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Aventics announces acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology

Aventics increases its product portfolio to create a strong base on the global market for electric actuators.

Vector Horizon Technology, LLC develops clean energy systems with a focus on emission control systems and advanced mechatronic devices

The company is located in the Center for Research and Development of the Western Kentucky University which reflects the smart and entrepreneurial spirit of VHtek.

Lexington, Kentucky, Recently Aventics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components and systems, announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialists will further strengthen their position in the global commercial vehicles business.

Aventics makes a move to expand its business beyond pneumatics in order to offer the market both pneumatic and electronic systems and components in response to customer demands. The internationally operating Aventics Group has announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology, a technology company leading innovation in advanced mechatronics primarily for the global truck industry but also covering other areas of Aventics global sectors and market. The company focuses on engine emissions technologies and develops electric actuators, valves, emissions controls, and other components to increase efficiency and reduce emissions.

The business of VHtek is defined as the management of design, research, development, prototyping of products and applications around the electro-mechanical actuation and electro-hydraulic actuation including air valves such as Exhaust Gas Recirculation (“EGR”) valves, exhaust flap valves, and backpressure valves mainly for application on medium and large engines.

This business and technology will primarily support further development of Aventics’ commercial vehicle sector. In addition, VHtek technologies and the increased R&D capacities provided by the owners and employees of VHtek, will further benefit Aventics core sectors such as Industrial Automation, Life Sciences, Energy, Food & Beverage, and Railway Technologies.

Aventics Corporation, Lexington (USA) acquired the business of VHtek beginning of March 2017. The CEO of VHtek, Mr. Jon Bigley, is already part of the Aventics organization and has taken over the important role of Global Sector Head Commercial Vehicles. In this role he will further strengthen Aventics commercial vehicles business.

“With this acquisition we are increasing our impact in the commercial vehicles sector, and complementing our existing portfolio. The products and services of VHtek match well with our pneumatic components and systems. Together we will be a stronger partner for our worldwide customers,” said Mr. Paul Cleaver, CEO of Aventics. “As the global demand for energy-efficient products increases, Aventics together with VHtek will master the technological challenges that face our customers and provide them with competitive solutions for their future requirements”, stated Mr. Cleaver.

"VHtek and its employees are excited to be taking this next step in joining Aventics. This solidifies us as one company to achieve our common goals of providing our customers with the necessary technology and best value. Furthermore, our collective desire is to grow our business and establish a strong and lasting position across sectors in our diverse markets.” concluded Mr. Bigley.

 

SCHUNK Receives Hermes Award at Hannover Messe

The Hermes Award, one of the world’s most coveted technology prizes for innovation,
was awarded to SCHUNK last week, during the opening of the Hannover Messe by the
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel!

Henrik A. Schunk, the Managing Partner of SCHUNK, was there to receive the award
from the German Federal Minister for Education, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka.

The prize was awarded for SCHUNK’s Co-act Gripper JK1, the world’s first intelligent
gripping module for human/robot collaboration.

SCHUNK is a leading supplier for technology equipment of robots and production.
At the Hannover Messe, SCHUNK will present numerous live applications and will show
robot handling in a smart factory.

 

Galland Henning Nopak Names President, Chief Engineer

Expanded Management Team Announced as Manufacturer Marks 130th Anniversary of Robust, Custom-Engineered Solutions and Exceptional Customer Service
FRANKLIN, WI – Galland Henning Nopak, Inc., the world’s most experienced manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic valves and cylinders, today announced the appointment of two executives: Brian Sternberg as President and Sudarashan Sharma as Chief Engineer. The announcement of the management team expansion comes as the privately-held, fourth generation family business celebrates its 130-year anniversary in 2017.

“Brian Sternberg is a proven leader with an exceptional track record in the fluid power industry,” said Heath A. Nunnemacher, owner and director. “Brian’s sales leadership, in combination with key technical skills in fluid power, is an ideal fit for leading the company as we continue our unrivaled 130-year legacy of delivering proven, custom-engineered solutions for our customers.”

Sternberg, who joined Galland Henning Nopak in 2014 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, brings more than 17 years of experience in fluid power technology. Sternberg was previously Director of Sales for Tobul Accumulator, Inc., and Inside Sales Manager and National Accounts Representative for the Hedland Division of Racine Federated, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, an Associate Degree in Fluid Power Technology from Gateway Technical College and a Professional Certificate in Industrial Distribution from Purdue University. Sternberg served as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army National Guard, including one tour in Iraq from 2005 – 2007.

With over 20 years in mechanical engineering management, design and development of mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, Sharma is responsible for management of all engineering at Galland Henning Nopak, including product design and development. Prior, Sharma held engineering management roles including for The Oilgear Company and Eaton. Sharma is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Master of Engineering Management from Duke University and a M.S. Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Galland Henning Nopak leverages over a century of proven engineering expertise to provide robust, custom-engineered solutions and exceptional customer service for the fluid power and scrap recycling industries. For more information, visit www.nopak.com/about/.

About Galland Henning Nopak
Galland Henning Nopak, Inc. has been a pioneer in manufacturing since 1887. As a privately-held, fourth-generation family business, Galland Henning Nopak is the world’s most experienced manufacturer of high-density balers and hydraulic and pneumatic valves and cylinders. The company is a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and a founding member of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA). Leveraging over a century of proven engineering expertise, Galland Henning Nopak offers robust, custom-engineered solutions, delivered with exceptional customer service from America’s Midwest. To learn more, visit www.nopak.com.

 

Fabco-Air, Inc. Acquires the Humphrey Cylinder Product Line

Gainesville, Florida – Fabco-Air, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Humphrey Stainless Steel, Disposable Cylinder product line! This also includes the Humphrey Volume Chamber product line as well as all relevant cylinder accessories.

The transition of the product line to Fabco-Air, Inc. will begin on December 16, 2016.

For more information about this product line or any of Fabco-Air’s products, call (352) 373-3578 or visit www.fabco-air.com.

Fabco-Air, Inc.
3716 NE 49th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 373-3578
www.fabco-air.com
service@fabco-air.com

 

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab Tests and Compares Blowoff Products

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blowoff products such as air nozzles, air knives and air guns. Companies can ship these items to EXAIR where one of our qualified engineers will perform tests using calibrated, NIST traceable testing equipment. The performance of the supplied product (air consumption, effectiveness, noise levels and efficiency) will be compared to that of the appropriate EXAIR Intelligent Compressed Air® product. The results will be published in a comprehensive report that includes a cost savings analysis. There is no charge for this service (available to customers in U.S. and Canada only). EXAIR will pay the return shipping via UPS ground upon returning your product(s).

EXAIR Corporation manufactures compressed air products that can help improve blowoff efficiency, save money and solve process problems. Installation of an EXAIR product will typically pay for itself in a matter of weeks. All of EXAIR’s blowoff products are CE compliant and meet OSHA standards for pressure and noise exposure.
For more information contact:

EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621
Phone: (800) 903-9247
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/efflab.htm

 

Festo Names Two New Distributors in Colorado

HAUPPAUGE, NY, - Festo today named two new distributors in Colorado – MSI Tec and ProWest Pneumatics and Supply, Englewood. Festo is one of the world’s leading suppliers of pneumatic and electric motion actuation components and subassemblies. The company is recognized for the breadth of its product lines, the number of industries served, trailblazing engineering, and the unsurpassed performance of Festo-based solutions.

 
For more than 25 years, MSI Tec has played an integral role in the design, building, installation, and support of thousands of automation systems. MSI Tec specializes in precision motion control, intelligent machine control and operator interface systems, device networking for remote monitoring and control, computing and networking systems, both industrial and collaborative robotics, sensing technologies, and machine safety. MSI personnel provide help with product selection, engineering, programming, installation, and product training.


ProWest Pneumatics and Supply offers industrial customers in the Rocky Mountains a one-stop-shop for pneumatic components and power/controlled tools. ProWest customers are involved in building automated machines and systems, plant maintenance and operation, light assembly, material handling, transportation, and oil and gas generation. The company’s experienced staff offers technical solutions from complete assembly setup to pre-engineered automation design. ProWest also specializes in replacement or crossover for hard to find components.


“The best distributors in automation today have advanced parts stocking and distribution systems in place as well as the engineering expertise to help customers quickly identify optimum solutions,” said Mark Snyder, Head of Festo US Distribution. “These distributors invest in training their personnel and instilling a culture of service. MSI Tec and ProWest Pneumatics and Supply exemplify these qualities.”
For more information on Festo: www.festo.us, 800-993-3786; MSI Tec: http://www.msitec.com, 866-397-7388; and ProWest Pneumatics and Supply: www.prowestair.com, 303-936-9600.

 

Vaccon Company Achieves ISO 9001:2008
Quality Management System Certification

Vaccon Company, a U.S. manufacturer of air-powered venturi vacuum pumps, is proud to announce that we have received ISO 9001:2008 certification for the design, manufacture and sales of our vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, end-of-arm-tooling product lines and related engineering services. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized series of Quality Management System standards recognized in over 170 countries.

By becoming officially ISO 9001:2008 certified, Vaccon demonstrates its commitment to providing customers with innovative, reliable products, superior customer service and technical support, guided by a management system built on integrity, quality and continuous improvement.

Ellen Ferri, Vaccon’s President: “Customer satisfaction has always been Vaccon’s number one priority. Though recently certified, the ISO standards have been the basis for Vaccon’s internal Quality Management System for many years. Certification is especially important to Vaccon’s strategic business plan as we continue to expand our business in the worldwide marketplace.”

Vaccon’s ISO 9001:2008 certification was made possible through a grant from MassMEP (massmep.org), a partnership of government, business, and academic leaders dedicated to the growth and success of Massachusetts manufacturers through a variety of programs, services and financial assistance.

 

Bimba Announces Acquisition of Intek Products

University Park, IL – July 1, 2015 – Bimba, an industry-leading innovator of actuation technology, today announced the acquisition of Intek Products of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999, Intek develops mechanical automation products and solutions for both single-axis and multi-axis coordinated electric motion. Intek’s products are extensively used for linear positioning, robotic applications, pick & place mechanisms and gantry systems.

“This acquisition will significantly enhance Bimba’s electric actuator offering and extend our commitment to offer our customers a choice of complete pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion options,” says Pat Ormsby, President of Bimba.

 

Festo presents the latest projects from the Bionic Learning Network

Natural models provide fresh inspiration in automation technology
Networked and collective behaviour – these are the key characteristics of the projects that Festo will present at the Hannover Messe 2015.
 
Networked and with collective behaviour – these are the key characteristics of the projects that the engineers from the Bionic Learning Network will present for the first time at the Hannover Messe 2015. Along with the BionicANTs, artificial ants with cooperative behaviour, this year’s flight objects, the eMotionButterflies, also demonstrate what networking means for Festo. The presentation is rounded off with the FlexShapeGripper, designed on the natural model of the chameleon’s tongue.

 

This year’s projects from the Bionic Learning Network illustrate in an entertaining way how individual systems can use communication to merge into an intelligent overall system – but also how the real and virtual worlds can grow together and what role decentralised systems intelligence plays in this process. This gives rise to insights for the flexible, transformable factory of the future.

 

BionicANTs – cooperation based on the behaviour of ants

 

The technology carrier BionicANTs uses the cooperative behaviour of ants as a model. Engineers from Festo used complex regulation algorithms to transfer the behaviour of these insects to the world of technology: just like their models from nature, the BionicANTs cooperate in accordance with clearly defined rules. This enables the BionicANTs to react autonomously to different situations as individual units, to coordinate their behaviour with each other and to act as a networked overall system. By pushing and pulling in a coordinated manner, they shift loads that one ant could not move alone. All actions are based on a distributed catalogue of rules that was devised in advance by means of mathematical model-building and simulations and is programmed into each ant. The individual insects are thus able to make decisions autonomously, while nevertheless subordinating themselves to the common aim; each ant thus contributes its share to solving the task at hand.

 

The required exchange of information between the ants is effected via the radio modules in their torsos. The regulation strategy comprises a multi-agent system, in which the participants have equal rights. With the 3D stereo camera in their heads, the ants recognise an object to be grasped and can determine their own locations. The BionicANTs’ cooperative behaviour and decentralised intelligence open up interesting prospects for the factory of tomorrow. Future production systems will be based on intelligent components that can flexibly adapt to different production scenarios and process orders from the superordinate control level.

 

A novel application of 3D MID technology

However, not only the cooperative behaviour of the artificial ants is fascinating. Their manufacturing process is also unique: for the first time, laser-sintered components are subsequently fitted with visible circuit structures in the so-called 3D MID process. The electrical circuitry is attached to the outer surface of the components, which thereby assume both a structural and an electrical function.

 

Grasping and walking by means of piezo technology

The BionicANTs are fitted with piezo-ceramic bending transducers in their mouthparts for gripping objects, and also for their leg movements. The piezo elements can be very precisely and rapidly controlled; they are energy-efficient and practically wear-free – and all this within a very small installation space. When the upper bending transducer is deformed, the ant raises its leg. With the lower pair, each leg can be precisely moved forward or backwards.

 

eMotionButterflies – ultra-lightweight flying objects with collective behaviour 

 

The aesthetically appealing bionic butterflies likewise illustrate complex topics from the world of future production such as functional integration, ultra-lightweight construction and above all real time-optimised networked communication between individual systems. The eMotionButterflies vividly demonstrate how the virtual and real worlds can grow together.

 

Coordinated flying thanks to indoor GPS 

An external, well-networked guidance and monitoring system coordinates the individual flying objects autonomously and safely in three-dimensional space. The communication and sensor technology used constitutes an indoor GPS system that controls the butterflies’ collision-free collective movement. The combination of integrated electronics and external camera technology with a host computer ensures process stability. To emulate the flight behaviour of their natural models as closely as possible, the artificial butterflies are fitted with integrated electronics. These control the wings precisely and individually to effect the rapid flight movements. A human pilot is not required to control the eMotionButterflies. Pre-programmed flight paths for the bionic butterflies’ manoeuvres are stored on the host computer. By means of additionally stored behaviour patterns, however, they can also fly autonomously. In this case, there is no direct communication between the eMotionButterflies. In devising the control system for the artificial butterflies, the developers benefited from their knowledge gained with the projects involving the BionicOpter and the eMotionSpheres. The indoor GPS was already used for the hovering spheres and was further developed for the eMotionButterflies with regard to the image rate of the cameras.

 

Industry 4.0 at HANNOVER MESSE: discovering possibilities, grasping opportunities and making the right investments

Hannover, Germany. Workpieces capable of navigating factories on their own. Factory employees working hand-in-hand with robotic colleagues. Plant and machinery which can immediately spot and automatically remedy errors as they occur. Products perfectly tailored to specific customer requirements. “This is the shape of things to come,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “And when the gates are open on HANNOVER MESSE 2015, we will all be several major strides closer to turning such visions into realities.”

Visitors to the world’s most important industrial technology show will be able to see how far industry has progressed towards the fully integrated factory. Köckler: “Hannover is the springboard for Industry 4.0 technologies that are set to revolutionize the manufacturing industries worldwide. Some 6,500 exhibitors will use HANNOVER MESSE to showcase state-of-the-art production and energy technologies, innovative industrial subcontracting solutions, and the latest advances in Industry 4.0 R&D. There’s a huge need for information among industrial decision-makers. Increasingly, the companies that get their products to market the quickest and hence stay ahead of the competition will be those which are able to form close networks with all stakeholders in their production processes. HANNOVER MESSE is the only trade fair that brings together all the various industries involved in these networks. It’s only fitting, then, that the lead theme for this year’s show should be ‘Integrated Industry – Join the Network!’”

Among much else, visitors at HANNOVER MESSE will witness fully functional digitally networked production plants as they manufacture products before their eyes. “For the first time, there will be a host of ready-to-install Industry 4.0 solutions to choose from, which shows that ‘integrated industry’ is a living, breathing reality,” Köckler added. Another key highlight at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 will be robots that can work alongside humans without the need for any protective barriers or cages. Köckler: “A major part of the Industry 4.0 technology lineup is a new generation of robotic ‘co-workers’ with highly developed visual and tactile senses. These machines can work right next to humans as part of a team and relieve them of physically taxing tasks.” 3D printing technology is also an integral part of the Industry 4.0 trend. At HANNOVER MESSE, visitors will see first-hand how additive manufacturing can be used to make and finish one-off products. Energy systems, too, are getting smarter. They have to, because only intelligent systems can coordinate electricity, gas and heating supply networks in a way that optimizes available capacity. Known as smart grid technologies, these types of systems also play a key role at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE.

But Industry 4.0 is not just about technology. The primary impact of changed work processes and new, data-centric business models will be on humans. Köckler: “In order for Industry 4.0 to be a success, it needs broad-based acceptance by trade unions, lawmakers and society in general.” At the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE, the German government and key German industry associations will jointly outline their strategy for achieving integrated production. “Germany’s industrial companies have come a long way with their Industry 4.0 research over the past two years and are now ready to put their findings into practice,” remarked Köckler. And so at HANNOVER MESSE on Tuesday, 14 April 2015, Germany’s Economics Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, will outline the nation’s industrial plans in the presence of about 300 invited guests.

India, one of the world’s most important up-and-coming economic powers, is the official Partner Country of this year’s HANNOVER MESSE. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is widely regarded in India as a champion of economic development and progress. His “Make in India” initiative aims to increase India’s attractiveness as a manufacturing location and to boost the competitiveness of Indian products. Companies that already have or plan to have manufacturing operations in India can learn more about the Modi government’s economic policy plans in Hannover. Together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will officially open HANNOVER MESSE 2015 on the evening of 12 April, before taking part in the traditional opening-day tour of the show on 13 April. Over 400 Indian companies are participating at this year’s fair. Their exhibits will have a strong focus on industrial subcontracting and energy technology.

“This year, HANNOVER MESSE is more international than ever before,” said Köckler. 56 percent of the 6,500 participating exhibitors come from outside Germany. China alone is fielding over 900 exhibitors, making it second only to Germany as the strongest exhibiting nation and putting it ahead of Italy, India and Turkey. Köckler: “Companies exhibit at HANNOVER MESSE to find new export markets. In the course of five days, they will meet trade visitors from 70 countries. No other fair worldwide can guarantee a comparable degree of international exposure.”

HANNOVER MESSE — Get new technology first!
The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 13 to 17 April 2015 and feature India as its official Partner Country. The central themes this year are Industrial Automation and IT, Power Transmission and Control, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Industrial Subcontracting, Production Engineering and Services and Research & Development.

Deutsche Messe AG
With revenue of 280 million euros (2014), Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s ten largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. In 2014, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 134 trade fairs and congresses around the world – events which hosted a total of over 41,000 exhibitors and some 3.6 million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading trade fairs as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA (biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Tec2You: interactive program to get young people interested in technology careers

Hannover. This April will see over 120 groups of senior high-school students from all over Germany head to HANNOVER MESSE 2015. They will be there to participate in Tec2You – a special in-show program designed for the dual purpose of getting young people interested in technology careers and helping industry to build its talent pipeline by exposing young people to industrial firms and topics at an early, formative stage. Tec2You is built on close cooperation with high-school teachers, selected exhibitors and partners. The concept was jointly developed by Deutsche Messe, the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This year, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, Dr. Johanna Wanka, is assuming patronage of Tec2You.

As part of Tec2You, participating schoolgoers can go on themed tours of HANNOVER MESSE. The tours will be led by a team of over 60 science and engineering students who have been given special training as guides. Each school class can pre-select its tour theme ahead of the show so that students arrive at HANNOVER MESSE fully prepared and ready to ask the right questions. During their tour, the students will meet technicians, engineers and young professionals. The 2015 tours are themed “Amazing Technology,” “Energy Technology,” “Automation Technology,” “Materials Engineering,” and “Power Transmission and Control Technology.” Tec2You also includes a special program for first-year vocational-school and university students, who will be able to participate, among much else, in guided tours on key themes such as “Integrated Industry”.

Before and after their tours, the young HANNOVER MESSE visitors will gather in the Tec2You area in the pavilions adjoining Hall 11, where they will be able to interact with various technology exhibits and discuss career options with representatives of companies and major industry associations.

One offering in the Tec2You area is a special showcase run by New Automation e.V. – a technology education venture founded in 2013 by the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI) in partnership with seven companies from Germany’s automation technology sector. New Automation’s mission is to facilitate innovation in technology education. Its showcase in the Tec2You area will feature hands-on workshops and experiments plus a range of real-world model teaching projects themed around automation technology.

The Tec2You display area will also house a stand operated by “Komm, mach MINT,” a nationwide initiative between Germany’s government, business, science and media sectors to attract more young women into STEM careers (“MINT” is the German equivalent of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The stand will feature the initiative’s highly popular “MINT-Box” – a digital installation complete with webcam, touch screen PC and keyboard that the young students can use to take photos and record personal statements about what science, technology, engineering and math mean to them.

Siemens will also be in the Tec2You area with an informative and interactive display on its various training and career opportunities for young people. The display includes a game in which the young students can try their hand at various tasks along a digitally simulated production line. Another highlight of the display is the “CEO2You” program, in which the young visitors will have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with a Siemens CEO.

Success in technical and engineering professions is a matter of speed, skill and teamwork, as young visitors at HANNOVER MESSE will discover as they engage with Rittal’s puzzle wall in the Tec2You display area. The puzzle is a race to correctly assemble a giant-size mural of a Rittal switchgear system, with prizes on offer for the fastest teams.

How much data do the sensors in self-driving cars generate per minute? What does “single-lot production” mean? How much does the average electrical engineer earn? The young students at HANNOVER MESSE will find answers to these questions and more as they work their way through a sensor-based, interactive quiz called “My eFuture.” Provided by the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), the quiz is a fun way for young people to explore current industrial-sector issues and career options.

The industrial technology company HARTING will be running a Tec2You stand where young people can explore their own vocational future by means of a special “Bau es!” (Build it!) interactive display. They will also get to put their wits to the test with a guess-how-many game that involves looking at an item and guessing how many HARTING connectors it contains. Plus, everyone who correctly answers all the questions in HARTING’s quiz game will be rewarded with a HARTING hat. What are my options after I graduate from high school? An apprenticeship? Or a mix of study and on-the-job training? How do I find out if the technical profession I’m considering is right for me? Apprentices and students currently training with the industrial automation and connection-technology company Phoenix Contact will be on hand at Tec2You to answer these questions and more. The high school students visiting Phoenix Contact’s Tec2You stand will also be able to have a go at wiring a switchgear cabinet.

Students visiting the VDE (German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies) stand in the Tec2You area will be able to build their own “Luckycube” – an LED gaming die that lights up then displays a number between 1 and 6 when shaken. And from Monday, 13, to Wednesday, 15 April, the winners of Germany’s “Invent a Chip” competition will present their silicon creations at the VDE stand. The competition is a joint project between the VDE and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Tec2You is not just for high-school groups. There’s also a special program for first-year students at vocational schools and universities. These students will be able to take part as individuals – rather than as groups – in a mix of presentations, guided tours and talks. On the last day of HANNOVER MESSE – Friday, 17 April – Tec2You is themed the “Festival of Technology.” This is a special program for younger school students and their parents, who will be able to visit all areas of the fair for the whole day for the super-low admission price of just three euros. It’s a great way for young people and their parents to learn about future education and training opportunities directly from exhibiting companies.

About Tec2You

Tec2You is a joint youth program developed by Deutsche Messe, the “Germany - Land of Ideas” initiative and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with strong backing from business, science and key industry associations. It was created at the suggestion of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, after HANNOVER MESSE 2006. Tec2You is supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE) and several direct partners, including HARTING KgaA, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, and Siemens.

HANNOVER MESSE — Get new technology first!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 13 to 17 April 2015 and feature India as its official Partner Country. The central themes this year are Industrial Automation and IT, Power Transmission and Control, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Industrial Subcontracting, Production Engineering and Services and Research & Development.

Deutsche Messe AG

With revenue of 280 million euros (2014), Deutsche Messe AG ranks among the world’s ten largest trade fair companies and operates the world’s largest exhibition center. In 2014, Deutsche Messe planned and staged 134 trade fairs and congresses around the world – events which hosted a total of over 41,000 exhibitors and some 3.6 million visitors. The company’s event portfolio includes such world-leading trade fairs as CeBIT (IT and telecommunications), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA (biotechnology), CeMAT (intralogistics), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention and rescue), and LIGNA (wood processing and forestry). With approx. 1,200 employees and a network of 66 representatives, subsidiaries and branch offices, Deutsche Messe is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.
MDA: the drive for greater efficiency

Hannover. One of the defining trends in drive technology at the moment is the push towards ever greater efficiency and sustainability. Drive technology is used in all kinds of systems, machines and equipment, so it is a trend of major importance that cuts across virtually every industry. Which is why the latest developments in energy-saving solutions for electric, hydraulic and pneumatic drive technology will be there for professionals from all user industries to see at the Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) show at HANNOVER MESSE 2015 (13 to 17 April) in Hannover, Germany.

One topic that will feature strongly in the MDA exhibition halls (19–25) – and indeed also in the electric drive technology halls of MDA’s sister show, Industrial Automation (halls 14 and 15) – is Commission Regulation (EC) No. 640/2009. Effective 1 January 2015, this legislation sets out new efficiency requirements for electric drives with rated outputs of between 7.5 and 375 kW. Electric motors in these output ranges must now either meet the higher IE3 efficiency level or meet the IE2 efficiency level and be equipped with a variable speed drive (frequency converter).

The relevant industry standard that feeds into this legislation is EN 50598. It follows a holistic approach, focusing on the efficiency of entire electrically driven systems (e.g. pump systems) rather than just on the efficiency of individual drive components (such as motors). EN 50598 defines the new efficiency levels that will eventually form a new industrial standard known as IES (International Efficiency for Systems). The importance of this approach is clear from the fact that electrically driven systems account for 70 percent of power demand in industrial plants. The potential for savings is therefore enormous.

Variable speed control technology is a key way of improving the efficiency of electrically driven systems. Of course, the electric motor itself also needs to be highly efficient. Bauer Gear Motor, for instance, uses permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), which achieve energy savings of over 30 percent, especially when operated under partial load conditions. Siemens’s electric-motor showcase at HANNOVER MESSE will include synchronous reluctance motors that deliver high efficiencies at both full and partial load, high dynamic responses, and good speed consistency for precision control.

Electric gear motor specialist SEW is raising the sustainability bar even higher with a new recycling and re-use program that it will launch at HANNOVER MESSE. Under the program, users will be able to return the new MOVI4R-U inverter to SEW once it has reached the end of its service life. On return, SEW will carefully test, refurbish and re-use the unit’s recyclable parts. Anything that can’t be used will simply be recycled.

Mechanical power transmission systems, too, have an important part to play in making industry more efficient, as will be made abundantly clear at the exhibition stands of the gear system manufacturers at MDA. ZF Friedrichshafen, for instance, will present a new hollow-shaft drive that makes machine tools more efficient and flexible than direct drives. And for mobile applications, ZF has developed Terra+, a generator module that can be integrated into the transmission housing of vehicles such as tractors, transforming them into mild hybrids. Terra+ can be used as a power source for onboard electrical auxiliaries and reduces the vehicle’s overall energy consumption.

Manufacturers of hydraulic and pneumatic products and systems are likewise investing in efficiency. The German hydraulic cylinder specialist Hänchen, for example, will be using MDA to present a new range of cylinders made of hybrid carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (HCFRP). The cylinders are the result of four years of intensive development work and extensive investment in new production plant. They are 80 percent lighter and 50 percent more energy efficient than metal hydraulic linear drives. Hänchen is running a special CFRP showcase at MDA 2015 where it plans to stage the official market launch of its HCFRP hydraulic cylinders.

Pneumatic systems, too, offer many avenues for efficiency gains and energy savings. Aventics, for example, has developed a new valve system – its AV (Advanced Valve) family. The AV valve system can communicate with higher-level control systems via various field bus systems. It is also compact and lightweight. Aventics CEO Paul Cleaver explains: “The valve unit is only about half the weight of comparable products, which means it can be placed closer to the pneumatic actuator. That fact alone reduces compressed-air consumption by up to 20 percent.” According to Cleaver, the overall compressed-air saving achievable from using Aventics’s AV electro-pneumatic valves can be as much as 50 percent.

Users of pneumatics systems will no doubt also be interested in finding out how they can make their compressed-air generation systems more efficient. This is the subject matter of the ComVac show, which will be staged alongside MDA at HANNOVER MESSE 2015. ComVac features the latest efficiency solutions from the world’s leading compressor manufacturers.

The final piece in the drive efficiency puzzle is control technology – because all drives, be they electric, hydraulic or pneumatic, can achieve enormous energy savings under the steady management of intelligent closed-loop control systems. And the best place to discover these systems at HANNOVER MESSE is Industrial Automation, the trade fair that shows how advanced automation technology can improve the efficiency of industrial plant and machinery.

In addition to MDA in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe also stages MDA events overseas in key growth markets. These include PTC ASIA in Shanghai, MDA SOUTH AMERICA in São Paulo, MDA INDIA in Delhi, MDA NORTH AMERICA in Chicago, and WIN (World of Industry) in Istanbul.

HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will run from 13 to 17 April 2015 and feature India as its official Partner Country. HANNOVER MESSE 2015 will comprise ten flagship fairs: Industrial Automation • Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) • Energy • Wind • MobiliTec • Digital Factory • ComVac • Industrial Supply • Surface Technology • Research & Technology. The upcoming event will place a strong emphasis on Industrial Automation and IT, Power Transmission and Control, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Industrial Subcontracting, Production Engineering and Services and Research & Development.

Deutsche Messe AG

 

Fabco-Air, Inc. Introduces “Fast” Cylinder Shipping Program

Fabco-Air, a leading manufacturer of fluid power products, is proud to introduce one of the industry’s most comprehensive shipping programs for pneumatic cylinders.

The initial introduction of the Fabco Fast Shipping Program included 2 of the most popular product types in the air cylinder market. Both the FCQN Series OEM Type NFPA Interchangeable cylinder line and the F Series Non-Repairable Interchangeable product line are included in the Fabco Fast Shipping Program. The program is designed to be modular, i.e., relevant Fabco-Air product lines will be periodically added to the program.

The FCQN Series (OEM NFPA Interchangeable) 2 Day Program includes:
-5 bore sizes (1-1/2” - 4”)
-Strokes up to 10” in 1/4” increments
-9 different NFPA Interchangeable mounting types
-Adjustable air cushions standard on both ends of the cylinder
-Magnetic piston for position sensing is a standard feature
-All cylinders include stainless steel tie-rods
-High temperature seals are an option

The F Series (Non-Repairable Interchangeable) 2 Day Program includes:
-12 bore sizes (5/16” – 3”)
-Strokes to a 1/16” increment
-23 different mounting styles/types
-The most popular options
-High temperature seals
-Bumpers
-Magnetic strip on the piston for position feedback
-Rod extension
-Thread extension

The Fabco Fast Shipping Program is both comprehensive and easy! Subsequently, Fabco-Air guarantees to ship up to a quantity of 10 of the same cylinder (from the Fabco Fast catalog) in 2 business days (or less) or Fabco-Air picks up the shipping expense.

Additional program details:
• All cylinders are 100% tested
• No premiums applied to program
• Cylinder switches, mounting accessories, and related items will ship with cylinders

For more information about the Fabco Fast Cylinder Shipping Program, contact Fabco-Air, Inc. at (352) 373-3578, via e-mail at service@Fabco-Air.com or visit http://www.fabco-air.com/news.html

 

 

William L. Clippard, III Honored by The Ohio State University

William L. Clippard, (Bill), Chairman of the Board, Clippard Instrument
Laboratory, Inc., was recently honored by The Ohio State University Department of
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for his commitment to the field of engineering. For
decades, Bill has demonstrated his passion to see engineers graduate with more practical
knowledge and applicable/applied skills.

The university honored Bill by dedicating “Lab Space” within the Mechanical Engineering
Building as “The Clippard Lab”, in honor of William L. Clippard, III, class of 1963. The
new “Clippard Lab”, will provide students the ability to gain exposure to real world
challenges while learning leading edge techniques through hands-on skill sets which has
been a passion of Bill’s for years.

Since his graduation from OSU’s Mechanical engineering program, Bill has applied his
creative mind along with his engineering disciplines to design and create many unique
products and manufacturing processes for Clippard. Those same products and processes
are used by many industries throughout the world today and serve as the catalyst in
establishing Clippard as a world leader in miniature pneumatics.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239
513-521-4261 | 877-245-6247
www.clippard.com

 

AVENTICS Free CL03 In-line Pneumatic Valve Offer – “Try It Before You Buy It”

CL03 (CL03-EV) Clean Line pneumatic directional control inline valve free for customers to try

-Try It Before You Buy It program – provides a free valve for customers to try, with very minimal qualifications required.
-The AVENTICS Clean Line series was specifically designed to handle your high pressure wash-down applications.

AVENTICS announces the “Try It Before You Buy It” program for our CL03-EV in-line valve.

AVENTICS Corporation, formerly Rexroth Pneumatics, announces the “Try It Before You Buy It” program for CL03 valves. The CL03 Clean Line series of valves were specifically designed to handle your high pressure wash-down applications. There is no need to mount the valves in a cabinet - the high flow Clean Line valves have an IP69K (better than NEMA 6P) protection class rating. By mounting the valve closer to an actuator, machine performance is improved and energy is saved. The hygienic design allows for easy cleaning due to no pockets for particles to collect – and the valve can withstand up to 1450 psi wash-down. The fiber reinforced polyamide subbases withstand detergents and aggressive chemicals. Now you can try a CL03 in your application – for Free!

The offer is for a CL03-EV inline valve, however valve manifolds are also produced (up to 16 valves, 32 solenoids). Valve manifolds can integrate fieldbus or multi-pin electrical connections, and can be designed using our online configurator. The inline CL03-EV offers has a flow rating of 0.7 Cv. The standard manifold valves offer flows to 0.85 Cv, and the high-flow manifold versions offer flows up to 1.1 Cv.

By taking advantage of the “Try It Before You Buy It” program, AVENTICS will allow you to try an inline CL03 valve in your application without having to buy one. For program details and the form to request a free valve, go to: www.aventics.com/us and select <FREE CL03> from the right hand navigation menu.


• Series CL03 Clean Line Pneumatic Directional Control Valve

About AVENTICS

AVENTICS is a globally active manufacturer of pneumatic components and systems. The company is also a specialist supplier of drive and control solutions for the marine industry and commercial vehicles, as well as inverted tooth chains for production processes. Since the start of 2014, the former subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth has been operating as a standalone company under the name of AVENTICS.

 

AVENTICS Celebrates 50 Years in Lexington

Former Rexroth Pneumatics opened the Lexington manufacturing facility in 1964.

-Moved from Wilmerding, Pennsylvania to Lexington, Kentucky to open plant in 1964.
-The company roots go back to Westinghouse Air Brake, and invention of the air brake in 1869 by George Westinghouse.

Lexington, Kentucky, October 2, 2014 – AVENTICS Corporation recently celebrated 50 years in Lexington with associates and their families, retirees and distributors.

Recently AVENTICS Corporation, the former subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth, celebrated a fifty years anniversary of the opening of the Lexington, Kentucky manufacturing facility. An open house was held for associates and their families, retirees and distributors. Activities included plant tours, a company history presentation, product demos and factory floor presentations, etc. A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held to commemorate the beginning of once again producing NFPA pneumatic and hydraulic steel cylinders in the Lexington facility.

AVENTICS as a stand along company is quite new, but the company roots for pneumatics go all the way back to 1869 when it was part of Westinghouse Air Brake, and the invention of the air brake by George Westinghouse. Over those 145 years, the company name and ownership have change several times. Previous company names in addition to Westinghouse Air Brake include: WABCO Fluid Power (division of American Standard); The Rexroth Corporation, Pneumatics Division; Mannesmann Rexroth, Pneumatics Division; Mannesmann Rexroth Corporation, Rexroth Mecman Division; Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Pneumatics; and Rexroth Pneumatics Corporation.

