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100% Employee Owned, Founded 1954

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Automation

Pneumatic Proportional Control with Actuator Position Feedback When infinite position adjustability of an actuator through its entire range of motion is required, many people have become accustomed to looking at servo-electric solutions first. This is often the best choice, but in some cases, a pneumatic solution can be more cost-effective overall. One of our customers recently …

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Accuracy, Repeatability, and Resolution: Applications in Automation and Motion Control The terms accuracy, repeatability, and resolution can be found on the spec sheets of many engineered products. They are often misunderstood, used interchangeably, or just plain confused. This can cause products to be incorrectly specified and, in many cases, over-designed for an application.  Let’s take a …

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Hose and Fittings

Preventing Rust on Hose Adapters Have you ever tried to disassemble a hose from a piece of equipment, only to find that the rusted adapter won’t allow you to break the connection? Then you know about rust and the problems that can come with it! And it isn’t just connection problems…you can have system contamination, …

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OSHA Regulation for Silica Dust Suppression Silica, a mineral found in stone, sand, and soil can cause serious health issues when inhaled. Using equipment such as a saw or jackhammer to cut or break up brick and mortar, causes silica particles to become airborne which creates a hazardous environment. Workers who inhale these silica particles …

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Flow and Safety Technologies

Benefits of Rupture Disc Standardization Standardization can provide benefits throughout your operation from the design engineers who create the rupture discs’ data sheets to the inventory managers who have to maintain obsolete inventory and hundreds of duplications in the warehouse. As a buyer of safety relief devices, have you ever thought that this procedure seems …

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Process Control Integration

Determining Safety Integrity Levels for your Process Application Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) are installed in Process Plants to mitigate process hazards by taking the process to a “safe state” when predetermined set points have been exceeded or when safe operating conditions have been transgressed. The SIS is one Protection Layer in a multi-layered safety approach since …

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Three Element Drum Control How can steam drum level be controlled to maximize both stability and responsiveness? The best method is to feed forward (FF) the steam flow to the level PID loop and cascade the output of that loop to the setpoint of a boiler feedwater (BFW) flow loop. This arrangement is called “Three Element …

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Mobile Systems Integration

Hydraulic Charge Pump Overview For OEM’s that build on-road and off-road mobile machinery, a hydrostatic transmission should be considered versus a standard gear transmission because of the seamless way speed ratios and torques can be achieved. A hydrostatic transmission is made up of a hydraulic pump connected (and dedicated) to one or more hydraulic motors. …

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Increasing Aftermarket Sales for Mobile Equipment Manufacturers Many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) lose a significant amount of business by not gaining the re-sale of aftermarket OEM spare parts from their customers for warranty and service work. This is because their customers are sourcing these replacement products from other manufacturers or distributors. If you are an …

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Avoid Tier 4 Requirements By Using a Hybrid Drive Environmental awareness, increased safety, and improved efficiency are currently the leading concerns among mobile equipment manufacturers in every industry. Engine electrification in automotive transportation is increasing, but industrial, construction, and agricultural vehicles pose their own specific design and development challenges. Electrification offers the potential to significantly …

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