Monday, December 28, 2009

Reverse-Parallel "Your Motor Here"

Tolomatic has announced an expansion to the "Your Motor Here" program to include reverse-parallel housing on the RSA24 and RSA32.  The Tolomatic "Your Motor Here" makes mounting your motors to our actuators easy.  

Find a match that works for you and Tolomatic will supply a motor mount...FREE...when you order an actuator. What's more, they will build and ship the actuator and motor mount to you in 5 days or less! (Limited to motors and actuators displayed on the Your Motor Here website.)

For more information:
"Your Motor Here" Tolomatic MXB Belt Drives
"Your Motor Here" Tolomatic MXE Screw Drives

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Make it Modular

We are big fans of SMC's modular air prep mounting system using the Y200T - Y600T wall brackets and Y200 - Y500 spacers.  Now SMC has created a way to take other standard components and make them modular with the Series E210/310/410 modular adapters. 

These modular adapters save space and create a rigid connection. If you need to replace or maintain a component you no longer have to unscrew it from the pipe nipple or reconnect tubes.  Simply loosen the spacer brackets and the component slides right out for maintenance or replacement.  

The adapters are made with Unifit technology so they will thread into existing components with NPT, Rc, or G threads.

These modular adapters are available now.  For pricing or delivery click here, give us a call, or contact us electronically.  

[Link to PDF Catalog]
[Link to Adapters on]

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fabco-Air's New Pneumatic Crimper

Fabco-Air offers pneumatic crimping tools designed for joining PEX plumbing connections, splicing aircraft control cables and wire rope assemblies. These tools use multiple pistons with special internal plumbing through the rod to deliver over 4000 pounds of force to the jaws.

They are available in hand-held or bench-mounted units.  These tools can be used to tackle a variety of applications with confidence. Typical applications:

  • Making plumbing assemblies 
  • Splicing wire rope and cable assemblies
  • Crimping electrical terminals and connectors
  • Swaging mechanical fasteners
  • Staking, punching, piercing and flaring subassembly components
  • Sealing, embossing and notching assemblies
  • Special clamping and holding assemblies

Link - View the New Product Flyer pdf for more information.

Custom jaws are available - Send us the parts you want crimped and we will build a power head with the jaws to do your job.

Please note - Fabco Air's pneumatic crimping tools are not available for electronic ordering from the Scott Equipment website at this time.  Please give us a call, email, or contact us via electronic support and we will be glad to assist you with pricing, availability and ordering.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pneumatic Thread & Tube Reference

We have posted a new pneumatic thread reference.  This thread reference is built around the threads commonly used in industrial pneumatics in both american standard NPT and metric threads.

Additionally, the thread references many ways to transition from metric to inch and vice versa with readily available fittings.  For example:

  • Use Unifit - Threads into NPT, Rc, and G
  • 5/16" OD is the same as 8mm OD but 5/16" OD fittings are available in NPT threads. 
If you work with pneumatics and especially if you work in an environment with a mixture of NPT, Rc, and G threads then you will most likely find this tool useful.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Balluff Power Supplies starting at $36.00

Scott Equipment has an incredible deal on Balluff's line of power supplies.  Starting at just $36.00 for the 750mA unit these power supplies are feature rich and priced right.
  • Single Phase up to 20A
  • Three Phase up to 40A
  • Ultra reliable
  • Built-in overload and overvoltage
  • Parallel or single mode
  • Load regulation to +/- 1%
  • Long Life - MTBF 24 years when operating at published specifications.
  • CE, UL/cUL & TUV approvals
  • Rugged DIN Rail Mounts

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Video - Tolomatic ICR SmartActuators

Tolomatic has placed a new six minute video on youtube.  The video is an execellent overview of the Tolomatic electric SmartActuator.   

For more information on Tolomatic [click here]

To see a demo of the new smartactuator in person [contact us]

Friday, October 23, 2009

Heavy-Duty Hydraulic with a 2 day Delivery?

