Valves are electro-mechanical devices that regulate, control, or direct the flow of a fluid. These devices do this by opening, closing, or partially obstructing its flow. In other words, valves are mechanical devices used to control the flow and pressure of fluid in a system. They are essential components of piping systems that convey liquids, gasses, vapors, slurries, and more. There are several different types of valves, including ball valves, butterfly valves, and gate valves, each of which have a variety of different applications depending on their form. To better understand how ball, butterfly, and gate valves work, the following blog will explore these three different valve types in more detail.
When living in hotter, dryer climates, an HVAC system that is showing symptoms of malfunction or failure is your worst nightmare. If your air conditioning unit is not providing cool air or is acting unusual, the best thing to do is quickly identify and repair the problem. Many factors contribute to the malfunction of an HVAC unit, most of which have simple solutions.
Exhaust fans can be used in a building or vehicle to help improve indoor air quality by getting rid of unwanted dirty, humid, or stale air. As a fundamental appliance in many air systems, there are a lot of different types of exhaust fans available on the market. These will include different shapes and capabilities that are each suited to a different set of applications. By reading this short guide to the different types available, you can learn more about what to consider when choosing the right exhaust fan for a job.
The terms “current sensor” and “current transducer” are often used interchangeably, and each device can sometimes accomplish the same task. However, there are still some technical differences between them. In general, a current sensor is any device that can measure the flow of electrons in a circuit, whereas a current transducer specifically converts one input into a different output. As such, a current transducer may be used as a current sensor while the opposite cannot be true. If you are interested in the inner workings of current sensors, including how current transducers are used therein, read on as we compare and discuss the various types.
Within material handling applications, material flow issues can be a major setback for production and processes as things adhere to the walls of bins and hoppers, or otherwise become stuck. While slowdowns can be detrimental, blockages can also lead to other undesirable issues like damaged equipment. As such, it is important that there is a solution in place to prevent the adhesion of materials as they are transported through bins and hoppers, and this comes in the form of industrial vibrators. These vibrators may be pneumatic or electric, and they are known for increasing producing speeds as they break the cohesion between materials and surfaces. In this blog, we will discuss pneumatic and electric vibrators, allowing you to see which choice is best for your individual needs.
A relay is an electrically operated switch. When its two contacts are disconnected, the relay opens, and it turns on when the two contacts touch. Generally, they are designed to be controlled with low voltages, such as 3.3V and 5V, and they are often utilized to isolate low voltage circuits from a high voltage circuit to control high voltage devices. With thousands of relays on the market suiting a myriad of purposes, how does one go about making a selection? To answer this, this blog will outline different types of relays as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Popular tools across various applications, ranging from robotics to biotech and pharmaceutical industries, pneumatic grippers are lightweight motion mechanisms that mimic human gestures to grasp and release items. The “jaws” of a gripper secure the entity during operation so the item can be moved about. Most grippers are pneumatically operated, meaning they operate on compressed air. As pneumatic grippers are widely used, they offer grip forces ranging from a few ounces to several hundred pounds. For your better knowledge, this blog will cover the basic functions, working principles, and factors to consider about pneumatic grippers.
A pneumatic vibrator is a versatile tool that finds use in a wide range of industries, including construction, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. Pneumatic vibrators work by converting pneumatic energy into mechanical energy that manifests itself as either circular or linear vibratory motion. The resulting force is usually adjusted by the operator regulating the pressure of the incoming airflow.
When selecting a new pump, you might be inclined to overlook the coupling. It is often included as an afterthought and can sometimes go unnoticed when looking over your purchasable options. However, the coupling is one of the least expensive components of your assembly. Just as selecting the right pump is essential for your hydraulic or plumbing process, choosing a suitable coupling is crucial since it can broadly impact the assembly’s lifespan and performance. This blog will provide you with a complete briefing of the pump coupling, its function and types, and its pros and cons. Let us dive in.
Welcome to Industrial Parts Circuit, your one stop shops for all necessary parts and components for your industrial, electrical, aerospace, and defense operations. In this blog, we will be discussing the key differences between hydraulic gear pumps and hydraulic piston pumps. While both devices may utilize hydraulic fluid to create and transfer energy through the means of mechanical force, each of these components harbors key differences which makes them suitable for particular applications.
Within hydraulic systems, hydraulic fluids are monitored and measured to ensure that the entire system is working optimally. Fluctuations in fluid level, fluid properties, and other characteristics can have immeasurable effects on the system. Fluid contamination because of leakages, rust, aeration, cavitation, damaged seals, and other factors can render the entire assembly useless.