What has not changed is the company and associate commitment to producing quality components and systems. AVENTICS products include: pneumatic and electro-pneumatic valves and positioners, pneumatic fieldbus manifold systems, pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, pneumatic actuators and control systems, air preparation, industrial shock absorbers, pneumatic fittings and tubing, vacuum generators, suction cups, non-contact transport units, electronic transmission controls, pneumatic and electronic marine propulsion controls, and inverted tooth chain. Customers are served by six global factories and sales networks in over 40 countries.

About AVENTICS

AVENTICS is a globally active manufacturer of pneumatic components and systems. The company is also a specialist supplier of drive and control solutions for the marine industry and commercial vehicles, as well as inverted tooth chains for production processes. Since the start of 2014, the former subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth has been operating as a standalone company under the name of AVENTICS.

AVENTICS offers its customers tailored, cross-industry system solutions and services based on decades of applied expertise. AVENTICS is one of the leading suppliers worldwide in the area of industrial pneumatics. The company is a leading technology specialist for pneumatics, for example in the integration of electronics into pneumatic components. With pneumatics solutions for maritime applications and state-of-the-art ship automation systems, AVENTICS has successfully navigated the world’s oceans. The company’s drive and inverted tooth conveyor chains are used in numerous sectors and feature strongly in the glass and automobile industries.

The company employs approximately 2,100 staff worldwide. In addition to locations in Laatzen near Hanover and Gronau/Leine (Germany), Bonneville (France), Eger (Hungary), Lexington (USA), and Changzhou (China), AVENTICS has an extensive sales network and is represented in more than 40 countries worldwide.
 
Festo Becomes the Exclusive Distribution Partner of ZAYTRAN, Inc. for North America


HAUPPAUGE, NY, September 8, 2014 — Festo has entered into an agreement with ZAYTRAN, Inc., to become the exclusive distributor of ZAYTRAN products in the North American marketplace. This partnership will expand the customer base of both companies and increase the range of pneumatic grippers offered by Festo.
Grippers by ZAYTRAN have a history of being tough and demonstrating precision. ZAYTRAN offers grippers for dirty environments, such as the company’s Magnum® grippers, which have a patented purge port that can be supplied with a small positive pressure to prevent ingress of contaminants. On the other hand, PET Magnum grippers have been tested and approved for use in Class 1 clean rooms via a vacuum applied to the same purge system.
In addition, ZAYTRAN has developed special semiconductor versions that can tolerate DI (de-ionized) water as well as hydrofluoric acid. For large part applications the XRAY-S series has proven to be the company’s premier large format gripper.

ZAYTRAN’s significant customer base is comprised of automation integrators who work in every major industry from hard disk fabrication to aircraft manufacturing.
“ZAYTRAN is excited to grow its business through this new distribution agreement with Festo,” said Ted Zajac, Jr., President of ZAYTRAN. “Festo is a world-class automation company recognized for excellence in engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service. This is a major step forward for our company, and I can’t think of a finer company to be associated with than with Festo.”
For more information on ZAYTRAN grippers, call 440-324-2814 and visit www.grippers.com. For more information on Festo lines of pneumatic and electric motion actuation solutions from components to full systems, call Festo at 800-993-3786 and visit http://www.festo.com/us.

 

 

Fabco-Air, Inc. - Welcoming a new Team Member

Fabco-Air would like to introduce a new member to our team.

Please welcome Jerry Walling.

Jerry brings to Fabco-Air 22 years of Fluid Power experience, with strong cylinder product and industry knowledge. Jerry has a special passion for marketing and communication, coupled with excellent interpersonal and training skills. He earned his Bachelors from Western Kentucky University in Corporate and Organizational Communications.

Jerry will be in the capacity of New Business Development and Marketing at Fabco-Air.

Contact Information
phone: (352) 373-3578
fax: (352) 375-8024
email: service@fabco-air.com

 

NEW BESWICK CATALOG

Miniature Fittings, Valves, Quick Disconnects, Pressure Regulators, Orifices and More.
Beswick Engineering announces the release of our 2014 catalog (#112) containing over 150 new product items. Our expansive line of miniature fittings (compression, barb and push-to connect), valves, quick disconnects, pressure regulators and orifices are ideal for fluid power assemblies requiring durable products (machined in 303 & 316) stainless steel or brass. Ultra miniature in design Beswick products are an excellent choice when space is limited and leakage can not be tolerated. Pioneers in utilizing a captured O-ring face seal in miniature fluid power products are components provide a leak tight fit and exceptional performance. Experts in machining our products in 303 and 316 stainless steel, Beswick has the largest variety of miniature stainless steel fluid power products in the industry. Other materials are available, such as aluminum and titanium.
Beswick mechanical engineers are on call to provide technical assistance and can provide custom design solutions for your individual application.
A free catalog will be mailed to those inquiring for OEM applications.

For more information, please contact: Mary-Jo Keenan
Beswick Engineering Co., Inc.
284 Ocean Road
Greenland, NH 03840-2442 USA
Phone: 800-354-5014

 

Vaccon Company announces the appointment of Jim Watters as Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Vaccon Company., a U.S. manufacturer of air-powered venturi vacuum pumps, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Watters as Midwest Regional Sales Manager.

Most recently, Jim promoted Vaccon products for over 20 years as a fluid power and controls salesman for Kiser Controls in Illinois. Previously, Jim was employed by the Robert Bosch Fluid Power Group in Wisconsin as a District Sales Manager for pneumatic products. Jim holds a B.A. in Marketing and a Masters in Manufacturing Systems Management.

”We are confident that Jim’s vast experience within the pneumatics and control industries will be invaluable to Vaccon and its customers.” Ellen Ferri, Vaccon President

About Vaccon
Founded in 1972, Vaccon is an engineering / manufacturing company specializing in air-powered venturi vacuum pumps and accessories for robotic, automation and process control industries. Our diversified customer base includes every major industry segment, the Fortune 500 manufacturers and OEM’s.

Designed to improve productivity, Vaccon’s extensive line of standard and custom vacuum products offer consistent, reliable and trouble-free operation. Our vacuum technology experts provide free technical support, application assistance and innovative product solutions. Vaccon vacuum products are available through an independent distributor network throughout the U.S., around the world and on the web. Vaccon vacuum products are the “air force” for automation.


For further information contact:

Vaccon Company
9 Industrial Park Road
Medway, MA 02053
(508) 359-7200, US (800) 848-8788, Fax (508) 359-0177
www.vaccon.com

 


Rexroth Pneumatics Becomes AVENTICS



Standalone company formed for well-known pneumatics team

• Change of ownership: A new standalone company has been created out of the former Pneumatics business unit at Bosch Rexroth.
• The new name is AVENTICS and combines the terms:
Advantage, Invention and Pneumatics.
• In addition to proven products and markets, new industries will be addressed.

Lexington, Kentucky, March 26, 2014 – Something’s happening in the international pneumatics market: a new standalone company has been created out of the former Pneumatics business unit at Bosch Rexroth. Due to a change in ownership, the medium-sized company is now ready to take on the competition around the world under the name AVENTICS.

For the first time in decades, a pneumatics competitor is completely reestablishing itself: with a new name, new values, and a new company structure. With these changes, the pneumatics specialists with global headquarters in Laatzen, Germany (near Hanover) are ringing in the next generation of pneumatics. “The new name combines the terms of advantage, invention, and pneumatics, and therefore describes what we are aiming for: our customers will get added value with our innovative products, system solutions, and services,” explains Dr. Alexander Lawrence, one of three members of the Board at AVENTICS GmbH. Advantages are, for example, improved quality of consulting and reaction time.

Under the new name, the manufacturer of pneumatics components and systems intends to further expand its market position. In the future, AVENTICS will also address industries that the company has not globally focused on previously. Proven products and a clear focusing on customer needs will come under the company’s umbrella, along with global presence and individual customer solutions. “We are connecting the best of two worlds: in AVENTICS, a long tradition and the solid expertise of our employees meets the flexibility of a medium-sized company,” emphasizes Dr. Lawrence.

In the U.S., headquarters remain in Lexington, Kentucky, and in Canada, headquarters remain in Burlington, Ontario. In its new position as a medium-sized business, the company, which has 2,100 employees, sees many opportunities around the globe. In the future, AVENTICS will communicate more directly and engagingly with its customers, the majority of whom are also medium-sized companies.

AVENTICS Corporation (formerly Rexroth Pneumatics Corporation)

PO Box 13597
1953 Mercer Road (40511)
Lexington, KY 40512
Email: info.us@aventics.com




 

Festo Launches an Online Technical Support Community


Community members post questions or answers and search the forum by topic to find already posted Qs & As. Animation and films can augment written answers. The forum is available 24/7.

HAUPPAUGE, New York, January 16, 2014 — Festo announced today the U.S. and Canadian launch of the Festo Support Community, a global Festo users forum. Community members can post a question 24/7 or answer an already posted question. Hundreds of questions and answers are already on the site, and members can search the forum by topic.
Forum topics include pneumatics, servo pneumatics, electric drives, software, fieldbus, process automation, sensors and vision, directives and standards, and more. There are a number of convenience features. Members can be alerted when replies are posted to their questions. They can sign up for RSS or Atom feeds
and can email and print topics.
Animation and films along with written replies are available on some of the posts. Additional online options for registered members include download of native CAD models and ability to save, import, and export parts lists.
The forum is moderated by Festo technical support personnel, who also post answers. The Festo Support Community began on the Festo Great Britain website about a year ago and has been piloted by Festo US and Canada since August.
“New community members will find hundreds of topics already on the site,” said Frank Langro, Director – Marketing/Product Development, Festo. “What really impresses me about the forum is the immediacy of the questions. These are real world issues that call out for practical solutions. This new technical community is dedicated to sharing practical experience peer to peer.”
Please visit the Festo Support Community home page for more information and to sign up to become a forum member. For more information on Festo automation solutions, call Festo at 800-993-3786 and visit www.festo.com/us.
 

CLIPPARD INSTRUMENT LABORATORY ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS & NEW PRESIDENT

John Campbell William L. Clippard, III Robert L. Clippard

President

Chairman of the Board

Vice Chairman of the Board

CINCINNATI, OH—January 13, 2014—The Board of Directors at Clippard Instrument Laboratory announce the appointment of William L. Clippard, III as Chairman of the Board, Robert L. Clippard as Vice Chairman of the Board, and John Campbell as President, reporting to the board.

Founded in 1941 by Leonard Clippard and incorporated in 1946, Clippard Instrument Laboratory has long been recognized as a world leader in manufacturing miniature pneumatic components and devices.
Mr. Clippard’s sons, William L. Clippard, III and Robert L. Clippard have provided the leadership of the company for the past 38 years.

John Campbell brings extensive experience in running small to mid-size manufacturing companies and has managed all aspects of their business including sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing and distribution as well as key areas of finance, mergers and acquisitions. Through this process, there has been no change in the company ownership and no change in the day-to-day operation of the business. The Board of Directors will continue in place and will work closely with John. The company employs a talented third generation of Clippard family members interested in the continued success and operation of the business. John will be an integral part of Clippard’s leadership mentoring process.

ABOUT CLIPPARD INSTRUMENT LABORATORY

Founded in 1941 as an electronic coil and instrument company, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. has long been recognized as a world leader in manufacturing miniature pneumatic components and devices. No other manufacturer can match their level of experience or knowledge of miniature components. In the early 1950’s, Clippard introduced miniature pneumatic cylinders and valves to the industry. The company’s unparalleled history in providing new and innovative products continues today with advanced manufacturing machines and techniques, experienced design engineers, and an experienced work force that works hard to exceed customer expectations.

For more information, please visit www.clippard.com or call 877.245.6247.

 

Festo to Build State-of-the-Art Assembly/Distribution Center in Ohio


The new regional service center, scheduled to open in 2015, will assemble and distribute products to customers faster and more efficiently than ever before, while serving as a showplace for the effectiveness of Festo automation solutions.

HAUPPAUGE, NY, Festo announced today it will build a state-of-the-art product assembly and distribution center in Mason, Ohio, about 20 miles northeast of Cincinnati along the I-71 technology corridor. The new Festo Regional Service Center, which is scheduled to open in 2015, will do double duty as a highly-efficient facility serving U.S., Canadian, and Mexican customers and as a showplace for the effectiveness of Festo automation solutions. Festo U.S. headquarters will remain on Long Island.
Ohio was selected as the site for the distribution center because it shortened the average distance to the customers of Festo and thereby will decrease delivery time of products. Plans call for a facility exceeding 170,000 square feet, a significant expansion over the present facility’s size. The expansion reflects overall North American sales growth. Festo also anticipates expansion of product

assembly activities, which will mean that a wider variety of components, electric and pneumatic motion actuation systems, and control platforms will be available to customers with improved lead times. Like the facility on Long Island, the new center will have Foreign Trade Zone status, which makes it faster and more efficient to support customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico from a central U.S. location.
“The Festo Regional Service Center in Mason, Ohio, builds on 40 years of service from the Long Island facility and is a natural progression in terms of needing more space and deploying products closer to customers,” said Richard Huss, president and CEO. “One of the most exciting aspects of this major project will be an emphasis on customer visits, a new opportunity to demonstrate on a large scale Festo integrated automation systems in action.”
For more information on Festo automation solutions, call Festo at 800-993-3786 and visit www.festo.com/us.
 

Bimba Manufacturing Company, an industry-leading provider of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric solutions, today announced the acquisition of Acro Associates, Inc., headquartered in Concord, CA. Acro Associates is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic and solenoid pinch valves, and occlusion devices for flexible tubing paths and control boards. Its products and contract manufacturing services have been used globally by the medical device and bioprocessing industries for more than 30 years.

"This acquisition reflects Bimba's dedication to customer satisfaction. Adding Acro's pinch valves and controls capabilities increases our strategic value in our key industries and reflects our long-term commitment to growth. We fully expect this transaction will strengthen Bimba, and complement our technology and product offerings," says Pat Ormsby, President of Bimba.

Acro will continue to operate in its present location.


 

Gardner Denver Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by KKR
Gardner Denver Shareholders to Receive $76 per Share in Cash

Transaction Valued at Approximately $3.9 Billion
WAYNE, PA and NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 03/08/13 -- Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE: GDI) and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR") today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion, including the assumption of debt.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, KKR will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Gardner Denver common stock for $76 per share in cash. This price represents a premium of approximately 39 percent to Gardner Denver's share price on October 24, 2012, the day before the Company confirmed that it had begun to explore strategic alternatives. The merger is subject to approval from Gardner Denver's shareholders, regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The Board of Directors of Gardner Denver unanimously approved the merger agreement and recommends that Gardner Denver shareholders vote in favor of the transaction. The transaction is currently expected to close in the third quarter of 2013.

"After a thorough review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, we are pleased to provide our shareholders with immediate and substantial cash value representing a significant premium to our unaffected share price," said Michael M. Larsen, Gardner Denver's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to the significant value to our shareholders, Gardner Denver will benefit from KKR's track record of execution as the Company continues to pursue its strategy focused on driving organic growth, particularly in underserved markets, and building new revenue streams in the aftermarket and through the introduction of innovative customer-centric solutions across its businesses. We anticipate this transaction will create opportunities to accelerate the operating initiatives already underway and we are confident that it will also be beneficial for our employees, customers and all other stakeholders.

"Our success and this positive development is a testament to our dedicated employees who will continue to build on the momentum that our team has worked so hard to create," continued Mr. Larsen. "As we position Gardner Denver to enter its next phase of growth and success, we look forward to working closely with KKR to seamlessly close this transaction."

Pete Stavros, Member of KKR and head of the firm's Industrials investment team, said, "Gardner Denver is an outstanding business with a rich heritage of manufacturing excellence, innovation and quality that spans well over 100 years. The Company has an impressive group of talented and dedicated employees, and we look forward to working closely with them to drive future growth and value. The long-term future of Gardner Denver is bright."

The transaction is being made through KKR's investment funds.

Goldman, Sachs & Co. is serving as financial advisor to Gardner Denver and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal advisor. UBS Securities LLC and Simmons & Company International are serving as financial advisors to KKR and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is serving as legal advisor. Fully committed debt financing will be provided by UBS Securities LLC, Barclays, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., RBC Capital Markets, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., and KKR Capital Markets, an affiliate of KKR, in the form of senior secured credit facilities. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Citigroup, Barclays, UBS Securities LLC, RBC Capital Markets, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., and KKR Capital Markets also arranged debt financing in the form of a senior unsecured bridge facility.

About Gardner Denver
Gardner Denver, Inc., with 2012 revenues of approximately $2.4 billion, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of highly engineered products, including compressors, liquid ring pumps and blowers for various industrial, medical, environmental, transportation and process applications, pumps used in the petroleum and industrial market segments and other fluid transfer equipment, such as loading arms and dry break couplers, serving chemical, petroleum and food industries. Gardner Denver's news releases are available by visiting the Investors section on the Company's website (www.GardnerDenver.com).

About KKR
Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $75.5 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with fund investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR), and "KKR," as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate.

 

Clippard Instrument Laboratory Names Company Vice Presidents

Cincinnati, Ohio -- The Board of Directors at Clippard announce the career promotion of William A. Clippard, Vice President of Operations; Jennifer Clippard-Caunin, Vice President of Human Resources; and Robert S. Clippard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Founded in 1941 by Leonard Clippard and incorporated in 1946, Clippard Instrument Laboratory has long been recognized as a world leader in manufacturing miniature pneumatic components and devices. Mr. Clippard’s sons, William L. Clippard III, President, and Robert L. Clippard, Executive Vice President, have provided the leadership of the company for the past 38 years. The current promotions will set the stage for the third generation to continue to provide manufacturers throughout the world with quality pneumatic products.

William A. Clippard (Bill, Jr.) joined the company in 1992 serving as an apprentice in various production departments and later as a buyer in the purchasing department. In 1998 he became the Purchasing Manager and also served as General Manager of the Fairfield plant at the beginning of that operation in 1997. In addition to establishing purchasing procedures resulting in numerous cost savings, Bill has been instrumental in establishing many international supply channels. Bill has also been influential in originating new production procedures while reducing manufacturing costs.
 

 

 


Jennifer Clippard-Caunin joined the company in 1998 working in the personnel department. In 2004, she was promoted to Human Resources Manager where she has been instrumental in establishing many new company policies in recruiting, preventive health care, education, vision program, and health insurance resulting in cost reductions while increasing the number and value of the benefit program. In addition to her duties as Vice President of Human Resources, Jennifer will also serve as Corporate Secretary.

 

 

 

Robert S. Clippard joined the company in 1998 working in the IT department. Known for his creativity, Rob is credited with developing the company’s new website, developing the company’s e-commerce business, and developing the company’s Value Added department. In addition, Rob has also held positions as Regional Sales Manager and International Sales Manager. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he will continue to be involved in numerous aspects of the company from application engineering to value added assemblies and distributor sales.

 

 

 

For further information, contact Clippard Instrument Laboratory.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45239
513-521-4261

 

SCHUNK celebrates 20 years in North America

SCHUNK founded its United States facility in 1992 and has been manufacturing toolholding products and providing sales and support to local customers from the Morrisville, North Carolina facility for the past 20 years. This has lead to unparalleled success for North America, which spurred the development of two more entities, SCHUNK Canada and SCHUNK Mexico, in 2006.

Covering North America with a team of dedicated regional sales managers together with an extensive network of distribution partners and original equipment manufacturers, SCHUNK delivers on the promise of “Superior Clamping and Gripping.”

SCHUNK is headquartered in Germany and has over 1,900 employees who all bring knowledge, skill, and commitment to the company. SCHUNK combines the features of a family-owned company, a renowned technological leader, and a global player, all in one.

SCHUNK is close to its customers with subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 50 countries, who all provide comprehensive and expert advice. “The first 20 years in the US have been remarkable. Through a dedicated team of engaged employees focused on customer satisfaction, the United States has become a home market for the SCHUNK group,”
said Henrik Schunk, Managing Partner, for SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG

“SCHUNK USA has helped over 35,000 customers become successful by providing technologies that increase machine efficiency, provide flexibility, and create a competitive edge.”

 

Acquisition of Pneumadyne, Inc. by Bimba Manufacturing Company

University Park, IL - August 1, 2012 - Bimba Manufacturing Company, an industry-leading provider of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric solutions, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Pneumadyne, Inc. Headquartered in Plymouth, MN, Pneumadyne has been an innovative manufacturer of pneumatic components and control systems for over 35 years. Their products are used for fluid control by a wide variety of industries throughout the world.

According to Pat Ormsby, President of Bimba, "This acquistion reflects Bimba's ongoing commitment to developing capabilities that address customer needs. Adding Pneumadyne's specialty products provides strategic value in our key industries and reflects our long-term commitment to growth. We fully expect this transaction will strengthen Bimba and complement our product offerings."

This acquisition is an opportunity for Pneumadyne to expand upon its own reputation for service and quality. The company will continue to operate in its present location.

 

ALKON COMMITMENT TO CUSTOM PRODUCTS CULMINATES IN NEW TESTING/TRAINING FACILITY, CAPABILITIES VIDEO


FREMONT, Ohio, USA – The new testing, training and product demonstration facility at Alkon Corporation and a new capabilities video demonstrate the valves and fittings manufacturer is stepping up its game in custom product development.
“The market for application-optimized valves is growing, and the transportation industry continues to look for more efficient, performance-focused components,” says Daniel Starkweather, Sales Manager for the Fremont-based manufacturer. “So, while the lab’s immediate purpose is performance validation testing for our expanding lines of valves and fittings, that’s not the whole picture.
“It’s a product development incubator, a hands-on training center, a prototype proving ground, a product demonstration theater for customers, and a place where we can pit our product against any competitor’s and show them what happens when ‘the rubber hits the road,’ “ Starkweather says. “Our new video shows them what we do for every customer; the testing lab is where they discover what we can do for their specific applications.”
Wayne Morroney, Alkon’s Vice President of Engineering and Quality, explains: “You always want a system optimized for the application. It has to be cost efficient. In this industry, it’s all cost and performance,” Morroney says. “You need to develop a balanced system to get performance throughout the entire system. You select different valves for different systems – the sizing of the system, the speed/response rate.
“Many distributors buy components and put together circuits for their customers. Our training shows them how different valves interact and how to mix and match for each application.”

“If a customer wants to see how our product performs in a certain application or circuit, we can bring that entire circuit in and test its performance. For instance, if you’re selling a system for emergency brakes on a semi trailer, you would use a variety of fittings and valves: pressure protection valves, axle lift valves, spring brake valves. We teach distributors how they perform and interact and how to pipe them together.”

Morroney led the set-up efforts for the lab/training center and, in fact, designed some of the test equipment himself. Located in Alkon’s second facility (adjacent to the main building housing the production floors and offices), the lab is equipped with computerized flow, pull, temperature and response time testers; a 14 ft. testing bench with built-in equipment and five separate stations specifically for fittings or valves; environmental chambers and manual and electric pressure meters with air connections and regulators; three assembly benches with basic equipment (arbor presses, vices, etc.) for building prototypes, and portable equipment to allow electronic testing at assembly benches and testing benches alike. Used solely for hands-on assembly training, the room provides up to 12 workstations.
For training up to 30 attendees, the 600 sq. ft lab also is equipped with whiteboard and video equipment, also to be used for webinars and other outreach programs in the not-so-distant future, Starkweather says.
“We love developing specials, and this lab is just one more way we make that happen,” Starkweather says. “What we know about optimizing fluid control systems and their components – It’s too much to print in a catalog “With this new testing facility, our customers and their customers can see it for themselves.”

About Alkon Corporation

Alkon Corporation is a global supplier of a full range of pneumatic valves, fittings, flow controls and accessories. With more than 50 years of hands-on expertise in industrial and commercial applications Alkon produces over 10,000 different product types including the largest inventory of push-to-connect fittings in the world. Alkon’s quality measures include pre-applied thread seal on all male thread push to connect fittings with shipping and manufacturing operations certified to the latest ISO quality standards.
A privately held corporation headquartered in northwest Ohio, Alkon holds 20 patents and welcomes the opportunity to develop custom products.
 
Famic Technologies Releases Automation Studio™ P6
All-in-One Software Solution for Increased Synergy and Engineering Productivity


(Montreal, Quebec) April 23rd, 2012 – Famic Technologies, a visionary in software engineering for more than 25 years, announced today the official launch of Automation Studio™ P6, one of the most complete trade oriented system design, simulation, documentation, training and maintenance software solutions in the fields of fluid power, electrical and automation.

Automation Studio™ is already known for being the unique design and simulation solution covering all project/machine technologies including hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, controls, HMI and communications. P6 is the 4th complete Automation Studio™ new design. Mr. Charbel Nasr, President of Famic Technologies, explains it is the result of several years of on-going extensive R&D efforts: “Automation Studio™ P6 is an open collaborative work environment. With its advanced and intuitive concepts, P6 offers the ability to release synergy amongst teams and increase productivity by optimizing the entire project/product lifecycle. We’ve delivered many firsts to the industry and Automation Studio™ P6 is another first. It offers a distinct advantage for companies with worldwide facilities or activities to strategically deploy expertise and bring their products and services to market more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Since the first introduction of the software in 1988, each version of Automation Studio™ has been implemented based upon a thorough understanding of users’ needs and challenges. Charbel Nasr stated, “Our team achieved an ambitious goal - deliver a state–of-the-art software solution with mature functionalities. Automation Studio™ P6 fulfills users’ expectations. Innovation is a key success factor for organizations to distinguish their offers from their competitors. As such, Automation Studio™ P6 sets a new technological level and provides the foundation for a global standard in the system design, simulation, documentation, training, and maintenance delivery platform for the mechatronics industry.”
 
Fabco-Air, Inc., has updated heir FGXS Air Slide Table Catalog
02/16/2012

Fabco-Air now offer a 6 millimeter bore on their FGXS Air Slide Tables.

You can find the updated PDF version of the catalog here:
http://www.fabco-air.com/pdf/FGXS_slide_table_web.pdf

Or view it in FLASH here:
http://www.fabco-air.com/flash/fgxs-10/

Please contact Fabco-Air, Inc. customer service with any questions.

Contact Information
phone: (352) 373-3578
fax: (352) 375-8024
email: service@fabco-air.com
 
AUTOMATICA 2012 Shows Solutions for the Automobile Industry

Munich. Automobile manufacturers and component suppliers are the largest customers and drivers of assembly and handling technology, robotics, and machine vision with a more than 50 percent share. On the other hand, automation is the basis for their success. Important automotive trends, for which AUTOMATICA 2012 is presenting solutions on the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 22 to 25 May, include lightweight construction with new automation solutions, electric mobility and extremely flexible production.

A look at the streets or in the showrooms of car dealers demonstrates this: Automobile manufacturers are offering increasingly more variants of the same basic models. As a result, the number of each individual model is smaller. This requires increasingly flexible automation solutions – a focal topic for the robotics manufacturers at AUTOMATICA. One key is in the software; the programming of robots and robots lines is being simplified considerably and designed intuitively, so that conversions can be made more easily and faster.
The standardization and integration of functions also contributes to simplification and flexibility. For example during bonding, where previously hot melt glue guns, robots and conveyor technology each had to function using separate controls, all three are increasingly being combined under one control unit. As a result, interfaces and complexity are done away with.

Automated bonding enables refined lightweight construction
Automated bonding in automobile manufacturing is becoming increasingly important for automation specialists. This joining technology is getting further impetus thanks to the demands for saving fuel and electric vehicles. Refined light construction is required for both. Materials are used there that cannot be welded, such as plastic and composites. It is also becoming interesting for material combinations, which cannot be joined using "conventional" welding processes, such as steel and aluminium.
This is a completely new field, in which the robot suppliers as well as companies in assembly and handling technology first have to familiarize themselves, is battery production for electric vehicles, because lithium-ion cells were not previously combined into such large unit as for electric drives. Direct voltages between 200 and 400 volts are created, which require new safety mechanisms, including in production.
Battery production, electric mobility in general as well as various lightweight construction topics of the automobile industry will also be explained by speakers at the AUTOMATICA Forum, which will take place in Hall B1 daily. Automotive Day is on 23; then the Forum will dedicate the complete day to the challenges of the automotive industry as one of the traditional core industries for robotics and automation.
The speakers will be, for example, Arne Lakeit, Production and Plant Planning Manager at Audi AG on the topic "Progress through Technology in products and processes", Daniel Schäfer, Director project i Production Concept, BMW Group about “BMW Megacity Vehicle – Launching a new automotive age with carbon composites" and Engineer Benjamin Bickel, Member of Scientific Staff, Bavarian Technology Center for Electrical Drive Technology (E|Drive Center) at the Faculty for Production Automation and Production Systems about "E-mobility assembly in Germany: Using modern robot concepts to meet challenges".
AUTOMATICA 2012 has declared one special aspect of lightweight construction, the production reinforced carbon composite materials, to be one of its main topics. A new special exhibition as well as the Innovation Area with exchanges between experts is being held under the title "Automated Composite Production (ACP)". The offers of the trade fair in this field include the "Automated Composite Production Innovation Area", where automated fibre-reinforced production solutions in live operation are shown in collaboration with research institutes.

Complete solution for optimum integration of the welding process
The "hot" joining technologies such as welding also remain pivotal challenges in lightweight construction for assembly and handling technology. Different resistance spot welding, arc welding and soldering technologies dominate especially in the production of crossmembers, car bodies including doors and bonnets, shock absorbers and exhaust systems. In addition to requirements for increased economic effectiveness and quality, the process reliability of automated systems and automatic documentation of results play an increasingly important role here.
Industry IT systems provide comprehensive solutions for this: from rationally EDP-supported work preparation via automated workflows to the networking of individual systems into manageable production units and all the way to automated documentation of workflows and the individually welded product. Coordinating and networking with the hardware and software components involved such as robots, handling systems and IT systems are demanding tasks in this respect. As a result, welding system manufacturers are continually developing and optimising corresponding interfaces.

Optimising quality in "real time" with in-line inspection
Industrial machine vision is providing pivotal technologies for the continually increasing demands on quality of the automobile industry. For example, modern, highly precise 3D in-line measurement engineering enables fast, process-optimised performance of very different measurement tasks directly in the process on vehicle body shells today. The recorded measurement data can be used directly in production for optimising quality.
Welding seam inspections at automobile manufacturers are also increasingly required to supply the data for completely automated reworking and consequently considerably increase efficiency once more. Instead of only deciding whether "OK" or "not OK", a seam inspection system has to differentiate defects clearly or transmit the defect position. Surface inspection is becoming increasingly important from an operational viewpoint in this respect. For example, surface defects on cylinder head gaskets can result in breakdowns later. Machine vision provides complex inspection systems for this with special test software, customised lighting and high-resolution line-scanning cameras.
The wide range of technologies relevant for automobiles at AUTOMATICA make the trade fair a centre of attraction for the industry. Dr. Michael Zürn, Senior Manager Process Engineering, Daimler AG, emphasized: "AUTOMATICA is extremely important for us. It presents all automation technologies and the state of developments. AUTOMATICA is 'the' trade fair for me. An enormously wide range of products is shown there, and a few real top-rate, innovative assembly technologies also stand out."

About AUTOMATICA
International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics
AUTOMATICA is the first and only international trade fair, which covers all areas of robotics + automation every two years. It has taken place on the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre every two years since 2004. The aim of the fair is to present the entire value-added chain in robotics and automation. Messe München GmbH and VDMA Robotik + Automation, trade fair industry advisor, are behind the industry-driven concept of AUTOMATICA. Exhibitor and visitor statistics for AUTOMATICA are audited by an independent auditor for the order of the Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics) and internationally by UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).

About Messe München International (MMI)
Messe München International is one of the world´s leading trade show companies. In Munich alone it organizes around 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods, and key high tech industries. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and around two million visitors take part in the events held in the New Munich Trade Fair Center, the ICM – International Congress Center Munich, and in the MOC Event and Order Center. The leading international trade fairs of Messe München International are all FKM-certified, i.e. exhibitor and visitor numbers and the figures for exhibition space are collected in line with agreed standards and independently audited on behalf of the FKM (Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen), a society for the voluntary monitoring of fair and exhibition statistics.
In addition, Messe München International organizes trade shows in Asia, Russia, the Middle East and South America. With six subsidiaries in Europe and Asia and more than 60 foreign representatives actively serving over 90 countries, Messe München International has a worldwide business network. The Group also takes a pioneering role as regards sustainability: It is the first trade show company to be awarded energy efficiency certification from the technical inspection authorities TÜV SÜD.
Additional information is available at www.messe-muenchen.de.
 
Fabco-Air, Inc. has updated their NFPA Air Cylinder Catalog.
02/02/2012

Fabco-Air now offers standard stroke lengths up to 99 inches (over 99" available as special), and we have included the oversize rod option as well.

Make sure you have the latest version by looking for the "Now Includes Optional Oversize rod information" text on the cover.

You can find the updated PDF version of the catalog here:
http://www.fabco-air.com/pdf/cat_NFPA-6_web.pdf

Or view it in FLASH here:
http://www.fabco-air.com/flash/nf-6/

Please contact Fabco-Air, Inc. customer service with any questions.

Contact Information
phone: (352) 373-3578
fax: (352) 375-8024
email: service@fabco-air.com
 
Ashcroft is Celebrating Their 160th Birthday!

In 1852, the burgeoning use of steam power led Edward Ashcroft to produce his first revolutionary "Bourdon tube" pressure gauge. With the growing need for more accurate and reliable instrumentation, Ashcroft® gauges soon became a staple on board steam ships, railroad locomotives and in industries throughout North America.

Over the years, Ashcroft instruments have been specified for use in a wide variety of applications. From rocket launching platforms to nuclearsubmarines, the Ashcroft logo remains a common
sight that has come to symbolize quality andreliability to our customers.


Today, Ashcroft Inc. produces a complete line of state-of-the-art electronic and modern mechanical instruments. Our offering includes transducers, transmitters, gauges, switches, isolation devices, high precision test instruments and thermometers and are labeled with the Ashcroft®, Heise®, Weksler® or Willy® brand. With manufacturing and assembly operations in the United States, Brazil, China, Germany and Mexico (along with joint ventures in India and Saudi Arabia) and an international distribution network, Ashcroft has gained global recognition as a world class instrumentation supplier.

On this special occasion, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to continuing to provide you with the same high quality products and services that have made us an industry leader since 1852!

Please visit www.ashcroftinc.com to learn more about Ashcroft Inc. and our products.
 

Schmalz presents the greatest variety of vacuum components the market has to offer in its new Vacuum Components Catalog 2012/2013.

Vacuum technology specialist Schmalz has presented its brand new Vacuum Components Catalog 2012/2013. The catalog covers over 3,500 vacuum parts: Suction pads, vacuum generators, valves and switches for monitoring and controlling vacuum systems, and every other related component are presented in detail on more than 700 pages.

Engineers and all other users can find the right components for their automation solution from a single source. The product programme of Schmalz range from standard suction pads, that are used millions of times, to complete industry grippers that have been tailored for specific applications. More than 400 vacuum parts are completely new in the catalog. For example the adaptable packaging suction pads for cardboard boxes or bags, the high-speed suction pad SAXM for sheet metal and the compact ejectors SMPi with innovative IO-Link technology. Also the wafer gripper SWGm and composite gripper SCG are new – both are suitable for the sensitive handling of particularly fragile components. Moreover, Schmalz has improved the industry designations of its vacuum components and included recommendations for new fields of application such as solar, composite and battery technologies.

The catalog is clearly structured in thirteen chapters and does not only provide a detailed overview of the Schmalz components. The chapter “Vacuum Knowledge” provide an introduction to the basics of vacuum technology for those new to the field. There are practical and helpful reference guides such as unit and conversion tables and a glossary of the most common terms used in vacuum technology. Selection assistants help designers finding the right vacuum solution. Furthermore, the catalog contains the entire range of pre-configured vacuum gripping systems from Schmalz, which offer operators a flexible and cost-efficient vacuum solution.

