Mechatronics Canada

November 26, 2020

In early February of 2020, Festo had announced the company was the leading supplier to Direct Pneumatics, an e-commerce site that enables end-users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to quickly and easily locate and purchase new and hard-to-find pneumatic products. 

Direct Pneumatics offers more than 35,000+ pneumatic products, consisting mostly of Festo parts and the Festo-owned Fabco line of cylinders and actuators. This e-commerce site supports customers with advanced filtering tools to streamline product searches. An experienced help desk team is easily reached for personal assistance. Direct Pneumatics also has an online forum ‘Pneumatics Today’ with product information and maintenance tips.

“Having an unlimited range of Festo and Fabco pneumatic products is important to the success of Direct Pneumatics and the gratification of our customers,” said Jason Winter, Customer Service Manager, Direct Pneumatics. “Festo is one of the world’s technology innovators and quality leaders. If Festo does not have an equivalent product for the need, then likely nobody has. You can’t go wrong with a Festo component.”

“The pneumatics market is growing so quickly that there is a need for value-added distributors that provide superior account management, technical services, and the most recent catalog parts as well as e-commerce sites such as the innovative Direct Pneumatics that stock both new and hard-to-find parts,” said Paul Forrest, Distribution Development Manager, Festo. “Festo’s sales channel strategy is to align the company with distribution businesses that are committed to the utmost in technical excellence and customer satisfaction.”

Engineers at Direct Pneumatics developed filters of key product attributes such as physical dimensions. Visitors enter the attributes of the part they are looking for and that information leads to a product that fits the customers’ needs. “We don’t rely 100 percent on algorithms,” said Winter. “Our support team is standing by to assist.”

For more information, visit www.festo.ca.

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Rittal is expanding its smart cooling unit solutions by adding the new Blue e+ S range. Their latest generation of cooling units with lower output categories of 300, 500, and 1,000 W have been designed for efficiency, ensuring a smaller footprint and lower costs – just like their “bigger brothers.” So, it’s a win-win both for users and for our future.

Solutions that reduce our carbon footprint during production are in high demand. But at the same time, these solutions need to be intelligent and communication-enabled so that they can be easily integrated into digitalised manufacturing environments. Seven years ago, Rittal responded to this demand with its Blue e+ range of cooling solutions and launched extremely efficient enclosure cooling units, which provided on average energy savings of 75 percent.

Now we have a new generation – the next generation – but still developed with that same design DNA. These new cooling units with their lower cooling outputs of 300, 500, and 1,000 watts called “Blue e+ S” add to the Blue e+ family, and bring with them additional smart capabilities. And furthermore, this new generation offers innovative energy-saving features for the production process.

What’s behind this energy-saving and therefore cost reduction is the technology used, combining a heat pipe with inverter-controlled components. The heat pipe works without a compressor, expansion valve, or other regulating elements and so does not need any electrical energy except to operate the fan. Depending on the thermal energy generated in the enclosure and the current ambient temperature, cooling can be performed with the heat pipe alone. The additional compressor cooling only operates if a large amount of heat has to be dissipated from the enclosure or if the ambient temperature is very high. And what’s more – when it does operate, it is far more energy-efficient than conventional units. This is because the compressor and fans possess an inverter-controlled drive, which automatically adjusts their speeds depending on the requirements. As a result, the temperature within the enclosure remains constant, and the energy efficiency is significantly higher than with other more conventional cooling units.

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Alongside energy efficiency, another feature also reduces the carbon footprint: The new Blue e+ S series uses a refrigerant with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) that is 56 percent lower than those used in comparable cooling units. Furthermore, instead of the R-134a previously used, the cooling circuit in the new generation of units now runs with R-513A refrigerant.

 

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