Redi-Rail Linear Guide

Redi-Rail Linear Guide

Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required. It offers strength, ease of installation, and corrosion resistance making it the perfect linear motion solution across a broad range of applications such as automation, machine transfer, and material handling. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. Carriages are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particles. Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required.

This is one of several articles that explores the properties and features of Redi-Rail linear systems. In this article we offer a brief overview with focus on our new 4- and 5-wheel carriage options and their implications on cantilevered loads and cost. Redi-Rail linear guides consist of a slider or carriage riding along an extruded aluminum rail. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. They are also end joinable for long length applications, ensuring a sturdy design with rigidity and precision. Running parallelism is held to ±.001’’ (.025mm) for the length of the guide rail.

Red-Rail sliders or carriages consist of durable anodized aluminum with three, four, or five gothic arch rollers that are offset and trapped between the round inner races of the linear rail. They are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particulates along the rail. Redi-Rail linear guides are available in commercial-grade inch, or in higher precision metric systems that are equipped with wipers and patented side pre-load adjustment (wipers optional on inch series).

Eaton Variable Frequency Drives Comprehensive offering for ALL applications

Eaton’s variable frequency drives are designed and manufactured for applications requiring ultra-compact solutions, clean power or future configurability in mind.

With a vast and comprehensive product offering Eaton drives are designed for industrial, HVAC, water/wastewater treatment, machinery OEM, continuous process and commercial application demands.

The breath of this technology includes the PowerXL DG1 general purpose variable frequency drives for demanding commercial and industrial applications to the sensorless vector control technology of the SVX industrial vfd.

HVAC Variable Frequency Drives

Explosionproof VFDs

Liquid-cooled Drives

Micro, Compact and General Purpose Drives

Omron NXR I/O Platform

Omron NXR I/O Platform

Omron recently launched its new NXR I/O platform that provides an IP67-rated, distributed connectivity solution. As a part of the fully integrated Sysmac platform, the NXR increases machine data collection with IO-Link and reduces wiring in machine startup and replacement.

In addition to expanding Omron’s ruggedized and IO-Link-enabled portfolios, the NXR bolsters the automation partner’s status as one of the few companies with a full offering from sensors to blocks to controllers. This is in line with Omron’s commitment to providing comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for a wide range of automation needs in any industry.

Ideal applications for the NXR include those involving a high density of digital I/O combined with space constraints, such as automotive tooling, assembly and machining and packaging pick-to-light systems and vertical form fill seal (VFFS) machines. By providing a top-grade yet low-cost EtherNet/IP distributed solution with IO-Link, the NXR improves diagnostics and reduces downtime for these applications. It also reduces installation costs with quick-connect cables and minimizes IP addresses for I/O.

Aside from IO-Link functionality and its IP67 rating, the NXR’s key features include LED indicators for diagnostics, a DIP switch IP address setting and thorough cable diagnostics.

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Denso Pharmaceutical/Medical Robots


Denso’s VS-050-S2 robots meet the strict hygienic demands to automation in medical device / medical product manufacturing processes and drug preparation.  VS-S2 robots with sterility control for use in sterile and clean environments that employ H2O2 gas 35% density (dry/wet) and UV exposure. Cables and other connector panels are positioned on the bottom for easier installation in sealed and quarantine environments.

The robot offers a maximum payload of 4kg, a reach of 520mm and position repeatability of +/-0.02.

  • Smooth surface prevents adherence of dust and dirt. The robot arm is constructed without screws to maintain high sanitation levels.
  • Cleanliness: ISO Class 5
  • Protection level: Wrist IP67, Unit IP65

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SMC EX500 Series Fieldbus System

SMC EX500 Series Fieldbus System
EX500 is a gateway unit to connect EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, and Profibus DP® to SMC valves and digital inputs for sensors for distributed I/O system.  With the EX500 decentralized I/O system valves can bee installed near the actuators reducing wiring, piping materials and space requirements.  There is no need to set the address for the valve manifold and input units, making installation and commissioning easier.

Each gateway can control up to 8 valve manifolds and 8 input blocks, with a maximum of 128 outputs and 128 inputs.

EX500-GEN2 supports Device level Ring (DLR) and EtherNet/IP™ Quick Connect function. The gateway module has IP65 protection while valve modules and input blocks have IP67 protection ensuring protection against dust and washdown environment.

  • Valve interface for EX500-GEN2
  • Selectable 16 or 32 ouput by internal switch
  • IP67 protection rating
  • Compatible with New SY, VQC, SV and S0700 valve series

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Yaskawa Sigma Trac II

Complete Linear Motion Solution

Yaskawa’s expertly designed, manufactured, and tested Sigma Trac II mechatronic solutions give your machine a faster time to market and your engineering team more time to innovate.

