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The following articles are great technical references for basic knowledge about pneumatics and fluid power in general. Please check back as we publish additional articles. If you would like technical information more specific to our own miniature fluid power products, click here for our product selection guides

  The Basics of Compression Fittings - Compression fittings are commonly used in a variety of applications.  If you are considering using compression fittings in an application our white paper will help you with all the details you need to know from fitting selection to proper installation.


  Miniature Fitting Options - What they didn't teach you about fittings in engineering school! - At the beginning of a new project, engineers and designers are faced with many important decisions regarding the selection of components. As you would expect, the most complex components are selected first. The selection of relatively simple components, such as fluid power fittings, is often put off until the end of the design cycle. With limited time available to conduct research, even experienced designers and engineers can use help selecting the best type of fittings for their application.


  Pressure Regulators Design Selection is Key - Choosing the best pressure regulator for an application can become a daunting task. There are many different options and design styles available, and each has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. So how does one decide which one to use? Before specifying a regulator, it is important to consider the following parameters:



The Basics of Pressure Relief Valves - Pressure relief valves are commonly used to protect fluid systems from experiencing excessive pressures. They are designed to open at a preset pressure and discharge fluid until pressure drops to acceptable levels. To learn more about pressure relief valves take a look at Beswick Engineering's white paper.


  Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power - This article originally appeared on It covers the trend towards miniaturization in the fluid power industry as well as some trends that could shape the future of the industry.


  The Basics of Quick Disconnects - Are you considering a quick disconnect assembly for your current application?  Quick disconnects may seem simple at first glance, but there are some key factors you will want to consider when selecting the right configuration for your application.  The Basics of Quick Disconnects covers some design specifications you should consider and also provides a list of some common applications.  


  Materials Selection for Valves: Focus on the Application - Material Selection for Valves takes a look at pitfalls to avoid when selecting materials for precision applications.  It also highlights several applications stories where special materials were needed to avoid seal failure and corrosion.  If you must have the best possible performance for your system, this is a great resource.


  High Performance Materials Make Their Mark In Manufacturing - This article takes a look at the growing popularity of higher performance materials in the fluid power and pneumatics industry.  If you are working on a demanding fluid power application that requires specific chemical compatibility this is a good general reference for seal materials and metals that are becoming more available.


  The Basics of Pressure Regulators - Do you need to specify a pressure regulator for a new project but you are unfamiliar with all of the choices available?  This article covers all of the parameters you should know about the function and installation of pressure regulators.


  No "Elbow" Room? Ultra-Miniature Pneumatic Elbow Fitting Fits Critical Medical Product To A "Tee" - This article about space saving fittings takes a look into how Beswick Engineering designed a series of smaller and more compact elbow fittings.  As space saving became more important in portable and compact devices, the fittings needed to shrink to meet the designer's goals.


  Miniature Fittings Enhance Airline Beverage Service - Want to see how Beswick products can contribute to your success?  This article takes a look at an application story where the weight and space saving of miniature fittings made critical improvements to a design.