Press Release Summary:
Compliant to ISO 6431 and VDMA 24562 standards within VDMA envelope, smart cylinder contains its own sensors, flow regulators, adjustable cushioning, integrated 5/2 or 5/3 valve, and ASI Bus or Mulitpole fieldbus connections inside the casing. With integrated valve, product achieves top speed of 1.5 m/sec and is available in stroke lengths of up to 1 m. Product requires one electrical and one pneumatic connection and offers diagnostics via fieldbus system.
Original Press Release:
Norgren Smart Cylinders Combine Functionality with Performance
Littleton, Colorado, USA - June 2003. 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 Mulitpole 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 metres per second the smart cylinder is available in stroke lengths of up to one metre. 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.
Norgren is one of the world's leading manufacturers of pneumatic components and automation systems. It is the principal member of the Fluid Controls group within the $2.4 billion IMI plc.
From plants in Europe, America and the Pacific, Norgren manufactures and distributes a wide range of pneumatic components including cylinders, valves, air line equipment, tube fittings and associated fluid power components for use in pneumatic and electro-pneumatic automation and control systems. Norgren's customers can also make use of its associated services including technical advice, training and complete systems engineering assistance.
In the US, Norgren has a unique network of almost 100 distribution outlets operated by independent distributors. All Norgren's US manufacturing sites have IS09001 approval.