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Pneumatic Cylinders & Valves Offer Many Solutions for Packaging Applications

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!


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.

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Clippard Applications Have Gone to the Birds


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


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.

Clippard Air Valves Ensure Safe Fuel Transfer


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.