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Theresa May's plan to boost Brexit UK Economy

PM Theresa May unveils plans for a more interventionist, industrial strategy.

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New FTX Series High Force Electric Actuator

New FTX Series High Force Electric Actuator on the market.

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Latest July News

Latest July News & Updates from Curtiss-Wright/Exlar

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Daresbury Open Week 2016

Get up-close to world-changing science. Join us for Daresbury Laboratory's public access day, 9 July 2016, as advertised in this promotional video from STFC

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Exlar Electric Actuator technology prosper in oil field

Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields.

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The Advantages of Modern Electric Actuators

Hydraulics and Pneumatics, as well as Machine Design, will both high light our Design FAQ this month.

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Exlar and Ghostbusters

Exlar was fortunate enough to be asked to provide actuators for lab scenes in the new Ghostbusters III movie. 

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New Rotary Quarter Turn Process Control Actuators - Explosion Proof

New Rotary Quarter Turn Process Control Actuators - Explosion Proof

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Flight Simulator Expertise at Drives & Controls Exhibition

Olsen Actuation is keen to share its recent success of the joint development project with EDM.

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German Rearch Institute Improves Test Results

German Research Institute Improves Testing Results by Replacing Hydraulic
Actuators with Roller Screw Driven Electric

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Bring new life into Electrica Valve Actuation

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Exlar Automotive Weld Gun White Paper

Exlar Automotive Weld Gun White Paper

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Exlar® actuator provides suction control improvement for the Exterran® compressor

Exlar® actuator provides suction control improvement for the Exterran® compressor

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ER120 Explosion Proof Motors

Explosion proof motors safeguard hazardous area actuation

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Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract by BMW for Exlar

Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract by BMW for Exlar® GS Series Roller Screw Driven Robotic Weld Gun Actuators

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Curtiss Wright Exlar wins USD 75 m USA Army contract

US army procures Exlar actuators from Curtiss-Wright for air defence launcher

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Tech Tip ~ Tritex II Brake / Shunt Resistor Considerations

Tech Tip ~ Tritex II Brake / Shunt Resistor Considerations

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Exlar® Announces

Exlar® Announces Tech Tip - New Hex Manual Drive

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Exlar Announces

Tech Tip - Shock and Vibration Testing

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German Automaker converts to Exlar® Industrial Actuators

Special Machine Builder for German Automotive Market Converts Hydraulic Cylinders

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Pressing Lines for Automotive Industry

A large assembly line manufacturer based in Austria.

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Exlar Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Curtiss­Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that its Exlar business located in

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Injection Molding Company Increases Throughput and Eliminates Mess and Maintenance with Integrated Electric Actuators

Injection Molding Company Increases Throughput and Eliminates Mess and Maintenance with Integrated Electric Actuators

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Exlar’s FT35 Actuator Reduces Noise in an Air Exchanger System

A company that develops energy recovery and other auxiliary products for the power generation and industrial processing industries.

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Drives & Controls - electric cut energy by 90%

A study has shown that pneumatic actuators consume 10.3 times more energy than electromechanical devices. Piers Olsen, sales and marketing director for automation at Olsen Engineering in the UK, examines the energy-saving potential of electromechanical actuators.

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Powys Press Release

Olsen Engineering, Caersws – winner of the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by the Welsh Government

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The future belongs to electric actuation

Despite some obvious advantages, electric actuators have a smaller share of the market

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DPA February Integrated Actuators

Integrated Actuators provides simple all-in-one motion

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Exlar Designs Custom Motor to Withstand Demanding Wash‐down Application

Exlar Designs Custom Motor to Withstand Demanding Wash‐down Application

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MERA NPP Develops Aircraft Engine Test Stand with Exlar’s FT Series Actuators

MERA NPP Develops Aircraft Engine Test Stand with Exlar’s FT Series Actuators

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Electric actuators can also be ATEX certified

Explosion-proof actuation is needed in applications such as valve control, damper control, drinks production, materials handling, printing presses, engine test stands, fuel skids, refineries, paint booths and shipboard fuel management. Here Piers Olsen, managing director of Olsen Engineering, highlights a choice of electrical actuation solutions available to engineers working in hazardous areas.

