Smaller cylin­der packs more punch

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SMC says it is help­ing cus­tomers meet the de­mand for space-sav­ing com­po­nents that drive down costs and drive up pro­duc­tiv­ity, with the launch of two com­pact cylin­ders.

SMC’s lat­est com­pact cylin­ders, the JMGP guide cylin­der and the com­pact JCQ Se­ries, have been de­signed with weight and space sav­ings in mind. Both help to re­duce ma­chine sizes and costs, and de­liver in­creased ef­fi­ciency due to their light­weight na­ture which could en­hance cy­cle time.

“We feel that this cylin­der will sat­isfy the re­quired air cylin­der specifications from many cus­tomers” com­ments Tony Ran­dall, Head of OEM & Key Ac­counts at SMC Aus­tralia|New Zealand.

Mak­ing its first de­but ap­pear­ance in Aus­tralia since its re­lease, Ran­dall feels the prod­uct will re­ceive con­sid­er­able in­ter­est from the mar­ket.

“By de­vel­op­ing the prod­uct in re­sponse to our cus­tomers’ op­er­at­ing con­di­tions, it is pos­si­ble to achieve a more com­pact body for the prod­uct. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion sur­vey com­pleted on cus­tomer oper­a­tions re­vealed that it is pos­si­ble to cover large parts of the mar­ket with half of the cur­rent ca­pac­ity. There­fore, the new prod­ucts match the mar­ket de­mand” he ex­plains.

Ac­cord­ing to Ran­dall it is pos­si­ble to in­crease the cylin­der size us­ing the same foot­print as an ex­ist­ing prod­uct. By in­creas­ing the cylin­der tube size, the op­er­at­ing pres­sure can be re­duced and per­for­mance main­tained, which leads to en­ergy con­ser­va­tion.

In­ter­me­di­ate sizes are avail­able, which means the foot­print of the prod­uct can be re­duced and per­for­mance main­tained.

The background of the prod­uct de­vel­op­ment comes from a mar­ket sur­vey, which showed that users re­quired more com­pact and op­ti­mised cylin­ders with re­gards to per­for­mance and cylin­der size, whilst also wish­ing to re­duce the en­ergy re­quired.

The JMGP is a guide cylin­der, fea­tur­ing a dual rod, which has been de­signed for a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing push­ing, clamp­ing and lift­ing where there are space and weight re­stric­tions in a trans­port line or for ro­botic ma­nip­u­la­tion and han­dling. The com­pact JCQ is ideal for sim­i­lar ap­pli­ca­tions where a short cylin­der is re­quired, but with­out the guid­ing ca­pa­bil­ity.

As a re­sult of the sur­vey, it turned out that ap­prox­i­mately half of the users put more im­por­tance on the out­put in­stead of guide strength.

Very suit­able for ap­pli­ca­tions where push­ing, lif ting and clamp­ing is re­quired, the prod­uct is avail­able in three mount­ing options with four pos­si­ble pip­ing di­rec­tions.

“With space be­ing at a pre­mium in many man­u­fac­tur­ing plants, the need to pro­duce smaller, more ef­fi­cient ma­chin­ery is grow­ing. These two new mod­els achieve just that, as they are both smaller than sim­i­lar cylin­ders on the mar­ket. Be­ing lighter in weight, they also achieve im­proved cy­cle times and help to de­liver higher out­put.”

It is in­vest­ments in R&D and new prod­ucts such as the J-Se­ries which has seen this Ja­panese multi­na­tional win the Forbes In­no­va­tion Prize for a third time.

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