In addition to the printed catalog, there is an electronic version. The products in the digital catalog are linked to the Schmalz online store, which speeds up the ordering process. Additionally, the individual parts can be set on an internal watch list, which can either be sent to Schmalz or exported as PDF file for local use. With several product characteristics such as the material and diameter of the suction cups or nozzle size and air consumption of the compact ejectors, the product selection makes it easy to find the right item.

Both versions of the catalog are available in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

 

Atlas Copco Listed Among World’s Most Innovative Companies

Atlas Copco has been named among the Top 100 most innovative companies in the world by Forbes magazine. Atlas Copco, ranked No. 67, joins innovative leaders on the list including Google Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Apple®, Starbucks® and Procter & Gamble.


Researchers at Forbes considered a number of factors when compiling the list, including a company’s Innovation Premium, which projects company income from existing businesses in addition to anticipated growth, as well as the net present value of cash flows.

 
The magazine did not consider peer reviews – judged by many to be a popularity contest based on past results – and instead looked to investors to help determine which companies were best poised for future growth and return on investment.


“In order to prosper in a global environment that is as competitive as ever, you must constantly be vigilant for new ways to improve your business.” said Andrew Walker, general manager for Atlas Copco Compressor’s U.S. operations. “While we are extremely honored to be included by Forbes among such a prestigious list of innovative companies, we will continue to look for ways to improve, for ourselves and for our loyal customers who have come to expect exceptional products and services from Atlas Copco.”


The research team at Forbes also identified five critical skill sets that company leaders should possess to help lead creative work and drive innovation within a company. These include:
• Questioning allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities;
• Observing helps innovators detect small details—in the activities of customers, suppliers and other companies—that suggest new ways of doing things
• Networking permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds;
• Experimenting prompts innovators to relentlessly try out new experiences, take things apart and test new ideas;
• Associational thinking – drawing connections among questions, problems or ideas from unrelated fields – is triggered by questioning, observing, networking and experimenting and is the catalyst for creative ideas.
The magazine also looked at what it referred to as the “3P” framework as a code for innovation within an organization: people, processes and philosophies.
Atlas Copco Compressor’s North American headquarters is located in Rock Hill, S.C.

 

Acquisition of Omega Engineering

Spectris plc, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, today announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Omega Engineering business. The purchase consideration of US$475 million (approximately £290 million), on a debt and cash-free basis, will be met from cash and new bank facilities and is subject to routine balance sheet adjustments.

Omega is a privately-held business which provides a broad range of process measurement and control instrumentation to customers in industrial and academic markets, selling directly to end users in these sectors via catalogue, telephone and internet. The company has a differentiated customer service model with emphasis on providing high levels of quality, availability, customisation and speed of delivery to a large base of customers who want a convenient and reliable source for their small-scale process and automation needs and R&D requirements. It is a leading integrated, international, single-source supplier of highly engineered products and customised solutions in the process measurement and control industry, with a very strong brand, high levels of repeat business, a defensible and resilient business model and an unmatched reputation for meeting customer needs.

Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, the company has five manufacturing facilities and two distribution/sales facilities and employs around 700 people. Founded in 1962, Omega has grown steadily and now offers a diverse range of process measurement and control products to measure temperature, pressure, flow, level, strain, humidity, pH and conductivity. The company had sales of $168 million (approximately £103 million) in 2010 and adjusted operating profit before interest and tax of $39.6 million (approximately £24 million) and was cash generative. The value of gross assets acquired as at 31 December 2010 was $84.4 million (approximately £52 million). The acquisition is expected to enhance adjusted earnings per share in the first full financial year of ownership. We expect the acquisition to complete in Q4 on satisfaction of customary closing conditions including US and German antitrust clearances.

John O’Higgins, Chief Executive of Spectris, commented: “Trading since the time of our last update on 15 July has remained in line with our expectations. We are delighted to have reached agreement to acquire the Omega Engineering business, which will bring a significant strategic growth platform to our Industrial Controls segment.”

 

Clippard Offers Miniature Pneumatic Products Catalog for Scientific/Medical Applications

Cincinnati, Ohio -- A leader in miniature pneumatics, Clippard provides the scientific/medical industry a variety of products and solutions. The product range is illustrated in a color brochure featuring the most complete line of miniature fluid power products for the medical, pharmaceutical analytical and dental fields. Some of the many products include electronic valves for Oxygen-enriched environments, check and control valves, proportional valves, regulators, fittings, tubing and more.

A complete line of over 5,000 standard products, coupled with proven engineering and application expertise makes Clippard an excellent choice when seeking unique design solutions.

For further information, call Clippard today at 1-877-245-6247 or visit www.clippard.com/scientific-pol.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239
513-521-4261 . 877-245-6247
www.clippard.com/scientific-pol

 

Humphrey Products Releases New Valve Catalog

Humphrey Products is proud to announce the release of its newest Valve Catalog, HKV-7, for distribution. The new catalog provides basic decision-making information about our broad range of valve products. Within each of the eight sections, there are pages devoted to valve fundamentals, principles and background information, along with a comprehensive index to quickly navigate to the best solution. The ultimate goal of the catalog is to provide an overview of our products, guiding the customer to www.humphrey-products.com for more information.

Once at our website, the customer can access our Online Product Guide,
which provides more detailed specifications, CAD drawings, how to order
information, and the ability to request a quote for the product.
Additionally, the new catalog can be viewed as an interactive PDF at
www.humphrey-products.com, or the customer can be download it to view at
his or her convenience.

To obtain a catalog, please contact your local distributor, which can be
found at www.humphrey-products.com/?q=content/find-distributor.

Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Humphrey Products builds pneumatic
valves and pneumatic actuators that control and deliver pneumatic power.
For more than 100 years, Humphrey has been developing products ? all built
with quality craftsmanship and reliability ? for applications to be used in
many different industries. For more information about Humphrey Products,
please visit www.humphrey-products.com to view our Online Product Guide,
request 3D CAD drawings, request quotes and view our Engineered Solutions
case histories.

 

Atlas Copco Compressors Names New General Manager for U.S. Operations

Atlas Copco Compressors has named Andrew Walker General Manager for U.S. operations, with headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C., effective March 1. Walker succeeded Paul Hense, who leaves for a new position within the Atlas Copco Airpower Division after nearly four years in the U.S. as general manager, overseeing several acquisitions and new building projects during this time.“We’ve faced a number of challenges over the last four years, particularly given the economic situation, but this has been a very enjoyable time for me personally particularly because we achieved our mission of profitable growth,” Hense said. “I wish Andrew all the best in his future in the U.S. His experience, knowledge of the industry and leadership will serve him and the entire Atlas Copco family, including our
customers, very well in the coming years.”

Walker has a master’s degree in engineering and business administration from the University College of Dublin. He Joined Atlas Copco in 1986 and over the next 15 years held various positions in aftermarket and equipment sales and management, both in Ireland and Great Britain before moving to Belgium. In 2001 he took was named Aftermarket Marketing Manager for the Industrial Air Division; in 2005 Walker was appointed Vice President Marketing – Equipment for the Industrial Air Division; in 2007 he returned to his native Ireland to take the role of General Manager for the Customer Center in Ireland.

“I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunity that the U.S. offers and I am delighted to be serving as general manager for Atlas Copco Compressors’ U.S. operations,” Walker said. “My mission is to continue our growth in the U.S. with a focus on taking care of existing customers, while working to develop new markets and opportunities.”

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area develops, manufactures, markets, and services oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment and air management systems. It also offers specialty rental services. It innovates for superior productivity in applications such as manufacturing, construction, and the process industry worldwide. Principal product development and main manufacturing units are in Antwerp, Belgium. More information is available on www.atlascopco.com.

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. The Group delivers sustainable solutions for increased customer productivity through innovative products and services. Founded 1873, the company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2010, Atlas Copco had about 33 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 75 (approximately 11 BUSD). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

 

Freelin-Wade’s Employees Raise $13,062 for Give A Little Foundation

Today, employees at Freelin-Wade (www.freelin-wade.com) presented a check for $13,062 to the Give A Little Foundation. The money was the result of a year’s worth of fundraising by the employees. On behalf of the foundation, the check was accepted by Give A Little’s president, Dr. Ellen Summerfield.

Each year, Freelin-Wade employees host dozens of fundraising events for area charities. Among the 2010 events were monthly lunches, the popular Civil War Chili Cook-Off, a middle school dance, three silent auctions and a Hot Wheels® tournament. The employee group calls themselves the Freelin-Wade Force. Over the past several years the employees have supported a number of causes. For 2010, the group focused their efforts on the Give A Little Foundation. Give A Little provides emergency grants to families in Yamhill County facing financial crisis.

The $13,000 donation represents a record amount raised by the Freelin-Wade Force. In 2008, the employee group raised more than $11,000 and in 2009 they raised $10,000, both awarded to Relay for Life.

Matt Schaffner was the 2010 Freelin-Wade Force team captain. When asked about the year he said, “Last December, when we kicked the year off, we said that our goals were to raise money and raise awareness for Give A Little. I think we achieved both. I’m also pleased that we had a great time doing it. We held some fun events and virtually all of the employees and many in the community got involved.” Matt went on to add, “This should serve as a challenge to employees at other companies. Nothing should stop you from doing something great for the community.”

Dr. Summerfield said of the partnership, “This was a great year. Freelin-Wade exceeded all of my expectations and the money raised is going to have a big impact in our county.” She added, “We enjoyed every event, especially the popular monthly lunches! It was great to meet people and join together for a good cause.”

Freelin-Wade Company
Founded in 1980, Freelin-Wade is North America’s largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing and hoses for industries as diverse as pneumatics, dental and promotions. The company employs more than 100 people at its McMinnville, Oregon plant. Privately held Freelin-Wade is a subsidiary of Coilhose Pneumatics. Worry-Free Freelin-Wade tubing fits and arrives on time.

Give A Little Foundation
The foundation was established in 2008 by Summerfield, her husband, Dr. Phillip Pirages, and Tricia Crawford. The foundation awards grants averaging $250 each. Each grant goes to an individual or family facing a crisis. Sometimes one month’s rent is all it takes to help a family overcome their crisis and avoid homelessness. Sometimes a monthly bus pass means a person can keep a job. Give A Little Foundation can be contacted at givealittle@onlinemac.com or through their website at www.givealittlefoundation.org
 
HYDRA FLOW WEST TO REPRESENT WALKER FILTRATION ON WEST COAST

Walker Filtration, Inc. located in Erie, PA and a global leader in compressed air and gas filtration is excited to announce the appointment of a West Coast manufacturer’s representative, Hydra Flow West. With a reputable and successful business, Hydra Flow West is a well known manufacturer’s representative in California that will represent Walker Filtration on the West Coast beginning December 1, 2010.

Since 1993 Hydra Flow West has provided industrial distributors in the Western United States with a wide array of high quality pneumatic machinery and components. With over 70 years of combined experience, Hydra Flow West strives to provide customers with excellent service and support while meeting manufactures strategic sales plan and distribution goals. Working out of a 40,000 square foot warehouse in the Greater Los Angeles area, Hydra Flow’s mission is to "stock what the customer needs and service what they sell" while providing their customers with the highest level of personalized support.

”We are excited about our new relationship with Walker Filtration, said Mike King, Sales Manager and owner of Hydra Flow West. We feel the product offering is diverse, of the highest quality, and offers our distributors a broad range of products to improve their overall profitability. Walker Filtration’s commitment to West Coast based inventory along with their strong technical sales and marketing support can only help our companies achieve our mutual goals. We look forward to a long and successful relationship!”

Walker Filtration will offer sales, technical, and inventory support to Hydra Flow West and all of their customers, with Hydra Flow West representing Walker Filtration in the following states: California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

With a presence in North, Central and South America, Walker Filtration, Inc. has grown 31% in the past year with plans to continue a solid growth plan for years to come. The relationship with Hydra Flow West will facilitate Walker Filtration’s progression on the West Coast, while meeting customer needs with high quality products, competitive pricing, and short lead times.

Walker Filtration, Inc. Regional Manager, Lee Gehrlein states “This is an exciting opportunity for both Walker Filtration and Hydra Flow West. With a West Coast stocking location and sales presence we can focus on effectively assisting in the development of the west coast with Walker Filtration products.”

Walker Filtration, Inc. is ISO9001:2008 accredited, along with its parent company, Walker Filtration, Ltd. based in the United Kingdom. Walker Filtration manufactures a wide range of industrial air and gas filtration and dehumidification technologies for compressed air filters, vacuum pump filtration, and medical sterile filters with a global presence and several facilities around the world.

Walker Filtration, Inc.
4748 Pacific Avenue Erie, Pa 16506 USA
tel +1 814 836 2900 fax +1 814 836 7921
e-mail usa@walkerfiltration.com web www.walkerfiltration.com

 

COMPRESSED AIR CHALLENGE

Register Today!

Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems WE (web-edition)

WE Course Start Date: February 28,2011

Subsequent Sessions: March 7, March 14, and March 21 1:30 PM eastern

Registration Deadline: February 28, 2011

This web-based version of the popular Fundamentals of Compressed Air Si/stems training uses an interactive format that enables the instructor to diagram examples, give pop quizzes and answer students' questions in real time.
The curriculum will be organized into four 2-hour sessions:
1. Introduction, Why Care About Air and Study Your Supply Side
2. Understand Your Demands & Are You On Base
3. Controls
4. Maintain System Efficiency, Get With the Plan and Summary-Evaluation

Registration Information
[The rate for the course is $795 and participation is limited to 25 students. Please visit the CAC website today, www.compressedairchallenge.org, to access online registration and 1 for more information about the training.

Special rates available for CAC Sponsors and groups of 10 or more. Please email info@compressedairchallenge.org for more information.

 

SCHUNK Expert Days Service Robotics 2011

Research, development trends, and efficiency will be the main topics on the agenda at the SCHUNK Expert Days Service Robotics 2011. From February 23-24, 2011, SCHUNK will meet experts in service robotics from all over the world. The international symposium will take place for the fourth year at the SCHUNK automation plant in Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany. It is considered to be the worldwide leading communication platform for applied service robotics.

Attending the event is the scientist and mastermind in service robotics, Prof. Paolo Dario from Italy, Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn from Great Britain, Prof. Danica Kragic from Sweden, as well as Prof. Dragomir Nenchev from Tokyo. Moreover, there will be numerous experts with a technical-industrial background, who will report on impressive practical applications of service robotics, such as Stefanie Angerer from Audi AG, Dr. Andreas Bley from Metralabs GmbH, and Reinhard Teutenberg from Polysius AG.

The Expert Days are an ideal platform for generating international networks and to discuss forthcoming projects. The two-day symposium will be presented by Professor Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, holder of the chair in robotics “KUKA Chair of Robotics” at the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Martin Hägele, Head of Department Robot Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany.

Please find more detailed information and the registration form on the website http://expertdays.schunk.com.

About SCHUNK:
SCHUNK is a family owned operation and a global player in one. Totaling more than 60 years of experience, SCHUNK is a leading worldwide manufacturer of toolholding components, workholding systems, and automation components. With a reputation for high quality products, absolute precision, and continuous innovation, SCHUNK is a reliable partner. For more information, visit www.schunk.com
 
AutomationDirect Ranked as One of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work

Cumming, GA – AutomationDirect has been named one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work in 2010 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Employees voted the company to the number two position in the medium-size company category by completing a 37 -question online survey. The survey focused on specific categories relating to a company’s workplace culture. Things considered included; team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits. In order to be considered a finalist, each company must reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on its number of employees. Companies were then ranked and finalists chosen in each size category based on their overall composite score. Winners were chosen based strictly on the results of the survey. According to Anne Reich of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, winners are, in essence, chosen by the employees themselves. This year, approximately 500 companies were nominated.

Expressing gratitude, company captain, Tim Hohmann says, “This award is the best compliment to our company and management team that I could ask for. We feel if teamers love what they do, they’ll naturally take care of customers with dedication and enthusiasm. And that does prove true based on the many customer surveys we do.”

The most recent award reflects the ongoing excellence of AutomationDirect’s company culture. Previously, in 2009, AutomationDirect was recognized as the seventh best small company to work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Great Place to Work Institute, Inc. (GPTW). For this award, two- thirds of the organization’s score comes from employee survey responses; one-third of the score includes assessment of organization practices and perspectives from the leadership team.

Among their other recognitions, since 2001, the company has consistently been voted “Best in Service” by
Control Design magazine readers.

Founded in 1994, AutomationDirect has grown from a small PLC company to a well-recognized name in the industrial automation market. The company now offers over 9,500 feature-packed products through its Online Automation superstore and 2,750-plus-page catalog. The company offers its customers high-quality automation products, which are often priced below the industry average, 24-hour order entry and same-day shipping on in- stock items, outstanding sales and technical support, and a 30-day money-back guarantee on almost every product. For a free catalog, access their Web site at www.automationdirect.com or call 800-633-0405.

 
New Series RTC Rodless Cylinders Catalog Rexroth offers four designs using same concept

The SC-200.15 catalog has been revised to show the latest Series RTC rodless cylinder offering

RTC series rodless cylinders from Rexroth are ideal for powerful applications in tight installation conditions. The pneumatic cylinders are available in four versions, providing the right solution for every demand – and all that in a modern design.

(Lexington, KY – www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp) The SC-200.15 catalog is 56 pages of technical and ordering information on the Series RTC (Rodless Thrust Cylinder) featuring high load capacity, space-saving design and speeds up to 21 feet per second. The catalog can be downloaded or a hard copy requested from the Series RTC web page.

Be it high precision, compact dimensions, high performance, or cost-effectiveness - the cylinders in the RTC series are available in four versions. While the basic version RTC-BV (Basic Version) is suitable for universal use, the RTC-CG (Compact Guide) version offers high precision packed into compact dimensions. RTC-EG (E-line Guide) represents the most cost-effective guided version and the RTC-HD (Heavy Duty) version is designed for handling heavy loads.

The RTC is available in diameters of 16-80 mm (5/8”-3”) and with a maximum stroke length of 9900 mm (32.5 ft.), depending on version and size, and is available with ISO-G or NPT ports. Online configurator and calculation programs help determine the right cylinder for every application and CAD files can be downloaded.

An oval-shaped piston provides excellent load capacity and high moment capacity. The slide and piston in the RTC are constructed as a single unit allowing it to move higher loads than other cylinders. The RTC guided versions come with an Easy-2-Combine interface allowing simple combination with many other Rexroth actuators and components. And not least, the RTC is on the GoTo quick delivery program with the Basic Version shipping in five days or less, and the Compact Guide and Heavy Duty versions shipping in ten days or less.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications and factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy.

As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2009 Bosch Rexroth, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $5.7 billion
(4.1 billion Euro) with 34,200 employees.

For more information please visit: www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp
 
ATE 2010: New Series AS Air Preparation Units Catalog: New SC-500.15 catalog available from Rexroth

The SC-500.15 catalog has been revised to show the latest Series AS air prep offering.
The Rexroth Air Service (AS) system satisfies industry demands for compressed air preparation. Along with the standard functions of filtering, regulating and lubricating, this modular family of maintenance units also includes shut-off valves, 3/2 valves, soft start valves, and distribution/porting blocks all in compact dimensions.

(Lexington, KY – www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp) The SC-500.15 catalog is 228 pages of technical and ordering information on the Series AS family of modular air preparation units from Rexroth. These attractive units come in three sizes: Series AS2 (1/4” and 3/8” NPT or ISO-G), Series AS3 (3/8” or ½” NPT or ISO-G), and Series AS5 (3/4” and 1” NPT or ISO-G). The smooth exterior, lightweight, compact design and high flow capability make the AS family an easy choice.

The AS family is characterized by the ease of maintenance it provides. Large maintenance windows enable clear viewing of the filter condensate levels and lubricator fill levels. The pre-filter and coalescing filters can be optionally fitted with a contamination display (pressure drop indicator). Thanks to the easily accessible bayonet catch, the reservoirs can be quickly removed and refastened as necessary.

The lubricators are available with an optional low oil-level indication system including Rexroth’s ST6 sensor for remote monitoring. The patented oil filling system permits simplified push-button filling of the lubricators while the units are in service.

Custom assemblies can be configured online and delivered factory assembled and tested. A part number can be automatically assigned and 2D and 3D CAD drawings can be downloaded of the assembly. Many Series AS components are available on the shelf using our GoTo focused delivery program.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications and factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy.

As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2009 Bosch Rexroth, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $5.7 billion (4.1 billion Euro) with 34,200 employees.

For more information please visit: www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp.

 

The Rexroth GoTo Focused Delivery Program product offering was recently
enhanced, and a new eShop allows customers to purchase GoTo items online.


The Rexroth GoTo Focused Delivery Program - offers industry-leading delivery times for its most in-demand pneumatic products and other Rexroth products. The program aims to help customers build better machines faster with swift delivery times, expert applications support, accelerated design and start-up plus reduced system costs.

Select models of twenty-two pneumatic product families are featured in the GoTo pneumatics program. Recently several additions were made to the pneumatics offering, including: heavy-duty and compact guide versions of Series RTC rodless cylinders, metric Series QR1 push-in fittings, Series CD01/01-PI valve manifolds, expanded fieldbus options, Series MNI metric ISO 6432 cylinders,
additional Series M mini cylinders, and additional Ceram™ and Series 740 valves. Included in the program are pneumatic directional control valves, cylinders, air preparation, fittings and non-contact transfer units.

The new GoTo main web page for pneumatic products, www.boschrexroth-
us.com/GoToPneumatics gives customers streamlined access to specific catalog
information for each pneumatic GoTo product, and fast connection to product
experts. Online resources such as data sheets, part numbers, CAD drawings and
specifications greatly streamline the product selection process, and by
selecting a GoTo product the customer is assured fast delivery. The ability to
buy GoTo items online has been introduced via an eShop on our eBusiness@Rexroth
USA portal. See information on the Pneumatics GoTo web pages for how to
register.

For more information on the GoTo Focused Delivery Program and a complete list
of Rexroth GoTo motion, control and automation technologies - including
electric drives and controls, hydraulics, pneumatics, linear motion and
aluminum structural framing products - visit www.boschrexroth-us.com/GoTo.
As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells
components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2009 Bosch Rexroth, part
of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $5.7 billion
(4.1 billion Euro) with 34,200 employees.

For more information please visit: www.boschrexroth-us.com
CLIPPARD RELEASES NEW FULL-LINE CATALOG

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., manufacturer of the industry’s most complete line of miniature fluid power products, has just released the all-new 356-page catalog. This full-line catalog includes features, specifications, technical drawings, color photographs, and application highlights throughout. Products can be found in six main categories, including Cylinders, Electronic Valves, Control Valves, Modular Valves, Fittings and Hose, and Air Preparation equipment.

Clippard has been serving the needs of design engineers around the world since 1946 with quality products, on-time deliveries, application engineering expertise and a stocking distributor network that is highly trained to handle all your miniature pneumatic needs. Contact Clippard today, or your local distributor, for catalog #CILCAT-0410, a real working tool and resource for all your miniature pneumatic needs.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239
513-521-4261
www.clippard.com/catalog-pol

 

 

Piab offers manufacturers automation technology that boosts productivity and saves energy

Piab is expanding its advanced technology within the field of automation to reach more customers. Since opening for business in the 1950s, the company has been leading the development of compressed-air vacuum pumps, vacuum accessories, vacuum conveyors and suction cups, while equipping the most demanding customers with the most advanced solutions.

Optimum performance and energy efficiency have always been hallmarks of Piab’s solutions. As energy costs rise and environmental awareness increases, manufacturers are seeking energy-efficient products that enhance capacity. To meet demand, Piab is now expanding its range with several even more cost-efficient products.

First out is piINLINE™, a new range of inline vacuum generators based on COAX® technology. piINLINE™ is ideally suited for the manufacturing industry for integration in machines or robot applications.

“We will accelerate product development and we are now aiming to launch one new product series every quarter for the coming years,” says Piab’s CEO, Per-Erik Lindquist.

Alongside efforts to extend the product range, Piab is restructuring and strengthening its sales organisation to broaden its market base.

“Our aim is to reach more customers with efficient solutions for automation using vacuum technology. It will be simpler to find us and we will use our knowledge to help customers gain further competitive advantages,” says Lindquist.

With these changes in place Piab is targeting double digit annual growth..

To mark this new phase in Piab’s evolution and send a strong signal about its intentions Piab is changing its logo and launching a new website at the start of April to coincide with the launch of the new piINLINE products.


For more information, please contact:
Tel: 800-321-7422 x416
www.piab.com
 

Fabco-Air would like to inform you there has been a design improvement in the Multi-Power version of our Pancake II Composite body cylinders.

Effective immediately, all Pancake II Multi-Power cylinders will be manufactured and assembled using baffles similar to our Original Multi-Power cylinders, instead of the previous design that has been standard until now. Mounting and overall length dimensions do not change.
PM Style (old)

The previous Pancake II Multi-Power design will be available only as a special order, and priced accordingly.


The updated catalog can be downloaded at the following location:
http://www.fabco-air.com/pdf/pancake_II_web.pdf

Please make sure to forward this email to anyone in your organization who would benefit from it's contents, and encourage them to subscribe to our mailing list using the "Join Our Mailing List" button below, or by using the form located in the distributor only section of our website.

Contact Information
phone: (352) 373-3578
fax: (352) 375-8024
email: service@fabco-air.com

 

Festo opens Regional Contact Center for U.S. and Canadian Customers

In an effort to provide a faster, more streamlined solution to U.S. and Canadian customers requiring information or assistance, Festo has optimized its services to provide answers in a timely and efficient manner.

As of March 4,2010, all queries from customers regarding placement or tracking of orders, request for quotes, product support or technical assistance will be directed through the new Regional Contact Center (RCC) located at Festo's Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
Festo is amalgamating its Contact Centers in Montreal, Quebec and St. Louis, Missouri to better serve the more than 20,000 customer calls and 9,000 faxes and e-mails it receives monthly from across the two countries.

"We want to better serve our customers," explains Contact Center Manager Greg James. "Festo customer service representation in both Canada and the U.S. has always been superlative, and the new RCC will allow us the opportunity to increase our efficiency."

The new RCC offers:

• More Festo customer service employees to reduce customer wait-time;
• Bilingual agents for French-language customers;
• Extended hours of operations from SAM to 8PM EST;
• Increased service during both U.S. and Canadian holidays;
• Larger outbound calling team to apprise customers of all new product innovations;
• Centralized product support team with knowledge of the more than 30,000 Festo products, including in-depth specialists for all electrical and mechanical enquiries;
• Increased management overseeing regional growth of the Festo Online Shop.

Structured to answer 80 per cent of all incoming calls within the first 20 seconds, the RCC will employ a new fully automated inbound call and document distribution

FESTO


Festo to unveil new Customer Solutions Center

On March 4,2010, Festo will inaugurate its new Customer Solutions Center at its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters demonstrating how it will better help customers find the solution they need.

"With Festo continually expanding its range of electrical and pneumatic technologies for process control, we are determined to show our customers that we are more than a place to purchase their parts—we are a solutions provider," extols Casey Samaroo, Customer Solutions Manager, Festo Inc.

Along with showcasing Festo's constantly evolving leading edge technologies, the new Customer Solutions Center will offer customers a place to examine first-hand how Festo's custom-tailored solution will work via a project simulation.

"Every day, Festo is asked for solutions for electrical and mechanical enquiries, states Samaroo. "Now with the Customer Solutions Center, Canadian customers can partner up directly with Festo engineers on-site to replicate situations to determine the best workable solution.

The Customer Solutions Center will provide an opportunity for customers to complete an industrial automation solution involving:

• Handling and positioning including pick-and-place, linear or 3D gantries with pneumatic, electrical or hybridization of both.
• Custom components designed and manufactured to specification.
• Assembly and kitting services via standard, custom or third-party components.
• Control cabinets featuring electrical and/or pneumatic systems.
• Air quality and energy auditing services.

As well, the same day will also see the launch of Festo's new Regional Contact Center at the Canadian headquarters that will offer foster product support and technical assistance for its Canadian and U.S. customers.

 

FESTO


 

Coilhose Pneumatics announces the return of Rich Ricci to the Coilhose team, as Marketing Director. He will provide leadership to the Marketing Department, work closely with Sales in developing accounts, and combine efforts with Engineering in product development.

Rich brings with him over 20 years of Marketing and Sales experience in the fluid power industry. His background includes 10 years working with Coilhose, as well as experience with Rectus and Parker Hannifin in similar roles.

Since 1969, Coilhose Pneumatics has been providing the industrial, STAFDA, and other markets with high-quality hose, tubing, blowguns, and a wide range of pneumatic controls.

Coilhose, based in New Jersey, supports both domestic as well as international customers with reliable and innovative products. Coilhose also continues to expand its manufacturing competencies. In 1990 Coilhose acquired the Freelin-Wade Company, a leader in the dental and fluid power markets, and in 1995 Coilhose acquired Acme Automotive, a manufacturer of air products for the automotive aftermarket.

 

 


 

 

Galland Henning Nopak, Inc. Announces New President

Milwaukee, WI, January 11, 2010 – Galland Henning Nopak, Inc. (GHN) announced today that Steve Iram was appointed the new President by the GHN Board of Directors. Mr. Iram will succeed Daniel Steele who will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Prior to Galland Henning, Iram, spent fifteen years with HUSCO International in a series of increasingly responsible positions, including production, manufacturing operations and program management. Iram, a former U.S. Army officer, is a graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Marquette University. Iram also serves on the Board of Directors for Racine Federated Inc.

“The Board of Directors of Galland Henning Nopak is delighted that Steve Iram will be joining us as our next President. We are convinced that he has exactly the right combination of energy, experience and skill to lead the company to a growing and profitable future,” said Dan Steele, GHN Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Iram stated, “I am appreciative of the Board’s confidence in me to assume the responsibility to lead Galland Henning into the future. I am excited to be working with Dan and such a capable team of associates at GHN. Together we will focus on growth and delivering outstanding performance to our customers and shareholders.”


About Galland Henning Nopak, Inc.

Founded in 1889, Galland Henning Nopak is a National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) member and operates four lines of business including Nopak® fluid power products, recycling equipment, malting equipment and contract machining. GHN is a manufacturer of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, valves, recycling balers and specializes in fluid power applications for the aggregate, wood products, pulp & paper, water management, aluminum production, can manufacturing and scrap recycling industries where reliability and durability are important to prevent unscheduled down-time.


Galland Henning Nopak, Inc.
414-645-6000
http://www.nopak.com


SCHUNK Expert Days – Service Robotics 2010 Expert forum for the future of service robotics


The first two Expert Days in 2008 and 2009 were a great success for all the participants. Now SCHUNK, the specialist in toolholding, workholding and automation in Lauffen, Germany, has organized the third Expert Days for service robotics on February 24 and 25, 2010. Experts from all over the world will assemble at this summit. In numerous lectures, which are held in English, the participiants will recieve information on present research projects, trends, and chances for service robotics.

The lectures of international referees particularly focus on current topics of service robotics: safety,
standardization, and European initiatives. Moreover, current research projects in the fileld of gripping, mobile manipulation, and modular robotics will be presented. The forum should be a contribution to identify marketable applications of service robotics.

Beside an intensive exchange of experience, the Expert Days are an ideal platform for generating international networks all around the globe and to jointly tackle projects for the future. As in years before, two moderators will present the event: Professor Dr. Henrik I. Christensen, holder of the KUKA Chair of Robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, as well as Martin Hägele, Head of Department of Robotic Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering und Automation (IPA) in Stuttgart. For further information as well as for registration please complete the form online under www.expertdays.schunk.com.

The event will be held February 24-25, 2010, in Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany.

 


 

FREE FRL Sample Available—Get Real-Time Ship-To Dates at Bimba.com

Monee, IL – Bimba Manufacturing announced today that customers can receive a FREE FRL sample at bimba.com. Bimba offers a full line of Air Preparation Equipment, Filters, Regulators and Lubricators available in multiple bore sizes. Custom assemblies and optional accessories including porting blocks, shut-off valves, gauges and more are also available.

As with all Bimba products, users can receive real-time price and delivery quotes on their FRL in three easy steps. One, select Price and Delivery from the Order Info dropdown at bimba.com; two, enter the desired part number and quantity; and three, click Request Part. Individually stocked FRL components will ship the same day to ensure customers receive products on-time, every time. Or, you can call us at, 1-800-44-BIMBA with your Bimba FRL part number or a competitor’s FRL Part Number and we will provide you with real-time price and delivery on the specific Bimba FRL to fit your requirements.

When you need FRLs fast, it’s best to go with Bimba. Visit bimba.com/frl today.

About Bimba:
Bimba Manufacturing is a forward-thinking innovator of actuation technology, specializing in providing cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges. Its capabilities include an extensive line of industry-leading air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, air preparation equipment, valves, flow controls and position-sensing cylinders. In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, Bimba also develops many custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries.

 

 


Herkules’ New Blog ---

Information-Packed Web Pages on Scissor Lift Tables and Material Handling Systems


Herkules Equipment Corporation has added information-packed pages to its website in the form of a blog covering a wide range of topics all related to scissor lift tables and material handling systems. Topics include basic applications of scissor lift tables for all possible uses under the sun: basic workstation lifting; scissor lifts for conveyors; skillet lifting system; operator lifting; instrument lifting; and the list goes on and on. Herkules’ team members share their experiences and knowledge they’ve acquired throughout many years working on solutions for our customers. The blog is located at www.herkules.us/lifts/.

Many of the blog’s posts cover subjects that customers have asked about on specific projects, such as “The Need for Safety Skirts”, and “Integrating Lift Tables with Carts”. Other posts cover industry information such as “Lift Table Technology” and “Calculating CFM and SCFM”. Actual unique lift projects such as “Broach Lift and Rotate System”, and “Power Turntable with Dual Tilt Tables” are explained along with photos of the final product.

Herkules’ CEO, Todd Bacon, has extensive engineering knowledge on creating solutions with scissor lift tables.
“For years I have wanted to explain to the world our Herkules message about the beautiful
products we manufacture. The Herkules staff is a group of hard working, loyal employees, who
work as a team and are very good at what they do. Please read about the products we
manufacture in as many postings in our blog as you would like. I am sure you will find at least a
few postings related to a solution that will work for your needs.”

Herkules Equipment Corporation has been manufacturing Pneumatic Lifting Equipment for over 25 years, including (standard and custom); Lift Tables, Lift & Rotates, Lift & Tilts, Operator Lifts, Power Rotate Systems, Lifts for Integration, Cart Positioners, and Pallet Positioners. Herkules has now expanded their product offerings with electric lift systems and hydraulic lift systems.

For more product information, contact Herkules at 800-444-4351, or email info@herkules.us. Visit our website at www.herkules.us.

 

 


 

 

Engineering More Value for Every Customer

Commited to Customers At Bimba, every customer receives the highest level of quality, value, and service, every time. As the number one rated company in availability, performance and on-time delivery1, Bimba specializes in exceeding customer expectations and is dedicated to helping you get the job done, efficiently and accurately.

The key to great service is listening. So, when our website needed a major re-design, we turned to our customers for input. After hundreds of bimba.com visitors completed online surveys, we restructured our website to better fit your needs. Now, bimba.com features a robust product catalog, as well as an extensive library of online resources. Our dedication to customer satisfaction drives the development of our products and our company.

Bimba.com remains an important and growing source for information and is proof of our commitment to customer service. On our website, you can download CAD drawings, access technical articles, and watch detailed product animations. You can also get instant pricing and delivery dates, access your local Bimba distributor's contact information and see order tracking in real time. No matter what the question, an answer is only a click away.

For a more personalized experience, you can always talk to a Bimba representative. Comprised of experienced engineers and dedicated sales personnel, our team is prepared to tackle your most complicated technical questions and provide you with details on any of our products. Our highly trained customer service professionals are available by phone from 7am-5pm, or can be reached by email. And, with an in-house technical center and engineering group, Bimba closes the gap between customers and production personnel. Contact us and get the answers and information you need, quickly and easily. With Bimba's wide variety of customer resources, you are guaranteed an accurate and fast response, no matter what your inquiry. At Bimba, our customers add value to our company, and we work to do the same for you. Visit bimba.com

 

 


 

Rexroth recently revised the SC-300 pneumatic industrial directional control valve catalog to reflect new part numbers and product line changes.

