Virtual Engineer Tool: Magically Simplify Your Pneumatic Cylinder Design for Industrial Automation

True Statement: Engineers are your everyday magicians.

Generally speaking, they make more quality widgets, for less. (Plus, extend equipment life, increase performance, improve cycle rates, etcetera, etcetera.)

Sounds complicated, mysteriously vague and yet – intriguing. The pursuit of solving industrial challenges prompt these everyday wizards to produce precisely engineered feats of grandeur…A glamorized account of what they do – but still depicts a day in the life of your typical Engineer.

For instance, take pneumatic cylinder design for industrial automation. A straight forward and simple task…Or is it…? (cue eye brow raises, staring and alluring magic hand waving)

The pneumatic cylinder design conundrum

At first glance, pneumatic systems are simple, durable, fairly easy to install/maintain and affordable solutions in industrial environments. Varying payloads can be pushed, pulled, lifted, lowered or rotated for your use case.

However, pneumatic cylinder design calculations can be intensive and time-consuming. You’ve got to consider a bunch of parameters like load, force factor, speed, sequencing plus different types, sizes, and valves for every custom scenario you can think of.

And that translates into the company bean counter moving more beans to the left and not looking too happy about it.

Which brings an Engineer to the million-dollar question: How can I simplify the pneumatic cylinder design workflow and accurately identify a cylinder as quickly as possible?

Million-dollar answer: Use the Virtual Engineer Tool by Parker®

Sounds intriguing – What can the Virtual Engineer Tool do?

For one thing, it cuts down the complexity of the cylinder design process, which off the bat reduce$ engineering hour$.

The Virtual Engineer Tool will also run pneumatic cylinder design calculations for you – just tell it your specific criteria and requirements and Voila! You’ve got options. Within a matter of minutes, not hours.

And last – but certainly not least – Virtual Engineer accurately identifies cylinder options so you can choose one with confidence. Engineering time constraints will be lifted and the pressure of over-specifying a cylinder to avoid underperformance – gone.

So…How does it work?

The Virtual Engineer Tool takes you through an easy 5 step process:

  1. Define Your Operating Parameters – Input pressure, temperatures & tube lengths
  2. Select Your Application Type – Choose between a Spanned, Cartilevered or Stopper
  3. Determine Actuator Orientation – Put in the XYZ Axis, Roll & Pitch
  4. Add-In Your Motion Details – Set required life, extend/retract times, dwell, cycles & operating time
  5. Add External Forces – Add in any external forces & moments

Just fill in all your data inputs and the Virtual Engineer Tool will provide a quote with the correct part number and a custom generated CAD that you can share with co-workers and outside vendors in minutes!

Visual Learner? Watch a demo!

We can relate. That’s why our very own Chris Schatteman, PHI Pneumatic Business Unit Manager, did a pretty in-depth webinar on the Virtual Engineer’s true value with a demo using a real-world application.

Watch A Virtual Engineer Demo By Chris Schatteman | Progressive Hydraulics, Inc.

Watch The Virtual Engineer Demo (Scroll to 4:05)

And The Big Reveal…

The Virtual Engineer Tool truly is an Engineer’s trusty magical assistant.

Start simplifying your workflow and try it out – see how the tool solves pneumatic cylinder design challenges in minutes!

Want to order actuators or pneumatic cylinders? Email!

PHI Team

Reporting & discussing everything Fluid Power from Hydraulics, Fluid Connector & Pneumatics

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