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Bimba Acquires Pneumadyne, Inc.
Bimba acquires Pneumadyne, Inc.
Bimba announced August 1, 2012, the completion of its acquisition of Pneumadyne, Inc., an innovative manufacturer of pneumatic components and control systems.
Pneumadyne, Inc.
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We Traveled 3,000 Miles
We traveled 3,000 miles
Visit Bimba’s YouTube page to see where our hosts Sheila & Alex traveled on their 3,000 mile coast-to-coast road trip introducing the new OL to Bimba distributors.
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New MFD Extruded Thrusters
New MFD Extruded Thrusters
The new MFD Extruded Thrusters are a rugged, guided actuator with a cylinder integral to the thruster block. The sleek body incorporates switch mounting for a clean, space-efficient package. Actuators are in stock and ready to ship.
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Introducing the New Original Line® Cylinder
Introducing the new Original Line® cylinder
Clocking in at an industry-leading 3000+ miles of travel and featuring the famous blue logo, the blue & improved Bimba Original Line® cylinders are lubricated for life to ensure less hassle for the long haul. Register for a free sample.
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Solid-state motor controller >>
Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley SMC-50 smart motor controller provides a more economical alternative to drives and more advanced control than across-the-line starters, and includes a newly-designed three-phase, fully solid-state, silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) power structure.
Rockwell Automation
Scalable servo drive-based motion solutions >>
Delivering up to 128 axes of complex, fully programmable and synchronized motion, the AKD PDMM and AKD BASIC servo drive family from Kollmorgen provide high-performance, scalable motion solutions that enable OEMs to simplify the design, reduce the size, and improve the performance of machines.
Gearmotors >>
The next generation of Bodine’s type E and F gearmotors, the 42A5-FX is a completely redesigned permanent magnet DC (PMDC) parallel shaft gearmotor that provides up to 40% more torque than previous E/F models.
Multi-wire connectors >>
Designed to maintain reliable electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress, AutomationDirect’s expanded line of its ZIPport multi-wire connectors and accessories now includes 10A, 16A, and 32B connector sizes, in addition to 3A, 6B, 10B, 16B, and 24B sizes.
Encoder for robotics, small-footprint servos >>
The Heidenhain EBI 1135 absolute inductive rotary encoder provides multi-turn ability in a very small package with an overall length of less than 13mm, and a 37mm O.D.
Heidenhain Corp.
Quantifying the growth of industrial Ethernet-based automation components

Moore Chart

It should come as no big surprise that Fieldbus protocols are losing ground as makers of industrial automation components increasingly offer Ethernet as standard on their devices.

But it’s always useful to see such shifts quantified, and that’s what HIS Inc. has done in a recent study called “The world market for Industrial Ethernet and Fieldbus technologies—2013 edition.” The chart accompanying this piece captures the key results of the study:

• Compound annual growth rate of Ethernet-based automation components was 16.4% in 2012 and is projected to be 15% in 2016.

• CAGR of Fieldbus-based automation components was 8.5% in 2012 and is projected to be about 9% in 2016.

• When it comes to market share, in 2012 about 73% of automation components were Fieldbus-based, but by 2016 just 69% of automation components will be Fieldbus-based.

“Automation components that are Fieldbus-based obviously have their place today,” says Tom Moore, an IHS analyst. “But in 10 or 15 years, industrial Ethernet will be the dominant networking technology in industrial environments, and almost all components will offer Ethernet connectivity as standard. As manufacturers look at the question of replacing industrial Fieldbus with Ethernet, the advantages have to be weighed against the cost. If you’re looking at a legacy plant, it’s probably not as attractive as a greenfield plant. But there are major advantages in switching to Ethernet. You can reduce your overhead and downtime, and you can simplify and unify your IT system, so that from the enterprise level right down to the factory floor you can have the same IT equipment and the same Ethernet protocol can be used, or a number of Ethernet protocols working together.”

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