The SC-300 pneumatic directional control valve catalog has recently undergone major revisions to reflect new part numbers and product line changes. The new 92 page catalog is now available and covers many of the most popular directional control valve lines. Slide valves included are the Ceram™ ISO 5599/1 subbase mounted valve with ceramic plates. Poppet valves include: Snap 3-way, Miniblock 3-way, Series 830 3-way, Series 840 4-way, Series 740 4-way and the Rotair® Block 4-way valve. Spool type 4-way valves include the CD-7, TaskMaster® and PowerMaster®. Flow rates for the valves included in the SC-300 range from 0.06 Cv to 15.7 Cv, and include in-line, subbase and manifold type valves. Operator types include solenoid, air pilot, manual and mechanical. The catalog also includes valve sizing charts, application sketches, and a features comparison chart showing the industrial pneumatic directional control valves from all Rexroth catalogs. Request your free copy of the SC-300 today.

Bosch Rexroth AG is one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company supplies more than 500,000 customers with tailored solutions for driving, controlling and moving machinery used in industrial and factory automation as well as in mobile applications. Bosch Rexroth is a partner for industrial applications, factory automation, mobile applications and renewable energy development. As The Drive & Control Company, Bosch Rexroth develops, produces and sells components and systems in more than 80 countries. In 2008 Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of around $8.3 billion (5.9 billion Euro) with 35,300 employees. Visit www.boschrexroth-us.com for more information.
 

 


 

 

Bimba Strengthens Commitment to Performance and Service with ERP Solution from Oracle

Monee, IL – July 1, 2009 — Bimba Manufacturing, a recognized leader in Industrial Automation technology, today announced a major Business Process Improvement (BPI) initiative to further elevate its performance and deliver exceptional service and value to its customer base.

Bimba is implementing a “next generation” Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, using the Oracle® E-Business Suite, to streamline its business processes and enable future business growth. The implementation covers all key processes including product configuration, engineering design, sales order management, manufacturing, quality management, and distribution.

As part of its ERP project, Bimba is expanding its implementation of Lean Manufacturing and Just-In-Time (JIT) principles to improve operations efficiency and increase manufacturing flexibility.

The Oracle Applications will enable Bimba to transact business seamlessly over the Web using advanced Product Configurator, e-Commerce and Customer/Supplier Collaboration tools.

David Gillhouse, Bimba’s Information Technology Director, says, “Our objective is to streamline business processes using Oracle Applications as the technology enabler. Our project team is extremely excited about the benefit potential. By streamlining our processes we expect to significantly reduce quote-to-ship lead time, improve customer service, improve manufacturing output, and increase employee productivity.”

The Oracle implementation is viewed as a strategic investment by Bimba’s Executive Management team. Pat Ormsby, Bimba President, explains: “The Oracle deployment will facilitate major business process improvement to support sustained, profitable business growth. It will help our company, and our valued distributors and customers, become more successful in the future.”

Bimba has engaged Lucidity Consulting Group, a Certified Advantage partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, to assist with the ERP/BPI initiative. Bimba recently completed a “Phase 0” Process Modeling program with Lucidity. Key business processes were simulated using the Oracle Applications to gain insight into the new methods and the associated benefits. Detailed implementation plans were then developed for software deployment and physical operations improvements.

Martin Gibson, Lucidity’s BPI Practice Director, praises Bimba’s “Phase 0” effort: “First we took a comprehensive picture of the business and identified major improvement opportunities. We then simulated future processes using Oracle Flow Manufacturing, Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning and other ERP applications. We were able to demonstrate major efficiency gains and cost reductions through streamlined methods and physical operating changes.”

Gibson says, “Bimba will be able to deploy these new techniques rapidly in the implementation phase, enabling a rapid Return on Investment. Additionally, the tools and processes can support significant business growth, not only for the next 1-2 years, but for the next decade and beyond. All processes and technology are highly scalable to support future growth.”

In “Phase 0,” significant emphasis was also placed on piloting Bimba-specific models in the Oracle Configurator. When fully implemented, distributors and their customers will be able to design and sell new products in real-time, collaborate over the Web, and place orders electronically with no human intervention. This will help reduce cycle time, order errors, and costs for all parties involved.

Lois Wortley, Oracle Vice President, Configurator Development says, “It is exciting to see a company like Bimba fully embrace the Oracle E-Business Suite to increase the flexibility and productivity of their manufacturing operations. Additionally, the company’s deployment of Oracle Configurator will support more efficient business methods and promote a closer relationship with distributors and customers.”

Bimba is deploying a time-phased implementation strategy for its three main business units. Mead Fluid Dynamics will be the first business unit implemented (target completion 3rd quarter of 2009). This will be followed by TRD (end of 2009), and Bimba (2nd quarter of 2010). Bimba plans to extend Oracle ERP capabilities to its distributors once internal deployment is completed.

Distributors interested in learning more about Bimba’s ERP/BPI initiative are urged to contact Scott Meldeau (Vice President of Sales & Marketing, meldeaus@bimba.com) or David Gillhouse (Information Technology Director, gillhoused@bimba.com).


About Bimba:
Bimba Manufacturing is a forward-thinking innovator of actuation technology, specializing in providing cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges. Its capabilities include an extensive line of industry-leading air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, flow controls and position-sensing cylinders. In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, nearly half of the company’s business consists of custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries.
 

 


 

 

Bionic solutions for efficient automation of the future Inspired by nature

Maximum performance with minimum energy consumption: Nature shows the way to energy-efficient movement processes in tomorrow’s production and provides impulses for astounding new practical applications.

Flexibility, lightness in relation to the mass to be displaced and energy efficiency are acquiring increasing significance in automation. With highly diverse examples, nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum consumption of energy.

Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board and Director of Technology and Market Positioning at Festo AG, explains: “We are using bionics to sound out new technologies and to offer our customers even more efficient solutions in automation.”

Over the past few years, the Festo Bionic Learning Network – a cooperation of Festo with renowned universities, institutes and development companies – has become established as an integral part of Festo’s innovation processes.

The Bionic Learning Network thus reflects Festo’s solutions competence for evaluating new approaches in sustainable product development. “We intend to be the innovation leader in our sector. To this end, we must repeatedly travel down new, in other words entirely different, paths in order to provide our customers with added value,” says Dr. Veit.

Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive gripping in the mechanical handling industry.

In biomechatronics, Festo is investigating new approaches in the control and regulation of autonomous bionic systems, all the way up to smart system integration and the application of state-of-the-art communication technologies. Autonomous, versatile, adaptive and self-regulating processes will acquire increasing significance in the future for the automation of production. In this process, the ongoing development of sensor and regulating technologies along the road to decentralised, autonomous, self-controlling and self-organising systems is benefiting from inspiration provided by nature.
 

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Coilhose Pneumatics has announced the appointment of Adam Wishkovsky to the position of Eastern Sales Manager for both Coilhose and Acme Automotive. Reporting to John Dillenburg, National Sales Manager, Adam will be responsible for sales of products in all market channels in the Eastern United States as well as Canada. Adam will also manage Coilhose and Acme rep agencies and customer accounts in the Eastern geographical region.

Adam brings 28 years of experience in a variety of sales management and marketing positions. Most recently, Adam had responsibility for all sales in the construction and rental division of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a material handling company manufacturing products such as hoists, lifting chain, overhead crane systems, and below-the-hook attachments. Prior to that, Adam held sales and marketing management positions with a number of manufacturers, including Wilson/Dalloz Safety, Bladesmith, and Oldham Saw Company.

 

Coilhose Pneumatics
19 Kimberly Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
P: 732.390.8480
F: 732.390.9693
 

 


 

VIBCO Vibrators Is Named As A Winner of the Managing Automation 2009 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards


VIBCO Vibrators will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala June 11, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, Florida. VIBCO was selected as a winner of the fifth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards, selected by Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication. VIBCO designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use.

“We’re excited to be recognized for our lean revolution,” says Karl Wadensten, VIBCO President. “Everybody here has a real passion for lean and the whole VIBCO Vibration Nation team is unbelievable. We call it ‘Learning to See’ . That means that each person here is learning to recognize and eliminate waste wherever it lives. Sometimes it is small thing that saves a few minutes each day – one employee simply cut off the unused end of a monkey wrench so she didn’t have to flip the tool over to find the right fit. Sometimes it’s a big thing like creating a new program that reduces set-up times on an expensive machine. The important thing is that each and every team member has learned to see waste and now has a tool kit for eliminating it.”
VIBCO trains its entire workforce in lean methodologies and is actively identifying and eliminating waste through improvement projects. All facets of the organization are affected: machining, assembly, shipping and receiving, marketing, sales, customer service, engineering, purchasing, finance and supply chain.

Some key achievements include:
• Setup time on CNC equipment reduced from 2.5 hours to 10 minutes
• Ontime delivery is now 99% same day, next day shipping
• Quality improved 80%
• Productivity increase in selected work cells as much as 300%
• Inventory reduced by 40% (over $1,000,000) over 2 years
• Work in Progress (WIP) inventory turning 88 times per year

“In the face of one of the worst economic downturns in history, these winning companies dramatically underscore how the manufacturing industry will not only get through this period but emerge in an even stronger position once a recovery takes hold,” said David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation Media. “The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future for all industry.”

An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor, Managing Automation, reviewed project nominations. Judges included:
• Lisa Bodell, CEO, FutureThink
• Tim Hanley, Vice Chairman and U.S. Process & Industrial Products Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP
• Brad Heath, President, VirTex Assembly Services, Inc. (PM Winner)
• Ivan Hovey, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Manager, Freescale Semiconductor
• James M. Joyner, Director of Lean, Quality & Service, Card Monroe
• Jay Lee, Univ. of Cincinnati, Ohio Eminent Scholar & L.W. Scott Alter Chair Professor Dept. of Mechanical Eng.
• Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer, Rexam Plc (2005 Award Winner)
• Robert Parker, VP, Research, Manufacturing Insights
• Maureen Steinwall, President, Steinwall Inc. (2006 Award Winner)
• Joe Tocci, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Intertape Polymer Group
• Steven Vidakovic, Technology and Knowledge Integration, Global Supply Chain, Pfizer Inc. (2007 Award Winner)
• Ray Wang, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
• Mark Yatskievych, Manager, Technical Support, General Dynamics (2008 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year)
• Emily Stover DeRocco, President, Manufacturing Institute, Senior Vice President National Association of Manufacturers
• David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media
The PM100 Winners will be honored and presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala to be held on the last day of the Progressive Manufacturing Summit 2009: Redefining the Business of Manufacturing in Turbulent Economic Times, June 9-11, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida. More than 200 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend. In addition to presenting the awards to the PM 100 Winners, Managing Automation Media will announce at the Gala Dinner High Achievers and Sub-Category Winners in each of the 8 disciplines as well as the 2009 Progressive Manufacturers of the Year at both a large and small company.

About Managing Automation Media
Managing Automation Media, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for executives and technology decision-makers at progressive manufacturers — companies that are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. In North America with Managing Automation, and now also in EMEA with Manufacturing Executive, they deliver access to the most influential decision-makers in manufacturing. Additional information can be found at managingautomationmedia.com.

About VIBCO Vibrators
Founded in 1962, VIBCO Vibrators designs, manufacturers and markets a comprehensive range of electric, pneumatic and hydraulic vibrators for construction and industrial use. VIBCO Vibrators also designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of vibratory plate compactors and rollers. The company is headquartered in Wyoming, RI, USA.
Toll Free in US:(800) 633-0032
Toll Free in Canada: (800) 465-9709
Email: vibrators@vibco.com
Web: www.vibco.com
VIBCO, We’re the Expert Vibrator Guys.TM
 


 

Bionic solutions for efficient automation of the future Inspired by nature

Maximum performance with minimum energy consumption: Nature shows the way to energy-efficient movement processes in tomorrow’s production and provides impulses for astounding new practical applications.

Flexibility, lightness in relation to the mass to be displaced and energy efficiency are acquiring increasing significance in automation. With highly diverse examples, nature demonstrates how maximum performance can be achieved with minimum consumption of energy.

Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board and Director of Technology and Market Positioning at Festo AG, explains: “We are using bionics to sound out new technologies and to offer our customers even more efficient solutions in automation.”

Over the past few years, the Festo Bionic Learning Network – a cooperation of Festo with renowned universities, institutes and development companies – has become established as an integral part of Festo’s innovation processes.

The Bionic Learning Network thus reflects Festo’s solutions competence for evaluating new approaches in sustainable product development. “We intend to be the innovation leader in our sector. To this end, we must repeatedly travel down new, in other words entirely different, paths in order to provide our customers with added value,” says Dr. Veit.

Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive gripping in the mechanical handling industry.

In biomechatronics, Festo is investigating new approaches in the control and regulation of autonomous bionic systems, all the way up to smart system integration and the application of state-of-the-art communication technologies. Autonomous, versatile, adaptive and self-regulating processes will acquire increasing significance in the future for the automation of production. In this process, the ongoing development of sensor and regulating technologies along the road to decentralised, autonomous, self-controlling and self-organising systems is benefiting from inspiration provided by nature.

Festo

 


 

SCHUNK, is pleased to announce the addition of Bob Holtz


SCHUNK, a world leader in Automation. Workholding and Toolholding Technology, is pleased to announce the addition of Bob Holtz to the SCHUNK team. Mr. Holtz will fill the newly formed position of Business Unit Manager of Toolholding and Workholding. Mr. Holtz has been in the Metal cutting industry for over 20 years and has served in various capacities. “Bob brings with him a wide variety of experience and he will be a great asset as SCHUNK prepares to come out of the current economic situation with an even stronger team than before”, said Mr. Guerry, President of SCHUNK North America.

Mr. Holtz will be responsible for managing the daily responsibilities of the growing SCHUNK Toolholding and Workholding departments. Mr. Holtz:”I am very excited to join SCHUNK USA as its new Business Unit Manager. Our ability to offer solutions utilizing a variety of toolholders, stationary and rotational workholding products places SCHUNK in a unique position in the metal cutting industry. I look forward to working with this great team as we position ourselves for an even greater market presence.”

With more than 60 years of experience, SCHUNK is a worldwide manufacturer of toolholding components, rotating and stationary workholding systems, and automation components.
Totaling more than 1,800 employees worldwide, located in 23 subsidiaries and 6 manufacturing facilities, SCHUNK offers unbeatable customer service and technical knowledge. A dense network of SCHUNK outside sales representatives and certified SCHUNK distribution partners guarantees prompt and reliable support in all stages of the manufacturing cycle. For the US market, SCHUNK provides technical support, application assistance, manufacturing, and complete customer specific solutions from the North American Headquarters in North Carolina.

 

 


 

 

Herkules’ Lift Systems Are Utilized by NASA for the Ares I-X Constellation Program

Walled Lake, Michigan. Herkules Equipment Corporation worked closely with United Space Alliance (USA) for the upcoming Ares I-X mission by customizing a lift system that enabled rocket engineers to securely load 2400 pound parachutes into a booster rocket. Herkules’ engineering team designed the lift system to meet all of USA’s unique specifications including raised height, travel, foot print, portability and all strict NASA safety standards with a 3 times safety factor. The lifts are currently used at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The purpose of the three lift systems is to accurately raise the 3 large “rocket sized” parachutes independently to meet the top section of the booster rocket. The parachutes are then packed correctly and ultimately deployed in the first stage separation +123 seconds after lift-off. Fork pockets allow the lift to be moved when and where it is needed. The small footprint, combined with the required high raised height, created unique safety challenges that were answered in the design process to USA’s satisfaction, guided by strict regulations.

“It was great to see things come together as planned! Thank you again for all the support” wrote the USA Ares 1st Stage GSE IPT Lead.

Herkules’ pneumatic lift systems are virtually maintenance-free, with no messy fluids or costly cylinders to replace. The power source, Herkules’ Air Bag™ technology, provides a patented direct one-to-one lift ratio, eliminating stress on the scissors, minimizing wear and maintenance. The lifting motion is smooth and stable. The heavy-duty air bags are built for rugged daily use giving facilities a lifetime of trouble-free operation.

Herkules Equipment Corporation has been manufacturing Pneumatic Lifting Equipment for over 20 years, including (standard and custom); Lift Tables, Lift & Rotates, Lift & Tilts, Human Lifts, Power Rotate Systems, Lifts for Integration, Cart Positioners, Pallet Positioners, and Vehicle Lifts.

For more product information, contact Herkules at 800-444-4351, or email info@herkules.us. Visit our website at www.herkules.us
 

 


 

Rexroth Launches GoTo Focused Delivery Program for Pneumatic Products

SC-GoTo pneumatic catalog and quick-reference website pages give fast access to product information and ordering details. The new Rexroth GoTo Focused Delivery Program helps customers build better machines faster with industry-leading product delivery times. New GoTo web pages provide streamlined access to product information and fast connection to applications experts.


(Lexington, KY – www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp) Bosch Rexroth has increased capacity and streamlined production and delivery through comprehensive implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in the Bosch Production System. The result is the launch of the Rexroth GoTo Focused Delivery Program - offering industry-leading delivery times for its most in-demand pneumatic products and other Rexroth products. The program aims to help customers build better machines faster with swift delivery times, expert applications support, accelerated design and start-up plus reduced system costs.

Select models of twenty pneumatic product families are featured in the GoTo program. Air preparation lines include inch Series AS and NL1 plus Series MU1 pressure regulators. Pneumatic valve lines include directional control valves Series 579, Series 581, Series 740, Series 840, Ceram™, Series HF03-LG, Series LS04, Series TC08 and TC15, plus Series ED02 and ED04 electro-pneumatic pressure control valves. Pneumatic cylinder lines include Series CCI compact, Series M mini, Series PRA ISO 15552, Series RMC rodless and TaskMaster® NFPA compatible. Accessories include the Series NCT Non-Contact Transfer units, Series PE5 pressure switches and Series QR1 inch fittings and tubing.

The new GoTo main web page for pneumatic products, www.boschrexroth-us.com/GoToPneumatics gives customers streamlined access to specific catalog information for each pneumatic GoTo product, and fast connection to product experts. Online resources such as data sheets, part numbers, CAD drawings and specifications greatly streamline the product selection process, and by selecting a GoTo product the customer is assured fast delivery.

For more information on the GoTo Focused Delivery Program and a complete list of Rexroth GoTo motion, control and automation technologies - including electric drives and controls, hydraulics, pneumatics, linear motion and aluminum structural framing products - visit www.boschrexroth-us.com/GoTo.
 

 


 

New Online Training - Webinars

Lake City, PA, U.S.A. … Van Air Systems free online training – webinars.

Learn the fundamentals of compressed air treatment in an online training session. All you will need is a phone and internet connection. Each course will last up to 30-45 minutes and cover a range of conceptual and practical topics in compressed air and gas drying. All courses will then be recorded and available on-line for those unable to attend the live session. For a list of our online training schedule please visit www.vanairsystems.com and sign up today!

Phone (800) 840-9906 or Fax (814) 774-0778 or E-mail: info@vanairinc.com

 

 


Numatics Introduces Cylinder Express Shipping Program

NOVI, MICHIGAN, February 31, 2009 – Numatics, a leading global manufacturer of fluid power products, today introduced the industry’s most comprehensive 2-day guaranteed shipping program for pneumatic cylinders.
“Unlike traditional quick ship offerings, the Numatics 2-day cylinder shipping program encompasses the most comprehensive product and option range in the industry,” said Robert Kemple, executive vice president, sales and marketing, ASCO Numatics-Americas. “Our program includes a broad range of cylinder options and configurations and is specifically structured for customers that value exceptional quality, flexibility, and rapid shipping.”
The program covers the Numatics A Series N.F.P.A. interchangeable cylinder line and its M Series non-repairable round body air cylinder line. The A Series 2-day program includes seven bore sizes ranging from 1-1/2 inches to 6 inches. Customers have the flexibility to order their cylinder stroke in 1/16 inch increments. They also can specify the precise locations for both their ports and cushion needle adjustments. In addition, the 2-day program includes highly desirable options such as high-temperature and low-breakaway seals plus rod and/or thread extensions.


The M Series 2-day program has 12 bore sizes ranging from 5/16 inch to 3 inches and offers 1/16-inch stroke increments. It also includes 23 cylinder mounting styles/types. A multitude of popular options are offered such as bumpers, high-temperature seals, magnetic strip on the piston for position feedback, rod and/or thread extension, plus much more.
Compared to other rapid shipping offerings, the Numatics 2-day cylinder shipping program provides higher guaranteed quantity availability. “We guarantee to ship a quantity of 10 or less cylinders for all part numbers (generated from the applicable A and M Series how-to-order pages) in 2 days or less -- or we pay the shipping,” Kemple said.
“Numatics understands that customers can’t afford to be penalized with inflated shipping dates because they require products tailored to their specific application,” he said. “To offer this wide range of products and configuration options with guaranteed shipping in two days or less is unprecedented in the industry.”
For more information about the Numatics 2-day guaranteed cylinder shipping program, contact Rodney Long at (615) 236-1310 or visit http://www.numatics.com/express.aspx

 

 


 
Harrington Industrial Plastics Opens Two New Branches First Quarter of 2009

Harrington Industrial Plastics has opened two new branches this year. The newest locations have been placed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Harrington has grown from a regional distributorship to the largest distributor of industrial plastic piping systems in the United States in the last 50 years. 

Harrington began with the purpose of servicing customers that handle corrosive liquids and has expanded its offerings to include products for customers with high-purity needs and products to help protect the environment.  Companies that manufacture semiconductor, pharmaceuticals and bio-pharmaceuticals find Harrington an indispensable resource for their demanding processes.

The new facilities offer fully stocked warehouses, with local delivery and highly knowledgeable employees to answer any of your questions. As with all of Harrington facilities, the new locations will bring technically oriented sales crews to the local areas along with the knowledge and strength of 39 locations nationwide.

Harrington is particularly proud of its employees and their pledge to customer service. Every sales team and warehouse employee is committed to continually seek ways to improve the level of service provided. 

The Milwaukee facility is located at W134 N4949 Campbell Ave, Memomone Falls, WI 53051. Located west from the Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport, with cross streets of Hampton Road and Lily Road. 

The Grand Rapids facility is located at 4540-D East Paris Ave, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512. Located just west from the Gerald Ford International Airport, with cross streets of Broadmoor Ave and 44th St.

For more locations, information and products please visit www.harringtonplastics.com or call anytime at 800-877-4472 and a Harrington Sales Representative will assist you.

 

 
 
Coilhose Pneumatics proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009, marking four decades of providing the industrial and STAFDA markets with high-quality hose, tubing, blowguns, and a wide range of pneumatic controls.

Coilhose, based in New Jersey, supports both domestic as well as international customers with reliable and innovative products. Coilhose also continues to expand its manufacturing competencies. In 1990 Coilhose acquired the Freelin-Wade Company, a leader in the dental and fluid power markets, and in 1995 Coilhose acquired Acme Automotive, a manufacturer of air products for the automotive aftermarket.

 

 

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ASCO Numatics Announces 2009 Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, February 3, 2009 – ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation solutions, flow control, and pneumatics, today announced the beginning of the 2009/2010 academic year application period for two $5,000 scholarships available to U.S. engineering students pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. ASCO Numatics will also make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled.

“ASCO Numatics started the scholarship program to help identify and encourage the next generation of leaders in the engineering industry,” said Robert W. Kemple, Jr., Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing - Americas, ASCO Numatics. “We were very impressed by the quality and enthusiasm of last year’s applicant pool. We are excited to continue this program throughout 2009 and expect the same high-quality applicants and talented winners.”

The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technology. A panel of ASCO Numatics and independent judges will select the finalists.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, electrical, mechanical, or automation discipline at an accredited U.S. educational institution for the 2009/2010 academic year. At the time of application, they must have completed at least their sophomore year in a bachelor’s degree program, have at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident. Complete application details and forms are available at www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.

ASCO Numatics will present the scholarship awards at the 2009 ISA Expo, October 6 - 8, 2009 at the Reliant Center in Houston. The ASCO Numatics award presentation will be part of the annual ISA Young Automation Professionals Festival (YAPFEST). ISA hosts YAPFEST for automation professionals between ages 18 and 30.

About ASCO Numatics
ASCO Numatics, formed by the merger of ASCO and Numatics, is a business unit of Emerson Industrial Automation. ASCO Numatics offers comprehensive fluid automation solutions, flow control and pneumatics for a wide range of industry-focused applications. The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a full line of actuation products. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear and rotary indicators, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, cylinders, grippers, filters, regulators, lubricators, and dryers. For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2008 were $24.8 billion. For more information, visit www.emerson.com.
 
 

 

 

 
Kaeser Announces ENERGY STAR Partnership

Kaeser Compressors proudly announces its recent partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. This partnership reflects Kaeser’s belief in providing customers with the highest quality, most efficient compressed air products and optimized, energy-saving systems.

With the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans saved about $16 billion on their 2007 energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles. Kaeser intends to leverage its partnership with ENERGY STAR to communicate the importance of energy management to the industrial marketplace – and increase the national statistics for energy savings in the coming years.

Kaeser prides itself on its long-standing commitment to the environment and energy management. An Allied Partner with the Department of Energy and an ISO 14001 Environmental certified company, Kaeser partnered with ENERGY STAR to further promote the importance of saving energy.

“Our commitment to energy management extends beyond our products and services,” said General Manager and Executive Vice President Frank Mueller. “The design for our headquarters expansion includes many energy-saving elements, and our employees actively participate in energy and waste reduction programs.”

The Kaeser headquarters expansion now underway in Fredericksburg, Virginia will include a Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) roof to reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it like other types of roofs. The design also includes an efficient underfloor-air-distribution system and daylighting. The result is less energy required to heat, cool and illuminate the building. Current recycling and conservation programs are in place for batteries, cellular phones, computer equipment, electricity, and more.

“Environmental responsibility is everyone’s responsibility—and today I’m pleased Kaeser Compressors is taking this motto to heart,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “By making smart energy choices, Kaeser Compressors is helping improve our nation’s energy and environmental outlook.

For more information on Kaeser’s commitment to energy management, please call 800-777-7873 or visit us at www.kaeser.com.
 

 

 
 
New Electronic Measurement Solutions Catalog from NOSHOK

No matter what the application, chances are you’ll find a pressure or temperature sensing solution in NOSHOK’s new ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS Catalog, featuring our complete offering of industry-leading pressure, level and temperature measuring electronic instrumentation. Click on the link below to view a printable PDF.

This catalog contains detailed product information and user-friendly specifications on our comprehensive range of Transducers and Transmitters for a variety of requirements.

Our full range of Digital Indicators is also showcased, along with our new Digital Pressure Gauges, both Electronic and Mechanical Pressure Switches and our new Indicating Pressure & Temperature Switch/Transmitters.

All of our indicators can be pre-programmed and calibrated to customer specifications. Our goal is to make installation easy and performance dependable.
This catalog, and all of our other catalogs, flyers and technical manuals can be viewed and downloaded from our website at www.noshok.com in the Reference Materials Section. Or, order your printed copy (Catalog #NK08ES-1) by contacting NOSHOK’s Customer Service Team at:
NOSHOK, Inc., 1010 West Bagley Rd.,
Berea, Oh 44017,
Phone 440-243-0888,
Fax 440-243-3472.

 


 

New Electro-Pneumatic Devices Catalog from Rexroth

E/P proportional control valves and positioners from Rexroth
A new fifty-six page catalog from Rexroth covers technical and ordering information on electro-pneumatic valves and positioners
New catalog SC-600 titled “Electro-Pneumatic Devices” covers five E/P valves series, E/P positioners and electronic flowmeters.

(Lexington, KY – www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp) The new Rexroth fifty-six page catalog SC-600 provides technical information, drawings and ordering information on electro-pneumatic proportional control valves, positioners and electronic flowmeters. The catalog covers the following E/P valve series: ED02 proportional solenoid-analog control; EV04 pilot control; ED05 proportional solenoid-analog link, analog control, VDS link and DDL link; ED07 proportional solenoid-analog control, VDS link, DDL link and Profibus-DP; and ED12 proportional solenoid-analog control. The valves feature flows from 3.53 SCFM to 91.8 SCFM. An overview chart in the inside front cover compares technical features, electrical data and safety features of the valve series. Rexroth E/P’s are known for their precision and low hysteresis characteristics. Bus protocols supported include: Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT, ControlNet, DeviceNet, INTERBUS-S, MODBUS TCP, Profibus-DP, CANopen and TCP/IP.

Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group, achieved sales of approximately $7.4 billion (5.4 billion Euros) in 2007 with nearly 33,000 employees. Under the brand name of Rexroth the company offers all drive and control technologies, from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated service. Over 500,000 customers worldwide utilize Rexroth’s unique technological know-how to implement their innovative and future-oriented systems and machine concepts. The global player, represented in over 80 countries, is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications. Visit www.boschrexroth-us.com for more information.

 


 

Heinz-Dieter Schunk Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

Heinz-Dieter Schunk, CEO of SCHUNK Inc, was awarded the German Machine Development Prize on October 14, 2008. During the third German Machine Development Summit in Berlin, the independent jury of experts in business and science recognized his lifetime achievements. Under his management, a small garage business in Germany has been transformed into an innovation hotbed of clamping technology and automation with 1,800 employees. SCHUNK's precision products are currently used in numerous sectors to increase quality and efficiency.

Every other year, the top decision makers of the German Machine and Plant Development Organization, one of the largest organizations in Germany, meet in Berlin to determine the winner of this prestigious award. The two previous winners of this award are Prof. Dr. E.h. Berthold Leibinger from the machine tool builder Trumpf Inc, and Dr. Dieter Kress from the tool specialist MAPAL Dr. Kress KG. Heinz-Dieter Schunk is now the third person to receive this highly-respected award.

Heinz-Dieter Schunk was 22 when he joined his father, Friedrich Schunk's, company in 1964. The small business, founded in 1945 in Germany, made a name for itself from the beginning by having high quality standards. In the 1950s, the company manufactured precision parts for Porsche and aircraft parts for Merkle, among other things. In the 60’s, Heinz-Dieter started the systematic construction of the company. For example, in 1966, the first product range was launched, chuck jaws. Today, SCHUNK leads in this product area with the largest assortment of chuck jaws in the world. In 1978, SCHUNK revolutionized the toolholder market with its high-precision hydraulic expansion toolholder. Today, in the area of clamping technology, SCHUNK manufactures various toolholding systems, stationary clamping systems, lathe chucks and jaws, and special hydraulic expansion holding devices.

SCHUNK has also made a name for itself as the innovations leader in the field of automation, with the manufacture and distribution of gripping, rotary and linear modules, robot accessories, and much more. Today, the company is one of the leading suppliers in the field of automation.

Despite running a vastly successful business, Heinz-Dieter Schunk is engaged in numerous professional organizations and remains a family man. He has involved his wife and two children into the SCHUNK organization. Both his son, Henrik Schunk, and his daughter, Kristina Schunk, have taken on a multitude of managerial functions for the company, thus ensuring a stable and prosperous future for SCHUNK around the globe.

SCHUNK Inc.
211 Kitty Hawk Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 919.572.2705 or
800.772.4865
Fax: 919.572.2818

 


 

Expert Days – Service Robotics 2009
Expert forum on the future of Service Robotics


The Germany-based clamping and gripping specialist, SCHUNK, will be holding a new edition of its Service Robotics Expert Days on February 18th and 19th, 2009 in Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany. The international expert forum will be attended by leading authorities in the field, bringing together experts from all around the world. A wide range of presentations in English will give participants an overview of the current situation and future possibilities for the Service Robotics industry.

As well as offering an intensive exchange of experience and expertise, Expert Days should also foster international networks around the globe, giving companies the opportunity to work together on projects for the future. In addition to this, the event should help to identify real service robotics applications that meet market demands.

Just one look at the names of the hosts boasts how special this event promises to be. Internationally-renowned robotics experts, Professor Henrik I. Christensen and Martin Hägele, will be leading the presentations. Henrik Christensen is the current KUKA Chair of Robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and was founding President of the European Network of Excellence in Robotics (Euron). Martin Hägele is Head of Robotics Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation, IPA, in Stuttgart, Germany. He coordinates the EU project "SMErobot", which is working together with all European robotics manufacturers to create a modular and interactive generation of robots that are quick to install and easy to operate.

The long list of speakers includes Professor Axel Graeser from the Institute for Automation Technology at the University of Bremen, who is in charge of a number of projects researching rehabilitation robotics; Christopher Parlitz, Head of the Care-O-Bot robot assistant system project at the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart; Andreas Bley, Director of MetraLabs GmbH, who developed an interactive, mobile shopping helper for the retail industry; and many other international experts. For further information and to register, visit www.expertdays.schunk.com.
 

SCHUNK Inc.
211 Kitty Hawk Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 919.572.2705 or
800.772.4865
Fax: 919.572.2818


 

Parker Hannifin Acquires Origa Group

Expanding its European Presence in Pneumatic Technologies

Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has acquired Hoerbiger-Origa Holding AG (Origa Group) from Hoerbiger Holding AG of Zug, Switzerland. Origa Group is a manufacturer of rodless pneumatic actuators electric actuators, FRLs (filter regulator lubricator), pneumatic cylinders, and valves used in the transportation, semiconductor, packaging and conveying markets. The Group has major operations in Filderstadt, Germany, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, Glendale Heights, Illinois in the United States and smaller facilities in several other international locations.

Origa will continue to serve our customers globally, now as a division of Parker Hannifin's Automation Group.

"We are pleased that Origa is now a unit of the world's leading motion and control technology company," said Dieter Friedemann for Origa Group. "Parker has a reputation for leveraging the capabilities of the businesses it acquires yielding accelerated growth and profitability. That is good news for Origa customers, suppliers and employees."

"We're excited about the opportunities this combination offers for Parker," said Roger Sherrard, President of Parker's Automation Group. "Origa is a respected manufacturer and their world class rodless actuator line strengthen the depth and breadth of our global product portfolio." The Origa brand is well known, particularly in European markets that offer growth opportunities for Parker.

 

 


 

Redesigned SmartPipe product catalog and installation guide from Kaeser

Introducing our enhanced SmartPipe product catalog and installation guide! This helpful resource covers everything from the benefits of our modular aluminum piping to installation tips and product specifications.

With product images, part numbers and the technical details for each component, it’s now easier than ever to choose just the right parts for superior performance. Plus, we’ve included lots of easy-to-understand illustrations with piping do’s and don’ts – making a simple installation process even simpler!

Get all the specifications on SmartPipe – the versatile piping system featuring lightweight materials and push-to-fit connectors that can be installed without threading, welding or sweating. Learn just how easily SmartPipe can be integrated into existing systems and modified to accommodate changing needs.

Let us show you just how “smart” Kaeser’s SmartPipe can be. Call 800-777-7873 or visit us at www.kaeser.com/smartpipe.

 


 

New Energy Efficiency in Pneumatics Brochure
 

New cost savings brochure from Rexroth

A new twelve page brochure from Rexroth discusses energy cost savings through intelligent use of pneumatics making the systems more efficient.The new brochure titled “Energy Efficiency in Pneumatics” has three main areas of achievable cost savings related to compressed air consumption. This is significant as energy
costs comprise on average more than half the total cost of ownership in pneumatics today.

(Lexington, KY – www.boschrexroth-us.com/brp) The new Rexroth twelve page brochure R499050661 provides three main areas of energy cost savings to lower the cost of compressed
air. The first area is dimensioning or sizing. Discussed are methods and tools for optimizing the components such as cylinders and valves that are used, and this area is estimated to offer an average of 15% savings. The second area is pneumatic hose lengths, here methods and products for decentralizing the air supply are offered. It is estimated an average of 35% savings could be achieved by optimizing pneumatic hose lengths instead of using centralized systems, by methods such as cylinder/valve combinations. The third area is using intelligent pressure regulation, and deals with using optimal pressure for each application. An estimated a 25% savings can be achieved. The brochure is included as part of the Bosch Rexroth U.S. web presence on the topic of Sustainability Manufacturing.

