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Pneumatic Valve Manifold Device-Level Analytics

Posted in Fluid and Motion Control on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. No comments yet
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In hybrid and discrete manufacturing processes, pneumatics control the dynamic movements on the machines used in the process. Internet of Things (IoT) devices can help these machines operate more safely, reliably and efficiently. In a MachineDesign article, IoT for Pneumatic Systems, Emerson’s Enrico De Carolis describes how these devices, such as a pneumatic valve manifold, […]

Protecting the Astronomers’ Dark Skies

Posted in Electrical Components and Lighting, Oil & Gas on Thursday, April 25th, 2019. No comments yet
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The history of McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas dates back to the 1920s. The location was ideal due to: …some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States. It also happens to be located not too far from one of the world’s most massive oil & gas producing regions, […]

Improved Machine Control with IIoT

Posted in Fluid and Motion Control on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. No comments yet
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In several Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-related posts here on the blog, we discussed a number of ways these technologies can help improve performance in safety, reliability, efficiency & emissions, and production for process manufacturers. But what about hybrid and discrete manufacturers? In a Control Engineering article, IIoT-ready technologies improve machine controls, Emerson’s Steven Fales […]

Tips for Effective Ultrasonic Plastic Welding

Posted in Precision Welding-Assembly-Cleaning on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019. No comments yet
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Ultrasonic welding is: …an industrial technique whereby high-frequency ultrasonic acoustic vibrations are locally applied to workpieces being held together under pressure to create a solid-state weld. It is commonly used for plastics, and especially for joining dissimilar materials. In ultrasonic welding, there are no connective bolts, nails, soldering materials, or adhesives necessary to bind the materials […]

Differences Between Direct-Acting and Pilot-Operated Solenoid Valves

Posted in Fluid and Motion Control on Thursday, January 24th, 2019. No comments yet
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According to the Solenoid valve page on Wikipedia at the time this post was written, the invention of these devices dates back to 1910 by ASCO, now part of Emerson. Solenoid valves are electromechanical devices: …in which the solenoid uses an electric current to generate a magnetic field and thereby operate a mechanism which regulates […]