TRD has introduced the new HH Series of heavy duty hydraulic cylinders.  The TRD HH series is precision made to deliver more reliability in heavy-duty industrial operations. NFPA dimension design interchanges with competitive models in the field. Additionally, TRD offers a complete line of hydraulic Rod Locks that can be fitted to the most common bore and rod sizes.
  • Precision machined to order.
  • Hydraulic operation up to 3000 PSI; some NFPA mounts have PSI limitations. .
  • 1.5" to 8” bore sizes; strokes up to 120 inches.
  • Eighteen different NFPA mounts to choose from.
  • Cylinders are made to order, common options typically do not delay shipping.
  • Delivery in 2-3 days.
  • Call or email Scott Equipment today for more information

Friday, October 16, 2009

Precision Gripper for Heavy Objects

Zaytran Sigma grippers from SMC were developed for applications that impart high acceleration to heavy objects or require extremely long, precisely positioned jaws.  These light weight grippers are capable of delivering gripping force in excess of 700 pounds and tolerate jaw torque of 1,000 foot pounds.

A unique feature of the Sigma gripper is the patented synchronous technology.  The synchronous technology uses a synchronizing double helix that is independent from the gripper force system.  The double helix's only function is to center the part to +/-0.001 inches.  By keeping the force and synchronization systems independent the Sigma provides this level of precision over the 10,000,000+ cycle of the unit.

For a pdf catalog of the Zaytran grippers [click here]

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cv Calculator for Valve Sizing

A flash based pneumatic valve sizing calculator has been posted under the links section of our website.  This sizing calculator allows you to determine your valve Cv requirement.  Enter your application requirements and the calculator will give you everything you need to determine the correct valve requirement for your application including Cv, cylinder velocity, flow required, extend force, and retract force.  By design, you can easily tweak values to see what changes in variables do to your application requirements.

[Check out the Pneumatic Cv Calculator here]

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New mk Belt Curve Conveyor

Belt Curve Conveyor System KGF-P 2040, the latest addition to mk's conveyor line, is compatible with all other mk conveyor systems. This conveyor features a standard 20 mm rolling knife edge which allows for the transfer of small parts. Automatic belt tensioning is built in.

  • Loads up to 50 kg 
  • 60º, 90º and 180º conveyor angle 
  • 300, 400, 500 and 600 mm widths for a 90º curve. 
  • Speed - 5 to 80 m/min 
  • Bidirectional 
  • Low belt wear 
Technical Detail Link:

Complimentary Replacement Belt for mk Conveyors

mk Automation is offering a complimentary replacement belt for all GUF-P Mini, GUF-P 2000, and GUF-P2041 orders placed before 12/31/2009.
The Fine Print -> (Offer is not applicable to belts with top side cleats)

For more technical info on mk Conveyors [click here]
To place orders or receive pricing call 800-222-2903 or email

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Need a high flow 4-way valve? How about 4.4 Cv?

The SMC series VQ5000 valves offer an extremely high Cv, up to 4.4, double the Cv of conventional valves commonly described as having large flow characteristics. Available with single or double solenoids in both metal and rubber seal construction, the valves assist rapid actuator movement by offering fast response times of up to 17 ms or less (double coil, metal seal model).

These valves have a life expectancy of 100 million cycles or more and come with IP65 enclosure protection Available in various solenoid voltages including, 12, 24V in DC, and 100, 110, 200, 220 V in AC power supply. The valves with DC power supply, comes with standard power consumption of 1W.  An optional low power consumption coil reduces this to 0.5W.

These valves are stocked locally in rubber seal, 24V DC and 110V AC versions.  All valves are sub-base or manifold mount.

[Link to local stock listing]     [PDF Catalog Link]   [SMC Etech CAD and Ordering Reference]

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Flow Controls... and even more flow controls.

We don't like to wait for basic pneumatic parts any longer than you do.  In an effort to broaden our already substantial offering of SMC flow controls we have added some new series to our local stock.  As long as you are "metering out" we have 12 different series of flow controls in stock locally including:
  • Metal Body
  • Low Speed
  • Flow Control Mufflers
  • Inline Flow Controls
  • Screwdriver Adjustment
  • Panel Mount
  • PO Check & Flow Control
  • Safety Pressure Release Flow Controls
  • and more...
Take a look at our stock here.  If we don't have what you need (which is pretty unlikely) we can get it in a few days from the factory. [Link:  SMC Flow Controls]

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jokab Safeball™ Category 4 Two-Hand Control Device

The Jokab Safeball is a completely new approach to the design of one and two-hand safety devices. Safeball consists of a spherical ball containing two embedded push button switches, one on each side of the ball. By using this push button configuration, the risk of unintentional activation is minimized and the device is simple and ergonomic to use.

