Parker Hannifin released its redesigned P1M Swing Clamp Cylinder. This new design features gear-grade bushing made from stress-proof steel, which Parker claims allows for more torque and improved resistance to added/unintended stresses. The design also features internal transfer tubes, which allow for pneumatic ports to be placed on the same side of the cylinder in cases where space is a concern.
The clamp comes in 32-, 40-, and 50-mm bore sizes with stroke lengths of 10, 20, and 50 mm based on individual bore size. The adjustable arm can be set with clockwise or counterclockwise rotation and has reverse arm rotation. The clamp features different forces for the different bore lengths, ranging from 27 lb for the 32 mm bore unit at 29 psi to 371 lb for the 50 mm at 145 psi.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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