 


SCHUNK Participates in Joe Gibbs Racing’s 2008 FanFest

SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, continues its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), one of NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Racing teams, by participating in JGR’s 2008 FanFest. The event, which hosted approximately 4,000 fans, took place on October 10th at the JGR facility in Huntersville, North Carolina. A little over $25,000 was collected for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK), thanks to everyone’s generous involvement. The MSK serves warm, nutritious lunches to those
in need of food and fellowship.

Fund raisers at the event included driver autograph sales and a silent auction. There were also bands playing and food was available to all visitors. Several other JGR sponsors, including M&MS, FedEx, The Home Depot, Toyota, Doosan, Siemens, Coca-Cola, and Food Lion, also took part in the FanFest by displaying company information and handing out promotional items.

SCHUNK serves as the “Official Workholding Partner” of JGR, home of the #20 Home Depot Toyota driven by Tony Stewart, the #18 M&M’s Toyota, driven by Kyle Busch, and the #11 FedEx Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin.

SCHUNK assists JGR by developing Workholding Solutions that will enable them to make track-specific modifications to the racecars by getting car parts cut quickly and therefore ensuring that JGR stays top competitive on the racetrack. SCHUNK has the same commitment to speed and quality that JGR values.

SCHUNK Inc. and JGR look forward to a prosperous relationship going forward. The two companies have already proven themselves to be a winning combination on and off the track.

 

 


 

 

CLIPPARD RELEASES NEW FULL-LINE PRODUCT CATALOG

Cincinnati, Ohio -- Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., manufacturer of the industry’s most complete line of miniature fluid power products, has just released the all-new 388-page catalog. This full-line catalog includes features, specifications, technical drawings, color photographs, and application highlights throughout. Products can be found in six main categories, including Cylinders, Electronic Valves, Control Valves, Modular Valves, Fittings and Hose, and Air Preparation equipment.

Clippard has been serving the needs of design engineers around the world since 1946 with quality products, on-time deliveries, application engineering expertise and a stocking distributor network that is highly trained to handle all your miniature pneumatic needs. Contact Clippard today, or your local distributor, for catalog #CILCAT-0608, a real working tool and resource for all your miniature pneumatic needs.


Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45239
513-521-4261 • 877-245-6247
www.clippard.com/catalog-pol

 

 


 

New EXAIR Catalog Features Cooling and Blowoff Products

EXAIR's new 25th Anniversary Catalog 22 is a full color, technical guide offering solutions to common industrial cooling, drying, conveying, blowoff, cleaning, and static electricity problems. The expanded 144 page catalog features products that can help companies conserve compressed air and reduce dangerous noise levels. Vortex tubes for spot cooling and air saving Super Air Nozzles for safe, quiet blowoff applications are also featured. A detailed technical explanation, performance data, application photos, and dimensional drawings are provided for each product. A price list is also included.

For more information contact: 
EXAIR Corporation
11510 Goldcoast Dr.
Cincinnati, OH 45249-1621 
Phone: (800) 903-9247 
Fax: (513) 671-3363
E-mail: techelp@exair.com
www.exair.com/catalog.htm

 


 

New CEO/President for Festo-USA

“Together, we are in an ideal position to make great strides toward our goals for growth and profitability. I strongly believe that the American market is full of exciting opportunities and I look forward to working with everyone in establishing Festo as a market leader in the United States.” , Mike Cybulski, CEO and President, Festo Corporation

Festo Corporation and the Festo-US employees welcome their new President and CEO, Mike Cybulski, to the Festo team. Mike joins Festo with an education in Mechanical Engineering and vast experience in Operations and Sales. His belief in world-class customer service, technology development, and skills training will be a definite asset, as Festo looks to the future.

Mike’s mantra of “teamwork and direct contact” with employees and customers brings renewed enthusiasm to Festo U.S. His past successes are a solid indicator of the strong alignment between his values and vision with those of Festo worldwide. Mike’s strong leadership skills and experience are especially noteworthy as Festo-U.S. moves forward.

Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components and controls for industrial automation, with 56 national headquarters serving more than 180 countries. For more than 80 years, Festo has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment. Our dedication to the advancement of automation extends beyond technology to the education of current and future automation and robotics designers with simulation tools, teaching programs, and on-site services.

Festo Contact Information for publication:
Tel: 800.99.FESTO; Fax: 800.96.FESTO
E-mail: customerservice@us.festo.com
Website: www.festo.com/usa


 

 

SCHUNK Inc. Partners with Joe Gibbs Racing

SCHUNK Inc., a world leader in workholding, toolholding, and automation technology, is proud to announce their partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), one of NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Racing teams. SCHUNK will serve as the “Official Workholding Solutions Provider” of Joe Gibbs Racing, home of the #20 Home Depot Toyota driven by Tony Stewart, the #18 M&M’s Toyota, driven by Kyle Busch, and the #11 FedEx Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin. 

Left to right:

Brad Evans (Product Manager SCHUNK) Milton Guerry (Vice President SCHUNK), JD Gibbs (President of Joe Gibbs Racing), Mark Bringle (Technical Sponsor Manager)

 


SCHUNK will assist Joe Gibbs Racing by developing Workholding Solutions that will enable them to make track-specific modifications to the racecars by getting car parts cut quickly and therefore ensuring that Joe Gibbs Racing stays top competitive on the racetrack. J.D. Gibbs, President of Joe Gibbs Racing, comments, “I am proud to announce that SCHUNK is now an official technical partner of Joe Gibbs Racing. They have the same commitment to speed and quality that we value and we look forward to a productive partnership with them going forward.” 

SCHUNK’s comprehensive line of Workholding Solutions as well as their reputation for providing quick responses with creative workholding solutions are a few of the reasons Joe Gibbs Racing chose SCHUNK. Speed was also a key factor in Joe Gibbs Racing’s decision. The SCHUNK Unilock Zero Point pallet system will significantly shorten the turn around time to get parts into the machine while maintaining accuracy with 0.0002” repeatability. Jim Strasser, Manufacturing Engineer for Joe Gibbs Racing, has already noticed benefits from the new equipment from SCHUNK, stating, “In the first several months, SCHUNK has solved numerous challenges from the lathe to the mills. We look forward to seeing what else they can help us with.”

SCHUNK Inc. and Joe Gibbs Racing look forward to a prosperous relationship going forward. The two companies are already proving to be a winning combination on and off the track. 

With more than 60 years of experience, SCHUNK is a worldwide leading manufacturer of toolholding components, rotating and stationary workholding systems, and automation components.
Totaling more than 1,600 employees worldwide, located in 17 subsidiaries and 6 manufacturing facilities, SCHUNK offers unbeatable customer service and technical knowledge. A dense network of SCHUNK outside sales representatives and certified SCHUNK distribution partners guarantees prompt and reliable support in all stages of the manufacturing cycle. For the US market, SCHUNK provides technical support, application assistance, and complete customer specific solutions from the North American Headquarters in North Carolina.

About Joe Gibbs Racing: 
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series; Stewart, Hamlin, Busch and Joey Logano in the Nationwide Series; and Marc Davis in the NASCAR Camping World Series East. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships and more than 80 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.

SCHUNK Inc.
211 Kitty Hawk Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 919.572.2705 or
800.772.4865
Fax: 919.572.2818
www.schunk.com
info@us.schunk.com


 

ASCO and Numatics Merge to Offer Unified Flow Control/Pneumatics Solutions 

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY, USA, March 25, 2008 – ASCO and Numatics, business units of Emerson Industrial Automation, have merged operations in North America to form ASCO Numatics -- a unified company that offers comprehensive flow control and pneumatics solutions for a wide range of industry-focused applications. 

“The synergies from combining these two great businesses in North America will accelerate their growth in high-potential markets such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals, power generation, and biofuels,” said John Meek, President, Americas, ASCO Numatics. “We are the first company to combine a broad portfolio of highly reliable fluid power and control solutions with focused process expertise to generate lower cost of ownership, greater asset availability, and improved productivity.” 

The ASCO Numatics product line in North America consists of more than 50,000 valves, an extensive selection of air preparation equipment, and a comprehensive set of position indicators. ASCO products include solenoid pilot valves, angle body piston valves, linear and rotary indicators, valve monitoring systems, redundant control systems, and pressure sensors. The Numatics line covers valve manifolds, filters, regulators, lubricators, and dryers. 

With the largest presence of any fluid power and control supplier, ASCO Numatics can deliver consistent local service and technical support anywhere in the Americas. 

“Our designers, engineers, and technicians are renowned for their expertise in solving the challenges of air and fluid flow,” said Meek. “When these capabilities are combined with the exceptional quality and reliability of our products, customers benefit from faster installation, smoother system integration, reduced maintenance, and a single point of accountability.” 

ASCO Numatics solutions also are ideal for textile machinery, food and beverage, heat exchangers and autoclaves, air ride suspension, medical and analytical instrumentation, petroleum and chemical, water and wastewater, pulp and paper, machine tool, packaging, commercial appliance, and HVAC applications. 

For more information about ASCO Numatics products, visit www.asconumatics.com . 

 


 

 

Free Air System Design Guide!
The latest in air system design plus the hottest management trends


Get all the latest compressed air system design information with Kaeser’s eight-page guide – “Designing Your Compressed Air System.” This completely revised, four-color publication takes you step-by-step through the process of determining and creating the system you need.

Achieving top performance at the lowest operating cost, and building a reliable supply of clean, dry air at a consistent pressure requires thorough system planning. Our helpful new guide clearly address critical issues such as: 
• What is your compressed air demand?
• What are your pressure requirements?
• How much storage do you need?
• How to determine the best distribution system?
• What are some important layout considerations?

Updated with the industry’s hottest trends in air system management and controls, the guide still includes valuable engineering references such as the Compressed Air Glossary, Rules of Thumb and Conversion Formulas.

For more information, please call 800-777-7873 or visit us at www.kaeser.com.

 


 

IFPE 2008 Is Site of International Fluid Power Summit - Show is Global Gathering Place for Power Transmission Industry

IFPE 2008, the International Exposition for Power Transmission, is the site of the 2008 International Fluid Power Summit, a meeting of leaders from fluid power associations across the globe. The show co-owner, National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), is hosting the event.

IFPE runs March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA, and the summit will be held March 13.

The fluid power summit typically attracts key association leaders from countries including Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The summit provides an opportunity for peer to peer discussion on a worldwide basis, with the aim of developing strategies that effectively address global challenges facing the fluid power industry.

“NFPA is pleased to host this important event. Over the last several years, fluid power associations from around the world have seen increasing value in opportunities like these to come together and partner on initiatives that strengthen the global fluid power industry,” noted Eric Lanke, NFPA Executive Director. “The promotional television program debuting at the NFPA booth on the IFPE show floor is one such collaborative project that grew out of one of these meetings. With that momentum behind us, we’re looking forward to the discussion on March 13 about creating a worldwide certification program for fluid power.”

In conjunction with the summit, an International Statistics Committee meeting will also be held, with a focus on international statistical/data collection programs.

IFPE is the leading international exposition and technical conference devoted to power transmission through hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical technologies. More than 125,000 industry professionals from around the world are expected to attend IFPE 2008 and the co-located CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008.

NFPA is the U.S. based forum through which fluid power industry channel partners work cooperatively to advance hydraulic and pneumatic technology.

For information on the fluid power summit, contact NFPA (Eric Lanke at phone +1-414-778-3351 or email elanke@nfpa.com). For information on IFPE 2008, contact the show offices at +1-800-867-6060 toll free North America or +1-414-298-4141, or go online at www.ifpe.com.

 


 

CT Governor Tours Plant, Touts Importance of “Lean” Programs

New Britain, CT- Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell toured the Peter Paul Electronics Company plant and touted the importance of lean processes to Connecticut manufacturers. The governor’s office is responsible for a number of training and development programs for Connecticut companies to implement lean manufacturing, including work cells, Kanban and other Kaizen improvements, to ensure a competitive environment for Connecticut companies. During the event, Peter Paul’s President, Paul Mangiafico and Vice President, Michael Mangiafico, presented the governor with an award for her initiatives, which have helped the company stay ahead of its overseas competitors.

The Connecticut Department of Labor administered training through Central CT State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development, the Aerospace and Defense Initiative and Capital Workforce Partners, to institute lean techniques throughout the plant. As a result, Peter Paul has been able to add a second shift and increase employment by 20%. The company is also better poised to accommodate custom orders, even while reducing inventories. 

In addition to immediate benefits to Peter Paul, the State and U.S. balance of trade benefit from the company’s improvements: “The better positioned these suppliers are to snatch up contracts, the more likely they are to expand and hire more people” Governor Rell mentioned in regard to the advantages to Connecticut. Responding to the fact that Peter Paul ships products to mainland China, Operations Manager Michael Mangiafico II said “We’re selling to them, not buying from them”.

Peter Paul Electronics was established in 1947 and employs worldwide distribution for its broad range of standard and miniature solenoid valves, explosion proof, high-flow and high pressure valves; complementary manifolds and stacking bodies in stainless, brass or aluminum; solenoid valve operators for OEM use; and a vast array of body, housing and coil options for standard and special applications. Most Peter Paul products are UL and CSA listed.

For further information, contact: 

Peter Paul Electronics Co.
480 John Downey Dr.
New Britain, CT 06050
Phone: 860-229-4884
FAX: 860-223-1734
E-MAIL: info@peterpaul.com

 


 

Automation secures jobs 

If you are looking for innovations, come to Germany:
Again in 2008 inventors from all over the world will be converging on AUTOMATICA 

Six months before AUTOMATICA 2008 gets under way the robotics and automation sector is riding high. No sign of any slowdown here. The order books have been full for months, employees and machinery are working at full stretch. A happy situation, but one which requires clever juggling of impatient clients and ever tighter capacities. At the same time managers have to be looking to the future. In the past when order volumes were high, attention focused exclusively on ongoing production. This time the manufacturers of robot and assembly systems are reporting that despite full order books, they are investing in parallel in projects for the future.

On virtually every street corner we get a sense that things are looking up in the economy. The figures also back up this impression: the IFR, International Federation of Robotics, for example, reported that robotics manufacturers worldwide achieved sales of around 5.8 billion US dollars in the last year. If systems integrators are included, then the total rises to 17 billion, even despite the fact that the automotive and electronic engineering industries significantly reduced their investment in robotics during the same period. IFR Chairman Stefan Müller explains: “All other industries are nevertheless investing in robotics like never before.”

Next year, too, sector experts are expecting that most growth will come from general industry (all sectors of industry except the automotive sector). These sectors have some catching up to do. Although they generally do have largely automated processes, in contrast to the car industry, those processes are often very rigid. With a customer base concerned more or less with individuality, the production equipment has to be flexible. Typical of this development is the packaging sector: For years the use of robots, i.e. the flexible part of automation, was restricted to pallet operations, but now this industry is a shining example of how to use the many forms of automation.

Yet this trend does have its critics: machines instead of people – again and again the manufacturers of robots and automation are accused of destroying jobs. In fact the very opposite can be true, as shown by many German machinery and plant manufacturers. Companies with sophisticated automated systems and perfectly coordinated processes are not only expanding their production on the world market, they are even bringing back production capacities that were located abroad. Companies reporting this kind of trend include not only the top automotive suppliers but also construction machinery manufacturers like Bomag of Boppard and Vögele of Mannheim.

Innovation – and this is no secret – is possibly the only chance for German machinery manufacturers to hold out against the ever improving competition from abroad. A trade fair like AUTOMATICA, with its high proportion of international exhibitors and visitors, is ideal for getting to know and evaluating the competition. The visitors from all over the world have high expectations of German inventions and developments – and they will certainly not be disappointed:

In assembly the new trends are called ‘Desktop Factory’ (Bosch und Rohwedder) and ‘Tabletop Automation’ (Stäubli). Such units are highly versatile production platforms. The individual compact segments can be fitted with a range of different production equipment and put together in a series. For ever shorter product life-cycles it is possible to create specifically equipped and efficient production and assembly lines. Most of the elements in such a line can then be used later for other production operations.

In robotics an agile multi-arm technology with a sophisticated vision system is one of the most sought-after technologies. But older concepts, too, such as delta kinematics are being revived and competing with current standards. Kinematics is already very fast, but with four instead of three arms the robots turn into really high speed operatives. Manufacturers of bent-arm robots are responding to this development by producing robots that have two drives per axis and which can also move at ultra high speed.

There is certainly no lack of exciting ideas and concepts – just when and how these concepts are implemented in market-ready solutions will be another interesting aspect to find out about at AUTOMATICA 2008.

For further information on AUTOMATICA 2008, go to: www.automatica-munich.com. 

Press contact for AUTOMATICA 

Dr Jutta Seitz 
Head of Marketing & Communication 
Capital and Consumer Goods Fairs 
Tel. (+49 89) 949-20680 
Fax (+49 89) 949-97 20680 
e-mail: jutta.seitz@messe-muenchen.de 


 

AMETEK FORMS ULTRA PRECISION TECHNOLOGIES DIVISION

New Division Combines Taylor Hobson, Solatron Metrology and Precitech 

Paoli, PA,–AMETEK Inc. has formed a new Ultra Precision Technologies Division that brings together its Taylor Hobson Division with two more recently acquired businesses: Solartron Metrology and Precitech. 

“All three businesses—Taylor Hobson, Solartron Metrology and Precitech—have strong organizations, enjoy excellent industry reputations and serve a growing global customer base,” notes Bruce Wilson, Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies.

“Together, they allow AMETEK to leverage combined manufacturing operations, technological capabilities and distribution competencies to provide our customers with the broadest range and most advanced metrology and ultra precise manufacturing products available today,” he added.

Taylor Hobson, based in Leicester, England, is an acknowledged leader in ultra-precision measurement instrumentation and a pioneer in the development of instruments for metrology and nanotechnology. Acquired in 2004, Taylor Hobson represented AMETEK’s initial entry into ultra-precision manufacturing and nanotechnology. 

AMETEK added to its position in 2005 with the acquisition of Solartron Metrology, a well-established leader in digital and analog instruments used in the precision measurement of machined and fabricated parts that is also based in the United Kingdom. In late 2006, AMETEK acquired Precitech, a leading U.S. manufacturer of ultra-precision machining systems for a variety of markets, including nanotechnology, military, defense and ophthalmic. 

AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies is headquartered in Leicester, England, with manufacturing operations in Bognor Regis, England; and Keene, New Hampshire and a global network of sales and service locations. 

 


 

Advanced Mechatronics Training Equipment Grand Opening – 
Suffolk County Community College Brentwood, New York



The need for advanced technical education is a popular subject these days, and it is one that must be addressed immediately. 

In order to keep a competitive edge, manufacturing companies are upgrading their automation equipment to increase productivity and enable the production of high quality products. The automated equipment that is used today requires technicians with a new set of technical skills to operate and maintain them.

The US Department of Labor estimates that more than 10 million skilled factory jobs will be unfilled by the year 2020 – only 13 years from now! It is essential that high-tech, specialized training be made available to students and to the current workforce. 

Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood, New York, in partnership with Festo Corporation recently unveiled the new Advanced Mechatronics Training Center. The new center unveiled advanced, high-tech manufacturing and process control equipment which reflects world-class training capabilities. The hope is to create greater awareness among students, school systems, industry leaders, workforce development agencies, economic development agencies and government officials about the variety of career paths that exist in the manufacturing field.

As part of this mission to provide affordable higher education and workforce development opportunities, SCCC applied for and received a three-year $2.4 million federal grant through the United States Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration to train workers for advanced manufacturing. This resulted in a new curriculum – Mechatronics – that will give the manufacturing workforce more highly developed skills increasing their employment opportunities and salary levels.

More than 200 workers from more than 38 manufacturing companies have enrolled in the college’s mechatronics certificate program since last spring. The college also plans to offer an associate degree program in the field next fall. 

As a global manufacturer of high technology, factory automation systems, Festo Corporation is committed to working with other community colleges throughout the United States to establish training centers to keep up with the technology.

For additional information, please contact Learning System Division of Festo Corporation.
Main Office: (631) 404-3182
Technical Support: (631) 404-3184
Email: petra.milks@us.festo.com


 

KEPNER PRODUCTS COMPANY – 60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

Since 1948, Kepner Products Company has pioneered design, development and manufacture of precision pressure and flow control valves featuring the Kepner Flexible Seal Seat. 

The Flexible Seal Seat is central to all our products and is a carefully engineered combination of metal-to-metal and resilient elastomer sealing. Kepner valves offer dependable zero leakage in a broad variety of industries for many different gas and liquid media applications. Valve functions include high durability check, relief, shuttle and pilot operated controls.

Inline and cavity insert cartridge designs offer broad ranging choices in sizes, port configurations, construction materials, pressures and flows. Both poppet and ball control elements are available.

Precision manufacturing procedures provide design flexibility, efficient production and enhanced quality products. We pride ourselves in our responsiveness to individual customer problems. Successes include both standard zero leak design solutions and a multitude of customized designs for both fluid power and fluid transfer applications.

Ongoing research and development activities at Kepner are advancing our technical capabilities. Every valve continues to receive individual attention in assembly, testing and custom reporting ensuring proper operation and sufficient documentation. 

With an excellent product and a focus on quality and responsiveness, we strive to process orders quickly and correctly. Customer service drives us to continue to improve as demands for Kepner valves in the marketplace continue to grow.

Kepner Products Company 
630-279-1550 Fax: 630-279-9669 Website: www.kepner.com 


 

 

CLIPPARD MINIATURE PNEUMATICS FOR SCIENTIFIC APPLICATIONS

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., manufacturer of the industry’s most complete line of miniature fluid power products, has just released an all-new catalog for Scientific applications such as medical, pharmaceutical, analytical, dental and more.

Products include Electronic Valves, Check Valves, Control Valves, Proportional Valves, Regulators, Fittings and Tubing and more. Also being introduced in this literature is the all new series of Electronic Valves developed for use in Oxygen-enriched environments for applications that are extremely sensitive to contamination.

Contact Clippard today, or your local distributor, for your FREE catalog today.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
739) Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45239
513-521-4261 • 877-245-6247
www.clippard.com/catalog-pol

 


 

 

COVAL Vacuum Manager opens North American subsidiary.

Coval Vacuum Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Coval Vacuum Managers is now operational in the US.

Coval Vacuum Technology Inc., the Raleigh, NC based subsidiary for Coval Vacuum Managers was established in July of 2007. Coval Vacuum Technology Inc. will support the North American market. The company will offer local inventory and will provide sales and technical support through an expanding dealer network. 

COVAL specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of vacuum components for automation with a worldwide focus in the packaging, plastics, and automotive industries. Coval has been a manufacturer of vacuum components (suction cups, vacuum pumps (venturi/electrical), vacuum switches, spring compensators, peripheral devices) for more than 20 years and is a force for innovation in the field of automation technology. 

Coval assists their customers in optimizing the performance of automated production equipment, as it relates to vacuum. Due to innovative components and complete diagnostics of the vacuum circuit, Coval can provide reliable solutions to significantly reduce energy consumption and noise level while improving productivity. For more information about Coval please visit the website at www.coval.com.

Your contact @ Coval Inc.
Matt Ossi 
Technical Sales Manager
Matt.ossi@coval.com
Coval Inc.
212-112 Powell Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
www.coval.com



 

 

SCHUNK announces the acquisition of GEMOTEC

SCHUNK is expanding its extensive Automation Component line with the acquisition of Gemotec Montagetechnik GmbH. 

Gemotec manufacturers a complete product range of modular assembly technology, consisting of pneumatically and electrically operated linear units, gripper modules and rotary actuators. The Gemotec components are proven in thousands of assembly applications and very well known throughout Europe. These highly dynamic and flexible assembly solutions will easily adapt most to any assembly automation needs without special adapter plate designs. Design time is saved and costs are reduced. 

The comprehensive product line is completely modular, and can be freely integrated with other components of the system. It’s easy “combine instead of design”, individual assembly solutions right through to complete functional assemblies, with the use of an intuitive sizing software and without having to resort to special adapter plates or designs.

For SCHUNK the acquisition of Gemotec represents the perfect complement to the existing product range, from which SCHUNK hopes to achieve considerable synergies and significantly improve market coverage. Customers can now obtain an extended range of products and take advantage of the worldwide sales and support network of SCHUNK.

SCHUNK Inc.
211 Kitty Hawk Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
Phone: 919.572.2705 or
800.772.4865
Fax: 919.572.2818
www.schunk.com
info@us.schunk.com

 


 

 

Air Cylinders Direct is proud to announce the unveiling of our new, more comprehensive e-commerce site. 

The site now includes a complete line of air cylinders that range from a robust NFPA Interchangeable product line to an economical non-repairable series. You can now purchase additional pneumatic components at www.AirCylindersDirect.com. These component types included Motion Control, Directional Control Valves, Air Preparation, Composite Fittings, and Composite Flow Control products. 

The Motion Control product offering includes pneumatic slides, grippers, swing clamps, and air bellows. Our Directional Control Valve line now includes a multitude of mechanically operated button valves, i.e., palm button, palm/reset, push button, roller/limit, toggle, and turn button. Air Preparation products consist of air filters, regulators, filter/regulator combo units, and shut off valves. Air Cylinders Direct Fittings and Accessories section now includes a complete line of both in-line and in-port flow controls as well as a full line of composite fittings. 

In addition to all the new product lines, we are pleased to offer the most advanced support tools in the pneumatic component industry. These tools include 3D CAD models for all Motion Control products. Our dynamic 3D CAD configuration program only requires you to provide your application requirement; we take care of the rest! Subsequently, the desired CAD model is quickly generated and can be retrieved via e-mail. This includes both 2D drawings as well as 3D models in all of the popular formats. In fact, the models are available in over 65 different native CAD formats. In addition to our advanced dynamic 3D CAD configuration program, you will find automated application calculators that will quickly and easily calculate required cylinder bore sizes, estimated cylinder extend and retract forces, and required air line pressure. This is just another example of why Air Cylinders Direct is The Online Answer to Air Applications.

1-866-404-5300 – telephone
sales@AirCylindersDirect.com 
www.AirCylindersDirect.com

 


 

IFPE 2008 Will Be Largest Ever 

Power Transmission Exposition Sets Exhibit Space Sales Record 

The 2008 edition of the IFPE - International Exposition for Power Transmission will be the largest in the show’s history, with more than 115,000 net square feet of exhibit space already reserved (10,718 net square meters) with the show nine months away. 

The last IFPE, held in 2005, was also a record-breaker, topping off at 111,471 net square feet of exhibits. IFPE 2008 will be held March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA.

The triennial show is the leading international exposition and technical conference dedicated to power transmission and motion control technologies. It is co-located with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 exposition, which targets the construction industries. IFPE attendee registration permits access to both shows.

IFPE 2008 exhibitors include longtime participants as well as new-to-the-show companies, from smaller specialized firms to global leaders, and from the United States, Canada and worldwide. 

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) and the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) are sponsoring IFPE 2008 exhibit pavilions, and there will be an exhibit pavilion which highlights the expanded presence of sensors suppliers at the show. IFPE 2008 will also feature several international exhibit pavilions, including China, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.

“Attendees will be able to examine the latest equipment and technologies to help solve their design challenges, whether they involve hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical or mechanical processes. And, they’ll be able to discuss new developments and cost-effective applications with the industry’s leading suppliers,” stated IFPE Show Manager Sara Truesdale Mooney.

IFPE is geared to engineers and others involved in the design and manufacturing process in a variety of industry segments, including off-road equipment, fluid power/power transmission products, electrical machinery, instruments/controls, distribution, material handling, manufacturing/production automation/machine tools, automotive/commercial vehicles, engineering services, defense/aerospace and amusement/entertainment technology.

IFPE is co-owned by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) along with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA).

Exhibit space is still available on a first come, first served basis. For more information on attending or exhibiting, phone +1-414-298-4141 or toll free North America +1-800-867-6060, fax +1-414-272-2672 or online at www.ifpe.com.



IFPE 2008 and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 Earn International Buyer Program Status from U.S. Government 

Services Connect Global Buyers and Sellers 

The CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 and co-located IFPE 2008 expositions have been selected by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to participate in its International Buyer Program (IBP). The IBP will help bring international attendees to the shows and facilitate at-show connections with exhibitors wanting to sell to the global marketplace.

Only a few expositions are named to the IBP each year based on their status as quality events serving industries with excellent export potential. Approximately 20 percent of show attendance to the co-located events is expected to come from outside the United States.

The IBP promotes selected trade shows to a worldwide audience through its Commercial Service International Posts and selected embassies and consulates. Key activities under the IBP are Commerce Department recruitment of official trade delegations to attend the shows and a “matchmaking” service to facilitate buyer-seller interaction and onsite export counseling.

As part of the IBP, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 and IFPE 2008 will operate a comprehensive International Trade Center during the shows, with services to include interpreters, a separate registration area, message centers, phone/fax/e-mail access, meeting rooms and a lounge area. The shows will also provide assistance with travel and housing arrangements for international delegations.

The shows will produce an Export Opportunities Guide (print or electronic versions available) for distribution onsite and to Commerce Department international posts. The guide is designed to help attendees easily locate companies interested in doing business on a worldwide basis through export sales, agency relationships, distributor investment or joint ventures. 

As part of the IBP agreement, CONEXPO-CON.AGG 2008 and IFPE 2008 in addition will offer show planning information and registration materials in several world languages via print brochures and on the shows’ websites. Selected educational programming will also be offered with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.

“The international attendance at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE illustrates the increasingly global scope of our industries, and the shows’ reputation as a quality destination to conduct business. We’re pleased to have the continued support of the U.S. Commerce Department,” stated Petra Kaiser, director of international marketing for the shows.

For more information on attending or exhibiting, phone +1-414-298-4141 or toll free 800-867-6060, fax +1-414-272-2672 or online at www.conexpoconagg.com or www.ifpe.com. 


Registration and Housing Opens July 9, 2007 for IFPE 2008 and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 

Sign Up in Advance to Save Time and Money 

Advance registration for the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 and IFPE 2008 expositions is open as of July 9, 2007. Attendees will also be able to register in advance for the shows’ many educational opportunities as well as obtain housing accommodations.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and the co-located IFPE 2008 will be held March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. The shows will be the international gathering place in 2008 for the construction and motion control industries.

One registration allows access to the exhibits of both shows, and advance registration saves money off the on-site fee.

Register online at www.conexpoconagg.com or www.ifpe.com, or via fax or mail. Advance registration closes February 8, 2008.

Full information on the show is available online, and attendees can also request a registration brochure with details and registration forms. Downloadable registration forms on the show websites will be available in several languages besides English, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Advance registration also saves money for attendees taking advantage of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 education programming. Single tickets will be available as well as four-ticket and 12-ticket value packs.

IFPE 2008 will also offer extensive education. The IFPE Technical Conference is $75 pre-show and at-show, and includes a CD-ROM of the proceedings. The new IFPE Innovations and Solutions Showcase sessions are no charge to all registered IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG attendees.

For fax and mail registrations, fax numbers are +1-847-940-2386 or toll free North America (800) 521-6017, and mailing address is CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 & IFPE 2008 Registration Headquarters c/o Experient, 108 Wilmot Road - Suite 400, Deerfield, Illinois USA 60015-5124.


Gear Manufacturers to be Featured In New IFPE 2008 Exhibit Pavilion 

American Gear Manufacturers Association Sponsors Pavilion for Members 

The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) will sponsor an exhibit pavilion for its members at the 2008 IFPE - International Exposition for Power Transmission. AGMA will also promote the show as an IFPE 2008 supporting organization. 

IFPE 2008 will be held March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA and will be North Americas largest exposition and technical conference for hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and mechanical power transmission components, systems and controls. 

AGMA members primarily manufacture gears, gearboxes, flexible couplings or mechanical power transmission equipment or components; supply machine tools, cutting tools and other capital equipment to the gear manufacturing industry; or offer supplies or services such as gear blanks, lubricants, heat-treating and grinding. 

We welcome AGMAs participation in the show. Industry partnerships such as this strengthen IFPEs scope and are a key to its success, stated Linda Western, Executive Director of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), IFPEs co-owner. 

Our members products and services are a good fit with IFPE and our exhibit pavilion at the show is one more way we can offer them exposure to potential customers, added Kurt Medert, Vice President of AGMA. 

IFPE 2008 is co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, which will be the largest international gathering place in 2008 for the construction industries. The shows are expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors from around the world. For more information on attending or exhibiting, phone 414-298-4141 or toll free 800-867-6060, fax 414-272-2672 or online at www.ifpe.com or www.conexpoconagg.com. 


IFPE 2008 Plans New Exhibits Pavilion To Spotlight Sensor Manufacturers 

The 2008 IFPE - International Exposition for Power Transmission will feature a new product-specific exhibits pavilion that will highlight an expanded presence of sensor equipment manufacturers at the show. 

Exhibitors in this pavilion will display sensors utilized for measuring acceleration, displacement, flow, fluid level, presence/proximity, pressure, temperature and velocity. 

IFPE 2008 will be held March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA and will be North Americas largest exposition and technical conference for hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical and mechanical power transmission components, systems and controls. 

This is a growing product segment at IFPE, and this pavilion is another example of the wide range of motion control products and technologies that attendees will find at the show, stated IFPE Show Manager Sara Truesdale Mooney. 

IFPE 2008 is co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, which will be the largest international gathering place in 2008 for the construction industries. The shows are expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors from around the world. 

In conjunction with the IFPE 2008 exhibition, the IFPE Technical Conference will be held and will focus on all areas of technology: research, design, new developments, materials and case histories. The conference will include a new electronic controls symposium in addition to its technology and design program. 

For more information on attending or exhibiting, phone 414-298-4141 or toll free 800-867-6060, fax 414-272-2672 or online at www.ifpe.com or www.conexpoconagg.com. 


IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG Expositions Extend Co-Location Partnership Through 2014 

Next Shows Set for March 11-15, 2008 in Las Vegas, USA 

The IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG expositions have extended their co-location agreement through 2014 in recognition of the successful partnership between the two shows, which has benefited both exhibitors and attendees.

IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG first co-located in 2002, and the next edition of the triennial shows will be March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. An estimated 125,000 visitors are expected at the two events.

“We have been extremely pleased with the results of the co-location. Our exhibitors have access to a vast array of OEM customers at the adjacent CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibits, and our attendees have the opportunity to see a wide variety of quality, innovative solutions from more than 500 leading suppliers,” stated Linda Western, Executive Director of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), IFPE co-owner.

IFPE, the International Exposition for Power Transmission, will be the largest event in North America in 2008 for the motion control industry. CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be the largest international exposition in 2008 for the construction industries.

“The IFPE exhibits complement the components section of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, providing added value to attendees and exhibitors alike. CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibitors also benefit by the convenient access that their engineers, specifiers, R&D and other technical personnel have to the latest power transmission technologies,” said Megan Tanel, CONEXPO-CON/AGG Director. 

Strategic Planning Task Force Provides Vision for IFPE’s Future

The last IFPE, held in 2005, broke records for number of exhibitors and total exhibit space, and the combined shows had record attendance. To continue this momentum, the co-location agreement calls for formation of an IFPE strategic planning task force made up of NFPA Board members. NFPA has appointed the following industry executives to the task force:

David Anderson, President and CEO of Sauer-Danfoss, Lincolnshire, Illinois; 
Marwan M. Kashkoush, Corporate Vice President-Worldwide Sales/Marketing of Parker Hannifin Corp., Cleveland, Ohio; and 
Hans Zobel, President and CEO of Festo Corp., Hauppauge, New York.
“Our shows are directed by industry volunteers to keep them targeted to industry needs. This task force of NFPA leaders will help provide the vision for IFPE’s future, meeting the evolving global demands of the power transmission marketplace,” stated Sara Truesdale Mooney, IFPE Show Manager. 

For more information, phone 414-298-4141 (toll free 800-867-6060) fax 414-272-2672, online at www.ifpe.com or www.conexpoconagg.com. 


