SMC Pneumatic Cylinder Operates in Corrosive Atmosphere

OTP Industrial Solutions for Pneumatic Applications
Darrel Lithgow
Indianapolis, IN

I was working with a machine builder in Indiana that builds OEM machines for the medical equipment industry.  The customer was experiencing failures and unacceptable operating life with the pneumatic cylinders that they used to move parts into an acid bath.  Although the cylinders were constructed of stainless steel, they exhibited premature shaft wear which caused the cylinders to fail in the corrosive atmosphere.

After investigating the application, we determined that the cause of the premature shaft wear was the design of the cylinder bushing. After understanding the root cause, we  replaced the failing cylinders with a specially designed SMC Pneumatic cylinder. This special SMC Pneumatic cylinder utilizes a different (and better!) bushing design than the other manufacturer’s cylinder.

The special SMC Pneumatic cylinder has now been in service for more than six months and is holding up much better than the other manufacturer’s product. The operating life of the SMC cylinder is at least double that of the previous cylinder.

Due to SMC Pneumatic’s ongoing attention to reducing their internal manufacturing costs, the customer’s purchase price of  this specially designed cylinder was actually less than that of the competitor’s standard cylinder!

As an SMC Pneumatic Technical Distributor (and a self described “airhead”), this is just another example of how I apply my technical knowledge to engage SMC engineers to solve customer pneumatic applications.

Gusher Pump Eliminates Mechanical Seal Failures

OTP Industrial Solutions for Pump Applications
Dave Hancock
Louisville, Kentucky

An automotive components plant was having trouble with a horizontal base mounted pump in its machining process.  This pump was used to circulate 176 degree Fahrenheit quench oil through a filter and back to a collection tank.  The hot oil with suspended metal fines caused frequent mechanical seal failures which resulted in regular oil leakage.  After some time, the performance got so bad that the customer actually remounted the pump inside a basin to collect the ongoing oil leakage.

When the customer first contacted us, we considered replacing the pump with a Gusher vertical immersion pump, which we have often used successfully in similar applications.  However, there was not enough room inside the tank to mount the pump.

After reviewing the application further, we installed a Gusher 7550 EC series vertical pump .  We selected this pump because its enclosed column allows it to be mounted outside the tank and it was not fitted with a mechanical seal.  Its jacketed ball bearing housing is ideal for high temperature applications.  Although this pump initially cost three times more than the pump it replaced, it quickly provided maintenance cost savings by eliminating seal failures and the resulting mess of a leaking pump.

We installed the first Gusher pump over three years ago and it is still running with no problems.  The  customer has since purchased two more pumps for similar service in other areas of the plant and is now looking into making this pump a standard at their other manufacturings plants.

Gusher Pump proved again to be a good partner with just the right pump to solve any application.

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OTP Expands Omron Automation Training Investment

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Omron Industrial Automation and Ohio Transmission & Pump (OTP) recently expanded its joint product training investment.

Twenty-two OTP associates participated in various Omron product training sessions during the past month, including two-day off-site Omoron Sales Solutions Seminars, week-long hands-on Top Gun motion and vision training, 16 eLearning on-line modules, and four on-site product training sessions.

The Omron product training topics ranged from basic machine control,  servo drive and servo motor sizing, to vision systems, motion control, power supplies, vision sensing and smart sensors. “Ongoing technical training is always important as we provide customers with local expert product support,” states Brian Miley, Electrical Business Manager. “In addition to our investment in product training for technical sales associates, we also recently hired seven experienced pneumatic and electrical specialists to immediately expand our technical support of Omron Industrial Automation and SMC Pneumatic products in Ohio”

Omron Industrial Automation provides industrial automation products, including AC drive, servo drive, servo motor, PLC, HMI, sensor, vision sensing, power supply, pushbutton and indicator products. SMC Pneumatics is the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic automation products, including a broad selection of cylinder, actuator, solenoid valve, air preparation, and vacuum solutions. The OTP website offers full support of Omron Industrial Automation and SMC Pneumatics. The “Ask the OTP Experts” on-line functionality enables the user to easily find technical information about Omron and SMC products, and to quickly connect to a local expert to obtain specific answers to their automation questions.

About OTP Cleveland:
For almost five decades, OTP Cleveland has merged the technical knowledge of its associates with a broad lineup of the industry’s best manufacturers of industrial fluid power, pump, pneumatic, mechanical power transmission, bearing and electrical products. OTP Cleveland maintains significant SMC inventory, and is currently expanding its business with Omron Industrial Automation and SMC Pneumatics. OTP Cleveland also works closely with other premier manufacturers such as Flowserve Pump, Grundfos Pump, Deublin Rotary Union, Lynair Cylinder, Graco Pump, Browning Bearing, and Martin Sprocket & Gear.

OTP serves industrial customers in Louisville Kentucky, Fort Wayne Indiana, Toledo Ohio, Columbus Ohio, Peoria Illinois, Cleveland Ohio, Dayton Ohio, Indianapolis Indiana, Decatur Illinois, Evansville Indiana, Cincinnati Ohio, Charleston West Virginia, Wheeling West Virginia, Akron Ohio, Youngstown Ohio, and San Antonio Texas.

Contact:
Brian Miley
Ohio Transmission & Pump
6500 Davis Industrial Parkway
Cleveland, OH 44139
(440) 349-3900
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OTP Indianapolis Hosts Tech Day at Automotive Plant

Indianapolis, IN – November 9, 2009 – OTP Indianapolis hosted six industrial vendors during its Tech Day product fair at an automotive manufacturing plant near Indianapolis, Indiana. Emerson Power Transmission, NSK precision bearings, SMAC actuators, SMC Pneumatics, Sumitomo Drive Products and US Tsubaki chain displayed their latest technology products and discussed cost savings applications with over 60 maintenance and engineering associates at the automotive plant.

