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Submitted by John Brokaw and Kent Martins || Valin Corp.
on Thu, 07/12/2018

Engineers building linear-motion systems can use ground-up DIY approaches or purchase complete turnkey solutions. Here we explain where each tactic is most profitable.

Submitted by Bill Nevills || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 06/18/2018
Electro-Pneumatic Pressure Control

In the last ten years, the design of pneumatic systems has changed dramatically. Pneumatic manufacturers’ online tools for sizing components have evolved, the fieldbus systems are ever-changing, component designs are constantly improving, and network devices such as the Industrial Internet of Things have reshaped the industry.

Submitted by Ray Marquiss || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 03/08/2018

Robotics can be narrowed down to five types: Cartesian, Cylindrical, SCARA, 6-Axis and Delta. Each robotic type has specific elements that make them best-suited for different applications. The main differentiators among them are their speed, size and workspace. Knowledge of each type can help machine designers choose the best robot for their process.

Submitted by Dan Colletto || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 12/28/2017
the future of servo technology in Harsh Environements

The latest developments in servo technology allow for the benefits of high-performance motion control to be used in harsh environments.

Submitted by Bill Nevills || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 10/03/2017

Electromechanical drives continue to capture more factory automation projects, but pneumatics technology still offers distinct advantages in many fields.

Submitted by Kevin Goodsell || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 06/05/2017
The ABCs of VFDs

Inside of plants today, AC motors are becoming the industry standard. Many plants are shifting to AC motors from hydraulic motors and in some cases DC motors when powering heavy loads, which were more popular in the past. This shift can be attributed to a variety of reasons and most have to do with cost. 

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 05/01/2017
Motion Control vs. Robotics

For automation applications, one of the larger misconceptions in the industry today is that when someone uses the phrase “motion control,” they can just as easily use the term “robotics,” as if the two are interchangeable. Click on the "Read More" button below to read the full article featured in Product Design and Development Magazine.

Submitted by Russell Rochambeau, Valin Corp.
on Tue, 09/22/2015

Making smart design decisions, particularly in relation to the suction line, can avoid potentially severe cavitation-induced damage to hydraulic pumps.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 09/10/2015
Precision Automation

As electronics and technologies become smaller and more intricate, manufacturing engineers are running into new challenges in automating manufacturing processes. The challenges of manufacturing new products extend beyond the capabilities of precise motion control mechanics to include the control of environmental factors.

Submitted on Fri, 09/04/2015
CS Series

The Chromalox CS Series of solid state relays are an ideal, low-cost power control solution for rapidly and precisely switching resistive loads found in industrial applications such as furnaces, ovens, heat treating, injection molding, thermoforming, press platens, commercial food equipment, semiconductor, lighting and drying, just to name a few.

Submitted by Omron
on Fri, 09/04/2015

Omron has been providing automation solutions for more than 80 years. Their washdown rated products and extreme washdown products in the IP69k protection class help you deliver safer solutions to your customers.

Submitted on Thu, 08/20/2015
Workplace Safety Still Needs a Human Component

Workplace safety is—or should be—a primary focus of every organization, regardless of whether we’re talking about a classroom, an office, a manufacturing facility, or an oil rig. Employees deserve a workspace that is as safe and secure as it can possibly be.

Submitted on Thu, 08/13/2015

Sysmac is the latest machine automation platform from Omron with integration throughout: from controller to software.

Submitted by Advantech
on Mon, 08/03/2015
Advantech Touch Panel Computers - Compact, Elegant, Robust

Advantech’s new 12.1” and 15” TPC-1251T/1551T touch panel computers are the latest of their type to use the Intel® Atom™ E3827 1.75 GHz Processor and to feature the much heralded iDoor Technology, a truly flat screen and a multitude of I/O ports while being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures.

Submitted by Advantech
on Mon, 08/03/2015
ProView Thumb

Advantech ProView Ethernet Switch is a SCADA manageable switches which are the convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.

