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SPONSOR: Bimba Manufacturing October 18, 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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Global machine production up

The year 2011 is set to be a record year for worldwide machinery production, including packaging machinery. Production will record an aggregate 10.2 percentage growth, according to IMS Research, a leading independent provider of market research and consultancy.

The IMS report, titled "Machine Production Yearbook—2011," further points to the fact that this trend is predicted to continue through to 2014.

The machine sector was among the hardest hit by the economic downturn, and given the long-lead nature of the business, it was also one of the last to suffer. However, according to the IMS report, worldwide production of machinery is set to eclipse its previous record, set back in 2008.

"The latest indicators are that growth is slowing slightly from the highs seen last year — hardly surprising when you consider the magnitude of the bounce back seen in 2010 — but there still appears to be solid growth on last year. This should of course be encouraging news. However, when output is considered on a regional basis, the contrast is striking," says Andrew Robertson, Market Analyst, IMS Research.

Output from Asia-Pacific declined in 2009, but not to the extent as in Europe and the Americas; and while Japan's output plunged in 2009, China and India continued to see growth. But helped by tremendous growth in Japan in 2010, Asia Pacific comfortably surpassed its 2008 levels last year, and looks set to continue its strong performance.

In the Americas, where machinery output is still dominated by North America, the decline in 2009 was more severe, and the subsequent recovery more gradual. That said, the recovery has been such that 2011 is predicted to be a record year for machinery production.

Meanwhile, the 2009 downturn in Europe was more severe than in the other two regions, and recovery has been more varied. Although Germany's upturn has been fairly strong, the plight of others such as Spain, Greece and Portugal has been widely documented. As such, IMS Research does not anticipate that machinery production in Europe will surpass the pre-recession level until after next year.

NEW Automation Products

LED lighting units for harsh environments

IDEC's IP69K-rated, LF1D LED lighting units can be used in environments requiring a high degree of protection from dust, and high-pressure and high-temperature spray-downs. These compact LED light strips are said to be the brightest in their class ... Read more

Rotational measurement sensors

PMI360DV Rotational Measurement Sensors with analog output from Pepperl+Fuchs can be user-configured to provide from 0 to 360 degree sensing to satisfy a wide range of rotational position and angular measurement needs. Available in 3 models, PMI360DV angular measurement sensors enable users to set the measurement range ... Read more

Affordable vision system for food, beverages

Festo's compact vision system SBOC-Q combines a master controller, sensor interfaces, and various drives while still achieving 100% quality monitoring simply and affordably. The SBOI-Q and the optoelectronic gap sensor SOEG-RTD ensure seamless monitoring of an entire production ... Read more

High-strength AC motors

Oriental Motor's high-strength V-Series AC motors offer twice the torque as conventional AC motors at a reduced cost. These high-strength motors use a special tooth-surface machining technology combined with an optimized quiet-running design ... Read more

Actuating drive features shortened cycle times

Designed for decentralised positioning tasks, the compact, intelligent AG05 actuating drive from SIKO easily carries out automatic adjustment of formats, stops, tools and valves as well as many other comparable positionings. The AG05 can be flexibly integrated into various machine concepts: the easy start-up by a 2-line ... Read more

Machine control reinvented

A new class of controller from Omron Industrial Automation called Machine Automation Controller (MAC) integrates multiple, specialized controllers to deliver high-performance throughput on a single controller. Motion, logic, sequence, vision, operator safety, and RFID tracking may be integrated ... Read more

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