“The Technical Product Fair started at 8:00am and ended at 12:30pm,” said Dan Rose, Vice President of Sales.  “Bringing our product experts to the customer site and extending the fair through lunchtime made it convenient for many customer associates to capitalize on this opportunity.”

During the course of the day, the maintenance and engineering associates focused their discussion with the OTP and vendor technical associates on identifying projects to improve operations and save money.  Here is a sampling of the cost saving projects initiated during the Technical Product Fair:

  • Conveyor Bearing Upgrade – improve the bearing life on inspection conveyors in the stamping plant.
  • Regulator Performance – solve a problem regulator application in the body department that is creating false readings in a monitoring process downstream.
  • Gearbox Survey – investigate an overheating gearbox in a stamping application and schedule gearbox surveys to fully document the gearbox applications.
  • New Conveyor Application – work with the body department engineers to specify and install a new conveyor application.
  • Caster Tread Life – work with materials engineering to investigate alternative caster tread materials to improve mean time between failure (MTBF).
  • Hydraulic quick disconnects – investigate interchanges for quick disconnect couplings in an engine testing application to improve availability and lower cost.

“These cost savings projects are what I expect from our experienced technical experts. We work to apply products that improve the customer process and save them money,” Rose continued.

In addition to events such as the Technical Product Fair, OTP supports its customers via the unique “Ask the OTP Experts” on-line industrial product technical product support.  This feature enables the user to easily find technical information about industrial products from more than 60 manufacturers, and to quickly obtain specific answers to their application and product questions. “Ask the OTP Experts” enables maintenance, purchasing and engineering associates to easily connect with technical OTP experts in fluid power, pumps, mechanical power transmission, bearings and electrical products.   Warren Rupp pumps, Browning belts, McGill cam followers, Nitto Kohki quick disconnects, Sealmaster Bearings, NSK linear motion, pump repair, Lynair Cylinders, SMC pneumatics, Flowserve Pump, and Gusher Pump are some of the broad products supported by “Ask the OTP Experts.”

About OTP Indianapolis:

For almost five decades, OTP Indianapolis has merged the technical knowledge of its associates with a broad lineup of the industry’s best manufacturers of industrial fluid power, pump, mechanical power transmission and electrical products.  OTP Indianapolis maintains significant bearing and power transmission inventory and operates as OTP’s largest pump repair facility in Indiana.

OTP operates additional locations with local inventory and technical support in Fort Wayne Indiana, Columbus Ohio, San Antonio Texas, Cleveland Ohio, Middletown Ohio, Louisville Kentucky, Charleston West Virginia, and Terre Haute Indiana.

November 9, 2009

Contact:

Dan Rose

Vice President of Sales

Ohio Transmission & Pump

3192 Shadeland Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46226

(317) 541-1500

drose@otpnet.com

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SMC Pneumatics Expands with OTP into Toledo Ohio

Ohio Transmission & Pump (OTP) is now authorized as a stocking SMC Technical Distributor in most of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Toledo, Ohio – November 1, 2009 – Ohio Transmission & Pump (OTP) announced today that SMC Pneumatics has expanded its Technical Distributor authorization with OTP to include Toledo and all of Ohio. OTP is now authorized as a stocking SMC Technical Distributor in most of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

“We are excited to continue to expand with SMC Pneumatics,” states Jack A Grote, Chief Operating Officer. “As an SMC Technical Distributor, we invest heavily in ongoing product training for our technical sales associates, and support them with extensive local SMC inventory.”

SMC Pneumatics is the world’s largest manufacturer of pneumatic automation products, including the broadest selection of cylinder, actuator, solenoid valve, FRL, and vacuum solutions.  The company offers 8,900 basic products with over 520,000 variations.  “The SMC product line is so broad that customers often depend on OTP’s experienced technical support to help them choose the right product to improve their process and save them money,” Grote continued.

OTP fully supports the SMC Pneumatics broad product line via the unique “Ask the OTP Experts” on-line industrial product technical support.  This feature enables the user to easily find technical information about SMC products, and to quickly obtain specific answers to their fluid power questions. “Ask the OTP Experts” enables maintenance, purchasing and engineering associates to easily connect with technical OTP experts in fluid power, pumps, mechanical power transmission, bearings and electrical products.

In addition to supporting SMC applications, the broad product support offered by “Ask the OTP Experts” supplies technical answers about industrial products from over 60 different manufacturers, including Deublin Rotary Unions, Eaton Cutler Hammer Electrical, Flowserve Pumps, Gusher Pumps, GPM Eliminator slurry pumps, Graco fluid handling, Leeson Motors, Lynair Cylinders, Kop-Flex Couplings, Martin Sprocket & Gear, NSK Linear Motion, Omron Industrial Automation, Pump Repair, Rexnord Power Transmission, Sealmaster Bearings, and Warren Rupp diaphragm pumps.

About OTP:
For almost five decades, OTP has merged the technical knowledge of associates with a broad lineup of the industry’s best manufacturers to deliver valuable solutions for industrial customers. OTP delivers technical solutions for industrial fluid power, pump, mechanical power transmission, bearings, pneumatic and electrical applications. OTP operates locations with local inventory and experienced technical support in Columbus OH, Cleveland OH, Middletown OH, Indianapolis IN, Fort Wayne IN, Terre Haute IN, Louisville KY, Charleston WV, San Antonio TX and Tallapoosa GA.

Contact:
Jack A Grote
Chief Operating Officer
Ohio Transmission & Pump
1055 Custer Dr
Toledo, OH 43612
(419) 476-4521

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