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Bimba's IntelliSense® - Working 24/7/365

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 20, 2019 10:14:10 AM

Did the pipes freeze in your house this Winter? While on the home front there's no anticipating such a mess, inconvenience, and conundrum of insurance paperwork, Bimba's IntelliSense® can give you some peace of mind on the factory floor. Its suite of products delivers real-time performance data (even to remote users) on standard Bimba pneumatic devices which keeps things running smoothly and helps one identify issues 24/7/365. 

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Topics: bimba, bimba pneumatic, bimba solutions, Bimba IntelliSense®

Gripper with Integrated Valve Increases Workflow Efficiency 15%

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A manufacturer of post-press finishing equipment needed help increasing workflow efficiency for an application used in their commercial printers. The OEM was using a Bimba Extruded Flat Cylinder with external guiding to clamp printed stock for trimming and binding in a rotary machine. The manufacturer added a modified tooling plate to the cylinder and attempted to integrate it with a mechanical switch and valve, in hopes to improve efficiency.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, gripper, integrated valve

Telescopic Original Line Cylinder Provides Long Strokes for Compact Spaces

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, cylinder, Original Line Cylinder, compact series

Automated Glue Dispenser Generates Higher Production Yield

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A laminating company needed to develop an automated glue dispensing system that would glue an 8 ft long corrugated piece of plastic onto a flat, smooth piece of plastic. This required 48 dabs of glue, or 1 dab every 2 inches across, to be applied uniformly and simultaneously. With the plastic sheet being fed continuously, the glue would be dispensed automatically after every 2 inches of feed. After rejecting a costly robotic solution, they decided to look for something more cost efficient.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, high yield, dispenser

Bimba - All Composite Cylinder Stands Up to Harsh Fumes

Posted by Kelly Howe

Nov 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A customer desired an all-composite cylinder for their semiconductor application that could withstand the harsh environment of hydrochloric acid fumes used for surface cleaning. This required both the cylinder rod and body to be made of, or coated in, plastic.

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Topics: bimba, solutions, bimba solutions, composite cylinder, harsh fumes

Desiccant Drier Removes Moisture to Eliminate Interference in Radio Frequency

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

Antennas are critical to ensure optimal radio frequency coverage. For a connected functional network they need to work over a wide range of terrains and in many different environments. One of the main environmental challenges is moisture accumulation from fluctuations in temperature and pressure. Moisture accumulation generally occurs at the top of a tower and can lead to signal interference or even complete failure of the link.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, desiccant drier, radio frequencies

Bimba Solutions - Bulkhead Connector Controls Lift Device

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A manufacturer of automotive lift devices contacted Pneumadyne to re-design a component used in their pneumatic circuit. Their previous valve consisted of four plastic components which were prone to breaking in the device. Although simple in design, the valve had to control the amount of flow allowed into the lift in order to control the speed of the lift.

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Topics: bimba, Pneumadyne, bimba solutions, lift device

Bimba - Lab Cylinder Offers Precision in Compact Design

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Challenge:

A manufacturer of biological and medical laboratory test equipment has historically used a small Bimba Flat Square II cylinder in their compact analyzer for clinical diagnostics. The cylinder moves a needle vertically to prepare samples on a small plate that is about the size of an index card, and holds approximately 100 samples. After one sample cycle is complete, the plate indexes to the next location until all samples are prepared. When the testing needed to increase the number of samples to over 300 with the same size plate, greater precision in a smaller foot print was needed.

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Topics: air cylinder, bimba, bimba solutions, cylinder

Bimba - Automated Bottle Filling System for Pharmaceuticals

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A Mettler Toledo IND560 weighing terminal which was used in a cleanroom Class GMP B needed to be equipped with a pinch valve to automate a glass bottle filling process. Due to the environment, a solenoid operated pinch valve in stainless steel was required. The pinch valve had to communicate with the weighing terminal and close when the pre-defined set point was reached. The weighing terminal didn’t provide enough Amps to power the pinch valve, so an independent power supply was installed as well.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, bottle filling, pharmaceuticals

Bimba's Bottler Reduces Production Costs by 7%

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM

 This post brought to you by Bimba.

Bimba helps a bottling equipment manufacturer come up with bottlers that are able to reduce production costs by 7 percent.

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Topics: air cylinder, bimba, bimba solutions