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Pneumatics

Pneumatic solution to brings control closer to the process in food application (23/10/2012)
Article image The AirLINE Quick valve island solution from Bürkert has helped to reduce installation costs, improve operating integrity and deliver ongoing economies in the control of up to 2000 pneumatic process components operating on a new dessert and yoghurt line installed by FrieslandCampina at a plant in Germany.
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Pneumatics – ensuring sustainability in plant automation (24/10/2011)
Article image There is always potential for further efficiency gains through the optimised use of energy, especially in large production facilities, says Festo. Suzanne Gill reports from an Audi plant in Hungary.
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Taking a look through Festo’s crystal ball (13/09/2011)
Article image Dr Ansgar Kriwet, a member of the Festo management board, region and sales Europe, has offered his vision of the future of global automation, and the role that Festo hopes to play.
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Pneumatic networks still use the bus 09/08/2011
In 2010, the global market for pneumatic valve blocks increased 18.4% to reach $861.5 million, which represented over 1 billion blocks. Almost half of these products included a facility to be networked. However, according to the latest market report from IMS Research, for every valve block networked with an Ethernet based protocol, nine were networked with a fieldbus. Full Story...

Safeguarding the operation of process control valves 31/03/2011
A high-integrity pressure regulator, designed for use with pneumatic control systems used for valve actuation in the oil, gas and other processing industries, has been introduced by Midland-ACS. Full Story...

Dual-redundant pressure regulator safeguards operation of process control valves 08/03/2011
Midland-ACS has introduced a high-integrity pressure regulator for use with pneumatic control systems used for valve actuation in the oil, gas and other processing industries. Full Story...

Robot-style handling and positioning performance at a fraction of the cost 08/02/2011
A compact, integrated motion control subsystem for automation applications has been introduced by Festo, to offer machine builders a flexible way of providing programmable rotary and linear movement. Said to be suitable for parts handling and positioning applications, the EHMB module incorporates an interesting decoupled design which enables the rotary and lifting movements to be controlled completely independently, enabling fast and accurate positioning. Full Story...

Valve terminal system has integrated IO Link interface 28/07/2009
The introduction of IO Link interface technology to pneumatics will likely make commissioning and maintenance easier—and provide expanded diagnostic possibilities as well. To support this open communication standard, Rexroth has integrated the IO Link interface into its popular LS04 valve terminal system. Full Story...

For Festo, Nature Shows the Way 18/05/2009
The most eye-catching display in the Festo stand at Hannover Fair were bionic ‘penguins’ swimming in a large tank and flying gracefully overhead. Taking their inspiration from nature, Festo’s engineers once again entertained the crowds with some serious motion control systems. Full Story...