actuator costs can be minimized by accurate sizing,
buying motion control components separately, and
making a selection for applications where their use
improves process efficiency. Pneumatic actuators have
advantages in cost, size, thrust and speed, but electrics
have advantages in accuracy, flexibility and control,
making machinery and processes more efficient. An
upfront estimated assessment of an application can
prevent oversights and produce considerable cost savings in the long run while also ensuring that equipment
matches the tasks at hand.
Gil Guajardo is a product manager for Bimba.
A pneumatic actuator from Bimba Manufacturing.
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Nesting Akro-Tilt Trucks
its Akro-Tilt Trucks
now nest fully
assembled for shipping — saving on
freight costs and
While other competitive products
can require end
users to assemble
axles and wheels,
new nestable Akro-Tilt Trucks are ready
to use upon arrival — saving time
and effort for reduced maintenance staffs. As many
as four of these trucks can stack on a single pallet,
offering up to 75 percent in freight savings. Akro-Tilt
Trucks are versatile tipping trucks for heavy-duty work.
These trucks make it easy for one person to handle
bulk, heavyweight jobs up to 2,000 lbs. Units utilize
full frames with steel under the top rim, vs. half frames
offered by competitors. Its wide mouth and low profile
are designed for easy loading. The one-piece molded
body is easy to clean and won’t rust, dent or chip.
Akro-Tilt Trucks now come in 14 models — including
seven with forklift channels, which allow loaded trucks
to be lifted, moved and maneuvered more easily.
Optional lids are available.
Battery-Driven Grease Gun
Grease Gun intro-
duces an ideal
portable tool to
accuracy of man-
ual lubrication for
meter adds value
by dispensing the
proper amount of lubricant for an application to prevent
over- or under-greasing. The grease gun’s rechargeable
20-volt lithium battery delivers extended service life
to enable timely manual lubrication of equipment anywhere and anytime in a manufacturing plant or in the
field. User-friendly features include a durable, ergonomic
design with a three-point stand for operator comfort and
convenience. A built-in light serves to illuminate the work
area and a display on the tool indicates battery charge
level, amount of dispensed grease, pump/motor speed
and blocked lubrication points. This versatile grease
gun can dispense up to 15 grease cartridges per battery
charge and delivers two flow rates adjustable for a specific application. Pressures up to 700 bar ( 10,000 psi) can be