IFPE 2008 to Feature Pavilion of Power Transmission Distributors Association Members 

PTDA and IFPE Partnership Provides Value to Attendees, Exhibitors 

The International Exposition for Power Transmission (IFPE) and the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) have signed an agreement which will bring a PTDA-sponsored exhibits pavilion to IFPE 2008, strengthening the scope of the exposition and increasing the opportunities for customer interaction. 

IFPE is held every three years and the next show will be March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, USA. 

IFPE 2008 will feature the broad range of power transmission and motion control products delivered through hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical technologies. The exposition will be the largest industry gathering in North America for the motion control industry.

PTDA has also signed on as a supporting organization of IPFE 2008 and has designated the show as the only U.S. exposition it will support in 2008. In addition, PTDA will hold several association meetings in conjunction with IFPE 2008.

PTDA also lent similar support to the last IFPE, held in 2005. For the 2008 IFPE, the association has substantially increased the expected size of its exhibits pavilion.

“We are very pleased that PTDA and its members will again participate in IFPE, especially with an increased level of support. They provide a valuable dimension to the exposition and reinforce the show as an industry gathering place,” stated Linda Western, Executive Director of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), IFPE’s co-owner.

IFPE 2008 is co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008, which will be the largest international gathering place for the construction industries in 2008. The shows are expected to attract more than 125,000 visitors from around the world. IFPE also features a highly regarded technical conference on power transmission and motion control technology.

“Our partnership with IFPE provides an ideal opportunity for our members to expand their contacts with qualified industry buyers worldwide as well as network with peers and take advantage of the education programs offered,” stated Mary Sue Lyon, PTDA Executive Vice President.

For more information on attending or exhibiting, phone 414-298-4141 or toll free 800-867-6060, fax 414-272-2672 or online at www.conexpoconagg.com or www.ifpe.com. 


Chairman Selected for IFPE 2008, Sauer-Danfoss Executive Heads Show Management Committee 


David Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sauer-Danfoss in Lincolnshire, Illinois has been named Chairman of the Management Committee of the 2008 International Exposition for Power Transmission (IFPE). He will lead a volunteer group of industry executives responsible for overall show planning. IFPE 2008 will be held March 11-15, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

IFPE is the leading international exposition and technical conference devoted to power transmission and motion control through hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical technologies. The trienniel event is co-located with the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 exposition for the construction industries.

35 Years of Industry Experience

David Anderson has more than 35 years of experience in the fluid power industry. He joined Sauer Danfoss in 1984 and held various senior management positions within the company, including Executive Vice President - Strategic Business Development, before being named President and CEO in July 2002. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors and the board’s Executive Committee. Anderson is an officer of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), show co-owner.

IFPE 2008 Management Committee Named

Named as Vice Chairman of the IFPE 2008 Management Committee is Marwan Kashkoush, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Parker Hannifin Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio.

Also serving on the IFPE 2008 Management Committee, in addition to David Anderson and Marwan Kashkoush, are:

Richard Arter, Communications Manager of Sun Hydraulics Corp., Medina, Ohio; 
Mark Johns, Mobile Hydraulics Director, Account Management and Marketing of Bosch Rexroth Corp., Fountain Inn, South Carolina; 
Josh Keepman, Industrial Advertising Specialist of Gates Corp., Denver, Colorado; 
Marcia Klein, Treasurer of Cassappa Corp., Batavia, Illinois; 
Judy Krause, Director of Marketing of Hydraforce Inc., Lincolnshire, Illinois; 
Susanne Nelson, Marketing Administrator of Sauer-Danfoss Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota; 
Christopher Olson, President of T-Lon Products Inc., Hartland, Wisconsin; 
Dave Prevallet, President of Prevallet Technical Services, Laurens, South Carolina; 
Jeanie Reed, Marketing Manager, Trade Shows of Eaton Corp., Eden Prairie, Minnesota; 
John Strickland, Director, Marketing and Product Development of Fairfield Manufacturing Company Inc., Layfayette, Indiana; 
Erin Thull, Services and Marketing Specialist of National Fluid Power Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 
Linda Western, Executive Director of National Fluid Power Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 
Barbara Yurisich, Marketing Staff Assistant of Parker Hannifin Corp., Lincolnshire, Illinois.
IFPE Show Manager is Sara Truesdale Mooney from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), show producer and co-owner.

For more information contact IFPE at phone 414-298-4141 or toll free 800-867-6060, fax 414-272-2672 or online at www.ifpe.com. 


 

Detailed Parker Catalogue Provides Pneumatic Actuator Product Information

The Actuator Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH) recently released Pneumatic Actuator Products (AU03-0900P-3/NA), an updated, 
comprehensive, 4-color, fully illustrated catalog. Pneumatic Actuator Products provides detailed information and complete specifications on Parker’s line 
of pneumatic actuator products. 

The catalog showcases important new products including the:
· P5L Series Guided Cylinder
· P5TT/D Series Twin Rod Cylinder
· P1D Series Rod Lock Cylinder
· P1X Series Rodless Cylinder
· P1Z Series Magnetically Coupled Rodless Cylinder
· PRNA Series Vane Rotary Actuator

This new edition of Pneumatic Actuator Products provides information about Parker Hannifin Compact Cylinders, Round Body Cylinders, ISO Cylinders, Rodless Cylinders, Guided Cylinders, Rotary Actuators, Electronic Sensors, and Complementary Products. The catalog also includes engineering/safety data and appropriate ordering information and forms.

The Pneumatic Actuator Products catalog features section-by-section updates with uniform product line presentation, easy-to-find model code layouts, improved drawings and tables, as well as an entirely new subdivision on ISO cylinder products. All sections are fully illustrated with photos, flow charts, diagrams and related schematics. All-new Application Fax Forms are included for four main product types, including cylinder, guided cylinder, rotary actuator and gripper. As a result of field feedback, pagination has been simplified, with numbering by section rather than by product line.

Individual product chapters include product features, specifications, and full technical data to include performance curves, basic dimensions, options and special modifications where applicable.

Global in scope as a supplier of pneumatic products and systems, Parker provides guidance throughout the catalog to help customers identify and apply products. A full-color front section of the catalog features global capabilities, and a unique globe logo identifies products, services and manufacturing facilities in multiple geographic regions. 

The Actuator Division combines pneumatic, electromechanical, hydraulic and structural aluminum technologies to provide world-class automation system solutions across all industries.

 


 

 

New Literature Release from ControlAir, Inc.

ControlAir Inc. has released a redesigned Short Form Catalog which includes new products and industry approvals to its line of Precision Air Pressure Regulators, Transducers and Relays. 

The redesigned catalog will provide customers with an easy, quick way to locate the most up-to-date product information, specifications and industry standards. 

Regulators, transducers and relays are ideal for any pneumatic control system that requires precise regulation of air pressure in pipes and vessels. Applications include valve actuation, medical diagnostic instruments, web tensioning, roll loading, control panels, pneumatic counter balancers, test and lab apparatus, liquid dispensing machines, process control, robotics and leak testing equipment.

The units are offered in various pressure output ranges from 0 to 150 psi. Porting is 1/8”, 1/4", 3/8” NPT. All regulators come complete with 1/4" NPT gauge ports. Options include Tamperproof Cover and Factory Preset Output Pressures.

ControlAir Inc. manufactures precision pneumatic and electropneumatic controls. ControlAir’s markets include process control, semiconductor, printing and converting presses, diagnostic and surgical medical equipment, robotics, quality control, automotive, analyzers, compressors, pumps and paint equipment. For more information, ControlAir’s website, www.controlair.com, offers full product specifications with pdf files, product CAD drawing files, and company profile.

ControlAir Inc. Phone: 603-886-9400
8 Columbia Drive Fax: 603-889-1844
Amherst, NH 03031 USA 
Website: http://www.controlair.com

 


 

Quick-Ship Program for Parker P5L Cylinders Reduces Lead Times

The Actuator Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH) offers the P5L Series Quick-Ship Program for timely delivery of pneumatic cylinders. Using Quick-Ship, specific, stocked P5L guided cylinders ordered before 12 p.m. ET will ship the same day. Depending upon customer location, their orders will be received the following day. Today’s fast moving markets and compressed design cycles demand rapid response to reduce lead times.

The P5L Quick-Ship Program allows customers to electronically order by complete part number – simplifying the process and eliminating the need to configure. The program meets a variety of demanding requirements, including bore sizes 25, 32, 50, and 63mm and stroke lengths of 100, 200, and 300mm. The P5L Quick-Ship basic option set consists of:
· Thrust version
· Composite bushing
· Cushions
· Bumpers with adjustable stop collars
· Nitrile seals
· NPTF ports


The redesigned P5L Series of guided cylinders is engineered to deliver superior linear-motion performance for the most extreme applications. Coupled with the unique Quick-Ship Program, the P5L Series delivers precise performance and responds to compressed design cycles where quick delivery of critical components is crucial.

P5L cylinders feature two case-hardened support shafts directed by four linear bearings with all components incorporated into a one-piece housing. Bearing options include standard/oversized composite bushings with chrome-plated or stainless steel shafting or self-aligning and standard recirculating ball bearings with carbon or stainless steel shafting.

Versatile and full-featured, P5L’s guided bearing system makes it the system of choice for demanding applications such as pick-and-place assemblies, case erectors and gauging operations. Composite bushings are impregnated with Teflon to provide self-lubrication capabilities. Additional P5L options are available to customize applications to the most rigorous specs. 

P5L Series’ unparalleled features/benefits include self-aligning bearings for higher load capacities; micro-adjusters for high precision, accurate stroke; direct-mount cylinders for eliminating transition plates; and capacity to control loads of 9000N+ while 20-100 mm bores sizes are engineered to handle strokes in excess of 
1500 mm.

The Actuator Division combines pneumatic, electromechanical, hydraulic and structural aluminum technologies to provide world-class automation system solutions across all industries.


 

DE-STA-CO Establishes New Corporate Headquarters

DE-STA-CO, a worldwide leader in the innovation, design, manufacture and support of clamping, gripping, transfer and robotic tooling solutions for workplace and automation needs, has relocated its US headquarters to Auburn Hills, Michigan in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

Effective February 5, 2007, the company will consolidate its Birmingham and Madison Heights Industrial Workholding Products operations and corporate offices to the larger, more modern facility. The new headquarters will house the engineering, sales, manufacturing, assembly, service, technical communications, training, marketing and administration departments. Please note that this relocation only affects corporate offices and Industrial Workholding Products operations. DE-STA-CO Robohand Automation Products operations will continue to be based out of Monroe, Connecticut.

The consolidation and move to the new location will allow for additional efficiency of operations, as well as heightened communication and accessibility for customers.

For more information on the new facility, please visit destaco.com

 


 

 

 VP Instruments ISO 9001:2000 certified

VP Instruments, manufacturer of flowmeters for compressed air, is ISO-certified. The quality system was developed by our own quality manager Mr. D. Grossklaus. This registration, issued by KEMA Quality B.V., recognizes VPInstruments’ commitment to product quality and excellence in customer service. 

ISO 9001:2000 is an internationally accepted reference for business-to-business quality management requirements. Certification is granted to organizations that demonstrate their ability to consistently fulfill customers' quality requirements and applicable regulatory requirements. 


VPInstruments info@vpinstruments.com
Buitenwatersloot 335 www.vpinstruments.com
2614 GS Delft, the Netherlands 
T:00 31 152131580
F:00 31 152130669

 


 

 

CLIPPARD RELEASES NEW FULL-LINE CATALOG

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., manufacturer of the industry's most
complete line of miniature fluid power products, has just released the all-new
388-page catalog. This full-line catalog includes features, specifications,
technical drawings, color photographs, and application highlights throughout.
Products can be found in six main categories, including Cylinders, Electronic
Valves, Control Valves, Modular Valves, Fittings and Hose, and Air Preparation
equipment.

Clippard has been serving the needs of design engineers around the world since 
1946 with quality products, on-time deliveries, application engineering expertise 
and a stocking distributor network that is highly trained to handle all your 
miniature pneumatic needs. Contact Clippard today, or your local distributor, for 
catalog #CILCAT-1006, a real working tool and resource for all your miniature 
pneumatic needs.

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.
7390 Colerain Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45239
513-521-4261 

www.clippard.com/catalog

 


 

 

New catalog features Series QR1 Pneumatic Push-in Fittings

Rexroth catalog SC-400.10 features inch and metric Series QR1 pneumatic push-in fittings
With the QR1 series, Rexroth provides a comprehensive inch and metric (ISO-G) program for its pneumatic components. In addition to the Mini and Standard programs, the complete fitting program also includes various function fittings.

Rexroth catalog SC-400.10 features 128 pages of technical and ordering information and a features overview section on Series QR1 pneumatic push-in fittings. Series QR1 (Quick Release) fittings are equipped with a user-friendly oval plastic release ring that enables fast connection and release of compressed air tubing, making them easier to use than standard push-in fittings. 

The Mini design has been created for plastic tubing ODs of 1/8” to ¼” and 3-6 mm. This variety of fittings is completely new at Rexroth and rounds out the product spectrum specifically for the small handling sector. The Standard design fittings can be used for tubing ODs of 5/32” to ½” and 4-16 mm. Products such as check, ball and flow control valves are also included in the range of function fittings. 

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The new SC-Master2 catalog from Rexroth contains over 600 pages of technical and ordering details regarding industrial pneumatic directional control valves plus electro-pneumatic pressure control valves. 

Twenty-eight directional control valves are divided into sections including: Plug-in valve manifolds, Traditional valve manifold systems, Inline valves and Manual/Mechanical valves. A separate section details serial link options, electro-pneumatic pressure control valves and the MS01 part present sensing system. Also included is an accessories section which includes solenoid connectors and cables, common fittings and silencers. The catalog is also available on CD upon request.

 

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New OEM Low Cost Product Line Featured in Pneumatics Product Catalog

Chicago, Ill. August – 2006 – A new twenty page pneumatic products catalog, focusing on product lines specific to the OEM’s low cost, quality component requirements is now available from MFD Pneumatics. Available in print or online, this new catalog provides in depth engineering data and specifications on the Company’s full line of control valves, cylinders, specialty valves, filter regulators, and accessories.

This engineering resource facilitates engineering design by providing detailed operating specifications, along with physical dimensions for each product. The catalog is available online on the MFD Pneumatics website: www.mfdpneumatics.com or call toll free 1-866-264-9560 for information.

 

 


 

Here's What's New at Kuriyama of America, Inc.

NEW OFFICE!
NEW CENTRAL WAREHOUSE!
NEW LOCATION!

Our continued growth through our customer's support over the last 36 years has made it necessary for us to expand our offices and central warehouse. 

Our new facility in Schaumburg, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) is designed to allow us to improve inventory stocking levels, provide space for the expanded availability of new products, and improve the shipping efficiencies that our customers have come to expect from Kuriyama. 

We are in our new facility NOW! 

Our new address is: 
360 E. State Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5335 
Our new telephone and fax numbers are:
Phone: (847) 755-0360 
Fax: (847) 885-0996 

 


 

Festo Standardizes On The PTC® Product Development System 

PTC Product Development System is part of Festo’s strategic initiative to increase product development efficiency in the global marketplace 


NEEDHAM, MA – August 8, 2006 – PTC, the Product Development Company, today announced that Festo AG (Esslingen, Germany), one of the world leaders in automation and controls, has selected the PTC® Product Development System (PDS) to replace its existing CAD/PLM platform. Festo will begin its adoption of the PDS with Pro/ENGINEER®, PTC’s integrated CAD solution that helps companies develop detailed, intuitive and realistic digital product representations. In parallel Windchill® will be implemented for content and process management. Festo’s decision to deploy the PTC Product Development System is part of a corporate strategy to secure and improve its position in the global marketplace by optimizing overall efficiency in the product development process with a particular focus on reduced time to market.

With an annual turnover of 1.4 billion Euro, more than 300,000 customers in 176 countries and 11,500 employees, Festo is one of the leaders in the market for industrial automation and controls. Festo has over 23,000 products and several hundred thousand product variants, so it required a comprehensive and powerful system for product development that fuels innovation and global collaboration, while at the same time controlling key content and processes. Festo selected the PTC Product Development System because of its proven strength in the areas of associative 3D design, analysis and manufacturing, change and configuration management, global collaboration, and parts classification and reuse. The recent addition of Arbortext, PTC’s dynamic publishing software, to the PTC Product Development System was an additional factor in Festo’s decision to work with PTC.

”With the transition to the PTC® Product Development System, we are laying the foundation to secure our competitive position in an international marketplace where speed and flexibility are essential for success,” said Dr. Thomas Rubbe, Member of the Management Board Knowledge and Information Management at Festo. “The decision to work with PTC is a key element in Festo’s corporate policy of deploying industry leading solutions that we have started with the introduction of SAP® and Microsoft® solutions.”

Festo will deploy PTC solutions at corporate headquarters, where its main R&D facilities are located, as well as in its international technical engineering centers, where products are adapted to local market needs. Festo expects to see improved process quality and stability from initial research to manufacturing, as well as improved integration with partners, suppliers, and customers.

”Managing complexity in today’s global manufacturing industry requires a systematic approach to product development,” said Jim Heppelmann, executive vice president and chief product officer, PTC. “With an integrated approach comprising product modelling and content and process management into one consistent technology platform, PTC is differentiating itself in the PLM market. More and more customers like Festo are benefiting from our integral system and share our vision for a future in which we remove existing barriers between design engineering, manufacturing and technical publications processes. We look forward to helping Festo achieve its strategic objectives for years to come.”

The implementation of the PTC technology starts immediately. The first phase is accompanied by an extensive review of existing data and processes to ensure a smooth migration. In addition a global training program will bring users up to speed and enable them to take the full advantage of the new PLM environment by the time of the roll-out in 2007. In its final stage PTC's product development system will be the single source for all product related information for all users at Festo's R&D center in Esslingen, Germany, as well as for all globally distributed “Regional Engineering Centres” (REC).

 


 

 

A new website (www.mfdpneumatics.com) offers product and engineering information focusing on the specific needs of OEM’s in today’s highly cost competitive marketplace for pneumatic products. This website has been designed specifically to offer convenient online sales, for quick access to products, for prototypes, and testing. 

This website also provides detailed technical specifications on this new line of engineered products -- valves, cylinders, filter regulators (FRL’s), and related components. This new division, headquartered in Chicago, has been created to provide a specific focus on the needs of the OEM market. 

In addition, this new website highlights the service and technical support for this new product line, including engineering and applications assistance – which this new division will offer from the headquarters office and from distribution locations throughout North America. 

Online sales and support are available via this operating division’s new website: www.mfdpneumatics.com. 

 

 


 

BISHOP-WISECARVER APPOINTS RAY HARRINGTON VP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Industry Veteran to Lead Company Growth Strategy 

Pittsburg, CA - - June 15, 2006 - - Today, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation announced it has appointed Ray Harrington, 30 year veteran in the Power Transmission industry, VP of 
Business Development. Harrington has held numerous management and executive positions within the industry, focusing on planning and implementing change, as well as new market 
development in various organizations.

Harrington’s most recent roles include VP, Marketing and Sales for Ruland Manufacturing Company, and President and COO of Pacific Bearing Company, which was previously a client 
of his successful consulting practice based in Toronto, Canada. Under Harrington’s leadership, Pacific Bearing’s sales multiplied, and they established a worldwide presence in the 
market. Bishop-Wisecarver retained Harrington as a consultant in 2003, and he joined BWC’s Board of Directors in 2004.

"I am delighted to have joined the Bishop-Wisecarver team,” says Harrington. “In the last few years I have been impressed by the vision, direction and energy that Pamela Kan has installed in the company. They have a great future and I look forward to making my contribution to their success."

Harrington’s distinguished career began with a key management role in a Liverpool, UK, startup, that successfully built a 1500 person plant business in under 12 months, after which he joined RHP, the UK’s largest bearing company. Early key accomplishments at RHP included reducing Work-in-Process, increasing productivity, and management of programs of 
rationalization and standardization across five manufacturing plants. As part of this process, he implemented a co-operative alliance strategy for bearing companies across Europe, which developed multi-million dollar returns for each of the partners. 

RHP later appointed Harrington to a turn-around assignment in Toronto, Canada, as VP of the Central Region. Under his strategic direction, sales increased in both OEM and distributor markets. Newark Electronics, a major US electronic components distributor, then appointed Harrington to lead their expansion into Canada, where he established a seven-branch 
organization before being transferred to Chicago, as VP, Western Sector. In this capacity, he led a 120-million dollar, 40-branchoperation. He then joined Cookson America as general manager of their KMC division, before starting his consulting company for transmission manufacturers and distributors.

“Ray’s industry expertise and proven ability to ‘make things happen’ introduce infinite possibilities,” says Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver. “We are fortunate to have a 
professional of his caliber on our team.” 

Harrington graduated from Brunel University in London, where he qualified as a metallurgist. He has been active in the Power Transmission Distributor Association (PTDA), and the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA). He has served as PTDA chair of the Human Resources Committee and the Annual Summit Planning Committee. 

 


 

Norgren’s new look web store delivers online advantage

As the demand for online purchasing increases Norgren has enhanced its online web store facility to offer even more functionality. The existing online purchasing facility has undergone a major makeover in response to customer feedback and is now easier to use and features new innovative tools and services. Original Equipment Manufacturers are increasing the use of electronic media to provide support for designers and engineers alike. Competitive advantage can be achieved through the use of innovative services all targeted at cutting costs and reducing time to market.

With a new simpler, cleaner and fresher look the online facility benefits from a complete redesign that provides updated navigational features such as a new tab style menu and quick links thus ensuring speedy access to the sites main tools. The online catalogue proves a popular stop for most sites visitors and this has been redesigned to show clearer information. Offering real time price and availability information, the ability to track all orders however they are placed and a host of purchasing tools, the new store helps buyers and engineers get their job done more efficiently.
For more information or an online tour please visit http://store.norgren.com/US

 


 

Beswick Engineering’s New Website Offers 3D Models for Download 


Beswick Engineering designs and manufactures high-performance miniature fluid power devices. 

Beswick Engineering’s new web site offers 3D models for download! The new site, www.beswick.com, went live on the 9th of March 2006. 

Many customers have transitioned from 2D drawings to 3D models to shorten their design cycle. 3D models help design engineers create their own assemblies, check potential 
interferences, and create assembly drawings for manufacturing. Beswick will continue to provide 2D drawings for customers who require the 2D format.

In addition to the inclusion of 3D models, Beswick has optimized the web site for faster product searches. Over 200 new products have been added to the new website.

Applications include: medical and dental equipment, instruments, laboratory equipment, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, aerospace equipment, packaging machinery, industrial 
robots and many more. 

Beswick products include: fittings, valves, quick disconnects, pressure regulators/gauges, cylinders, filters, orifices, shock absorbers, pressure electric switches, tubing, etc. 
Beswick speaks your language and can custom design products to meet your specific requirements. 

For more information, please contact:

Applications Engineers
Beswick Engineering Co., Inc. 
284 Ocean Road, Greenland, NH 03840-2442 USA 
Phone: +1 603.433.1188
Fax: +1 603.433.3313
E-mail: besales@beswick.com 
Website: http://www.beswick.com

 


 

Norgren’s new fluid control group combines a wealth of expertise

Littleton, Colorado, USA – Norgren has announced that it is combining the well established and proven brands of FAS, Webber, Buschjost and KIP to form the new Norgren fluid control group. The new group will focus its energy and resources on fluid control valves and solutions and, by bringing these brands into one organization, will provide customers with the combined resources, expertise and breadth of product range to enable them to source any fluid control solution from one capable global supplier. 

The new group benefits from over 100 engineers who are completely dedicated to the development of solenoid valves, process valves and customized fluid control solutions. FAS, Webber, Buschjost and KIP have the project management experience, the specialized industry knowledge as well as an in depth understanding of standards. This expertise is utilized to create competitive advantage by actively helping customers to increase sales, improve market share and reduce total cost of ownership. 

With a vast amount of experience in a wide variety of industry sectors such as medical, on board vehicle, inkjet, water management and environmental technology the group’s expertise lies in customizing a world leading portfolio of technologies into dedicated system solutions to overcome customer specific problems. As an IMI subsidiary, and part of the global Norgren organization, the new fluid control group provides customers worldwide with the reassurance of dealing with an established global supplier with financial strength and security, plus all the advantages of a global sales and service network. 

“ By bringing Norgren’s fluid control brands into one team means we are able to combine their extensive customer experience and technological capabilities to provide some very innovative solutions” said Sean Toomes managing director of the new fluid control group. “ The engineers within the group are highly focused on providing solutions that deliver real engineering advantage. The teams capabilities and the results they deliver astonishes me”

The new group, headquartered in Switzerland, has a multi national approach with FAS located in Geneva, Buschjost in Germany, KIP in the USA and Webber based in the UK. From these facilities the group is able to offer both technical and manufacturing capabilities. For further information please visit www.norgren.com 


 

PHD’s New 2006 Product Solutions Catalog Now Available 

PHD has released its newly updated main product catalog, Catalog 2006 Solutions Book. The catalog allows users to have PHD’s current product information available within arm’s reach at all times. Catalog 2006 is yet another example of PHD’s commitment to excellence in product, service and support, and to provide customers with “Simple Productivity Solutions.”

Catalog 2006 contains the latest product information on PHD’s standard products including powered slides, grippers, rotary actuators, cylinders, multi-motion actuators, escapements, switches, and sensors. The catalog also contains information on newly released products including Series GRR Guardian™ Grippers, new generation Series CR and CT Compact Cylinders, and more.

This year’s edition also provides more clamp products solutions as well as a section describing PHD’s Plastic Packaging Components Group. This group is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of the plastic packaging industry. 

To request a free catalog, call PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511, or visit our website at www.phdinc.com.

PHD, Inc., P.O. Box 9070, Fort Wayne, IN 46899
(260) 747-6151; FAX (260) 747-6754
www.phdinc.com
phdinfo@phdinc.com

 

 


 

 

PIAB NAMES MIKE BROTZ AUTOMOTIVE SEGMENT SPECIALIST

Hingham, MA, —PIAB Vacuum Products, a leading manufacturer of industrial vacuum products, has appointed Mike Brotz to the position of Automotive Segment Specialist. In his new role, Mr. Brotz will be responsible for overseeing all account activity in PIAB’s automotive segment, helping customers optimize their vacuum systems and ensure that the most productive and energy efficient solutions are in place.

Brotz will also work closely with PIAB’s North American distributors to provide technical and sales support and training for automotive-specific vacuum solutions. With over 20 years of experience working with those within the automotive manufacturing industry, Mr. Brotz brings a wealth of knowledge to companies that want to improve their existing systems and make investments for the future.

Previously, Mr. Brotz served as a District Sales Manager for PIAB in the company’s Southeast Michigan territory. Prior to PIAB Brotz worked for MRM Inc., a Michigan-based distributor of industrial automation products for the automotive industry. 

About PIAB
PIAB Vacuum Products is a global leader in developing innovative vacuum products for use in automated material handling and factory automation processes. PIAB provides innovative solutions designed to help improve productivity and efficiency in manufacturing processes around the world. 

For more information about PIAB’s complete line of products, contact, PIAB USA, Inc., 65 Sharp Street, Hingham, MA 02043, or call 1-800-321-7422; visit www.piab.com


 

Blancett Flow Meters Receives $1.6 Million Dollar Military Contract

Racine, WI, December 1, 2005: Blancett Flow Meters, a division of Racine Federated Inc., has
been awarded a $1.6 million dollar military contract for the Model 1100 Turbine flow meter and B2800
flow monitor. These meters are part of a fuel transfer system used by the Department of Defense for
measurement of filling capacity and flow consumption. The contract began with one Blancett system
replacing an older structure that is currently in place. Due to the quality, accuracy and durability, the
Blancett flow meters were approved by procurement and all transfer fuel systems will be replaced
with the Blancett flow systems.

The Blancett turbine flow meter can be used in temperature ranges of -25 °F to +140 °F (-30 °C
to +60 °C), thus withstanding all global environments. The turbine meter consists of only one moving
part, thus reducing maintenance costs greatly. The system is part of caged construction assembly
that can be easily transported to measure the liquid flow in various pipe sizes. The B2800 is a
microprocessor-based flow monitor that displays the flow rate and the total calculated flow.
Dominic Cariello, General Manager of Blancett, has worked with this project in conjunction with
TTI, a Vermont based distributor of the Blancett product line. TTI will be providing the entire fuel
transfer system, which includes the Blancett turbine flow meters and monitors, to the Department of
Defense over the next six months. “This is a great opportunity for Blancett and Racine Federated Inc.
The Racine team is excited about this project and ready to provide quality products to the government,
says Cariello.

For additional information on any of the Blancett products, please feel free to contact us toll-free
at: (800)235-1638, visit us on-line at: www.blancett.com, or e-mail us at: info@blancett.com. Factory
trained customer service representatives are available to help in the selection process.

 


 

Grippers in Motion – The fascination of handling applications

New developments and technologies in the area of automation technology are part of our daily life. Besides the continuous changes of the technology itself, the general conditions for applications of automation components are constantly changing as well. Customers require precise and flexible solutions, which offer universal application possibilities. 

The new specialized book “Grippers in Motion” offers a complete overview of state-of-the art technology in the automation sector. With many illustrations, the book explains the entire process starting with the basic requirements of the handling process and the history of automation technology up to the principal part of the entire process – the workpiece. 

Let this book inspire you and explain the countless application possibilities of gripping technology. It will show you: 

- Initial situation and limiting conditions of handling applications
- Stages of development and history of gripping systems and robots
- Gripping applications and workpieces 
- Extensive chapter about real applications and completed projects

The book is available in book stores or can be ordered directly at SCHUNK for a price of $69.95.

SCHUNK INC.
211 Kitty Hawk Drive
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
Phone: 919.572.2705 or
800.772.4865
Fax: 919.572.2818
www.schunk-usa.com
info@schunk-usa.com
 
 

 

New Catalog From Techno-Sommer Automatic Features New Products To Provide Better Solutions


New Hyde Park NY — A new 80-page catalog from Techno-Sommer Automatic features several new and innovate products. Techno says their new product lines will continue to provide solutions to an even greater variety of automation applications. The H928 New Products Catalog contains an impressive range of product capabilities from a heavy-duty 10-finger O-Ring Gripper (GS1015) to new space-saving mini grippers (MGP800 and MGW800). These two products are a ideal for the proper and precise placement of O-rings as well as miniature applications, like handling tiny parts of circuit board assemblies.


Also featured is a line of 2-in-1 products: the Grip and Rotate Modules (DGP404, DGP12, DGD304 and DGK20). The Grip and Rotate Modules are combined of a swivel unit and a gripper in one compact module and allow re-orientation of the parts without the need for additional rotary units. 


Complete technical details are contained in the H928 New Products catalog available free upon request from Techno-Sommer Automatic, 2101 Jericho Turnpike, P.O. Box 5416, New Hyde Park, New York 11042-5416. Phone: 516-328-3970 • Fax: 516-358-2576. 

Web: http://www.techno-sommer.com


Bimba’s New “Solutions Shop” Microsite Up and Running

Customers Can Browse and Request Custom Solutions Online


Bimba Manufacturing announced today the launch of its new “Solutions Shop” microsite, www.bimba.com/solutionshop, accessible through the company’s homepage. 

Bimba, a leading producer of actuation technology, designed this online tool for customers whose project requirements cannot be met by the off-the-shelf products of most manufacturers.

Already acknowledged as the foremost provider of customized solutions for unique and unusual applications, Bimba will now make it even easier for current and potential customers to gain insights into the possibilities of working with Bimba. They can go to the “Solutions Shop” micro-site, search by industry or type of application, download printable PDFs of sample applications and formulate requests for solutions appropriate to their special needs.


 

KV LTD. - CPS DIVISION APPOINTS NEW HEAD

The international pneumatics group, KV Ltd., has appointed Brian Hurley as the Divisional Director of its CPS Division.

Brian, aged 39, has been with KV in a number of managerial posts over the last 4 years, and as the Business Unit Manager of the Division for the last two years. He takes up his new appointment on June 1st 2005

A key player in the KV Global Group of companies, the CPS Division (Clean Pneumatronic Systems) is totally focussed on the needs of customers.

Years of experience developing specialist systems within the Semiconductor, Medical and Analytical industries, provides the company the means to deliver Pneumatronic Systems to meet every customer need.

The dedicated team of design, development and manufacturing engineers is backed by a state of the art Clean Room and an extensive range of components, including valves, cylinders, vacuum products, air preparation and fittings.

Additional back up to the KV CPS Division, is the KV Rapid Division with its facilities to produce rapid prototypes using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) in plastic or metal, Concept Modeling and Vacuum Casting, therefore minimizing the development process from concept to completion.

The CPS Division works closely in partnership with customers own design teams and develops and manufactures pneumatic and electro-pneumatic solutions for numerous industries.

For further information please telephone (+44) 01908 561515 or e-mail: sales@kvcps.com or visit the website at www.kvcps.com

 


 

KV Ltd is a UK, leading global provider of pneumatic products and solutions with worldwide manufacturing support and a network of distributors in every Continent, supplying its products to over 120 industries.

With a worldwide reputation for design ingenuity for pneumatic components and systems, KV has a wealth of expertise available to customers constantly seeking to optimize their air control processes. 

KV CPS Division

For the Semi Conductor Medical and Pharmaceutical industries the CPS (Clean Pneumatronic Systems) Division provides unequalled engineering expertise in the design and manufacture of highly integrated electro-pneumatic control systems for very demanding clean room applications.

The 'CPS' Division houses one of the largest clean room facilities to be found in pneumatics with a total floor area of 380 square metres (4092 sq. Ft). It operates to ISO 14644-1, ISO Class 6 Standards, (FED Standard 209E, Class 1000) over the working areas and has its own dedicated material handling area and store.

KV systems are designed for optimum functionality and reliability and draw on well-proven products and components from within the KV range of components, products from key suppliers and custom designed or application specific products. 

These components are then skillfully integrated with control equipment into top-level sub-systems that become an integral part of the OEM customers' equipment. 

An additional facility available to KV CPS Division customers is Rapid Prototyping using SLS, SLA, Vacuum Casting and Concept Modelling technology. With the increasing demand to reduce lead times and minimize inventory many customers are exploiting the benefits of On Demand Manufacture. 

KV will be displaying their manufacturing capabilities at the forthcoming Semicon West 2005 in San Francisco, North Hall, Booth 5713, where KV's experienced team of engineers will be pleased to discuss the specification of any product to meet your needs. For further information please telephone (+44) 01908 561515 or e-mail: sales@kvcps.com or visit the website at www.kvcps.com

 


 

New SC-Master1 catalog from Rexroth gives offers technical and ordering information for twenty-three industrial pneumatic cylinder and actuator product lines.

The new SC-Master1 catalog from Rexroth contains over 700 pages of technical and ordering details regarding industrial pneumatic cylinders and actuators. Twenty-three product lines are represented including: TaskMaster® aluminum profile, PowerMaster® NFPA steel tie rod, ISO-VDMA profile and tie rod, Octagon ISO mini, Series M mini, RexMover rodless, compact, mini-slides, shuttle units, Easy-2-Combine modular handling system, grippers, rotary actuators and modules, micro, guided, twin-rod, clamping devices and NCT non-contact transfer units. Also included are right angle flow controls as accessories. The catalog is also available on CD upon request.

In North America, the Bosch Group manufacturers and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial automation and mobile products, power tools and accessories, security technology, packaging equipment and household appliances. Bosch Rexroth Corporation, a merger of Bosch Automation Technology and Rexroth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. In the year 2004, Bosch Rexroth AG achieved sales of approximately $5.3 billion (4.1 billion Euros) with 26,400 employees. 

Under the brand name of Rexroth, the company offers all relevant drive, control and motion technologies: from mechanics, hydraulics and pneumatics to electronics and associated services. Rexroth has 500,000 customers in over 80 countries and is an extensive supplier of components and systems for industrial and factory automation and mobile applications.

