Ever since electronics came on the scene, people have been predicting the demise of fluid power. But, in fact, the market remains big—really big. Sales of pneumatic components are in the $3B range, according to the National Fluid Power Association. And it's becoming more of a global business: The volume of fluid products imported in and exported out of the U.S. has grown. Primary trading partners: Japan, Canada, and Germany.
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
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