Improve Machine Performance

Minimize cycle times and maximize productivity with speeds up to 5m/s, and peak force output up to 5040 N.

Repeatability

Coupling the load directly to the motor and encoder yields positioning repeatability of ±2 µm.

Wide Range of Sizes

With six motor sizes and 24 base lengths, there is a linear stage for nearly any application. Stages are available for use with 100 V, 200 V, or 400 V power.

Cable Management

Carefully controlling cable flex maximizes cable life. Use additional space in the cable carrier for cables and hoses to your payload.

More information link: https://www.yaskawa.com/delegate/getAttachment?documentId=BL.Sigma-7.03&cmd=documents&openNewTab=true&documentName=BL.Sigma-7.03.pdf

COBOTTA

COBOTTA collaborative robot

A robot that collaborates with everyone

Introducing the new collaborative robot “COBOTTA”. The human-friendly, compact, and portable design allows you to take COBOTTA anywhere, and automate tasks right away. No expert knowledge is required, making operation amazingly easy. COBOTTA will open infinite possibilities to address your needs, and realize creative, new ideas.

Safety Design

Collaborative robots do not require safety fences. The unique outer contour has no sharp edges, and consists of curves that prevent hands from getting caught. Sensors are built into the six moving parts for constant monitoring of speed and torque, to guar-antee safety from a function-al aspect (planning to obtain certification from a third-par-ty certification authority).

Portable Body

The main unit weighs approximately 4 kg providing easy porta­bility, and offers a load capacity of 500 g. The integrated con­troller not only reduces wiring, but also allows consolidated control with other devices. ORiN is supported as standard.

Easy to Use

Equipped with a direct teaching function and an intuitive GUI for easy programming. An optional camera can be mounted to enable teaching using the camera.

Open Platform

The integrated controller is open, and COBOTTA’s control API is made public, allowing creators to develop their own applica­tions in the environment they choose (055 version).

More information link: https://www.denso-wave.com/en/robot/product/collabo/cobotta.html

OTP’s DirectAIR® Utility Service is the Most Affordable and Efficient Compressed Air Solution

If your facility uses compressed air, and you are looking for a reliable solution that does not require a sizable capital expenditure, OTP’s DirectAIR® utility service is the answer.

Here’s how it works: OTP installs a complete, state-of-the-art compressed air solution at your site. For the life of the contract, we supply your plant a steady stream of high-quality compressed air, guaranteed. We equip our DirectAIR® facilities with the most energy efficient equipment and controls available today to provide significant energy savings over your current system. Typical energy savings range between 25-50%.

OTP’s DirectAIR® solution solves numerous challenges many plants face with their compressed air systems. OTP’s DirectAIR® is 100% reliable and requires no capital equipment investment to get operational. The system replaces aging and inefficient equipment and eliminates costs for maintenance, repair and rental fees. If your current system is delivering poor quality air that is causing production downtime and/or high scrap costs, OTP’s DirectAIR® utility service is the ideal solution for your plant. OTP’s DirectAIR® service eliminates the time you and your production team spend on compressed air issues and lets everyone stay focused on what you do best — your product.

14 Benefits of DirectAIR® compressed air utility service

  1. Guaranteed supply of compressed air with no downtime
  2. Guaranteed air quality (clean, dry, compressed air)
  3. No lost production and no scrap
  4. No repair costs
  5. No purchasing parts
  6. No maintenance costs
  7. No capital outlay
  8. Monthly payments are an operating expense (tax benefits)
  9. Modern, energy-efficient equipment and controls significantly reduce electric bills
  10. Reallocation of manpower
  11. Allows your personnel to focus on plant production
  12. Free plant space for production, not air compressors
  13. No emergency rental costs
  14. DirectAIR® is a “fee for service” with flexible term lengths

Remote Online Monitoring

OTP’s DirectAIR® service provides the highest level of preventive maintenance and continuous equipment monitoring through our exclusive ManagAIR® system. Our dedicated hardware and software are in continuous contact with the DirectAIR® facility. This enables us to greatly improve the reliability of the system by having ManagAIR® inform us of problem areas before they become critical — a predictive maintenance approach that significantly improves reliability.

Stress-free Commitment

As a DirectAIR® customer, you only need to provide the necessary land and utility hook ups. Then OTP supplies, installs, operates, and maintains your new air compressor system. A monthly fee is charged based on your compressed air consumption, with billing similar to what you might get from your electrical power supplier.

Think of what your company can do with the capital dollars you won’t be spending on air compressors!

And, the time you previously spent troubleshooting and maintaining equipment, can now be put toward maximizing productivity!

