"Help Me, Help You"

Sep 18, 2018 1:58:51 PM LEAVE A COMMENT


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FILED UNDER: Quality, Application, Troubleshooting, Customer Solutions

How Hot is too Hot for your Cylinder Application??

Jul 31, 2018 10:15:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

There are many applications where cylinders are exposed to extreme heat due to environmental conditions. Whether your cylinder is near a bakery oven or hanging above a crucible of molten metal knowing which options are available to handle the heat becomes top priority.

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FILED UNDER: Troubleshooting, Application, Failure Analysis, Quality

Pneumatics: Ideal for the Sawmill Industry

Mar 19, 2018 8:35:13 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

   Keeping up with production demands is a proven challenge in the lumber industry. To stay competitive, operations demand higher performance and lower cost for automated equipment. Lumber processing end-users want solutions to the problems encountered in the rough environment of the mills where temperatures fluctuate, dust produced from the processes damages your equipment, and grate machinery.

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FILED UNDER: Application, Failure Analysis

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Oct 2, 2017 12:34:24 PM LEAVE A COMMENT


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How to Calculate Hydraulic and Pneumatic Cylinder Buckling

May 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Much the same way that you want the columns on your front porch to have the strength to support the roof --avoiding any and all Tim the Tool Man Taylor incidents -- column strength is a critical piece when addressing cylinder design as well.  So many of us don’t understand what it is and how important it is; let's investigate some of the factors associated with it to help gain a better understanding.

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FILED UNDER: Application

Enhancing N.F.P.A. Fixed Non-Centerline Cylinder Mounts

Jan 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

                  As mentioned in an earlier article, one of the three N.F.P.A. cylinder mounting classes is fixed non-centerline mounts. These mounts include side lug (MS2), end lug (MS7), side flush (MS4), and foot bracket (MS1). In applications where a fixed non-centerline mount is required, Sheffer strongly recommends employing a thrust key plate or dowel pinning the cylinder depending upon the specific mount. This is done to minimize shear loads on the mounting bolts as well as providing a means of cylinder alignment.

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Seek Help Choosing Fluid Power Cylinder Seals and Materials

Nov 24, 2015 7:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

In 1962, E.F. Houghton Co. published A Handbook On Hydraulic and Pneumatic Packings for the fluid power industry. In the opening chapter there is an illustration of a “typical animal hide” which depicted the best parts of the hide that could be fabricated into leather “U” cups, “V” rings, and gaskets to seal fluid power cylinders.

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FILED UNDER: Seal Solutions, Troubleshooting, Application

What Spaghetti Noodles Can Teach Us About Cylinder Design

Jul 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Cylinder Mounting & Column Loading

“I need 100,000 pounds of force on a 120” stroke with a 2” diameter piston rod and clevis mount.” A click and then there is no one on the other end of the phone. 

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Things You Never Knew Cylinders Could Teach You About Star Wars (or Maybe Just the "Force")

May 7, 2014 7:18:00 AM LEAVE A COMMENT

Cylinders convert a fluid pressure into a mechanical force.  The input fluid pressure acts on the surface area of the cylinders piston displacing it to create a linear movement of the piston rod.

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Just How Fast Can You Get a Cylinder to Move?

Mar 24, 2014 2:19:32 PM LEAVE A COMMENT

Well, if that isn't a loaded question. Over the years more people than you would expect have proposed this puzzle and while there may be no single answer to this complex query, there are many variables to consider in attempting to answer it -- so let's start there.

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FILED UNDER: Application, Innovation