RexRoth


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Bimba Consolidates Catalogs Into One Volume


Monee, IL - Bimba Manufacturing has consolidated information from five of its inch-series catalogs into a single 450-page volume. The new catalog, titled FL-04, has eight sections: Original Line Cylinders, Flat Cylinders, Linear Thruster/PneuMoment, Pneu-Turn Rotary Actuators, Ultran Cylinders, Double-Wall Cylinders, Position Control System Products and related products, including Position Sensing Solutions, Flow Controls, Accessories, Shock Absorbers, Transition Plates and Alignment Couplers. There is also information about how to order and highlighted sub-sections with information about new products, including Stainless Steel Repairable Original Line Cylinders, Stopper Cylinders, Position Feedback Cylinder Rod Locks, and seven others.

Bimba Manufacturing is a forward thinking innovator of actuation technology, specializing in providing cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges. Its capabilities include an extensive line of industry-leading air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, flow controls and position sensing cylinders. In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, nearly half of Bimba's business consists of custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries. 

 


 

MTS SENSORS DEVELOPS NEW, EXPANDED AND EASIER TO USE 
SENSORS SOLUTION WEB SITE


MTS Sensors Division has launched a newly-created Web site that allows visitors to browse the company's sensor products and application offerings in a user-friendly Web format. Through this site, www.mtssensors.com, engineers can quickly view and download information on MTS Sensors' magnetostrictive industrial position, liquid level, and mobile equipment sensors

The new site emphasizes MTS Sensors' ability to provide solutions to a wide variety of industries. Links to application notes describe the features and benefits of using sensor products with patented Temposonics technology. Searching for the appropriate product and related information has been simplified through product selectors and documentation reference tables that clearly explain the capabilities of each product.

The www.mtssensors.com technical resources include the following comprehensive support documentation and related materials:
· Product data sheets
· Users' manuals
· Application notes
· Product drawings
· Software downloads
· Third party product compatibility links
· Authorized reseller information

"The new Web site features MTS Sensors' products, applications and technical information, as well as easy navigation tools to find details regarding our wide range of magnetostrictive sensors and their industry applications," said Janet Rapp, marketing communications manager for MTS Sensors Division. "We believe this new information center will illustrate to design engineers, system integrators and OEMs the products we offer, the applications in which they are used and how to evaluate our technologies for future designs and applications."


For more information, visit the MTS Sensors Division Web site at www.mtssensors.com, or contact Janet Rapp: janet.rapp@mts.com; MTS Sensors Division, 3001 Sheldon Drive, Cary, NC 27513; phone (919) 677-0100; or fax (919) 677-0200.

 


 

 

Enfield Technologies Displays Advanced Automation Control Solutions at Germany's Renowned Hannover Fair

Visit Enfield Technologies in Hall 17, Stand F08, Booth B2


Trumbull, CT USA - Enfield Technologies returns to Germany's Hannover Messe Factory Automation trade show April 11 - 15, 2005. Visitors to the Enfield Technologies exhibit will experience four distinct interactive displays demonstrating control of position, pressure, force and flow for factory automation solutions utilizing the company's LS System. The LS System is a high-speed proportional servo pneumatic motion control system comprised of a specialized patented servo-valve and a dedicated valve controller. The LS System helps automation designers of industrial machinery, product testing equipment, and special effects animations.
Enfield engineering team members will personalize demonstrations specific to an individual's application requirements. They will show booth attendees how the high-speed LS system can help overcome speed and control barriers, increase machine and process flexibility and utilize advanced control with real-time feedback.

The position control demonstration will reveal an infinitely variable, smooth, accurate, and quiet positioning system for pick and place, feed control, and flexible manufacturing applications, for single or multiple axis systems. Visitors can position the cylinder anywhere between fully retracted and fully extended. The cylinder's integrated position feedback sensor closes the command loop and is connected to a digital readout that allows the attendee to view the command signal and the actual position. 

The pressure control demonstration utilizes a pressure vessel. Pressure can be maintained anywhere between vacuum and full line pressure. Visitors will be able to manage both pressure and vacuum proportionately, and see how the LS System immediately responds to keep the tank at the desired set pressure. This system is useful for pressure chambers where a process requires a specific ever-changing pressure profile or air-over-liquid dispensers where pressure must remain constant.

Force control is regularly used in lifecycle fatigue testing, failure testing, force and displacement profiling, stamping, light duty presses, and feed control. The visitor can infinitely vary the desired force within the sensor and actuator's range using an on-screen slider on a laptop computer. Connected to the LS System via a USB interface, the demonstration uses a large spring so the visitor can see the compression and relaxation created by the LS System's management of the force command. 

Variable flow control with high-speed valve control is demonstrated by floating a ping-pong ball in a column of air. 
The attendee positions their hand over a reflected infrared sensor. As the attendee moves their hand closer to or farther away from the sensor, the LS System adjusts the amount of airflow accordingly, which synchronizes the ping-pong ball's height to the attendee's hand height. LS System flow control is used to manage air motor speed, vapor or gas mixing systems, aeration of products, and process temperature control.

Manufacturers, representatives or media personnel who are interested in learning more about the Enfield Technologies systems should contact Linda M. Van Valkenburgh, Director of Marketing, 41 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611 USA, telephone: +1 203 459 0700 ext. 316 or visit the Enfield Technologies web site at www.enfieldtech.com Language options are available on the web site for international visitors. Additional Hannover Messe Trade Fair information may be found at www.hannovermesse.de or International telephone: +49-511/89-0 

Enfield Technologies is a leading manufacturer of high-speed proportional servo-pneumatic control systems. Enfield Technologies serves the packaging, medical/pharmaceutical, semi-conductor, automotive, food and beverage, and all major OEM markets for diverse applications including assembly automation, robotics, product test and measurement, analyzers and instrumentation, and process control.
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Company/Media Contact: 
Linda M Van Valkenburgh
Director of Marketing
Enfield Technologies
T: +1 203 459 0700 x316
linda.vanvalkenburgh@enfieldtech.com

 


 

ControlAir Inc. has released a new Short Form Catalog which includes new products and industry approvals to its line of Precision Air Pressure Regulators and Relays. 

Devices are designed to provide a high level of regulation accuracy and repeatability. A unique stainless steel capsule is used as a sensing device rather than range springs which are found on most regulators currently available. The multi-stage design causes self-correction at pressure variations as small as 0.01 psig.

Some features offered include:

· Flow capacities up to 80 SCFM

· Control of output pressure to within 0.1% accuracy

· Insensitive to changes in supply pressure and flow

· High relief capacity

· Able to hold a set pressure over wide ranging operating temperatures

· Intrinsically Safe Approvals

Regulators and relays are ideal for any pneumatic control system that requires precise regulation of air pressure in pipes and vessels. Applications include valve actuation, medical diagnostic instruments, web tensioning, roll loading, control panels, pneumatic counter balancers, test and lab apparatus, liquid dispensing machines, process control, robotics and leak testing equipment.

The regulators and relays are offered in various pressure output ranges from 0 to 150 psi. Porting is 1/8", 1/4", 3/8" NPT. All regulators come complete with 1/4" NPT gauge ports. Options include Tamperproof Cover and Factory Preset Output Pressures.

ControlAir Inc. manufactures precision pneumatic and electropneumatic controls. ControlAir's markets include process control, semiconductor, printing and converting presses, diagnostic and surgical medical equipment, robotics, quality control, automotive, analyzers, compressors, pumps and paint equipment. For more information, ControlAir's website, www.controlair.com, offers full product specifications with pdf files, product CAD drawing files, and company profile.

Contact: Melissa Ryan Phone: 603-886-9400
ControlAir Inc. Fax: 603-889-1844
8 Columbia Drive E-mail: mryan@controlair.com
Amherst, NH 03031 USA Website: http://www.controlair.com

 


 

 

Norgren's pneumatic stainless steel cylinders provide high corrosion and acid resistance

Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, offers a full range of NFPA stainless steel cylinders ideally suited for manufacturing environments that can be at risk from corrosion and acid substances. Suitable for wash down processes within industries such as food preparation, the cylinders are available as double acting, magnetic piston with either buffer or adjustable cushioning. 

Manufactured from corrosion resistant stainless steel the actuators can be specified with operating pressures up to 250 PSI and various bore sizes up to 8". With an operating temperature range of -40°F to 200°F the Norgren cylinders are rated for 'non lube added' service. All internal components are lubricated at time of assembly with a Teflon based grease. The cylinders have been specifically designed for push and pull applications and can be operated either with filtered compressed air to 250 PSI and petroleum based hydraulic fluid to 400 PSI. Further information on the Norgren range of SS cylinders can be found at www.norgren.com

 


 

New TRD Standard Catalog


TRD Manufacturing, a Bimba Company, is pleased to announce the release of their new
Standard Products catalog, TRD1-0104.

New “TD” Series (TOUGH-DUTY)
This new series will have the same dimensions and construction as the “TA” series, with the following
options as standard features:
• BP (Bumper Piston) Seals
• “Fixed” Cushions (Head & Cap)
• WB (Piston Wear Band)
For more information, contact W. Kokum, Bimba Manufacturing Company, P.O. Box 68, Monee,
Illinois 60449. Phone 708/534-8544, FAX 708/235-2014, Technical Assistance 800-44-BIMBA.

 


 

 

Norgren's pneumatic function fittings allows for rapid assembly

Designed for users who are seeking to achieve competitive advantage through cost savings that can be made in the rapid assembly of pneumatic circuits Norgren offers a comprehensive range of pneumatic function fittings. These compact devices provide easy tube insertion and can be deployed in a wide variety of industry sectors that deploy pneumatic technology. 

Suitable for use with a wide variety of tubing types such as Nylon 11/12, polyurethane and other plasticized or unplasticized tubing the units provide positive tube anchorage and are suitable for pressures up to 145 PSI. Operating temperature range is specified at -68°F to +176°F and further information can found at www.norgren.com.

 


 

PHD Releases NEW 2005 Product Catalog 

PHD has just released its newly updated main product catalog, Catalog 2005 Solutions Book. The catalog allows users to have PHD's current product information available within arm's reach at all times. Catalog 2005 is another example of PHD's commitment to excellence in product, service and support, and to provide customers with "Superior Productivity Solutions."

Catalog 2005 contains the latest product information on PHD's standard products including powered slides, grippers, rotary actuators, cylinders, multi-motion actuators, escapements, clamps, switches and sensors, and accessories. The catalog also contains information on our newly released products including Series SFP Slides, Series RCC Rotary Actuators, Series GRF Grippers, Series 6790 AC Switches and more.

New features added to Catalog 2005 include:

× New transparent and cut-a-way views for each product series highlighting beneficial features
× New product selection guides to compare product features
× Typical industry uses for each product series
× Information on product application
× Additional clamp product solutions

In addition, Catalog 2005 provides an introduction to PHD's New Plastic Packaging Components Group. This dedicated business division is focused totally on the specific needs of the plastic packaging industry.

For more information, send for a free catalog today. For immediate assistance, call PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511 or visit our web site at www.phdinc.com.

PHD, Inc., P.O. Box 9070, Fort Wayne, IN 46899
(260) 747-6151; FAX (260) 747-6754
www. phdinc.com
phdinfo@phdinc.com

 


 

NORTECH VACUUM PRODUCTS MOVES-IN WITH GUARDAIR CORP

Chicopee, MA Nortech Vacuum Products, a division of Guardair Corporation, announced today that it has successfully moved from Midland Park, NJ to Guardair's Chicopee, MA facility. This new location will provide adequate space for all engineering, manufacturing, assembly, shipping and corporate administrative functions for the Nortech Product line. 
The Chicopee, MA facility has an advanced engineering staff with a well-equipped testing lab which will accelerate the development opportunities and enhancements for all Nortech Vacuum Products. In addition, the larger customer service staff will be able to better assist all customer inquiries. As a result of the move, the telephone and fax numbers have also changed. The company's new phone number is (413) 594-4400, while the fax number is (413) 594-4884. 
In June 2004, Guardair Corporation acquired the assets of Nortech Corporation. Nortech has been a leading manufacturer of pneumatic powered vacuums since 1959. The Nortech product line includes more than 20 different vacuum models in addition to a complete set of accessories and options; including HEPA filters and static conductive hose. 
For over half a century, Guardair has manufactured safety air guns, spray equipment and accessories for sale into the industrial MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) market. Millions of Guardair guns are in use in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications including food processing, metalworking, pulp and paper, textiles and transportation. All Guardair safety air guns meet OSHA standards and incorporate unique design features to maximize operator productivity and safety. In 1999, Guardair acquired the assets of Allpax Gasket Cutter Products, Inc., the largest US manufacturer of gasket cutters, hollow punch tools and accessories.
Guardair, Allpax and Nortech are highly recognized name brands in the industrial MRO marketplace and are synonymous with high quality products and customer service. These products are sold through a world-wide network of over 3,000 industrial and specialty distributors that includes local and regional suppliers, as well as national distributors such as McMaster-Carr, W.W. Grainger, MSC Industrial, Lab Safety Supply, and Hagemeyer. 

For Additional Information Contact:
Deanna Kennedy
Guardair Corporation
Chicopee, MA 01020
(800) 482-7324 
DMKennedy@guardaircorp.com
www.guardaircorp.com

 


 

 

New Hyde Park, NY - Techno-Sommer, Inc. announces the release of the New and updated web site. Full of the latest products and features including the latest featute the "Gripper Finder". The "Gripper Finder" assists you in selecting a proper gripper for your application. Downloadable catalog pages and CAD files are also available for all products.

Techno-Sommer
2101 Jericho Turnpike · New Hyde Park, NY 11040
TEL: 1-800-819-3366 · FAX: 516-358-2576
E-MAIL: grippersupport@techno-sommer.com

 


 

Canadian Bearings Ltd. Acquires Central Hydraulics and Service November.05.2004 
Canadian Bearings is pleased to announce the acquisition of Central Hydraulics and Service of Guelph ON. As part of the CB team, they will enhance CB's ability to deliver technical solutions in fluid power to its Southern Ontario clients. "We are building on related investments including the 1998 Windsor ON acquisition of Jopar Fluid Power and the additional recruitment of several fluid power trained technical representatives in the region," said Don Latham, President of Canadian Bearings. "In 2005, Central Hydraulics and CB customers in the Guelph/Cambridge/Kitchener area will be able to reduce costs through the access of a much broader spectrum of products and solutions as provided by this new partnership."

For Central Hydraulics, the marriage will provide an enhanced ability to promote the capabilities of its high calibre and newly renovated shop over a broader geography. Murray Millson and Gary Reilly, the Central Hydraulics founders, will remain as part of the CB/Central team. Murray will continue to lead his team and participate in integration plans.

Canadian Bearings is a Canadian owned and operated industrial distribution company with 32 branches in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. It employs approximately 400 people.

 


 

Norgren appoints new president and CEO

Littleton, Colorado, USA - October 2004. Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, has announced that it has appointed Jim Mannebach to the role of President and CEO of the Norgren Group 

Jim joins Norgren having most recently been the Vice President for the Industrial Technology Group of Roper Industries Inc. Previously Jim also had a number of senior roles within Emerson Electric Co. Over his career Jim has had extensive experience of the industrial equipment controls market and the process flow industry.

Upon his appointment Jim said " This is a great time to be joining the global Norgren group. We have a very clear and established strategy for growth that is showing strong results. I am very much looking forward to being a part of our continuing drive to deliver competitive advantage to our customers worldwide" www.norgren.com

 


 

 

Norgren's new airless cylinder brochure provides precise detail

Littleton, Colorado, USA - Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, has published its new multi position airless cylinder (MPAC) brochure. Timed to coincide with the launch of its new series of precision electric actuators the brochure has been clearly laid out to underline the engineering advantage that the new range can deliver to a wide variety of applications.


The new multi position airless cylinder from Norgren is ideal for inclusion in projects where there is a requirement for multiple program positions. Loaded with features and benefits pages the new brochure details suitable project examples for the new device and provides in depth product information thus allowing the machine builder to make an informed choice. A step-by-step ordering guide is also featured showing the individual components that make up the MPAC device. The new brochure can be requested by calling 303 794 2611 or by visiting www.norgren.com.

 


 
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 14, 2004--Motion
Industries, North America's leading distributor of industrial
maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, is pleased to
announce that Ralph Buntyn was recently given the distinction of
Honorary Life Member of the Power Transmission Distribution
Association (PTDA), according to Bill Stevens, Motion Industries'
president and CEO. This designation is given to a select group of PTDA
members who have distinguished themselves through a long tenure of
service and volunteerism to the association.
Ralph Buntyn, the former Senior Vice President of Marketing with
Motion Industries, retired at the end of 2003 after completing over 42
years of service with the company. Buntyn served in many leadership
roles for PTDA throughout his career, including positions on
committees, task forces, and at the organization's annual meetings.
His committee/task force involvement with PTDA included the Industry
Relations Committee (2000-2003), the Strategic Planning Task Force
(2000), the International Committee (1998-2000), and the Total Quality
Management Task Force (1993-1997).
Founded in 1960, PTDA is a U.S.-based trade association
representing almost 230 power transmission/motion control (PT/MC)
distributor firms with almost 3,200 locations throughout North America
and 14 other countries, as well as over 190 manufacturers that supply
the PT/MC industry. PTDA is a member-driven organization dedicated to
advancing distribution and strengthening members to be successful,
profitable and competitive in a changing market environment. For more
information, visit www.ptda.org.
With 2003 sales in excess of $2.2 billion, Motion Industries is
the leading distributor of bearings; mechanical, industrial
automation, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic power replacement
parts; hose and rubber products; and industrial supply products.
Motion Industries has more than 500 operations including nine
distribution centers throughout North America and serves more than
150,000 customers including automotive, chemical, food, beverage,
wood/lumber, iron, oil, pulp and paper, steel, and textile industries.
Motion Industries, NAPA, and S.P. Richards are wholly owned
subsidiaries of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC).
Visit our website at www.motionindustries.com. Contact us
toll-free at (800) 526-9328.

 


 

Assembly Technology Expo To Celebrate its 25th Anniversary of Showcasing New Products and Technologies For Final Product Assembly

When thousands of manufacturing professionals converge at Assembly Technology Expo (ATExpo) this September it will mark the 25th anniversary as the industry's leading trade event. ATExpo, the world's largest "all assembly" trade event will take place September 28-30, 2004, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The ATExpo Conference opens one day earlier on September 27th.

The event, sponsored by ASSEMBLY magazine, features the world's most comprehensive showcase of assembly solutions, from advanced robotic systems to hand tools. Nearly 600 leading suppliers will display and demonstrate new products in more than fifty categories, for use in a wide range of manufacturing industries, including: automotive, electronics, industrial equipment, computers, household appliances, motors and generators, medical, telecommunications and aeronautics/aerospace.

"Assembly Technology Expo is a unique opportunity for manufacturing professionals to see and evaluate the full spectrum of products and services used in manual or fully-automated assembly," stated Kelvin Marsden-Kish, Vice President of Reed Exhibitions, producer of the Assembly family of events. "ATExpo is proud of its longevity and history of annually bringing buyers, sellers and industry influencers face-to-face."

Three Free Keynotes Highlight ATExpo's New Free Educational Program
ATExpo 2004 will be offering ten free special events as part of the Free Educational Program. The program is highlighted by three entertaining and informative keynote presentations. 

The expo opens on Tuesday morning, September 28, with the Opening Keynote, "Made in America," presented by television star John Ratzenberger, the producer and host of the Travel Channel's John Ratzenberger's Made in America series. Day two starts with an exciting multimedia presentation, "A Tale of Two Rovers - Integrating, Testing, and Operating the Mars Exploration Rovers," delivered by Christopher Salvo, Mission Manager, Mars Exploration Rover for NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratories. And on Thursday, September 30, Karl Eberle, Vice President and General Manager of Harley-Davidson's Kansas City assembly facility will share their manufacturing successes in the revolutionary, "Relationship Driven Leadership, a Unique Manufacturing Environment." All three keynotes will start at 9:00 am.

Other Free Educational Program Events Are Scheduled
· "Shingo Prize Approach to World Class Manufacturing," Ross Robson, Executive Director, Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing, on Tuesday, September 28 at 11:00 am.
· ASSEMBLY Magazine Panel - "Offshore Assembly Challenges and Opportunities," Moderated by Austin Weber, Senior Editor, ASSEMBLY magazine, Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00 pm.
· ATExpo 25th Anniversary Networking Reception, Tuesday, September 28 at 5:00 pm.
· "The Human Side of Lean," Pascal Dennis, P.Eng., M.Eng., Lean Productivity Systems, Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00 am.
· "Original Design Manufacturers: A Viable Outsourcing Alternative with Distinct Business Practice," Eric Miscoll, Senior Consultant and Chief Operating Officer, Technology Forecasters, Inc., Wednesday, September 29 at 2:00 pm.
· OktoberFest Networking Reception, Sponsored by Global Automation, Stein Automation, MTA Automation, Visicontrol and Bartec, Wednesday, September 29 at 3:00 pm.
· APICS Panel - "Distributing Manufacturing into the Supply Network for a Competitive Edge," Moderated by Richard Godin, CFPIM CIRM, Improvement Is People, Thursday, September 30 at 1:00 pm.

Industry-Developed Conference Program
The ATExpo Conference, developed by the industry's leading associations, offers over 30 in-depth sessions organized into six tracks: Adhesives, Automated Assembly, Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Management, Materials Joining, and Wire Processing. The highly respected organizations presenting conference sessions at the ATExpo Conference include: The Automated Imaging Association (AIA), 
APICS - The Educational Society for Resource Management, The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), 

The Edison Welding Institute (EWI), The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), The Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA), and ASSEMBLY magazine. Sessions will focus on a variety of high-interest topics, including Lean Production, Flexible Assembly, Robotics in Assembly, and many more.

The AIA and RIA will be joining the ATExpo list of associations that develop conference sessions in 2004. As part of a previous agreement to co-locate their International Robots & Vision Show with Assembly Technology Expo in 2005, the AIA and RIA start their relationship with ATExpo this year by developing five conference sessions on robotics and machine vision. For 2004, the AIA and RIA will also endorse and support the ATExpo Robotics Pavilion. 

Co-located SMTA International Conference
Attendees from the electronics manufacturing industry can update their technical skills at the co-located
SMTA International Conference (organized by the SMTA) taking place on September 26 - 30, 2004. The conference features 8 new courses, over 120 technical papers, 32 tutorials and workshops on such leading edge technologies as Lead-Free, Flip Chip, MEMS, 0201 Assembly, BGA, Automotive, Lead-Free Rework, Selective Soldering, Failure Analysis and more. SMTA International also offers two focused symposia on Contract Manufacturing and Lead-Free Soldering Technology, and the return of the Emerging Technologies Summit. For more information on sessions and to register, please visit www.smta.org/smtai.

Technology Pavilions
Three dedicated technology pavilions make it easier for ATExpo attendees to locate the specific products and suppliers they want to see. The Electronics Manufacturing Pavilion features nearly 200 top suppliers offering state-of-the-art solutions for every phase of the electronics manufacturing process, from design, packaging and fabrication to assembly and test. The pavilion also features the EASi Line, a working assembly line that incorporates sample equipment from the areas of material handling and transport, stencil printing, component pick and place, reflow wave solder, visual and x-ray inspection, robotic point-to-point soldering, packaging, microcontroller programming, and factory modeling and simulation. This year's line will manufacture a "Light Chaser" game that visitors can take home to play with. 

The Robotics Pavilion at ATExpo, endorsed by the RIA and AIA, is the place to find state-of-the-art industrial robotics, flexible automation, machine vision solutions, and related technologies.

The Wire Harness Pavilion showcases wire-processing solutions. Endorsed by WHMA (the Wire Harness Manufacturers Association) the Wire Harness Pavilion features new products and services for electronic cable assemblies, cord sets, wiring harnesses and other products within the wire processing industry. 

The focal point of the Wire Harness Pavilion will again be the Wire Processing Assembly Line (WPAL). This year's theme is, "Lean Sigma Technologies To Support Wire and Cable Processing." Lean Sigma in wire and cable processing focuses on process excellence. It incorporates the elements of TQM, World Class Manufacturing, and Lean Enterprise with Six Sigma tools to provide both improved cost and consistency of products and processes. The cable and harness industry is continually looking for opportunities for cost and quality improvement. On display will be new equipment and techniques for "leaning up" and "reducing variations" in the manufacturing processes for harnesses and cables. Attendees will see the latest equipment and technology to meet the Lean Sigma challenges. 

For more information about Assembly Technology Expo or to register for free show admission and conference discounts, visit www.atexpo.com


"Made in America" host John Ratzenberger to Present Keynote Address at Assembly Technology Expo 2004

Assembly Technology Expo, the world's largest "all assembly" trade event, will feature a keynote address by actor John Ratzenberger, producer and host of the Travel Channel's John Ratzenberger's Made in America series, that honors the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of American manufacturing. Ratzenberger will share insights that he has gained visiting American factories, and working alongside the men and women who produce many of America's best-loved products, including Harley Davidson motorcycles, Chevy Corvettes, Airstream trailers, John Deere tractors, Sikorsky helicopters, Sturm Ruger rifles, Craftsmen tools, Zippo lighters, NCR cash registers, and Slinky toys.

"We can't imagine a more fitting way to mark ATExpo's 25th year of industry leadership than a tribute to the greatness and inventive spirit of American manufacturers," stated Kelvin Marsden-Kish, Vice President of the Assembly family of events, produced by Reed Exhibitions. "Mr. Ratzenberger is clearly passionate about great American products, and respects the skill and dedication of the men and women who create them. He has become a highly effective advocate of American ingenuity at work, and of manufacturers who invest in the effort to maintain a competitive edge here in the United States."

For Ratzenberger, manufacturing is much more than an abstract concept. It's a way of life, and a source of pride that ties communities and generations together. The son of blue collar working parents in one of the northeast's leading industrial cities, Ratzenberger grew up with the idea that Americans were hardworking inventors and problem solvers. Before turning to an acting career, he worked as a carpenter, and takes pride in pointing out the houses that he helped build to his children. Despite his celebrity status, Ratzenberger still regards himself as a "garage tinkerer." He holds five patents for a packaging process that he invented.


"I've always had a high regard for people who put their hands to something useful," Ratzenberger said. "A tool and die maker is an artist on par with those who display their works in expensive art galleries. A painter can always paint over a mistake. But when you work with tolerances of 1/1000th of an inch on a spinning lathe, you can't afford to be careless. At the end of the day when workers exit a factory, there should be an audience waiting to give them applause and tell them 'job well done.'"

"When we were doing our show on John Deere," Ratzenberger continued, "a fellow on the assembly line told me that anytime he and his family pass a John Deere harvester -- and he knows his kids are getting sick of it -- he stops and points and says, 'Your dad helped build that.' The kids get the message: Dad helps feed the world. "

American-born actor John Ratzenberger is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the know-it-all, nebbishy mailman "Clifford C. 'Cliff' Clavin, Jr." in the 1980's sitcom Cheers. His movie acting credits include roles in Superman and Superman II; Star Wars V-The Empire Strikes Back; Ghandi; and all five of Pixar's animated feature films, providing the voices for "Hamm" in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, PT Flea in A Bug's Life, the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc., and a school of moonfish in Finding Nemo. 

About Assembly Technology Expo
Assembly Technology Expo, the leading source for the latest products and technologies for the entire assembly process, will take place September 28-30, 2004 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, just outside of Chicago. From the most advanced robotic systems to simple hand tools, fasteners and adhesives, nearly 600 leading suppliers will showcase solutions for reducing costs, assembling new products, reducing cycle time, and increasing capacity. A comprehensive four-day conference program, September 27 -30, will be presented by some of the industry's leading associations including, the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), the Educational Society for Resource Management (APICS), the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), the Wire Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA), and the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). Now in its 25th successful year, ATExpo is sponsored by ASSEMBLY magazine. For more information about Assembly Technology Expo 2004 visit www.atexpo.com.

About John Ratzenberger's Made in America
John Ratzenberger's Made in America serves up snapshots of the people and places that are the backbone of the American economy. Visiting factoriesacross the nation, John spotlights the companies and people who invent and build the best products in the U.S. from Harley Davidson, Craftsman Tools and John Deere farm equipment to Campbell's, Gatorade and Monopoly. John Ratzenberger's Made in America is produced for the Travel Channel by Termite Art. Erik Nelson is executive producer for Termite Art. Kathleen Cromley is executive producer for Travel Channel. This program is produced in cooperation with the Reader's Digest Association.

www.atexpo.com


 

NORGREN AND FLUID AUTOMATION SYSTEMS JOIN FORCES IN MINIATURE SOLENOID VALVE TECHNOLOGY

Littleton, Colorado, USA - July 2004. Fluid Automation Systems (FAS) is to be acquired by the international engineering business IMI plc, and will become a part of the global Norgren group. FAS is a high technology Swiss company specializing in miniature solenoid valve technology. Norgren is a leading supplier of motion and fluid control solutions and is the largest subsidiary within the $2.8bn IMI group.

Operating from two sites near Geneva and employing a total of 263 people, including 
45 engineers, FAS has invested heavily in research and development. This investment has enabled the company to earn a strong reputation for technological innovation, especially in the area of customized solutions.

As a result of sustained organic growth, FAS has a well-established European user base including customers in the medical, printing, semiconductor, textile, sanitary, instrumentation and beverage machinery sectors. These sectors are well aligned with Norgren's markets and offer many excellent collaborative opportunities for development and growth. FAS has also made inroads into key medical and semiconductor accounts within the USA.

FAS is focused particularly on the fast-growing miniature solenoid valve market, with the majority of its existing sales serving 10mm and 15mm size applications. This represents a good fit with Norgren's existing solenoid valve capabilities, complementing the larger sizes offered by its established Webber, Buschjost and KIP ranges (22mm to 30mm and larger). 

Both companies share a common vision of creating competitive advantage for customers through a close understanding of their business needs and processes, and the development of inventive, application-specific solutions.

Freddy Sarfati and Peter Merz, joint MDs and co-founders of FAS said, " This is a very welcome and positive move that will secure a strong future for FAS and provide many excellent opportunities for sustained growth. We are absolutely convinced that Norgren will bring the right depth of understanding, proven track record and clear strategy - as well as all the advantages of a truly global sales and service organization backed by the financial strength of IMI."

Sean Toomes, Norgren's VP of international marketing, said " We recognize and value very highly FAS's reputation and proven expertise in miniature solenoid valve technology, combined with their innovative and pioneering enterprise culture. There is an excellent fit between our two companies' common customers, target market sectors and product ranges which will create a powerful new partnership."

www.norgren.com


GUARDAIR CORPORATION ACQUIRES ASSETS OF NORTECH CORPORATION

June 25, 2004
Chicopee, MA Guardair Corporation today acquired the assets of Nortech Corporation of Midland Park, NJ. A leading manufacturer of pneumatic powered vacuums since 1959, Nortech will operate as a division of Guardair Corporation and will be based at Guardair's Chicopee, MA headquarters. The Nortech product line includes more than 20 different vacuum models in addition to a complete set of accessories and options. 
According to Thomas C. Tremblay, President of Guardair "We are extremely excited about the Nortech acquisition as it complements our pneumatic tool business and provides additional opportunities for our existing product line in the industrial cleaning market." 
For over half a century, Guardair has manufactured safety air guns, spray equipment and accessories for sale into the industrial MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) market. Millions of Guardair guns are in use in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications including food processing, metalworking, pulp and paper, textiles and transportation. Guardair developed the world's first safety air gun and during the 1970's worked closely with OSHA to write the original (and existing) specifications for air gun usage. All Guardair safety air guns meet OSHA standards and incorporate unique design features to maximize operator productivity and safety.
In 1999, Guardair acquired the assets of Allpax Gasket Cutter Products, Inc., the largest US manufacturer of gasket cutters, hollow punch tools and accessories.
Guardair, Allpax and Nortech are highly recognized name brands in the industrial MRO marketplace and are synonymous with high quality products and customer service. These products are sold through a world-wide network of over 3,000 industrial and specialty distributors that includes local and regional suppliers, as well as national distributors such as McMaster-Carr, W.W. Grainger, MSC Industrial, Lab Safety Supply, and Hagemeyer. 

For Additional Information Contact:
Deanna Kennedy
Guardair Corporation
54 Second Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
(800) 482-7324
dmkennedy@guardaircorp.com
www.guardaircorp.com


 

Norgren's pneumatic Lintra rodless cylinder delivers even more engineering advantage

Littleton, Colorado, USA - June 2004. Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, has upgraded its proven range of pneumatic Lintra rodless cylinders to offer even more engineering advantage to customers. Featuring the capability to be designed into harsh application environments due to its ability to withstand large bending moments and lateral forces, the Lintra series has been improved to offer a superior tube construction for added strength. What's more Lintra has been optimized for maximum load bearing for long cylinder spans and features an internal groove for low profile switches. 

Offered in bore sizes from 16 to 80mm the Lintra series is available in stroke lengths up to 28 feet with velocities to 98 inches per second. The Lintra series can be specified with many different guiding systems, this means it is suitable for a wide range of load carrying capabilities. The unique sealing system delivers resistant to the ingress of materials into the cylinders equating to minimum maintenance and proven consistent performance. For further information on the Lintra series please visit www.norgren.com

 


 

Kuri Tec Catalog Literature Review

The new revised 40 pg. Kuri Tec PVC Hose & Tubing Catalog features a wide range of products to handle fluid transfer applications. Available are clear non-reinforced tubing, clear yarn reinforced PVC hoses for pressure applications and clear wire reinforced hoses which offer kink resistance and can be used for full vacuum service. A new application guide is also included. Kuriyama of America, Inc., 1221 Landmeier Rd. Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007-2458. (847) 228-0300, Fax (847) 228-0973, www.kuriyama.com
Email: sales@kuriyama.com

 

 

 


 

Norgren pneumatic press safety valves deliver piece of mind

Littleton, Colorado, USA - May 2004. When deciding on which supplier to choose for your pneumatic press safety valve requirements make sure you consider the options from Norgren. Offering a comprehensive range Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, engineers advantage to customers who are looking for piece of mind when specifying solutions in this critical area. Ideal for use in pneumatic presses and applicable for other safety functions the Norgren range is inherently fail safe without residual pressure and offers dynamic self-monitoring. 

Designated as the XSz series the valves offer a double valve control system, which ensures that the operating port exhausts once the valve has been deactivated. The cross channel flow feature ensures a dynamic pneumatic monitor and a safety exhaust without residual pressure in case the valve malfunctions. Typical uses include pneumatic clutch and brake systems and the units conform to the majority of standards including BG, OHSA, CSA, SUWA and EN 692. Further information on the XSz series can be found at www.norgren.com

 


 

April 2004 - Man-machine interfaces: ease of operation is required Co-operation with the system 


The operation of an automated machine or system must be as simple and convenient as possible due to productivity reasons. The interfaces of a system show how efficiently work can be performed. This is true both of mechanical interfaces and communication between the operator and machine. The trend here is towards intuitive man-machine interaction. 

In the last 4 years alone, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and industrial companies have invested over €152 million in “Key projects on man-machine interaction”. This figure does not include research and development expenditure by companies for their own related development projects. The innovations presented by exhibitors at AUTOMATICA 2004, which will be held at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 15 to 18 June 2004, will therefore not only involve hardware in many cases but also the way in which man-machine interfaces can be designed with simple, advantageous and yet task-oriented features. 
A paradigm change from function-oriented interaction with machines to target-oriented interaction with systems is being specifically formulated during the Embassi Project (electronic multimedia operation and service assistance). Robot manufacturers have actually made this change, for example in path programming. In addition to the known software tools, new tools featuring increased functions in control units are expected here. One of the typical features of simplified man-machine interaction is that only individual path points of a required robot path need be entered in principle. The control unit then generates the path automatically. 

Exhibitors at AUTOMATICA will also include consortium partners in MORPHA, one of the key projects. Although the project is geared towards service robots (intelligent anthropomorph robot assistants), ideas and parts for industrial practice have already been implemented from the project and have been integrated in industrial projects. 
Examples include the “Styleguide“ for icon-based programming and man-robot co-operation models such as “Safe Production“. 

