Category: Pneumatic Automation

Why Replace a Valve System with a Manifold?

As the number of valves in a pneumatic system grows, flow paths can begin to look like a plate of spaghetti. Aesthetics aside, these sprawling flow paths often increase the overall size of the valve system, lengthen response times and lead to leaks. For these reasons, it can be beneficial to replace space-hogging valve systems […]

Six Ways to Boost the Energy Efficiency of Your Pneumatic System

With a global focus on sustainability, resourceful manufacturers are finding inventive ways to slash their carbon footprint and, at the same time, their electric bills. Unfortunately, pneumatic systems, which provide the compressed air to drive machine tools, painting booths, material handling equipment and other machinery throughout the manufacturing industry, are often overlooked in efficiency efforts […]

Reduce Costs Using Air-Piloted Valves

Air-piloted valves rely on air pressure from a pneumatic system, rather than electrical current or manual intervention, to control compressed air, liquids or gas in industrial automation or industrial process applications. While air-piloted valves are often specified where an air pressure-based operating system already exists, the absence of electrical current and manual involvement also make […]

Pulsed Air-Piloted Valves or Direct-Acting? When OEMs Only Go With What They Know, They May Be Missing Out

By Tom Voth, product marketing manager: pneumatic machine safety and electronic proportional valves, Emerson OEMs are always seeking solutions that reduce machine complexities and minimize operator intervention, and proportional valves are one of many important technologies involved in achieving these design goals. Though several proportional valve designs exist, pulsed air-piloted and direct-acting are the most […]

Pneumatic Safety Systems: Redundant Safety Exhaust Valve vs. Zoned Safety for OEM Applications

Written by Tom Voth, Product Marketing Manager, Emerson, and Jeff Welker, product manager, FS Eng (TUV Rheinland, #18333/ 19, Machinery), Emerson OEMs who design equipment with pneumatic safety systems are repeatedly challenged with the dual task of protecting operator safety while also delivering maximum uptime. To accomplish safety goals, OEMs have traditionally integrated redundant safety […]

How are Pneumatic Valves Classified?

Properly chosen pneumatic valves can reliably and efficiently control the amount and direction of air flow from source to final system application. The wrong pneumatic valve, however, can lead to poor actuator performance, sticking or corroded valves, or possibly hazardous unintentional venting. These events result in production slow-downs and costly repairs. The best way to avoid […]

How Proportional Solenoid Valves Are Used in Manufacturing

Proportional Solenoid Valves are often leveraged in manufacturing processes. They are utilized for applications where flow or output pressure requires variations, remote control and precision. Proportional Solenoid Valves are widely used in medical device manufacturing and semiconductor production. They are also utilized in life sciences product manufacturing, among other industries. Proportional Solenoid Valves are ideal […]

Pneumatic Safety Components and Where to Apply Them

With the introduction of automated systems, building machines has become even more complex. This forced designers to devote more time to implementing newer safety standards. A good example of this is the revision of ISO 13849 in 2006, which meant that all machine builders now had to consider safety-rated components as part of their design […]

How to Size a Pneumatic Valve

Compressed air is wildly regarded as the fourth essential utility after electricity, natural gas, and water. That’s why pneumatics is such an integral part of many industries. When it comes to pneumatics, one of the most critical aspects of the system is the valve. Directional-control air valves, in particular, are those that allow the air […]

A Brief Guide on Troubleshooting Pneumatic Actuators

Pneumatic actuators are used to convert the energy from pressurized air into rotary and linear motion. With exceptional motion control, it guarantees the precision needed in automation. They are used in many industries, such as automotive, food processing, and manufacturing because of their many benefits. If your pneumatic actuator and its components are not working […]