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Air Preparation Products Keep Pneumatic Systems at Peak Performance

When designing and building a pneumatic system for your industrial applications, keep in mind that even the most durable, highest-performance components will suffer from sub-optimal performance and damage that will reduce their expected life if the compressed air is of poor quality. Compressed air entering the system contains particles that can, for instance, damage seals in valves and cylinders. Water can also compromise systems by washing away lubricants. And, the compressed air must be at the right pressure. Any of these conditions can cause critical equipment to fail prematurely.

If you want to get the best performance and longest life out of the equipment throughout your pneumatic system, air preparation is a must. Various individual components and combination units can help you ensure proper air quality. For example, filter-regulator-lubricator (FRL) units are among the most common components, and their modularity allows designers to create the right combination for the system. Here’s an overview of some of the air preparation products that can keep pneumatic systems clean and functioning, using Fabco-Air products as examples:

  • Filters. Filters can remove particles before they can contaminate and compromise components around your system. Certain models remove materials down to 5µ, making them an effective first line of defense.
  • Regulators. Make sure your clean air is at the right pressure throughout your system. Fabco’s FA user-adjustable regulators feature a square embedded pressure gauge with psi scale and one MBCR-type mounting bracket and panel nut.
  • Lubricators. These units inject a small amount of oil into your system to keep downstream components running smoothly by reducing wear and preventing corrosion.
  • FRLs. Filter-regulator-lubricator units offer comprehensive air management while making efficient use of space.
  • Combinations. Air preparation products can be combined into two-in-one and three-in-one units to suit your space and budget requirements.
  • Custom/Special. If standard or combination air preparation products don’t match your system’s needs, Fabco can create custom units as specials. In fact, we specialize in modified products.

Filters, regulators and lubricators are available with a wide range of NPT port sizes and operate at up to 145 psi of pressure. In addition, Fabco’s lineup of preparation products also features mist separators and micro-mist separators that remove particles as small as 0.01 µ, plus a full range of valves to keep personnel safe including lockout-tagout, soft-start and quick exhaust valves.

Ensure System Reliability and Safety

Air quality is critical for your pneumatic system’s productivity and reliability. In order to get the most from your pneumatic systems and ensure long operating lifetimes for components, you must maintain the right air pressure and protect against contamination and moisture. Fabco-Air offers a broad lineup of air preparation products that will keep your pneumatic systems running smoothly and safely.

For more information about Fabco’s air preparation products, visit our product page.

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Food-Grade Pneumatic Cylinders Served Fast

When it comes to food and beverage production, exposure to moisture and chemicals from washdowns is likely your first concern when specifying an actuator. But, thanks to the ever-challenging throughput demands of the food industry, getting the right actuator quickly is also a top priority. That’s why it pays to work with a vendor that has a lineup of products that stand up to the rigors of food and beverage industry applications and can be tailor-made quickly to satisfy your special requirements.

Many Fabco-Air pneumatic cylinders are available in food-grade variants that offer exceptional moisture and chemical resistance for a wide variety of applications such as meat, poultry and fish processing as well as filling and sealing, packaging, canning and sorting. And, our food-grade cylinders come with corrosion-resistant seals and FDA-approved lubricants. Highlights of our food and beverage pneumatic cylinder offering include:

  • Original Pancake® and Pancake® II. Designers of food and beverage equipment don’t have to sacrifice short strokes, compact size and durable construction. Pancake variants are washdown resistant and are offered in Delrin® and all-stainless steel versions.
  • F-Series interchangeable cylinders. Our light-duty, cost-effective cylinders are available in Delrin or stainless steel versions. The F-Series Delrin variant comes with a Delrin head and cap, and stainless steel piston rods for corrosion resistance. The Stainless Steel F-Series is made from 303 and 304 stainless steel and comes with a food-rated rod wiper.
  • NFPA Series. Both the OEM and standard NFPA from Fabco offer corrosion resistance as standard with an anodized head, cap and barrel with options to include a stainless steel piston rod, tie rods and fasteners. Additional options such as Viton seals and metallic rod scrapers also increase the durability of these cylinders in harsher environments. Fabco can also provide an NFPA with hard anodized head and cap and a composite barrel, and, for the harshest environments, an all-stainless NFPA — both as custom solutions.
  • Air Preparation. Our lineup of air preparation products for food and beverage applications includes FRL and mist separation units.

Custom Food-Grade Cylinders With Quick Turnarounds

In today’s food and beverage industry, having the right parts for your equipment is critical to achieving and maintaining optimum production. Because these Fabco-Air products are variants of standard models, we can deliver them to you quickly so your equipment can get up and running to meet your challenging food and beverage production goals.

For more information about Fabco-Air pneumatic cylinders for food and beverage applications, visit our industry page.

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The Right Pneumatic Component Partner Can Help You Keep Automotive Manufacturing on Schedule

When you manufacture products for a just-in-time industry like automotive, the windows for machine design and construction typically get smaller with each product. In addition, the machines and equipment you build must stand up to harsh conditions on the factory floor. That’s why when it comes to selecting pneumatic components, it’s important to partner with a supplier who not only can provide tough, durable products, they must also get them to you fast.

Fabco-Air offers durable, pneumatic cylinders, accessories and air preparation products that withstand the rigors of capital equipment used for automotive production. Whether they’re intended for clamping, lifting, positioning or pressing — or keeping your plant’s compressed air tools and systems in optimal shape — our wide and varied lineup of standard pneumatic components come in many sizes, ready for shipping. We can also modify off-the-shelf components and ship custom samples to you in just 72 hours. Here are some examples of Fabco products that are well suited for automotive applications:

  • Pneumatic Cylinders. Heavy-duty construction features include anodized aluminum bodies, stainless steel piston rods and a high-strength composite to give these actuators added durability. Many cylinders also come pre-lubed with Magnalube-G® Teflon™-impregnated grease for a long operating life. ISO models like the FAQ2R and FAE Series with 6431 and 6432 dimensional interchanges, respectively, as well as the Fabco NFPA give designers flexibility and confidence when designing and specifying these components.
  • Multi-Power® Cylinders. This cylinder family is designed with multiple piston heads connected to a single rod, resulting in tremendous thrust forces. Multi-Power cylinders use just a small amount of shop air and don’t need a high-pressure hydraulic system. They have a composite rod bearing for long life and a hard chrome-plated stainless steel piston rod to ensure reliable operation.
  • Air Preparation Products. We’ll help you keep critical parts and tools throughout your plant running at their best and over a long lifetime with a large selection of filters, regulators, lubricators and separators plus FRLs and other combination units.
  • Swing Clamps. Available with single-or double-sided clamp arms, swing clamps provide easy access for loading and unloading workpieces.
  • Rod Locks. These accessories feature high clamping forces and require minimal air for release.
  • Specials. If our standard parts don’t quite meet your application’s requirements, we can modify our cylinders and air products to your exact specifications. In fact, almost half our business comes from specially modified products.

Pneumatic Components When You Need Them

As automotive manufacturers ramp up facilities to meet increasingly stringent production deadlines, component availability and reliability are critical to preventing unacceptable delays. When you need high-quality pneumatic technology for your automotive equipment, durable, reliable and readily available standard and custom components make Fabco an invaluable partner to get you up and running fast and for a long time.

For more information about Fabco-Air pneumatic components for automotive applications, visit our industry page.