Pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric motion solutions company Bimba Mfg. Co. has acquired Intek Products of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999, Intek develops mechanical automation products and solutions for single-axis and multi-axis coordinated electric motion. Intek’s products are used for linear positioning, robotic applications, pick & place mechanisms, and gantry systems.

“This acquisition will significantly enhance Bimba’s electric actuator offering and extend our commitment to offer our customers a choice of complete pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric motion options,” says Pat Ormsby, president of Bimba.

Intek’s products have been integrated into Bimba’s Electric Motion Group, a new series of products for applications that demand high thrust, high speed, long distance, and coordinated motion. Electric motion products provide the flexibility of electric motion control with a robust mechanical platform. www.bimba.com, IMTS 2016 Booth #E-4821

Automated code reading vision sensors

SBSI series low-cost vision sensors for code reading and quality inspection offer fast setup; compact, rugged IP67 housing; built in lighting; and EtherNet/IP capability. The sensors can be ordered as components, parts of a sub-system ready for assembly, or incorporated into a plug-and-play module. The product line includes SBSI B and SBSI-Q.

SBSI-B reads 1D and 2D codes used to identify, track, and trace products for production flow, logistics, and serialization. The model can also read direct part marking (DPM) codes, including laser-etched and dot-peened codes, and can check for the quality of a DPM code. SBSI-B reads up to 10 codes per image.

The SBSI-Q, for quality inspection, can be used for completeness and presence sensing to ensure all relevant parts are mounted. The system can compare an object’s contour with taught-in reference patterns, and evaluate pixels within the search area by calculating contrast, brightness, or variations in gray scale. SBSI series optics offer a range of reading areas and working distances. Code reading models have enhanced depth of field to increase the area of focus. www.festo.com/us, IMTS 2016 Booth #E-5066

Cybersecurity assurance program for industrial control systems

The Cybersecurity Assurance Program (UL CAP) for industrial control systems uses UL 2900-2-2 Standard offering testable cybersecurity criteria to help assess software vulnerabilities and weaknesses, minimize exploitation, address known malware, review security controls, and increase security awareness.

UL CAP was developed with input from major stakeholders representing the U.S. federal government, industry, and academia to elevate the security measures deployed in the critical infrastructure supply chain. The White House recently released the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), designed to enhance cybersecurity capabilities within the U.S. government and across the country. UL CAP services and software security efforts were recognized within the CNAP as a way to test and certify network-connectable devices within the Internet of Things supply chain and ecosystems especially relevant in critical infrastructures.

Asset owners from critical infrastructure can see the benefits of UL CAP as a means for evaluating the security posture of their supply chain.

“The availability and integrity of critical infrastructure is crucial to the safety and well-being of society. A comprehensive program that measures critical systems against a common set of reliable security criteria is helpful,” states Terrell Garren, chief security officer, Duke Energy.

UL CAP offers third-party support, with the UL 2900-2-2 Standard focusing on both the security of network-connectable products and systems and the vendor processes for developing and maintaining secure products and systems. Additionally, asset owners know the significance of UL CAP being developed with open source technologies in mind as it aligns and simplifies their network-connectable products and systems, architectures, and cybersecurity strategies.

UL's evaluation of the security of industrial control systems uses the UL 2900-2-2 standard that outlines technical criteria for testing and evaluating the security of products and systems that are network-connectable. These standards form a baseline set of technical requirements to measure, and then elevate, the security posture of products and systems. UL 2900 is designed to evolve and incorporate additional technical criteria as the security needs in the marketplace mature.

Meeting the standard’s requirements allows industrial control systems to be certified as UL 2900-2-2 compliant. Since security is dynamic, UL 2900-2-2 can support the evaluation of a vendor’s processes for design, development, and maintenance of secure products and systems. www.ul.com, IMTS 2016 Booth #E-4135

Fluid Power Track at IMTS 2016

Senior level discussions about innovations in hydraulic and pneumatic equipment used to lower manufacturers’ energy consumption will be the focus of the Fluid Power Track, an extension of the Integrated Industries Conference at IMTS 2016, running Sept. 12-17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Taking place on Wed., Sept. 14, themes for the Fluid Power Track will revolve around energy conservation, productivity, and machine safety, reflecting the technologies demonstrated on the floor during the IMTS co-located Motion, Drive, & Automation North America show.

“Energy efficiency is increasingly a driver in the dozens of markets served by hydraulics and pneumatics,” says Eric Lanke, National Fluid Power Association president and CEO. “The speakers and topics we’ve assembled will showcase energy-efficient uses of fluid power that can be used in today’s state-of-the-art technology. Attendees are invited to visit the IFPE Fluid Power Zone to see more solutions and innovations that hydraulics and pneumatics can provide.”

Speakers and discussion topics include:

  • Dennis Mell, Nexmatix LLC vice president manufacturing, offers an overview of how to fix the biggest leaks in actuation systems. The presentation will provide case studies of Nexmatix projects and a live demonstration of real-time monitoring of valves to report air leaks and number of cycles for preventive maintenance.
  • Larry Brown, Proportion-Air corporate sales manager, will explain how attendees can reduce the amount of compressed air used and still get the job done, whether attendees of this discussion use compressed air to drive air-operated double diaphragm pumps or I to Ps to control processes in their factory.
  • Jon Jensen, SMC Corp. energy conservation group manager, will define and explain the benefits of energy conservation, and define areas where it can be applied. The presentation was developed for the benefit of plant managers, design engineers, and maintenance personnel who have a concern or responsibility to control the costs and environmental impact of energy use in their facility.
  • Bob Pettit, HAWE Hydraulik CTO North America, will cover three major topics regarding hydraulic clamping circuits in machining centers energy efficiency with leakage-free hydraulics, total cost of ownership, and sample calculation of a machining center.
  • Peter Nachtwey, Delta Computer Systems president, will discuss optimizing sensor, actuator, and control technology in fluid power motion. Practical industrial applications will be presented.
  • Steve Zumbusch, Eaton Corp. director-technology development, will discuss options to consider in the design and maintenance of machines to achieve machine safety and minimize energy costs.

IFPE Fluid Power Zone exhibitors within Motion, Drive, & Automation North America will showcase hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for the factory of the future. Go to http://industrialtechnology.events for information about the co-located events at IMTS 2016, and to register for the Fluid Power Track. www.hfusa.com, IMTS 2016 Booth #E-5550