Understanding Air Compressors – Part 3

 [Note: Part 1 of this article presents basics of air compressors. Part 2 presents the classification and the construction details of air compressors. Part 3 presents a brief about the sizing of air compressors.] Sizing Air Compressors Sizing an air compressor for an application requires a logical sequence of actions. The following steps highlight a... Continue Reading →

Understanding Air Compressors – Part 2

Design of Industrial Hydraulic Systems in the SI Units By Joji Parambath The book describes the design aspects of hydraulic systems systematically. It highlights the essential parameters and specifications of hydraulic components in SI units. Design Concepts in Industrial Hydraulic Systems in the English Units By Joji Parambath Please click on the image links to... Continue Reading →

Understanding Air Compressors – Part 1

[Note: Part 1 of this article presents basics of air compressors. Part 2 presents the classification and the construction details of air compressors. Part 3 presents a brief about the sizing of air compressors.] A power source in a pneumatic system generates and distributes compressed air to all of its actuators. A compressor converts mechanical... Continue Reading →

Hydraulic Fluid Contamination & its Control

Hydraulic fluids are subjected to various kinds of contamination (particles, water, air, compounds, and biological matters). Contaminants can affect the physical and chemical properties of fluids. If the contaminants are not monitored or controlled, the fluid is likely to be subjected to various kinds of failures. A complete range of 36 textbooks, in Paperback &... Continue Reading →

Hydraulic Fluids – Functions, Characteristics, & Categories

Modern hydraulic applications demand compact machines designed with tighter tolerances and that run at faster cycle times. They are designed to work with small amounts of fluids. They operate at higher pressures, temperatures, and speeds. Under these circumstances, fluids are subjected to severe stresses. Hydraulic Fluids By Joji Parambath The textbook presents information on the... Continue Reading →

The Essence of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is a modern device that can be used to control the work process in a machine or an appliance. The operations involved in the work process are carried out by some kind of actuators such as electric motors, pneumatic actuators, hydraulic actuators, etc., which are in turn controlled by final... Continue Reading →

How to Develop Multiple-actuator Pneumatic Circuits Using the Cascade Method?

Most of the practical pneumatic systems involve the use of multiple actuators (cylinders, semi-rotary actuators, etc) which when operating in specified sequences carry out the desired control tasks. Double-pilot directional control (DC) valves are used as final control elements to control the forward and return strokes of the actuators. Sensors are used for confirming the... Continue Reading →

Pressure Control Valves in Hydraulic Systems

The article looks at the basics of pressure control valves for educational use and is presented here to refresh your memory. Hope you are able to recall the functions, circuits, and applications of pressure control valves. Pressure control valves are used in hydraulic systems for obtaining pressure-related control functions.  Pressure control valves can be categorized... Continue Reading →

Hydraulic Filters

For more details, please read our publication: 'Hydraulic Filters: Construction, Installation Locations, and Specifications' Hydraulic Filters: Construction, Installation Locations, and Specifications The article explains the constructional features,  location-specific installation details, and performance specifications of hydraulic filters.  Introduction Modern high-pressure hydraulic systems with components built to closer tolerances are susceptible to many types of contamination. Contaminants... Continue Reading →

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