2011 Grand Fondo

Congratulations to Tim Skeans for his participation in the 2011 RBC Vancouver to Whistler Grand Fondo. 7,000 riders take to the highway, riding from downtown Vancouver to Whistler mountain. This 140km ride with elevation gains of 2,400 meters is a real challenge for mind and body. This is the 2nd year of the event and Tim's 2nd time completing this challenge.

Application Tip: Reducing Bounce

Working in Applications Engineering we receive a lot of “what if?” or “what about?” style questions. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at 3-position rotary actuators. Customers, as well as PHD, like utilizing these units for their versatility in automation applications.

The one problem with a 3-position unit is the bounce at mid-position with loads at the upper end of the kinetic energy range on specified units. This bounce comes from the compressibility of air. Normally this isn’t a problem in many applications, but there are customers that do not like the visual perception while units settle to the mid-position. Here are a couple of suggestions that can provide a solution.

The first is to have a single valve on each full rotation position and one on the mid-position. When moving to the mid-position, energize all three valves. This method limits the bounce considerably.

Another option would be to incorporate a spring loaded shot pin at the mid-position, using cylinder with external support to extend before rotating to the mid-position.

PHD also offers 3-position air/oil tandem rotary actuators. Customers still have the flexibility of using pneumatics to drive the unit and the control of hydraulic fluid. With fluid not being compressible, this reduces the mid-position bounce considerably.

We hope this helps for the next time you are asked about using a 3-position rotary on future applications.

Courtesy of Malachi Huber, PHD Inc.

SKEANS New Image

SKEANS is proud to present its new and improved company website and logo! For years SKEANS has always been a recognizable brand, with our clients always identifying with our famous green “S”. When customers saw this they knew they were getting quality customer service, unmatched expertise, and products they could rely on.

So why change something that isn’t broken?

In today’s day and age, moving forward and keeping ahead of that competitive edge means adapting to a constantly changing environment, and looking good while doing it. Customers have become more demanding, and expect quality service to be at their fingertips… literally. Creating and maintaining an online presence has become so important that companies who have failed to realize this too late, are no longer around.

SKEANS knows the importance of providing our services and products in the most convenient and efficient way possible, and for the past few months SKEANS has been developing our new company website along with an online marketing campaign.  As Western Canada’s leader in pneumatic and electrical automation, we want everybody to know about us!

Our new website has been organized and set up so that the customer should be able to find the specific product they are looking for in 3 clicks. We’ve added improved SEO tactics to drive the most qualified traffic to the new website, and added new resources to help companies learn more about the unique services we offer and how they can save customer’s money.

To top it all off, SKEANS gave a modern ‘facelift’ to the company logo. SKEANS realized that changing the iconic “S” would never work, and decided it was best to utilize a strong brand reputation. The new font adds a sleek and forward moving look, which signifies SKEANS commitment to moving forward with all its customers and their projects. We dropped the tagline to indicate that SKEANS is one unified organization, one giant family, regardless of its numerous locations and divisions. Gradient coloring was added to the SKEANS “S” to create depth and give it that eye-catching look. A modern look tied in with the proven SKEANS brand that represents 40+ years of consistency, quality, customer service, and expertise.

In the ‘Resources’ tab you can find all of SKEANS new marketing collateral that has been re-designed to meet our customers needs and to match our new image.

We hope you enjoy using the new website, and look forward to hearing from you soon!

FPDA Conference

Skeans will be attending the fall FPDA conference and meeting Sept 6th - 9th in Scottsdale, AZ

MAC Global Distributor Meeting

Once again this year SKEANS’ technical sales force will be attending the annual 4-day meeting Sept 15th - 18th. This meeting assembles the MDN global sales force to discuss new products, new markets, and successful solutions to customer challenges. SKEANS’ team of 10 sales professionals will bring back ideas from networking, application demonstrations and roundtables to help our customers be more productive and profitable. Please call your local SKEANS’ branch and ask our representative what they learned to help you.

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