'Smart’ technology platform, predictive intelligence for pneumatics

'Smart’ technology platform, predictive intelligence for pneumatics

Bimba’s IntelliSense offers condition-based monitoring to maximize uptime.

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October 20, 2014
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University Park, Illinois – Bimba Manufacturing officials announced the introduction of IntelliSense, a technology platform that will enable users to be proactive about maintenance and system optimization. A one-of-its-kind breakthrough in pneumatics, IntelliSense combines sensors, cylinders, and software to deliver real-time performance data, enhancing productivity without sacrificing quality or efficiency.

“In today’s competitive global market, manufacturers and OEMs are under intense pressure to meet their production targets,” says Tom Wood, director of marketing & product development at Bimba. “Machines running at maximum load are increasing wear on pneumatic components and are more likely to break down, compromising operational efficiency. Bimba created IntelliSense to deliver precise and accurate performance-related data with which users can make smarter decisions to ensure maximum uptime and component effectiveness.”

The intelligence of IntelliSense is embedded inside the Sensor Interface Module (SIM), a remote monitoring device connected to sensors attached to Bimba cylinders using pneumatic fittings. Users receive operational insights about cylinder condition, cycle time, pressure (to one hundredth of a psi), and temperatures (down to a hundredth of a degree).

In addition, IntelliSense delivers predictive intelligence for pneumatics in the form of up-to-date condition information that predicts when a cylinder will fail. IntelliSense can also identify when a component is achieving its desired performance specification. For example, users will be alerted if a cylinder that should be actuating in 1 second is taking 1.5 seconds. This is especially important in sequencing applications that depend on precise stroke rates.

Ultimately, this machine-to-machine technology enables users from a wide range of industries to move from emergency repair to proactive maintenance, thus optimizing production as a whole.

IntelliSense is compatible with Bimba cylinders in pneumatic systems but the company plans to extend its capabilities to other Bimba products in the future.

Wood says, “The pneumatic industry has never seen an innovation like this. IntelliSense is unique, not just in the way it works, but in how it will benefit industry from the c-suite to the factory floor. In short, IntelliSense is more than just a technology platform. It is the solution to one of the most pressing concerns of manufacturers today, the need for maximum uptime.”

Source: Bimba Manufacturing