Submitted by Russ Rochambeau, Valin Corporation
on Tue, 06/09/2015

Cavitation is the 2nd leading cause of a pump system failure. It’s for this reason that a full understanding of what cavitation is, how it is caused and how it can be prevented is critical in the fluid power industry.

Submitted by Chad Lieber | Prozess Technologie and Brian Sullivan | Valin
on Tue, 05/05/2015
Prozess

In a world where most information is available in an instant, plant managers and engineers are continuously trying to find ways to improve the efficiency of processes along the manufacturing line.

Submitted by Jamie Zachary | PROCESSWest
on Tue, 04/14/2015

Tasked with increased demand for high power output, many operators in North American sectors such as power generation, oil and gas, petrochemical and chemical have been challenged by low-voltage solutions and their associated logistical challenges.

Submitted by Jon Irvine
on Tue, 02/03/2015

Considering the number of variables present, gaining precise control of a process heating application can be a difficult task. In industries with a low tolerance for irregularities and a high demand for consistent quality, controlling the temperature of a substance from the start to the finish of a process is an absolute necessity.

Submitted by IAI
on Mon, 01/26/2015

IAI's new IXP Series Robots cost around 1/2 of that of a conventional model due to the adoption of the pulse motors. The IXP achieves a payload equivalent to that of a conventional model by adopting high-output drivers. All IXP models come standard with battery-less absolute encoders.

Submitted by Parker
on Wed, 01/21/2015
Parker Fulflo® EcoBond Filter Cartridges

Parker’s Fulflo® EcoBond™ Cartridges are the most economical high purity filter cartridges available. Featuring a graded density matrix of uniform polypropylene fibers, the EcoBond™ provides consistent filtration for a wide variety of fluids. 

Submitted by Chromalox
on Wed, 01/21/2015
Chromalox ITLS Heat Trace Control Panels

Chromalox Heat Trace Panels are complete control solutions for the most demanding heat trace applications.  Their WeatherTRACE and IntelliTRACE lines provide temperature control, monitoring and power management in one package.

Submitted by Prozess Technologie
on Wed, 12/17/2014

The Reveal™ optical spectroscopy-based measurement system will help customers increase quality, yield, and productivity while reducing both risk and downtime in the manufacturing environment. Its measurement capabilities are unmatched by legacy techniques.

Submitted by Omron
on Mon, 12/15/2014

An HMI that is expressive, intuitive, and easy to implement makes industrial machines more attractive and competitive. The Omron Sysmac NA Series HMI enables faster, more efficient control and monitoring - and a more natural relationship between operator and machine.

Submitted by IAI
on Mon, 12/15/2014

With air cylinders, a compressor is operated with electricity to generate compressed air, and generated air is supplied though a line to the air cylinder where it is then converted to linear-motion force. This mechanism is subject to significant energy loss.

Submitted by WIKA Instrument Guru
on Thu, 12/11/2014

Loss of containment is one of the costliest things that can go wrong at a plant. Accordingly, smart enterprises employ a variety of measures that ensure loss of containment just doesn’t happen – or when it does, the adverse circumstances are kept to a minimum.

Submitted by Ric Leyva for Design News Magazine
on Tue, 10/28/2014
Electric Actuators

As the automation and motion control needs of industries using control and drive functions continue to change and progress, the technology that meets those needs must adapt to the growing demand for connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency, all while maintaining a high level of quality and durability. 

Submitted by Jon Irvine, Featured in Automation.com Magazine
on Tue, 08/27/2013

A temperature sensor is a key component of any process heating application as it provides temperature feedback about the process, which can be used to monitor or control the process

Submitted by Jon Monsen and Peter Jessee // Valve Magazine
on Mon, 06/17/2013

Just as sound can have negative effects on the human body, certain frequencies can play havoc on industrial equipment. When control valves are not selected appropriately, there is an increased risk for cavitation, which causes high noise and vibration levels, resulting in very rapid damage to the valve's internals and/or the downstream piping.