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Below you will find published articles written by Valin's own experts and information from our suppliers.   
Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 08/13/2019
Omron Robot

When manufacturing engineers are tasked with automating a process that is currently done manually, their main question for an automation supplier is, “Have you ever automated this specific process before?” In complex applications, the answer is typically, “no.” Even simple applications can be more complex than at first glance.

Submitted by Brian Sullivan, Frank Schollmeier, Tim Tritch || Valin Corporation
on Wed, 11/21/2018

Depending on the industry and specific environment, different rooms will have different cleanroom classification requirements. There is a litany of information out there regarding how classifications are tested and determined, but not as much about how to improve a specific room’s classification ranking.

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 Patlite
on Mon, 07/02/2018
 REVOLITE LA6 Multi-Informational Signal Towers

Patlite innovation continues with improved functionality to drive productivity, improve efficiencies, and reduce waste. One of their basic themes is to help you make continuous improvements in your process. With that in mind, Patlite recently introduced the REVOLITE LA6 multi-informational signal tower.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Thu, 03/29/2018
Robotics or Motion Control

Though the lines can often be blurred, robotics and motion control are not the same thing. They are closely related in many ways, but robots lean towards more “pre-engineered” solutions while motion control leans towards more modular solutions. Before deciding to install a robot or motion control component, these are ten questions to ask yourself.

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 John Brokaw || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 12/19/2017

We think of routine care and maintenance of a system to stave off failures as standard practice, but what about preventive maintenance of the replacement parts used when the system does fail?

Submitted by Brian Lu || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 10/31/2017
Aluminum Framing Work Stations

Using lean principles in manufacturing is an important element when trying to reduce waste, control costs and ensure timely deliveries to customers. However, this concept of trimming back unnecessary work and reaping the production benefits can also be applied at an individual level in production lines or assembly rooms.

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 Tim Tritch
on Thu, 12/08/2016
Separation Process

Liquid to liquid separation, at the very basic level, is a process where water is removed from a hydrocarbon. Over the last decade, there have been three prominent machines or mechanisms that can perform a liquid to liquid separation. These three mechanisms include a centrifuge, a vacuum dehydration system and a coalescer system.

Submitted by Bill Nevills
on Wed, 11/09/2016

Contemplating an actuator for your pneumatic linear-motion system? Here are some tips on how to select the best one for the job.

Submitted by Casey Sullivan
on Wed, 05/04/2016

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, coal power accounted for 39 percent of the country’s electricity production last year.

Submitted on Thu, 10/01/2015

United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications. The new One Series 1XTXSW transmitter line is the first to integrate HART 7 compatible 4-20 mA output and two solid-state programmable relays for monitoring temperature or pressure in safety, alarm and emergency shutdown applications.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Patricia Stockdill | Bakken Breakout
on Tue, 12/09/2014

Emergency order required all rail shippers to test products from the Bakken to ensure proper classifications of the oil within federal regulations before it's transported. The intent was to ensure shippers properly classified crude oil for transportation and to quantify the range of physical and chemical properties.

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 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.