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SPONSOR: Bimba manufacturing April 14, 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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ODVA announces machinery initiative

ODVA has launched a Machinery Initiative designed to improve the integration of machinery with the industrial manufacturing ecosystem.
ODVA is an international association comprising members from the world’s leading automation companies. Collectively, ODVA and its members support network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP). These currently include the network adaptations of CIP—EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, and ControlNet—and major application extensions to CIP—CIP Safety, CIP Motion, and CIP Sync. ODVA manages the development of these open technologies and assists manufacturers and users of CIP Networks through tools, training, and marketing activities.
Through this new Machinery Initiative, ODVA will develop a comprehensive and open interoperability framework that will help machine builders drive innovation and productivity improvements for end users. ODVA’s open approach to its framework will include alliances with other vendor-neutral standards development organizations, starting with SERCOS International and OPC Foundation, to foster cross-collaboration on topics of mutual interest for machinery applications.
“ODVA embraces an open and inclusive approach to innovation in information and communication technology for OEM machinery,” says Katherine Voss, executive director ODVA. “ODVA looks forward to collaboration with its members as well as increased dialogue with other open standards development organizations for the benefit of both vendors and users.”
End users are increasingly relying on machine builders to provide the functionality needed to integrate machines with overall production processes and the enterprise. Research into the OEM machinery market identified key areas where focus on an open interoperability framework can provide this functionality. These areas include machine optimization—which includes application areas related to safety, energy and motion—as well as connectivity; information exchange; and device definition and configuration.
Building on the existing collaboration between ODVA and SERCOS International (SI) in the area of functional safety, SI has agreed to participate with ODVA as an alliance partner in its Machinery Initiative. “The cooperation with ODVA and the joint support of CIP Safety has created substantial technical and market synergies for the safety network community,” says Peter Lutz, managing director at SI. “These positive experiences are what convinced SI to expand its collaboration with ODVA.”
As a standard development organization for SCADA systems, the OPC Foundation is excited about participation as an ODVA alliance partner. “Focus on this interoperable framework will provide guidance to machine builders on designing equipment for superior connectivity, helping end-user customers access data from their machinery and correlate it with data derived from their control, SCADA, and MES systems,” says Thomas J. Burke, president and executive direct of OPC Foundation.
As its first action in its Machinery Initiative, ODVA has formed a task force to identify key milestones to ensure the appropriate input is received from machine builders on the process. The initiative will encompass technical work by the organization, as well as workshops with its alliance partners to identify initial areas of cross collaboration.
“End users seek integration and connectivity of their plantwide systems to all their key assets, especially OEM-machinery, in order for their production and enterprise applications to measure and better understand what is happening in their manufacturing processes, helping to cut costs and increase productivity,” according to Craig Resnick, research director at ARC Advisory Group. “ODVA’s Machinery Initiative will enable end users to access data previously hidden in their machines by eliminating technical barriers, then leveraging this data into actionable information that can be used to provde business value, such as overall equipment effectiveness and other key performance indicators.”

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