AutomationDirect's NITRATM line now includes several new series of products to
help meet a broad range of pneumatic air
supply pressure regulation and filtration applications. While each series is designed to work in stand-alone
applications, the modular design enables field assembly for combining
The AF Series
particulate and moisture separation air filters are available with 1/8- to 1-inch NPT female port sizes
and either a semi-automatic or automatic drain. Polycarbonate bowls are
standard on 1/8- through Â½-inch sizes, while metal bowl guards are provided on
Â¼- through Â½-inch sizes. The Â¾-inch and 1-inch sizes feature all-metal bowl
construction with sight gauges. Prices start at $11.25.
Series pneumatic air pressure regulators are available with adjustable pressure
ranges of 20-130 psi or 7-60 psi. These regulators feature a locking pressure
adjustment knob and integral pressure gauge. The AR series prices start at $17.
Series combines particulate/moisture separation air filters and adjustable
pressure regulators, all in a single convenient unit. Available in 1/8-inch
through 1-inch sizes, the pressure regulator features a locking pressure
adjustment knob, integral pressure gauge with adjustable pressure ranges of
20-115 psi. AFR Series prices start at $23.
mist-type air lubricators are available with 1/8-inch to 1-inch NPT female port
sizes and a lubrication rate adjustment with sight gauge. The Â¾-inch and 1-inch
sizes feature all-metal bowl construction with sight level gauges. AL Series
prices start at $12.25.
40 micron filter elements are standard. When stricter filtration is required,
an optional, customer-installable, five- micron filter element is available for
pneumatic manual shut-off pressure relief valves are available with 1/8-inch to
Â½-inch female ports. The three-way, two-position design is used to shut off
upstream pressure and relieve downstream pressure. The manually rotated knob
can be locked out with the included padlock. ARV prices start at $19.75.
Three new series of directional control solenoid valves are also available. Solenoid coils for each series are available
in either 24V dc or 120V ac control voltages. The available single-solenoid
models provide two-position, normally closed, spring return operation and
double-solenoid models provide two-position, energize open/energize closed
operation. DIN-style wiring connectors feature LED indication of solenoid coil
three-way stackable poppet-style valves, starting at $16.75, can be used in
individual valve applications or, to simplify piping connections, multiple
valves can be field assembled to share supply air.
valves, starting at $19.75, are body ported three-port (three-way) spool valves
with port sizes up to 3/8-inch NPT and flow coefficients (Cv) from 0.78 to
body ported five-port (four-way) spool valves start at $19.75 and are available
with port sizes up to 3/8-inch NPT and a flow coefficient (Cv) range of 0.67 to
0.89. In addition, AVS-5 double solenoid models are available with
three-position, center closed or center exhaust operation. For multiple-valve
applications, AM-5 series manifolds are available in 2, 4, 6 or 8 stations
(starting at $9.25).
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.