket works well in a specific application.  The three main sensor cable jackets are PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), PUR (polyurethane) and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). Each jacket type has different benefits like washdown, abrasion resistant or high flexing applications.  Finding the correct

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Nine steps to the proper drive

Guest contributor, Bosch Rexroth A fully structured approach, well-founded knowledge of the formulae and a fundamental understanding of the technology are essential to designing drives. These are the prerequisites for perfect matching of the machine and the drive. Drive engineering is undertaken when the machine is initially designed, and also when the requirements for the machine

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Acids Can Put Your Sensors in a Pickle

Guest contributor,  Henry Menke, Balluff In many types of metals production, pickling is a process that is essential to removing impurities and contaminants from the surface of the material prior to further processing, such as the application of anti-corrosion coatings. In steel production, two common pickling solutions or pickle liquors are hydrochloric acid (HCl) and sulfuric acid

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The basics of IP69K washdown explained

Guest contributor, Will Healy III, Balluff Ask 10 engineers working in Food & Beverage manufacturing what “washdown” means to them and you will probably get about 12 answers.  Ask them why they wash down equipment and a more consistent answer appears, everyone is concerned about making clean healthy food and they want to reduce areas

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IP Ratings and ECOLAB Basics

Guest contributor:  Jack Moermond, Balluff Integrating sensors in washdown applications can be confusing when considering the various approvals.  So what do they all mean?  If a sensor is an IP69K rated sensor does that mean it will survive everything?  In the world of sensors there is IP54, IP67, IP68 and IP69 so if my sensor

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Protect Machines from Premature Wear with Soft-Start Valves

Guest Contributor, SMC USA Best Practices 4.0 1 Optimizing machine productivity can manifest itself in many different forms such as: operating 24/7, running production lines at maximum throughput or minimizing machine downtime. One way to reduce machine downtime is by increasing its overall lifecycle or by extending the interval between regularly scheduled maintenance and repair.

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