In the case where two-hand control is used, both Safeballs i.e. all four push buttons have to be activated within 0.5 seconds.

If one or more push buttons are released a Stop signal is given to the machine. In order to provide the highest level of safety the Safeball design provides the operator with a dual switching function and short circuit supervision in each hand. The design allows for comfort of use for all hand sizes and operation from numerous gripping positions.

New Safety Publication from OSHA

A 60 page booklet recently published by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration presents an excellent overview of the need and application of machine safety guarding and electronic machine safety devices. The publication, titled “Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputation”, provides a wealth of general information regarding the concept of machine safety and how the OSHA Standards apply.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

VQC Cartridge Fitting Overview

SMC cartridge fittings add a lot of flexibility to valve manifolds. You can get just the tube sizes you need without the need to use adapters or multiple fittings. The video shows VQC4000 valves but all SV and VQC valves use these cartridge fittings. Watch the video for an overview of SMC cartridge fittings.

Integrated Motor Actuator from Tolomatic

The IMA is a compact, durable, high force rod-style actuator. The IMA integrates a servo motor with a proven mechanical design to provide efficient high force in a compact lightweight design envelope. Our patent-pending design allows for easy re-lubrication without disassembly for extremely long service life. Tolomatic has over 50 years of experience manufacturing rodless and rod-style electric and pneumatic actuators. The IMA combines this experience and the power of servo motor technology into one actuator. The result: reliable, affordable power in a compact package.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tolomatic SmartActuator

The SmartActuator from Tolomatic is a controller, drive and servo motor integrated into one compact, durable, electric linear actuator. The result: reliable, affordable power that is remarkably easy-to-use.
The ICR rod-style electric SmartActuator Series comes in two motion control packages:
The ICR Basic for simple extend and retract operation and the ICR Plus with indexer programming and network communication capabilities.
Both ICR Basic and Plus electric screw SmartActuators offer:
  • 100% duty cycle for continuous operation
  • 24 Vdc opto-isolated inputs, NPN or PNP
  • Two ball screw selections
  • IP65 option for protection against water and dust ingress
All SmartActuators are built-to-order and shipped in 5 days or less.
Additional information is available here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Balluff IP69K Washdown Sensors for Food and Beverage

In automated canning processes, it is important to maximize uptime and keep the line running. As shown, the BOS 18M sensor is doing dual duty as a sensor counting product as well as detecting line jams. If the line stops, the controller sees a lack of on-to-off transitions of cans and signals an alarm. This sensor is also used as a trigger to the upstream processes of placing the lid on the top and adding the label to the outside of the can. In between production runs, the IP69K rating of the BOS 18M is ideal for resisting the harsh cleaning solvents commonly used in food facilities. Read more about this application...

New SMC ISE30A Pressure Sensor

Improving upon the ISE30 platform, the new ISE30A (pressure) and ZSE30A (vacuum) digital pressure sensors feature many new options. These high precision, compact sensors are optimal for both machine and panel mounting. The 2-color display transitions from red to green based on process changes. These changes can be monitored as either digital and/or analog outputs.

Product Features
• 10x copy function
• 2 digital outputs
• Expanded pressure and vacuum ranges
• Power-saving function
• Replaceable one-touch fittings
• Unbeatable value

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SMC VQJ High Frequency 1000 Hz Valve

SMC has released a high frequency 1,000 Hz (at 0.2 MPa) 2 port solenoid valve. Available in both individual and manifold mount this valve has some impressive specifications:
  • Maximum valve-turnover frequency @ 0.2 Mpa): 1,000 Hz
  • Response time/ON response: 0.9 +/- 0.15ms
  • Service life: 1 billion times or more
  • Width: 11 mm
  • Weight: 26g
  • Manifolds up to 32 stations
  • Flow Rate: 0.11 Cv
  • Minimum operating pressure 0.2 MPa
  • Maximum operating pressure 0.4 MPa
  • 24VDC, 48VDC
  • IP40
  • Built in fittings showing 4mm & 6mm**
This would be an ideal valve for high speed operations like paintball guns, sorting, etc.