Pneumatic and Hydraulic Cylinders At Its Best!
On behalf of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), Greenco Corporation happily donated a number of different types of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders to the students of the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida. The donated cylinders will be used in fluid power courses, starting this semester. “We will be connecting these cylinders this semester and wiring in the reed switches that came with one of the cylinders. That will actually be used in the motor controls and PLC course work as well. So the donation was actually more valuable than just for fluid powers courses,” said Sam Ajlani, their Program Director of Engineering Technology. “We have some interesting plans moving forward…..Hopefully some conveyors are being donated so we can tie in the cylinders to move, transfer, and pick various widgets on the conveyor.” He continued, “Having the reed switches on the cylinder was great!”
The courses also involve disassembly, repair, and identifying the various parts of the cylinders, as well as using the manuals that Greenco provided. “I would like to say we love the formulas because we actually are using them to solve some simple problems,” Professor Ajlani said, referring to the engineering formulas in the Greenco catalog. Greenco provides those formulas because they are so useful in calculating a number of different aspects of a fluid power application, including force output, loading capabilities, and deceleration rates based on either the standard internal air cushions or the optional external shock absorber package.
It is exciting to think of how these donations are helping students attain better careers, and a better future for all of us. Greenco Corporation is glad to have helped make that a reality.