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Bimba Manufacturing
Introducing the Original Line Electric® Thruster
Introducing the original line electric® thruster
The newest addition to the electric motion control line provides the precision of the OLE, combined with the strength of the T/TE pneumatic thruster.
Bimba Manufacturing
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More Manifolds. More Applications. More Configurations.
More manifolds. More applications. More configurations
Pneumadyne has been an innovator in the design and manufacture of pneumatic and hydraulic manifolds for the past 35 years. With a wide selection of styles, materials and sizes, you’re sure to find a solution that’s right for you.
Pneumadyne, Inc.
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Bimba Presents Positioning Accuracy Webinar
Bimba presents positioning accuracy webinar
Watch the webinar, How Close is Close Enough: Pneumatic and Electric Actuation to Accomplish Positioning Accuracy, to learn more about the application considerations of pneumatic mechanical, electro-pneumatic and electric stepper/servo actuation and control for use in commercial and industrial process applications.
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We set the standard. Now we’ve doubled the life.
We set the standard. Now we’ve doubled the life
Clocking in at an industry-leading 3000+ miles of travel, the new blue & improved Bimba Original Line® cylinder is designed to leave the competition in the dust. This non-repairable, round body cylinder is also lubricated for life to ensure less hassle for the long haul. Register for a free sample.
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Fittings For Any Application
Fittings for any application
Pneumadyne’s has an extensive offering of barbed, threaded and push-to-connect fittings. Fittings are available with thread sizes ranging from 10-32 to 1/2 NPT as well as metric M3, M5 and M6. Barb sizes range from 1/16 to 3/8 Tube ID and push-in connections fit 1/8 through 3/8 Tube OD.
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NEW AUTOMATION PRODUCTS
Ethernet-enabled servo drive >>
Providing Ethernet IP, ProfiNet, EtherCat, Profibus, and DeviceNet networkability, Festo’s CMMP-AS-...-M3 servo drive delivers safe-off capabilities for faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime.
Festo Corporation
Power distributor box provides overload protection >>
Designed to provide durable energy management solutions that can withstand harsh industrial environments outside of electrical cabinets, the new EtherCAT EP9214 power distributor box from Beckhoff enables the local distribution and switching off of the power supply, providing the ability to supply up to four NEC class-2 circuits via typical M8 plug connectors.
Beckhoff Automation
Hygiene sensor >>
Suitable for harsh washdown environments in the food and beverage industry, the W4S-3 IP 69K-rated Hygiene Photoelectric Sensor from Sick eliminates bacteria growth in applications where food may become lodged in small grooves, crevices, or mounting holes.
Sick, Inc.
Interlock/cable-pull safety switches >>
AutomationDirect’s IDEM Interlock Safety Switches include tongue interlock and cable-pull safety switches: tongue operated safety interlock switches are designed to fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged, or lift-off machine guards, and provide positively operated switching contacts; and cable-pull, or grab-wire, safety rope switches are designed to be mounted on machines and sections of conveyors which cannot be protected by guards.
AutomationDirect
Noncontact direct-drive Z-axis nanopositioners >>
Offered in two models--ANT95-L-Z and ANT130-L-Z--and two accuracy grades, Aerotech’s ANT-L-Z crossed-roller, Z-axis, nanopositioning stages combine speed, accuracy, resolution, repeatability, reliability, and size, in a large travel format (25 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 60 mm travels), for mass production of precision devices.
Aerotech Inc.
Campbell Soup talks data acquisition

“From a corporate position we knew we didn’t want nine different solutions. We wanted a common solution that we could go forward with as one. So we brought together people from operations, industrial engineering, IT, and engineering, and we all agreed that the only smart way to proceed was to look for off-the-shelf software. We didn’t want custom code being written for us.”

That’s how Tom Braydich, director of controls and maintenance systems engineering at Campbell Soup Co., describes the collective mindset that drove the company’s search for a workable data acquisition solution. In talking about the “journey,” as he calls it, toward a solution that works, he emphasizes repeatedly that it was no easy task.

But it was a task well worth undertaking, as the benefits that have accrued over the years have been considerable.

Braydich will describe Campbell Soup’s data acquisition journey at The Automation Conference May 14-15 in Chicago. Here’s a sneak preview:

• We selected ZPI’s Enterprise Manufacturing Diagnostics suite partly because they were able to install their software from their offices in Canada. We didn’t have to make any changes to the existing HMI software we had in place at the time. And they satisfied all the criteria of the RFP.

• As with any tool—and it’s important to remember that that’s what this software is, a tool—you don’t gain the benefits of this software until you’ve been using it for awhile. So one problem we had in the early days was that the ops people were expecting this to be the goose that lays the golden egg. There was a temptation to think that this wonderful software was going to fix all of our problems almost by itself. But you have to go in and do a little digging yourself and address the issues that the software reveals.

• When we went to Kepware for a data connection to allow the information to flow from the PLCs into the data base, it helped a lot.

• We have daily direction setting meetings where plant employees meet at the beginning and ending of every shift and talk about performance and set goals. With the ZPI solution in place, they no longer have to have somebody gathering up all the information on paper. They just go to these 37-inch monitors and there it all is on the screen.

Joining Braydich on the program at The Automation Conference will be speakers from PepsiCo, General Mills, Baxter BioScience, Perrigo, and Coca Cola. There’s still time to register.

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