Author: Becky

Preventive Maintenance Prolongs the Life of Oil-Free Compressors

One of the reasons manufacturers are turning to oil-free air compressors is that they require minimal maintenance; however, it’s important to remember that they are not entirely maintenance-free. As a matter of fact, preventive maintenance on oil-free air compressors is necessary to ensure that the unit remains operational for years to come. Here, we suggest […]

The Basics of Enhancing Safety with Electrical Control Panels

Electricity is a major safety hazard in the workplace, according to the U.S. Office of Compliance, which states that 400 employees were unable to work for 31 days or more due to electricity exposure injuries, 1,970 occupational injuries resulted from exposure to electricity and 154 fatalities occurred due to exposure to electricity in the workplace […]

Machine Vision: Why Your Industrial Robot Needs Eyes

Industrial robots safely and efficiently perform tasks that are either too repetitive, difficult or hazardous for human workers and do so in a way that enhances production by eliminating bottlenecks and increasing product quality, but without “eyes” to see what they’re doing, robotic applications can be limited. Since a robot can only perform a task […]

How to Lubricate Your Gearbox for Seasonal Temperature Changes

Many people incorrectly assume that high running temperatures created by friction within the gearbox are the only temperature fluctuations that can adversely affect its performance, but the truth is that changes in outdoor temperatures can also negatively influence the operation of industrial gearboxes. As a matter of fact, extreme weather scenarios can impact the performance […]

New Air Compressor Monitoring Technologies Provide Cost Savings

Possibly the hardest working piece of equipment in the facility, air compressors power the tools and processes necessary to keep production up and running. They do, however, require regular maintenance to ensure productivity and efficiency. Historically, service was conducted according to a preventive maintenance schedule (whether service was truly needed or not) or reactively following […]

There is a Pneumatic Flow Control Solution for Every Application

As many industrial applications rely on pneumatics to operate tools, machinery and processes, it’s important to understand how to precisely control pneumatic flow; however, the best way to achieve precise flow depends upon the application and its complexity. Finding the sweet spot of flow control in pneumatic systems is worth the effort as it will […]

Integrated Safety Devices Prevent Workplace Hazards

Machine hazards are a reality for workers in industrial settings. The most challenging areas include those where potentially hazardous operations occur, such as around fast-moving machinery and robots and sources of power. In these locations injuries typically take place at points of operation and machine motion, as well as areas of power transmission, so machine […]

Common Compressed Air Service Questions, Answered

We’ve all been there…the heart of your air system and possibly your facility – the air compressor – is acting strange and you aren’t sure why. Possibly it’s losing pressure or perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s running more often than usual. Unexpected breakdowns and issues can wreak havoc on operations and production, so it’s best […]

Getting to Know the Different Types of Automation

At its core, an automation system includes a network of integrated sensors, controls and actuators that are designed and built to perform a function with little to no human intervention. Most automation systems are employed to either complete tasks such as pick and place, drilling, welding, coating, painting or packaging in a more efficient or […]

The Truth about Accuracy in Linear Actuators

When specifying a linear actuator, the first question most people ask is: “How accurate is it?” There is no simple answer and it is possible that it’s not even the right question to ask as accuracy may not be the most important parameter for a given application. While accuracy is often viewed as the most […]