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Electric actuation has superior robot welding force control

High compression force is crucial for battery welding applications and such a force is best applied in a linear motion rather than rotary motion for very large batteries. Here Piers Olsen of Olsen Engineering proves the theory with reference to the work of PW Resistance Welding Products.

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Indian satellite welding benefits from electric actuation

Olsen has supplied a touch screen HMI solution complete with micro PLC connected to a Tritex linear actuator for satellite welding at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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Larger frame Exlar K90 actuator offers inline or parallel motor coupling

Olsen Engineering has launched the Exlar K90, a larger 90mm frame version of the K60 low cost electric “rolled” linear actuator, which employs satellite roller screw technology.

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Hydraulic actuation makes way for electric in defence and aerospace

At a recent conference hosted by Rolls Royce in Filton, the company revealed a roadmap that clearly defined its vision for both its marine and aircraft divisions for the next five years. This roadmap demonstrates a move away from hydraulic actuation and towards electromechanical actuation. Here Piers Olsen, of Olsen Engineering UK explains why this is a sensible choice for design engineers across the board.

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Integrated actuator provides simple all-in-one motion solution

Olsen Engineering has launched the new Exlar Tritex II DC TDM/X integrated actuator in the UK. Already available in AC rotary and linear versions, the new Tritex II can operate from 12V, 24V, 48V and 60V DC supplies in five different motion modes. It features an integrated energy efficient PM motor, high resolution position controller and amplifier as standard.

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Fractional gearmotors offer high torque from small package

Olsen Engineering UK has been appointed as sole UK distributor for fractional gearmotors by Bison Gear and Engineering. Offering high torque from a small package, Bison products feature quality gearing, including wider widths and smoother hobbing, which means they last longer than competing products even under adverse conditions.

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Hypoid gearmotor has improved carbon footprint, quiet operation and low backlash

Olsen Engineering UK has introduced the Bison PowerSTAR right-angle gearmotor, featuring new advanced hypoid gear technology with maximum power density. PowerSTAR also features a compact profile and ground gearing to provide whisper quiet operation and low backlash precision. Versatile mounting options allow engineers to easily upgrade installed drives, with IP-54 ingress protection as standard and an IP-65 option for harsh environments.

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Wind Tunnel Testing Equipment Upgraded with Exlar's GSM30 Actuator

Wind Tunnel Testing Equipment Upgraded with Exlar's GSM30 Actuator

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Daresbury offices for actuator specialist

Electric actuator supplier Olsen Engineering has opened additional offices in Daresbury, Warrington, with the aim of providing much better North West regional sales support. The company took on the extra offices, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, in February 2013.

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Exlar Corporation Announces

PROFINET-IO Now Available for Tritex II Actuators - Exlar is pleased to announce the implementation of PROFINET-IO with its Tritex II actuators to add to the list of available Ethernet communication options.

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Dukane Expands Ultrasonic Press Product Line with Exlar’s GSM Series Linear Actuators

Dukane Expands Ultrasonic Press Product Line with Exlar’s GSM Series Linear Actuators

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Electric actuators cost a tenth of the energy of pneumatics

Olsen Engineering UK, the exclusive UK distributor for actuator manufacturer

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Geared vs. Belt Parallel Drives on Linear Actuators

Customers occasionally raise questions regarding power transmission systems on actuators with an externally mounted motor, such as Exlar FT Series or K Series actuators. Often the first question is the most obvious; what is better, gears or belts?

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Damper Control for Paper Products Facilities

Damper Control for Paper Products Facilities

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Process Control - Hydraulic Actuator Comparison

In the process industry, hydraulic actuators are used primarily for applications where high force, high stiffness or high speeds are required. Applications with these criteria can now be ccomplished with an all electric solution from Exlar.