Call OTP today for more information on installing DirectAIR® utility service at 800-837-6827.

Ohio Transmission Corp. Acquires JCI Industries

Acquisition of leading provider of commercial and industrial pumps, motors, controls, field service and remanufacturing furthers OTC’s expansion into Midwest.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — December 22, 2020 — Ohio Transmission Corporation (OTC), an industrial equipment service provider and distributor headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, today announced the acquisition of JCI Industries, a leading provider of pumps, motors, controls, field service and remanufacturing to commercial, industrial and environmental customers throughout the Midwest.

Headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Mo. (just outside Kansas City, Mo.), JCI Industries has seven sales and field service locations throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas and has approximately 150 employees.

“JCI Industries has grown to become the leading provider of rotating equipment and process solutions for the industrial and municipal markets in the midwestern United States,” said David Scheer, CEO of Ohio Transmission Corporation. “This acquisition of JCI further expands our regional footprint into the Midwest and aligns with OTC’s growth strategy of providing current and future customers in the Midwest with a familiar and trusted solutions provider. Chip Toth will continue to lead JCI moving forward, and we are thrilled to have Chip and his talented management team join the OTC family.”

JCI Industries was founded in 1975 and has grown over the years to become an industry-leading engineered solutions provider for a wide range of industries, including water and wastewater, power, oil and gas, pipeline, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, chemical, food processing and other manufacturing industries.

“For all of JCI Industries’ team members and customers, OTC will bring additional resources that will allow us to continue our growth and increase opportunities for our team members to widen their skills and continue to offer outstanding solutions to our customers,” said Robert “Chip” Toth, President of JCI Industries. “Our sales and engineering teams are already leaders in our industry, and we look forward to even more growth now that we are part of the OTC family of companies.”

“This acquisition is an important part of expanding our geographical footprint, equipment and service capabilities,” said Rob Webb, Executive Vice President of Business Development for OTC. “JCI Industries shares our commitment to be the best service provider we can be and to provide our customers with a one-stop solution with high-quality products and services. We are excited to have Chip and the JCI team as part of our family of companies.”

With this acquisition, Ohio Transmission Corporation now has 53 locations throughout the United States, along with 35 service shops. The addition of JCI Industries associates expands Ohio Transmission Corporation’s workforce to about 1,400 employees.

To learn more about JCI Industries visit the company website https://jciind.com/.

OTP Has the PPE and Safety Supplies You Need to Keep Your Operations COVID Compliant

As your company ramps back up to full time operations, it can be a challenge to comply with the new COVID-19 health and safety requirements now in place. To help keep your employees and customers healthy, and your facility sanitized and safe, OTP has sourced some of the supplies that are most in-demand for manufacturing operations. Save time and avoid searching dozens of vendors — we’ve done the work for you and have ready access to large inventories of select supplies. All orders can be delivered quickly and on a short turnaround.

Masks

Masks
Many state and local governments now require employees and customers to wear face coverings while in public places or places of business. To ensure everyone in your facility always has a high-quality mask to wear, we can provide bulk quantities of standard surgical masks and the highly protective N95 respirator masks. OTP has two options:

  • Surgical Masks – These three-ply standard ear-loop face masks offer protection from airborne particles. $66/box, 50 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.
  • N95 Particulate Respirator Masks – As the most protective mask available, the N95 respirator mask with double headstraps protects from particles as small as 0.3 micron in size. These masks are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety. $133/box, 20 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.

Temperature Screening Cameras

Temperature Screening Cameras
Many companies are temperature-screening all individuals entering their building, as a precautionary measure. The SkyCop Thermal Camera can detect elevated body temperature, detect face masks, and can track headcount to comply with reduced capacity requirements. It measures temperature with no contact, registers the reading in one second and displays results on an LCD monitor. Call for pricing.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
Clean hands and surfaces is a critical step to keep your facility safe and your employees and customers healthy. The hand sanitizer we offer is 80% antiseptic ethanol alcohol and can be ordered in large bulk quantities for high-volume users or resellers. Available in 5-gallon pail ($245/pail; 8 pail minimum order), 54-gallon drum ($2,274), or 250-gallon tote ($10,065).

Transparent Workstation Barriers

Transparent Workstation Barriers
For open office workstations or customer service areas, a see-through physical barrier gives extra protection from respiratory droplets over and above the protection masks provide. OTP offers transparent dividers and shields made from durable acrylic, polycarbonate, clear PVC (choose rigid or flexible) or PETG. All workstation shields are lightweight, easily installed and cleaned, and have the option of an additional anti-scratch coating. Call for pricing.

To order, or for questions, call OTP today at 800-837-6827.