Joachim Rohwedder, Chairman of the Robotics and Automation Association in the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), on the trend towards automatic production assistants: “Advances in control engineering, robot safety and man-machine interfaces will shortly lead to robots which move around with the worker and perform different tasks.“ 
Ease of operation is far more than just a clear presentation or a comprehensible arrangement of operating controls. Since highly qualified personnel cannot always be used to operate a machine due to cost reasons, input masks of control units or user interfaces must be intuitively controllable and, if possible, “error-resistant”. Clear pictograms or icon-based menus help in the selection of the most important commands. Plausibility checks are also carried out during the ever increasing use of dialogue input of “intelligent” control units. User interfaces in which all relevant information is displayed on a screen proves helpful in this respect. Manufacturers are increasingly developing tools which can be used to generate separate masks and user interfaces. The idea here is to design all user interfaces as uniformly as possible in order to increase recognition and, thus, the level of acceptance. This is also regarded as user-friendly. 

TeachSaver, RobAssist or EasyTeach are also current examples of how user interfaces of application tools or control units can be designed simply, so that programming times are reduced drastically on occasions. Development work is now being carried out or initial products will be presented during AUTOMATICA 2004, International Trade Fair for Robotics + Automation, e.g. Windows-compatible drawing boards or tracer pins which can be used interactively for programming. 

Close attention will also certainly be paid at AUTOMATICA to systems (“safe production“) in which workers and robots work together in a cell. If the hitherto strict separation can be eliminated, it will be possible to “tap entirely new rationalisation potential in production”, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation (IPA). 


AUTOMATICA, International Trade Fair for Robotics + Automation 
AUTOMATICA is the first international trade fair that brings together all areas of robotics and automation under one roof. It takes place from 15 to 18 June 2004 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. This international trade fair for robotics and automation is an effective communication platform for the areas of robotics, assembly and handling technology and industrial image processing, and an ideal marketplace for the manufacturers of the associated technologies. AUTOMATICA takes place on a two-year cycle. The aim of the fair is to present the entire value-added chain in robotics and automation. The industry-driven concept for AUTOMATICA, which is organised by Messe München GmbH, is supported by the conceptual sponsor of the fair, the robotics and automation division of Germany´s federation of the engineering industries (VDMA). Exhibitor and visitor statistics for AUTOMATICA are audited by the Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics). 

Messe München International (MMI) 
Messe München International (MMI) is one of the world´s leading trade-fair organisations. It organises around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech industries. Over 30,000 exhibitors from more than 90 countries, and over two million visitors from around 180 countries take part each year in the trade fairs in Munich. In addition, MMI organises trade fairs in Asia, and in North and South America. With five subsidiaries abroad and 75 foreign representatives covering 89 countries, MMI has a truly global network. 


Press contact: 
Stefanie Fischer-Kleiner, AUTOMATICA Press Department 
Tel.: (+49 89) 949-20680 
Fax: (+49 89) 949-20689 
fischer-kleiner@messe-muenchen.de 



 

April 2004 - Micro assembly: a new industry is being formed 
Demand for process knowledge and precise handling 


Miniaturization is currently one of the mega-trends in assembly. AUTOMATICA 2004, 1st International Trade Fair for Robotics + Automation, which will be held at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 15 to 18 June 2004, will provide an overview of the latest concepts as an information and discussion forum. Over and beyond traditional assembly, the requirements relating to micro assembly call for know-how from several disciplines. That’s because the actual micro assembly process nearly always involves several process steps. Electronics assembly (SMD placement) is expected to provide an important stimulus for further development along with influences and experiences from the traditional assembly industry with its customer-oriented solutions. 

In the new developing “microassembly“ industry it is necessary to match application demand to existing or future production and assembly processes more than ever. A process is taking place, which has already occurred in “traditional“ assembly: products must be designed for assembly. This is absolutely vital in regard to the dimensions and unit numbers in the micro world. The success factors will include integration and mastery of different technologies in the assembly process, including efficient quality control. 
The focal point of applications in automated micro assembly and the electronics industry is now in the accuracy range of 10 µm with a throughput of around 1,000 elements an hour. Accuracies in the range of 1 µm are also attained in laboratories or in prototype construction using precision robots – with a much lower output. 

The typical characteristics of micro assembly are extremely short cycle times and very high unit numbers. Five parts a second are common. Under these conditions the trend must be towards 2-D assembly, as is already common practice in electronics production. According to experts, the motivating customer industries are the car industry, medical technology, the entertainment industry and the communications industry. “Robotics + automation“ are very well-known in these industries. Irrespective of the customer industry, advances are primarily expected in the field of intelligent sensors. The trend here is as follows: the smaller mini-sensors containing integrated electronics become, the greater the demand. 

Initial market analyses are therefore full of expectation. The best-known market forecast is the Nexus Study which predicts an annual growth rate of 20% to $67 billion between 2001 and 2005. It is very difficult to estimate what this means for manufacturers of assembly systems. Since micro assembly must integrate processes such as injection moulding, bending, punching or lasing, qualities from different disciplines are required. Opportunities are therefore available, primarily for companies from the field of “electronic equipment”, but also for assembly system manufacturers who have knowledge of “downscaling”. Equipment that has already been developed could easily be adapted to the specific assembly requirements. 
Manufacturers who develop application-based solutions and have or produce the required know-how for specific processes will become successfully established on the micro assembly market. One important factor for this growing industry will be the extent to which equipment manufacturers manage to transfer connected technologies from macro assembly or adapt these technologies. Machine vision companies will also benefit from the expanding micro assembly market. Products, which cannot be assembled manually due to their small dimensions, require ideally adapted machine vision systems during the process and, in particular, in quality assurance. 

The “visual” yardstick of AUTOMATICA 2004 will show how manufacturers of assembly systems totally succeed in integrating different processes in assembly itself. Fruitful discussions with system operators and customers for MST products will open up opportunities for all market participants if requirements and possibilities are matched to one another 

AUTOMATICA, International Trade Fair for Robotics + Automation 
AUTOMATICA is the first international trade fair that brings together all areas of robotics and automation under one roof. It takes place from 15 to 18 June 2004 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre. This international trade fair for robotics and automation is an effective communication platform for the areas of robotics, assembly and handling technology and industrial image processing, and an ideal marketplace for the manufacturers of the associated technologies. AUTOMATICA takes place on a two-year cycle. The aim of the fair is to present the entire value-added chain in robotics and automation. The industry-driven concept for AUTOMATICA, which is organised by Messe München GmbH, is supported by the conceptual sponsor of the fair, the robotics and automation division of Germany´s federation of the engineering industries (VDMA). Exhibitor and visitor statistics for AUTOMATICA are audited by the Gesellschaft zur Freiwilligen Kontrolle von Messe- und Ausstellungszahlen (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics). 

Messe München International (MMI) 
Messe München International (MMI) is one of the world's leading trade-fair organizations. It organizes around 40 trade fairs for capital and consumer goods, and key high-tech industries. Over 30,000 exhibitors from more than 90 countries, and over two million visitors from around 180 countries take part each year in the trade fairs in Munich. In addition, MMI organizes trade fairs in Asia, and in North and South America. With five subsidiaries abroad and 75 foreign representatives covering 89 countries, MMI has a truly global network. 


Press contact: 
Stefanie Fischer-Kleiner, AUTOMATICA Press Department 
Tel.: (+49 89) 949-20680 
Fax: (+49 89) 949-20689 
fischer-kleiner@messe-muenchen.de 



Morrisville, NC March 2004 - SCHUNK offers their customers a redesigned website with enhanced services and an user-friendly interface. 

Customers who visit the www.schunk-usa.com website will be welcomed by intuitive navigation to everything from company information to in depth technical information on the SCHUNK product lines: Automation Components, Toolholding Components, Stationary Workholding Systems and Lathe Chucks / Chuck Jaws. 

Once a visitor has selected a product and is progressing to the design phase, CAD files are available in over 90 native and neutral formats from any area on the site by a simple click of the mouse. Engineers and designers speed from selection to design with absolute ease. 

Visitors looking for more personal assistance have easy access to SCHUNK applications engineers or their local SCHUNK representative. By simply choosing their state and launching the search, the name of the responsible Regional Sales Manager will appear immediately together with detailed contact information. "Customers actively use the internet as a reliable source to get technical information about our products. With our new website, we want to make it easier and faster for users to find the information they are looking for and provide them with immediate answers to their questions" says Milton Guerry VP Sales North America.


About SCHUNK 
SCHUNK is a leading manufacturer of automation, tooling and work holding components. SCHUNK products are well known worldwide for reliability, long-life and innovative technical features. Years of experience made SCHUNK the world's largest supplier of Hydraulic Expansion Holders, market leader in Automation Components and the manufacturer with the largest standard selection of Chuck Jaws.

In 1992, SCHUNK Inc. started its operation in the Raleigh area close to the Research Triangle in order to serve the North American market. In 2001, this manufacturing facility was expanded to 35,000 square feet. With its competent staff, SCHUNK offers reliable customer service, technical support, design engineering and an extensive inventory from this North Carolina headquarters. 

 

 


 

Norgren's WeldFit fittings provide for rapid assembly

Littleton, Colorado, USA - March 2004. Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, offers a wide range of all metal WeldFit fittings for use in pneumatic and water circuits. Providing rapid assembly the WeldFit fittings are ideal for users who are seeking to achieve competitive advantage through reduced assembly times. The WeldFit fittings also provide for quick and easy disconnection thus enabling quick re-tubing of the system if it needs to be changed. 

Providing system protection from weld spatter the fittings are nickel plated and feature silicone free 'O' rings. Suitable for deployment in compressed air and water mediums the fittings are rated for operating temperatures in the range of -20F to 160F and are to be used in conjunction with WeldTube. The counter bored collet head provides complete protection to the inner tube even when side loads are applied to the tubing connection.

Further information on the Norgren range of WeldFit fittings can be found at www.norgren.com

 

 


 

 

Norgren's pneumatic rack and pinion rotary actuators provide rotation flexibility

Littleton, Colorado, USA - January 2004. Typically used in applications that require turning over, swinging, rotating and twisting movements, the Norgren series of rack and pinion actuators are available in four rotation angles namely 90°, 180°, 270° and 360°. Utilized in environments within the manufacturing and process industries the actuators feature male and female pinion variants both with adjustable cushioning.

Available in non magnetic and magnetic models the double acting actuators feature operating pressures in the range of 21 PSI to 145 PSI and are suitable for compressed air environments whether this be filtered, lubricated or non lubricated. Customers can specify seven different cylinders diameters namely 32, 40, 50, 63, 80, 100 and 125mm to suit individual project requirements. Further information on the Norgren range of rack and pinion rotary actuators can be found at www.norgren.com

 


 

 

PHD's Website Features New Look

PHD's comprehensive website (www.phdinc.com) has been updated to feature a crisp new industrial look while continuing to provide all the functionality and detailed product information visitors are accustomed to. To complement the new look, PHD has streamlined and enhanced many of the tools available on the site. 

Enhancements include:

> Home page features a new Automation Launch Pad that provides quick and easy access to PHD automation solutions. Visitors can use the Automation Launch Pad to navigate through PHD's entire product line and locate products of interest.
> PHD's Litstore can be found under the 'Free Resources' area of the website. The Litstore is a comprehensive literature library providing access to PHD catalogs, brochures, product information packers, advertisements, and much more. Literature can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format.
> A product model search bar is now featured on every web page allowing quick access to specific product series information.
> Technical data bulletins and support documents are now provided for every product series offered by PHD. These documents can be found in the Detailed Product Information pages for each product series and can be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format.
> A new product toggle menu allows visitors to quickly switch between product series within a specific product line without exiting the Detailed Product Information pages.
> Online Sizing is now available in three languages including English, German, and Spanish.
> Home page features new products and services released by PHD.

Other resources available via PHD's website include: 

> Online CAD Configurator which supports over 80 CAD formats
> Online sizing capabilities
> Searchable knowledge base
> Custom product quotation request
> Latest catalogs and videos
> Application examples
> Local MDN distributor search by zip code
> Application assistance
> Request information

PHD, Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of pneumatic and hydraulic actuators for industrial automation. Products include clamps, cylinders, powered slides, rotary actuators, multi-motion actuators, grippers, escapements, and switches and sensors. Our automation components are versatile and can be used independently for fixturing or tooling, in a modular fashion for building pick-and-place devices, or we can build customized units to meet specific application needs.

For more information, send for a free catalog today. For immediate assistance, call PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511 or visit our website at www.phdinc.com.


 

 

Norgren smart cylinders combine functionality with performance

Combing functionality with performance the smart cylinder from Norgren delivers a wealth of benefits to the machine design engineer. Ideal for use in most machine building applications, the smart cylinder is fully compliant to ISO 6431 and VDMA 24562 standards within the VDMA envelope.

Featuring an integrated valve and offering a wealth of functionality the smart cylinder contains its own sensors, flow regulators, adjustable cushioning, integrated 5/2 or 5/3 valve and ASI Bus or Multipole fieldbus connections inside the casing. The actuator is fully interchangeable with other VDMA actuators across the complete range from 32 – 100 mm bore.

Employing the integrated valve technique allows the smart cylinder to benefit from enhanced response times. Achieving a top speed of 1.5 meters per second the smart cylinder is available in stroke lengths of up to one meter. Offering fast and simple installation the smart cylinder requires one electrical and one pneumatic connection thus wiring costs are reduced and machine design times are cut.

The Smart Cylinder brings simplification and therefore cost savings. Instant savings of approximately 25 per cent are achieved by buying the one unit compared to buying all the components separately. It can also increase up time by dramatically reducing maintenance needs. Maintenance engineers know immediately which actuator to change and can quickly and easily replace the smart cylinder, due to the simple installation, without the need to carry out complicated troubleshooting routines. This can save serious money by slashing downtime.

Other user benefits include diagnostics via the fieldbus system, which tell the operator whether the cylinder is functioning normally. Data is fed back to the operator which shows if the unit has stopped functioning correctly, if there is maintenance required and shows exactly which unit on the machine has failed and therefore needs to be replaced.

Integrated actuators are available from Norgren's online ordering service the Webstore at www.norgren.com as well as through traditional ordering and distribution channels.

For more information please visit www.norgren.com

 


 

 

Norgren's rotary vane pneumatic actuators torque the torque

Norgren, the motion and fluid control specialist, offers its range of rotary vane actuators for applications that demand high torque combined with a space saving design. Featuring single or double vane construction the rotary actuators offer 90°, 180° and 270° fixed rotation angles and are suitable for deployment in pneumatic applications that require rotating, turning over, swinging and twisting actions.

Manufactured from specifically selected materials to guarantee long life/low friction the rotary vane actuators are suitable for environments that utilize compressed air that is filtered, lubricated or non-lubricated. Benefiting from double acting buffer cushioning the actuators feature an operating pressure from 29 PSI to 145 PSI combined with an operating temperature range of +41°F to 140°F. Further information on the range can be found at www.norgren.com.

For more information please visit www.norgren.com

 


 

 

New Automation Products Catalog, AP-803

Bimba is pleased to announce the release of the newly revised Automation Products catalog, 
AP-803.

The revision includes:
New section for Bimba's new Extruded Thruster product line. The Extruded Thruster is available in three basic models. 
ET-Extended Shafts, Four Bushings
ETS-Shafts Flush, Two Bushings
ETD-Double End, Saddle Mount

Revised PneuMoment™ section with an enhanced Drawing and Dimension section. The PneuMoment is perfect for applications that have excessive moment or side loads.

Appendix with Dowel Pin Option locations for Pneu-Turn®, Ultran®, and Linear Thruster products for use with Bimba's Transition Plates and multi-axis applications.

For more information, contact W. Kokum (kokumw@bimba.com), Bimba Manufacturing Company, P.O. Box 68, Monee, Illinois 60449. Phone 708/534-8544, FAX 708/235-2014, Technical Assistance 800-44-BIMBA, website www.bimba.com

 


 

 

Prospector compressed air poppet valves from Norgren deliver high reliability.

Littleton, Colorado, USA - October 2003. In applications that demand high reliability the inline 2/2 and 3/2 Prospector poppet valves are ideal. Featuring exceptionally high CV flow rates up to 40 and demonstrating extremely good sealing characteristics the poppet valves are available in solenoid and pilot actuated formats. Suitable for filtered and lubricated compressed air environments the valves feature operating pressure rates up to 290 psi with pilot air supply pressures in the range of 14 to 290 psi bar

Tried and tested in many applications the poppet valves have built a reputation for high reliability in the field. With operating temperatures of -84°F to +129°F (solenoid pilot) and -84°F to +174°F (air pilot version) the valves are manufactured from die cast aluminum for durability. More information on Norgren's Prospector poppet valves can be found at www.norgren.com

 


 

 

Norgren’s Smart FRL’s maintain optimum machine performance

Littleton, Colorado, USA – September 2003. Utilized in a wide variety of industries the range of Smart FRL’s from Norgren helps to maintain optimum machine performance through the continuous monitoring of air preparation equipment. Interfacing with ASi Fieldbus technology the Smart FRL can be used for fault finding and the monitoring of operating performance through a programmable display panel thus ensuring maximum machine up time. Available with local and remote diagnostic capabilities, up to 31 Norgren Smart FRL’S can be connected per ASi network allowing large compressed air systems to be monitored centrally.

The extensive range of diagnostics can warn the user when upstream/downstream pressure is too low for efficient operation, lubricant levels are low, filter elements need replacing and of faults within other equipment such as machine safety guards. All these features facilitate preventative maintenance planning thus minimizing the risk of expensive downtime during production periods. The user can also achieve significant energy savings by maintaining optimum pressure and correct lubrication levels. For more information please visit www.norgren.com.


 

Announcing the Excelon family of FRL’s from pneumatics expert Norgren 

Littleton, Colorado, USA – August 2003. With a long pedigree in supplying the air preparation industry with pneumatics solutions Norgren offers the Excelon family of FRL’s. Featuring true modularity the Excelon has an in built lubricator flow sensor and it provides a nearly constant oil/air ratio over a wide range of airflows. The Excelon family also features the Norgren Quikclamp facility for speed of connection.

Suitable for use in a wide variety of applications the all round (360°) visibility of the lubricator sight feed dome simplifies installation and adjustment. Featuring a quick release bayonet bowl the regulator-balanced valve minimizes the effect of variation in the inlet pressure on the outlet pressure. Available in different port sizes more information can be found on the Excelon family at www.norgren.com 

 


 

CECO PIPELINE SERVICES COMPANY, INC. PURCHASES LDI CONTRACTORS, INC. 

HOUSTON, TEXAS. AUGUST 8, 2003 - CECO Pipeline Services Company, Inc. announced today that it has purchased the assets of LDI Contractors, Inc., a leading pipeline maintenance services company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. LDI Contractors has been providing a variety of services to gas transmission companies in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.

Mark Hotze, President of CECO Pipeline Services Company, Inc. says, "Pipeline maintenance is a great extension to the quality services that the CECO family of companies currently provide. The LDI staff have come on board and we are excited to have their expertise and knowledge in the pipeline service industry."

Services currently offered by CECO Pipeline Services include:

Pipeline replacement and repair 
Upgrading meter stations 
Pigging 
Erosion control 
Marking and locating pipelines 
Mechanical Services 
Right-of-Way mowing and clearing 
Pipeline coating 
Grounds maintenance 


CECO Pipeline Services Company, Inc. is a division of Compressor Engineering Corporation, CECO, headquartered in Houston, Texas. CECO was founded in 1964 and has become the world's largest independent manufacturer replacement parts as well as the leading provider of engineered solutions for compressors and engines. The acquisition adds to the existing family of CECO companies including ACTT, a consulting, training and testing division, and Pure Process Systems, providing environmental services. More information about CECO and its subsidiaries is available at www.cecopsco.com. 

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For further information:
E. Mark Hotze 
President
CECO Pipeline Services Company, Inc.
5440 Alder, Houston Texas 77081
(713) 664-7333


 

Super X valves from Norgren are ideal for space critical applications

Littleton, Colorado, USA – July 2003. Combining a compact design with high performance the Super X Valve series from Norgren is ideal for use in projects where space and envelope size is limited. Featuring high flow capacities the Super X Vales are suitable for multi directional and dual pressure applications. 

Available as manually or mechanically operated valves the Super X series can be specified with 3/2, 5/2 and 5/3 functions. Manufactured from a lightweight corrosion resistant material the Super X Valve offers the operator a free from defect two-year warranty thus providing a valuable guarantee of quality and service.

For more information on the Norgren series of Super X Valves please visit www.norgren.com

 


 

New Brochure From Bosch Rexroth Pneumatics 
Highlights Versatility and Precision of Product Line 
Customized products compliment sophisticated and extensive standard 
product line in both NPT and ISO G (BSPP) port configurations

A new 16-page color brochure from the Pneumatics business unit of Bosch 
Rexroth Corporation provides important product information and emphasizes the 
versatility and precision of Rexroth pneumatic solutions.

Four-color photographs accompany many of the product descriptions for 
pneumatic directional control valves, cylinders, automation/handling devices, 
mobile/oilfield valves, mobile/oilfield actuators and cylinders, marine controls, 
and inverted tooth chain drives. The brochure also describes a number of 
accessories that complete pneumatic applications, including fittings, tubing, and 
silencers, flow control valves, accessory valves, relay valves, shock absorbers, 
and filters-regulators-lubricators.

Customized products enable Rexroth Pneumatics to provide application-specific 
solutions across a wide range of industries. The brochure also positions the 
business unit as a component in the Rexroth portfolio of pneumatic, hydraulic, 
mechanical, electronic, and electro-pneumatic components and systems. A 
description of each of these units is included in the brochure as well as addresses 
and contact information. The brochure also underscores the global presence of 
Rexroth Pneumatics and the worldwide support it offers its customers.

To request a copy of the brochure, please contact Rexroth's Pneumatics business 
unit at 1-800-REXROTH or visit www.boschrexroth-us.com.

 


Custom valve island prototyped in just 10 days

When semiconductor machine manufacturer STS required an ultra-compact valve island to drive actuators and control the flow of process gasses into its machines, global pneumatics expert Norgren created the perfect custom prototype in just 10 days.

STS is a leading manufacturer of specialist machines that are used in semiconductor manufacturing. The machines are used to etch away materials or deposit them onto silicon wafers that end up in devices such as MEMS (micro electromechanical systems) – an example of which would be a car airbag trigger.

Each machine employs three pneumatic valve islands. Because these machines are installed in semiconductor clean rooms, where floor space costs around £60 per square inch due to the ultra-clean conditions required, STS needed a valve island design that was as compact and reliable as possible.

Key to securing the business was STS’s confidence in Norgren’s proven experience and capability with valve island technology. Rapid response to the customer’s brief was also a critical factor. Norgren’s design engineers at its UK Technical Centre in Lichfield rose to the challenge by offering a custom product that met STS’s unique specifications.

Although a new product, the custom valve island was based on Norgren’s tried and tested core competencies. The flow rate required from STS was low – just 30l/min. Off the shelf valve islands available from other pneumatics suppliers were all too large – offering flow rates of several hundred l/min, meaning that installing one of these valve islands would have wasted expensive clean room space. So Norgren designed a pilot valve with the smallest possible footprint, while maintaining visibility and access to critical functions such as LEDs and manual override.

Because the required flow rate is so low, the valve is based on poppet technology, dramatically increasing reliability and life expectancy to around 100 million operations. Another key advantage of the low flow rate valve is that the solenoids need just 0.3W to operate, resulting in reduced heat build up within the machine.

Norgren’s custom valve uses a body made from an advanced polymer, so it could be moulded to the exact specification required. For example, competing valves were such that the wiring and porting configuration was inconveniently located, meaning that the pipe work would have to have been re-routed within the machine and requiring additional pneumatic connectors and fittings. Norgren’s custom valve was designed with a configuration that exactly matched STS’s requirements, and being face mounted, it allows the pipes to enter straight into the valve island through the mounting panel, saving yet more space.

Says Ed Hinds, Engineering Team Leader at STS: “Norgren provided exactly what we needed when we needed it – a valve that’s compact, inexpensive, and reliable. It’s an effective solution to this challenging application.”

For more information Contact Norgren

 


 

CECO Offers Free Training for Compressor Valve Repair

HOUSTON, TEXAS. MARCH 31, 2003 – Compressor Engineering Corporation, CECO announces today that its Compressor Valve School once held for selected clients, will now be offered to the public free of charge.

The Compressor Valve Repair School is held at CECO’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. Over 200 compressor mechanics have attended the course to learn the latest techniques and specifications required for proper valve maintenance.

“The Free Compressor Valve School has grown to include much more than channel valves,” says Don Smith, Domestic Sales Manager. “Today, we also cover the repair processes needed to maximize performance on the unloaders, regulators and packing cases used in reciprocating compressors.”

Interested parties should call 800-879-2326 or visit the CECO website at www.ceconet.com for more information on the school.

Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO), headquartered in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1964 and has grown to become the world's largest independent manufacturer of compressor and engine replacement parts.  In 1977, CECO opened its New Orleans warehouse and sales office, and in 1980 added a sales office, warehouse, and repair center and in Odessa, Texas, which expanded again in 2002.  Precision Repair - Baton Rouge was launched in 2003. Custom engineered components and repair are only a portion of CECO's solution packages. They also provide customized software solutions, testing, training and consulting.

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For further information, contact:

Donald Smith, Jr.
5440 Alder
Houston, Texas 77081
(713) 664-7333
www.ceconet.com
dons@ceconet.com

 


 

CECO Expands Precision Repair to Include Baton Rouge Facility

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA. FEBRUARY 26, 2003 - A new Precision Repair Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana will be Compressor Engineering Corporation's largest, the company announced today. CECO has acquired the assets of Parts Maintenance, Inc. (PMI), which has been serving compressor users and petrochemical plants since 1973 and has a reputation for high quality and quick turnaround. The 21,000 square foot facility on Cherry Hill Avenue is the third Precision Repair Center for CECO. Other CECO Precision Repair Centers are located in Houston and Odessa, Texas. The new purchase gives CECO more than 100,000 square feet of repair and manufacturing space.

This CECO Precision Repair Center will specialize in thermal metal spraying, rolled thread piston rod production, compressor cylinder repair and specialty grinding. The facility features a very large vertical boring mill capacity with a 118-inch table, 15-ton crane capacity, lathes with up to 118-inch swing and 28-foot centers, large long-bed grinding capacity up to 44 inches outside diameter, 168-inch lengths and internal grinding up to 120 inches.

CECO Precision Repair-Baton Rouge will offer a range of expert machining and grinding capabilities. Unique to the area, this facility will also provide a highly developed thermal metal spray operation and will operate one of the largest thread rolling machines in Louisiana.

The location will provide engineering and design support and employ a staff of precision machinists to work with customers throughout the South and the United States.

CECO, headquartered in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1964 to provide high quality compressor and gas engine parts with fast delivery and superior service. In 1977, CECO opened its New Orleans warehouse and sales office, and in 1980 CECO added a sales office, warehouse, and repair center and in Odessa, Texas, which expanded again in 2002. The CECO Precision Repair Center in Baton Rouge will boost CECO's presence in the Louisiana and the Southeast with its unique machines and technical capabilities.

For further information please contact:
Richard K. Hotze
5440 Alder
Houston, Texas 77081
(713) 664-7333

 


 

PHD's Catalog 2003 Provides "Simple Productivity Solutions" 

PHD has just released its newly updated main product catalog, Catalog 2003-"Simple Productivity Solutions." The catalog allows users to have PHD's current product information available within arm's reach at all times. Catalog 2003 is another example of PHD's commitment to excellence in product, service and support, and to provide customers with "Simple Productivity Solutions."

Catalog 2003 contains the latest product information on PHD's standard products including powered slides, grippers, rotary actuators, cylinders, multi-motion actuators, escapements, swing arm clamps, switches and sensors, and accessories. The catalog also contains information on our newly released products including Series SJP Slides, Series SIP Slides, Series SAL/SAH Slides, Series SG Slides with ISO Cylinders, Series GRS Grippers, Series GRB Grippers, Series RF Rotary Actuators, and more.

New features added to Catalog 2003 include:

Detailed engineering data
Information on product application
Standard delivery times
PHD's NEW Online CAD Configurator
NEW Series PA Swing Arm Clamps for work holding applications

In addition, each page of the catalog now features a web deep link that allows users to go directly to a specific product series web page on PHD's web site. 

For more information, send for a free catalog today. For immediate assistance, call PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511 or visit our web site at www.phdinc.com.

PHD, Inc., P.O. Box 9070, Fort Wayne, IN 46899
(260) 747-6151; FAX (260) 747-6754
www. phdinc.com
phdinfo@phdinc.com

 


 

PHD Releases Instant Clamp Expert™ Web Site

PHD has just released a NEW web site called Instant Clamp Expert™. The site exclusively features PHD clamp products and incorporates a simple, easy-to-use design that allows visitors to learn about, build, draw, price, and order PHD clamp products directly on the site. 

Visitors can perform the following functions using the Instant Clamp Expert™ site:

View complete clamp animations, working principles, competitive comparisons, etc.
Access clamp catalogs
Configure accurate part numbers using graphic prompts
Request native CAD models
Obtain pricing
Place an order online 

Other valuable resources found on the site include engineering data for PHD clamp products, product applications and videos, standard delivery times, and much more. 

For more information, visit www.clamps.phdinc.com today. For immediate assistance or to request free literature, call PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511 or visit our main web site at www.phdinc.com.

PHD, Inc., P.O. Box 9070, Fort Wayne, IN 46899
(260) 747-6151; FAX (260) 747-6754
www.phdinc.com
phdinfo@phdinc.com

 


 

Festo Opens New California Design Center with Class 10,000 and 1,000 Clean Room Manufacturing Facilities To Provide Engineering Solutions

It's good news for the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley (and throughout the western states)!

Festo Corporation recently announced the opening of its new multi-million-dollar Design and Integrated Solution Manufacturing Facility in neighboring Livermore, CA. The 20,000 square-foot facility is now available to support development and assembly of automation equipment for not only semiconductor, but also for the biotech and special packaging industries. 

The Facility offers Class 10,000 and 1,000 clean rooms, and is staffed and focused on the technical and operational needs of high technology companies. According to Hans Zobel, President & CEO, Festo-USA, the Livermore facility was built with the future in mind. "Our Silicon Valley customers gave us great insight into their expectations and opportunities that such a facility would provide…." As an extension of Festo's Long Island, NY manufacturing facility, and the corporate headquarters, Livermore will serve as a conduit for Festo to bring its total automation solution capability to these high-tech industries.

Until recently, a regional office in Pleasanton, staffed with sales and application engineers, serviced the Silicon Valley. Now, with the completion of the Livermore facility, this area will be supported by a full complement of Operations, Engineering, Production Control and Production personnel. Services will include engineering design, sales support, and warehousing and system integration assembly services.

Festo Corporation 

395 Moreland Road
P.O. Box 18023
Hauppauge, NY 11788 
Phone: (631) 435-0800 
FAX: (631) 435-8026
www.festo-usa.com


 

Series RIxH Rotary Actuator Features Hollow Pinion Design

PHD announces the release of its NEW Series RIxH Rotary Actuator.  The Series RIxH Rotary Actuator is an addition to the Series RI Rotary Actuator and offers a hollow pinion design to provide protection and routing for electrical cables and air lines. The Series RIxH Rotary Actuator provides a lower cost solution to the Series RI Rotary Actuator for applications that do not require internal air passages within the rotary pinion.

Series RIxH and Series RI Rotary Actuators are available in 25, 32, and 50 mm bore sizes and six torque ranges from 32 to 414 in-lb at 87 psi [3.6 to 46.8 Nm at 6 bar]. Units provide 0 to 180 degrees rotation, infinitely adjustable throughout the entire range with a 3 position option available at 90 degrees. Optional shock absorbers or bumpers are available to provide quiet operation and end of rotation deceleration. Series RIxH and Series RI Rotary Actuators offer standard 2 day delivery and can be supplied in either imperial or metric units.

For more information, send for a free catalog today. For immediate assistance, call  PHD, Inc. at (800) 624-8511 or visit our web site at www.phdinc.com

PHD, Inc., P.O. Box 9070, Fort Wayne, IN  46899
(260) 747-6151; FAX (260) 747-6754
www.phdinc.com
phdinfo@phdinc.com

Norgren pneumatic arm boosts animal welfare.

Automation has been a well-documented trend in the industrial sector and ever increasingly it is a key focus in the production of food from the very outset of the process. Equally, as consumers we want everything faster, cheaper and, crucially, when we decide we want something, we want it now!

It won't surprise you then to read that this phenomenon has now spread to cows. Yes cows, and dairy herds in particular. No longer do cows have to wait until early in the morning or evening to be milked at a time when it is convenient to the farmer or farm hands, cows can now go along to be milked when they feel like it.

This is not some Orwellian nightmare come to life but an engineering feat some 20 years in the pipeline developed by the milk expert DeLaval. This robotic system, called the Voluntary Milking System (VMS), enables farmers to reap the benefit of an increase in yield from healthier cows.

Put simply, cows that are only milked twice a day produce less milk than cows that are milked three times a day because cows stop producing milk when the pressure building up in the udders becomes uncomfortable. By releasing milk more frequently the cow continues to produce milk throughout the day resulting in approximately 5-10% more milk than produced by cows milked only twice a day. And, because the cow is more comfortable, the quality of the milk improves too.

So how does this work?

The milking devices themselves have been specially designed around the
cow's contours. Using extremely flexible pneumatic technology, developed by pneumatic expert Norgren, they actually have a gentler touch than most human milking.

But each cow is different and as the process is totally automated there is no one around to make sure that the cow is standing in the correct position to be milked. So each cow has a sensor around its neck which contains its identity.

As the cow tries to enter the milking stall it is identified and its
identity recalled by the central computer. The computer records each time it is milked to ensure that she is not milked too often. If the cow is ready to be milked the milking stall is opened and the computer recalls the cow's dimensions. This information is fed to the pneumatically powered multipurpose arm enabling it quickly to extend to the right distance, guided by a camera mounted on the arm, to reach the cows udders and to attach the teat-cups and start milking.

Ken Olsson, Norgren's key account manager said: "This was one of the most challenging briefs we have ever been given. Because of the nature of the application the cylinders which actually carry out the milking process have to be both incredibly gentle, to ensure that the cow is comfortable and incredibly robust in order to cope with the number of cycles demanded of it.

"In addition, we had to offer flexibility of stroke rate as each cow has a slightly different requirement and we had to develop a cylinder that could cope with an aggressive environment coping with ammonia, water and cow dirt.

"The solution was a low friction actuator which can be controlled very
smoothly and sealed with a two component polyurethane seal to withstand the aggressive atmosphere and cleaning fluids. The cylinders are controlled by proportional directional valves."

Uzi Birk, DeLaval's general manager for VMS, said: "Because it is a total concept from beginning to end, our engineers are involved not only with the technical aspects but all the operational parts too. I believe VMS represents as much of a revolution to the dairy industry in this century as the transition from horse to tractor in the last."

The Voluntary Milking System requires the cows to live indoors, as well as going out for pasture, and therefore the system itself needs to do more than simply milk the cows.

Farmers using the system require a compressor to provide the compressed air for the pneumatic components and a rigorous hygiene regime. VMS has automatic teat cleaning facilities that clean and dry the teat before each milking. After each milking the teat cups are washed. The floor to the stall can be automatically cleaned whenever the farmer chooses using a robotic scraper system.

Cow comfort is also of paramount importance and DeLaval took this into
account when designing and building the barn. Features such as cow
mattresses in every cubicle, regulated ventilation inlets, a regular supply of fresh, preheated water and automated feeders abound. Each machine has a capacity of around 2000 kg milk per day, that means typically 50-60 cows, depending on the milk yields.

The system has been used by farmers across Western Europe, Scandinavia,
Japan and Canada, since June 2000 and looks set to take the world by storm.

For more information Contact Norgren

 

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