Festo is offering free advice to help engineers designing and specifying pneumatic systems to select the best valve for their application.
Festo developed a series of technical resources designed to help engineers optimise air preparation to improve process reliability, machine availability and service life in pneumatic systems.
"You’re sure you have a spare box of pneumatic fittings somewhere. You reach into the back of your store cupboard or tool box and you think you have found the fitting that will do the job". But before you launch into using them stop and think, are they fit for purpose?
Do you remember that box of pneumatic tubing that you used for your last installation? Well you have over half of it left, so surely that will do for your new requirements, right?
Leakage: A major contributing factor to energy wastage in compressed air systems is air leakage. Unlike a leaking water pipe, leakage in a compressed air system can be hidden and thus difficult to track down and fix.
In today’s modern production facilities, the use of compressed air is often pivotal to manufacturing processes. Irrespective of whether the compressed air comes into direct contact with the product or is used to automate a process, provide motive power, package products, or even to generate other gases on-site, a clean, dry, reliable compressed air supply is essential to maintain efficient and cost effective production.
In line filters: minimize pressure drops In any compressed air system one of the key factors in reducing energy demands is effective filtration. In line filters essentially protect system components from contaminants in the airline. This ensures optimum machine uptime due to less frequent breakdowns. However with filtration there are factors that need to be considered to ensure energy efficiency:
Reliability and punctuality of operation are key demands with passenger and freight rolling stock today, in an industry where safety and performance are paramount.
The Code of Practice references complimentary international standards for air purity, gives recommendations on installation, testing and maintenance of compressed air systems, but most importantly, defines a minimum acceptable purity (quality) for compressed air used in the beverage and bottli