Ken Korane

Contributing Editor
All-in-one actuator upgrades extrusion press

Metal extrusion may seem like an old-style industrial operation, but Presezzi Extrusion SpA, headquartered near Milan, Italy, has elevated it to a high-tech enterprise. The company designs, builds, and commissions presses for extruding aluminum, steel, copper, and brass.

Suction cups hold on tight
Despite some open air flow, simple devices such as check valves and flow restrictors help suction cups keep a tight hold on products.
Sorting out air motors
Air motors hold many advantages over their electrical counterparts. Here's a summary of air motor technology and a sampling of available products.
Pneumatics moves viscous foods
Air-operated piston pumps put the squeeze on viscous liquids.
Massaging mattress aids healing
Pneumatics helps prevent bed sores in immobile patients.
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