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Pneumatics Extend Reach into Packaging Applications

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New technologies deliver intelligent control, networking and inexpensive sensing solutions.
 

Keeping in step with their electromechanical counterparts, pneumatics technology is developing at a rapid pace, now delivering modular designs, safety solutions, diagnostic capabilities, and sensing and control functions that reach beyond traditional packaging applications.

Modular Design and Efficiency

Clippard Modular Valves All Wet!

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H.T.E. Technologies, Clippard’s distributor in St. Louis, recently solved several processing problems for a local car wash manufacturer. The main problem of isolating water from electricity, while implementing a new wash line, was tackled by John Nebruer of H.T.E.

Clippard Electro Pneumatic Toggle

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Clippard Applications Have Gone to the Birds

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Pneumatic automation plays a role on the roof tops of Clippard. Over time, pigeons become unruffled by the presence of a motionless plastic owl. By automating several owls throughout the area to pop up out of 8” PVC pipes, the pigeon problem has flown away.

Automation on a Budget

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More companies discover pneumatics

Manufacturers are finding that automation need not necessarily involve a lot of complicated I/O or computers. "Adding an air cylinder to a simple $25 arbor press can make pressing, clamping, and holding into hands-free operations," says Jim Ruthemeyer, a manufacturing engineering manager at OPW Div., Dover Corp., in Cincinnati.

Air Valves Ensure Safe Fuel Transfers

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We've all seen the unfortunate results on the evening news when fire engulfs a tanker truck or refueling station. While there are safety regulations in place, anything that can be done to make fuel transfer more hazard-free is always a welcome addition.

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