International market leader in pneumatic motion and fluid control technologies Norogen has announced the launch of an innovative, high-performance range of cylinders, designed to significantly reduce energy usage and operating costs for OEMs and end users.
Conventional pneumatic control involves an arrangement of valves or valve islands, actuators, flow controls and sensors, along with connectors and accessories. In typical applications up to 13 different components can be required for each actuator function.
Following collaboration with customers to offer a solution which would overcome these shortcomings and satisfy individual requirements, Norgren has developed IVAC (integrated valve and actuator control) – an integrated unit which delivers engineering advantage by combining the valve, flow controls, cushioning and sensors in a single actuator package.
IVAC is a weight and space optimised actuator, suitable for a range of bore sizes from 40mm to 80mm, featuring integrated valve and magnetically operated switches for complete actuator control. Able to be retrofitted or integrated within new systems, each unit requires only one pneumatic and one electrical connection, eliminating the need for multiple valve islands, components, tubing and accessories.
This integrated platform lowers costs for users in many ways. Because it is easier to install, maintain and replace a single unit, scheduled and unplanned installation, commissioning and maintenance time and costs are reduced. Less downtime for maintenance also means higher productivity.
Meanwhile, eliminating air piping between valves and actuators minimises ‘dead’ volume, reducing air consumption by up to 50 percent, significantly cutting cost per mm of stroke when compared with conventional pneumatic systems.
For a machine operating at two million cycles per year, this results in enough energy savings to pay back the cost of an IVAC product within one year. In addition the IVAC presents improved machine aesthetics.
A number of options and varieties are available including cleanline versions for industrial cylinders, industrial slave cylinders and easy washdown, helping OEMs comply more easily and cost effectively with hygiene regulations.
OEMs can take advantage of all of these benefits without any mechanical design changes, as IVAC products conform to the latest ISO VDMA dimensions. Its single M12 connection for input and output can be hardwired or plugged into a fieldbus system no matter which protocol is being used.
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