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SPONSOR: Bimba Manufacturing March 15, 2011 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Bimba Introduces New Electric Actuators >>

Bimba introduces its first ever rod-type electric actuator—the (OLE). Designed, built and tested to provide the greatest durability, highest speed and most thrust per dollar, Bimba's OLE actuators are ideal for applications requiring increased control and flexibility.

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Movable Housing Linear Slide >>

Bimba's Movable Housing Linear Slide is able to provide significant load carrying capability using a precision machined housing, guided by precision ground, case-hardened chrome plated shafts which are powered by Bimba's Original Line round line cylinders. This gantry style linear slide is available in 7 bore sizes.

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Bimba Original Line Cylinders >>

Since 1957, Bimba Original Line Cylinders have been the industry standard for economical, easy-to-use, stainless steel body air cylinders and have earned a reputation as hard-working, long-lasting performers. The benefits include unrivaled selection with more bore sizes and mounting styles than any other company.

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Pneumatic Isolation Valve Extends Air Prep Line >>

Pneumatic Isolation Valve (PIV Series) is available in nine sizes from 1/4" to 1-1/2" to help companies conform to OSHA and ANSI/PMMI standards. Many competitive models fail to comply with standards due to reduced-sized exhaust ports and designs that can be locked in a "partially on" condition.

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Try the Heavy-Duty T4 Thruster from Bimba >>

The Bimba T4 Thruster offers the same smooth actuation found in the original "T" series Thrusters. With four guide shafts instead of the typical two, this thruster achieves doubled load capacity and reduced deflection.

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Tips on plant safety

A recent survey by Aberdeen Group resulted in a white paper titled  "A roadmap for a safe and productive plant." After a few preliminary remarks about how cost cutting and increased throughput, important though they are, should never come at the expense of employee and process safety, the paper makes some good observations:

• The top pressures driving manufacturers to focus on safety was the need to be in compliance with safety mandates as well as mitigate the risks of an adverse event.

• To enable real change in the company culture, an organization needs to have a long-term vision for safety, and therefore needs to appoint an executive to execute this vision.

• Best-in-class companies are 28% more likely than their peers to have an executive sponsor driving the safety initiatives.

• Best-in-class manufacturers know that plant safety can't be managed in a siloed and independent manner but rather must be done holistically. All functional heads—safety, maintenance, production, corporate—get a seat at the table when it comes to improving safety on the plant floor.

• To effectively manage all the safety issues in manufacturing operations, organizations need to equip their employees with visibility to safety data. Best-in-class manufacturers are 43% more likely to have a centralized view of the data from the safety system and plant automation system. By having a centralized view of the data, machine operators are more alert to pending hazards on the plant floor.

• 47% of best-in-class companies are being progressive and are integrating their safety system with their plant automation system onto a single platform. A single platform means lower hardware costs, and reduced software and support costs, because the same software can be used and the operator can control both systems through a centralized portal.

Safety is also one of the key topics to be covered in the April 26 Packaging Automation Forum in Chicago.

NEW Automation Products

Software used to program dual line display meter

Red Lion's free Crimson® 2.0 software can now be used to simply program the company's dual line display panel meter, PAX2A. The PAX2A can now be programmed with both the easy front panel and simple mouse clicks and drop-down menus via the built-in USB port. Eight simple programming windows guide users through various parameters. The program file can be saved on a computer, facilitating easy recall at a later date. Users can also extract and save an existing program from a meter .... Read more

Capacitive proximity sensors

Balluff's economical Global.CProx line of capacitive proximity sensors reliably solve object and level detection applications. The Global.CProx family includes a wide array of tubular M12, M18 and M30 sensors available with either M12 connectors or pre-wired cables. Sensors offer reverse polarity and short circuit protection with enhanced EMC protection. Flush-mount versions can detect objects up to 15mm away, regardless of color, texture or material ... Read more

Intuitive touchscreen vision sensor

The iVu Plus touchscreen vision sensor from Banner Engineering stores up to 30 inspections and distinguishes among up to 10 patterns with a new sort sensor function. The iVu Plus uses Ethernet connectivity so that sensors can share inspection data directly with PLCs, PCs or other factory devices. Inspection setup is simple: configuration is accomplished through a menu-driven user interface, with no PC required. The iVu Plus family includes integrated touch screen TG and BCR (Bar Code Reader) models, as well as remote versions of both ... Read more

Safety interlock switch

The D40Z Safety Interlock Switch from Omron Scientific Technologies is a compact, non-contact interlock switch that delivers category 4 safety protection. Up to 15 D40Z switches may be combined with the programmable G9SP Safety Controller, enabling these compact IP67-rated units to be used in a variety of high-risk multi-door access applications. Designed for middle- to large-scale device applications. Designed for middle- to large-scale device applications.  Compact size allows OEMs to standardize across machine designs ... Read more

PLC for HVAC/R machines

Schneider Electric's Modicon M168 PLC uses flexible architectures, customized design and SoHVAC software to help OEMs and end users to remotely monitor energy consumption, machine shutdowns, and other problems, improving performance, optimizing costs, and speeding time-to-market for HVAC/R machines. The controller offers solutions for small/medium chillers, roof top units, refrigeration racks, and air handling units. .  Energy-savings features on the Modicon M168 PLC include: energy efficient application function blocks ... Read more

Compact controller for large robots

The IRC5 Compact, a controller from ABB Robotics, is now available on 6 models, including the IRB 360 FlexPicker, their high-speed pick-and-place robot. The controller now supports the IRB 120, IRB 140, IRB 260, IRB 360 FlexPicker™, IRB 1410 and IRB 1600 robot families, offering the benefits of a greatly reduced controller footprint and simplified commissioning to a wider range of applications.  Fully compatible with the standard and panel mount IRC5 controllers, providing the same ... Read more

Upcoming events:

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses' supply chains, from March 16-18.

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack Workshop Offered

Industry and technology expert Dave Chappell offers additional training for attendees to this year's Packaging Automation Forum. Gain a better understanding of the Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack™ concepts and their critical value to your operation. Discussion of PackML Implementation also included. Monday, April 25 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL
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