Vacuum Technology en Robotic handling gets a boost from pneumatics <div class="field-byline"> John Keane III, AMF Bakery Systems </div> <div class="field-deck"> Fast-acting, lightweight controls for bakery packaging operations speed production, save energy, and minimize downtime. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Richmond, Va.-based AMF Bakery Systems is a leading manufacturer of high-speed bakery equipment. The company’s automated systems perform virtually every bakery task, ranging from dough mixing and make-up to baking, packaging, and case loading. The company’s corporate goal is to develop innovative systems for automating bakery plants with a focus on quality, efficiency, and value. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technologies Pneumatic Valves Vacuum Technology Tue, 06 May 2014 19:53:00 +0000 26641 at Pneumatic elevator transports the disabled <div class="field-byline"> Alan Hitchcox, Editor </div> <div class="field-deck"> Vacuum — not compressed air — powers an elevator from floor to floor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Vision 550 wheelchair-accessible home elevator from Nationwide Lifts uses vacuum and gravity to move an elevator cab up to 35 ft at speeds to 20 fpm inside a 53-in. tube. Its simple design gives it clear advantages over chair lifts and conventional elevators.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Other Industries Vacuum Technology Fri, 02 May 2014 19:21:00 +0000 26571 at Vacuum pads <div class="node-body article-body"><p> SAB HT1 vacuum pads provide powerful and mark-free handling of glass and similar materials. HT1 material operates in temperatures to 170&deg;C. They guarantee high horizontal forces on glass with <img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 385px; height: 240px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />interleavant powder or wet glass, reducing the number or the size of the pads, which in turn reduces energy consumption. HT1 material increases suction pad lifetime by up to three times compared to standard bellows suction pads.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vacuum Technology Tue, 28 May 2013 14:05:00 +0000 21021 at Vacuum handling for the masses <div class="field-byline"> By Mason Nicholson, Schmalz Inc. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Large-area vacuum grippers are built to move pallet loads of products. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Reliable handling plays a key role in automated production processes, whether moving individual components, packaging materials, or finished goods. Regardless of the product, the goods need to be transported quickly and safely, without damage, and with a cost-efficient handling system.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Material Handling Packaging Vacuum Technology Sat, 11 May 2013 21:33:00 +0000 20811 at Grippers allow for high-speed testing <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Automation specialist PCE Automation Ltd., Beccles, England, offers a unique high-speed machine for testing medical inflation check valves. The one-way valves are used by the medical device industry to inflate or deflate balloons or cuffs, which are built into critical airway management devices such as endotracheal tubes, tracheostomy tubes and urology catheters.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vacuum Technology Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:04:00 +0000 19662 at Bellows grippers provide safe and gentle means of handling fragile work pieces <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Handling fragile workplaces, such as drinking glasses, plastic or glass bottles, and other items with circular openings can be tricky.&nbsp; DHEB series of bellows grippers from Festo can be used across a variety of processing and manufacturing industries to avoid breakage and make smooth, controlled transfers.</p> <p> DHEB grippers employ flexible bellows that expand in diameter when actuated by an integral pneumatically driven piston, to securely grip the interior surface of a<br /> work piece.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vacuum Technology Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:09:00 +0000 19071 at Vacuum ejectors <div class="node-body article-body">EKPP, EKP, and EMM series ejectors conserve energy without compromising cycle times. Featuring automatic pressure regulation, they reduce compressed air usage by up to 50% per work piece, regardless of its porosity. EMA and EKP-LSE series achieve savings of up to 97% for airtight work pieces. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products Vacuum Technology Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:25:00 +0000 18601 at Vacuum goes to work <div class="field-deck"> Simple, compact, air-powered venturi-type vacuum pumps can — and have — overcome many of the application limits of mechanical pumps. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p> CBW Automation, Fort Collins, Colo., a manufacturer of high-speed automated retrieval systems uses vacuum and suction cups to grip and transport products coming out of plastic-injection molding machines. The OEM had been using rotary vane pumps to generate vacuum for the machine, but designers wanted a more energy efficient solution &mdash; and one with less required maintenance. An efficient and reliable vacuum source is critical for serving high-production machines, so designers switched to venturi-type air-driven pumps.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vacuum Technology Wed, 12 Dec 2012 16:51:00 +0000 18101 at Brushless dc compressor <div class="node-body article-body">Thomas 2220 series brushless dc oil-less air compressor is designed for medical and other applications requiring a compact, lightweight compressor with variable output. It is small — 3.77 in. high × 2.64 in. wide × 4.70 in. long — and weighs only 1.48 lb (0.7 kg).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products Air Compressors Vacuum Technology Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:44:00 +0000 18051 at Squeeze energy savings from pneumatic systems <div class="node-body article-body"><p> Industrial machines designed to run efficiently and save energy are undoubtedly important considerations in manufacturing today. The reasons not only include rising energy prices and the need to hold down production costs, but also an increasing awareness of the environmental impact on an organization&rsquo;s sustainability.</p> <p> These issues should not be the responsibility of only production-floor personnel. Machine and system designers and financial managers have a stake in this as well. Energy can be saved eliminating leaks, system design, and advanced machine diagnostics.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vacuum Technology Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:01:00 +0000 15961 at