Metalworking is an incredibly complex job that requires a rigorous set of production processes and specialized tools. To manipulate metal into meeting required specifications, workers use heavy gauge metal sheets that need to be cut to carry out their operations. To cut these sheets, workers necessitate the help of several tools, two of which will be covered in this blog. Nibblers and shears are the two most widely used power tools in the metalworking realm, allowing operators to produce clean cuts, reduce workpiece damage, and minimize the risk of injury.
An air pressure switch is a widely used mechanical device that is found in all electrical models. For example, in order to control an electric air compressor’s operation, air pressure switches are used. The air pressure circuit mechanism of the switch provides power to the motor, allowing it to function. The switch is also equipped with a pressure switch relief valve that enables the machine to have an easier start by relieving head and line pressure. There are a number of different types of air pressure switches available, each distinguished by their working features.
Hydraulics are useful for countless applications, allowing for force to be transferred between points through the use of an incompressible fluid. Hydraulic equipment will often feature a number of components and pieces that enable their operations, each serving a distinct role that allows for fluid force to be managed and taken advantage of. Accumulators are common hydraulic devices, typically being used by hydraulic systems for the means of storing energy and smoothing out pulsations. Allowing for a system to meet extreme demands while permitting the use of a weaker pump, hydraulic accumulators are quite useful for many fluid energy applications.
When one requires an adhesive tape for more rugged and harsh environments, foil tapes serve as a very durable and versatile option. With a foil adhesive tape, one gains the advantage of high adhesion, optimal thermal and electrical conductivity, and a resistance to humidity, chemicals, and UV radiation. As a result of their various capabilities, foil adhesive tapes find regular use in aerospace, defense, and industrial applications. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of foil tapes, allowing you to better understand the options that are available to you and how they may be used.
While many prefer electronics that are completely wireless, many systems still require various cables for transferring the power and data needed for functionality. In other cases, cabling and wires may also provide more strength, stability, and security that can be highly beneficial. Whether one is using coaxial cables for telecommunications or a fiber optic cable for internet connectivity, all cable types require cable connectors for the means of interconnecting cabling and systems. As there are many types of cable connectors, it can be very beneficial for one to familiarize themselves with common connector types that they may use or come across.
Abrasive materials are commonly used within numerous industries, coming in the form of elements that can polish or clean a hard surface through rubbing and grinding actions. For industrial processes related to automobile manufacturing, wood and varnishing, construction, and more, abrasive materials are used at high consumption rates. When utilized in such applications, abrasives commonly come in the form of rolls, discs, and bands, all of which can benefit particular operations or requirements. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the most common abrasive formats, allowing you to determine which is best for your particular needs with ease.
Springs are a common type of elastic component, capable of storing mechanical energy when stretched or compressed. As the length of a spring changes, it will begin to exert a fairly proportional opposing force. With their capabilities of tensile, torsion, or compressive force, springs are commonly found within industrial settings where they may be used to actuate engine valves, open die sets, assist in keeping doors closed, and much more. Depending on the particular application and its needs, there are numerous industrial spring types that each present their own working characteristics and advantages. To help you find the right industrial spring for your machinery or assemblies, we will provide a brief overview of the most common variations.
Ubiquitous throughout the transportation systems of flowing liquids, Polyvinyl Chloride piping, or PVC piping, is a universal tool applicable for many infrastructures. With over two million miles of PVC piping currently existing within the United States, the utilization of this component can be seen in the construction of electrical insulation for medical tubing, plumbing & irrigation, water supply, and more. To better understand the fundamentals of PVC piping, we will go over their common uses and the functional purposes they serve amongst various applications.
A diaphragm pump, also known as a membrane pump, is a type of positive displacement pump that works by pushing a liquid in one of two ways: by using the reciprocating action of a rubber or Teflon diaphragm or through the use of a thermoplastic diaphragm and its associated valves. Diaphragm pumps can be used to push a broad range of fluids in many different industries, whether they are low, medium, or high viscosity. They can also be used with dangerous chemicals such as acids as their design versatility allows them to be made from many different materials. In this blog, we will discuss the four most common types of diaphragm pumps: air-operated pumps, small air-operated pumps, small motor driven pumps, and hydra-cell pumps.
When any machine component moves across another part within an assembly, friction is an inevitable force that can wear down components over time and cause them to lose functionality. To prevent such issues, industrial lubricants such as grease may be used to coat components in order to mitigate friction and wear. Industrial grease is also capable of withstanding heat, thermal radiation, moisture, and corrosive materials depending on their makeup, thus they can be highly beneficial for maintaining the service lives of assemblies.
A wrench is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects such as bolts, nuts, or other fasteners, or to keep them from turning. There are many different types of wrenches used in a wide array of applications. In this blog, we will discuss the ten most common types of industrial wrenches and their characteristics.
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