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Process Control - Traditional Electric Actuator Comparison

Traditional electric actuators use an electric motor and some form of gear train reduction to move the valve. Originally for on-off control, some of these mechanical systems have been modified for use in full modulating control, but with limited success.

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Mobile Equipment Industries & Applications

Increasingly, mobile equipment manufacturers for equipment used in agriculture, turf care, construction, marine and specialized utility applications are looking for more sustainable, energy efficient solutions while maintaining the power density and durability associated with traditional technologies.

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Injection Molding - Industries & Applications

For generations, hydraulic cylinders were the core pull devices selected by mold makers. But today, when it comes to creating the core pull actuation, the ideal electromechanical solution is provided by Exlar.

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Process Control - Pneumatic Actuator Comparison

The most common type of control valve actuator on the market today is the pneumatic diaphragm type.
Using compressed air as the force medium along with springs, the valve movement is based on air pressure.

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Process Control - Power Applications

In all power plant types, there is a continuing need for upgrading of existing final control elements. In many cases installed damper, valve and actuator designs are not able to provide the reliable performance or precise control required for plant operation.

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Electromechanical Actuation - A Benefit for Military Vehicle Design

Electromechanical Actuation ‐ A Benefit for Military Vehicle Design

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Aerial Fire Fighting

Speed and force were needed for the Evergreen Supertanker, or "water bomber," a modified Boeing 747 cargo jet designed to hold, transport and dump 24,000 gallons of fluid on large ground fires.

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Electric Actuators Bring Programmable Control to Injection Pumps and Samplers

Typical pneumatic injectors are single acting, positive displacement plunger-type pumps, powered by gas via a diaphragm. Speed control is accomplished by regulating the exhaust gas discharge flow. Volume is controlled by the speed of the pump and by the stroke length.

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Saudi Aramco Reduces Maintenance of Turbine with Exlar's GSX60 Actuators

Saudi Aramco Reduces Maintenance of Turbine with Exlar’s GSX60 Actuators

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Hamer, LLC Increases Control and Fill Rate with Exlar’s Tritex II AC Rotary Actuator

Hamer, LLC Increases Control and Fill Rate with Exlar’s Tritex II AC Rotary Actuator

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ThoroughTec Simulation Improves Mining Simulator with Exlar’s GSM20 Actuator

ThoroughTec Simulation Improves Mining Simulator with Exlar’s GSM20 Actuator

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Exlar’s Tritex Rotary Actuator Provides Simple Replacement for Stepper Motor

Xothermic Inc., located in Apopka, Florida, provides automation and controls for industrial oxy-fuel combustion applications. 

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Canfor Pulp Realizes More Consistent Control of Turbine Speed with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuator

Canfor Pulp Realizes More Consistent Control of Turbine Speed with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuator

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Exlar’s FT Series Actuator Performs in Class II Hazardous Location Environment

A coal gasification plant that produces natural gas for energy production and captures carbon dioxide for
storage. This plant also produces ingredients found in fertilizer and many chemicals used in various different industries such as refrigeration, solvents, and lighting.

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Medical Motion: Electric Actuation

Delivering an efficient, clean, and cost-effective motion control solution in medical applications.

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Integrated actuator provides simple all-in-one motion solution

Olsen Engineering has launched the new Exlar Tritex II DC TDM/X integrated actuator in the UK.

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Portland General Electric Reduces Environmental Risks with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuator

Portland General Electric Reduces Environmental Risks with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuator

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Circonix Technologies Reduces Material Wrinkling with Exlar GSX40s

Circonix Technologies, located in Ringwood, New Jersey, is an integrator and machine builder/remanufacturer in the web handling, converting, and extrusion industry.

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Seattle Chocolates Replaces Pneumatic Cylinders with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuators

Seattle Chocolates Replaces Pneumatic Cylinders with Exlar’s Tritex II Actuators