SMC, global pneumatics manufacturer, recently launched a new edition to the SY series of Valve Manifolds targeted at the food and packing markets. With its diverse customer base, SMC covers all automation industries and provides customers in their respective competitive markets with the best possible solutions.
According to Ernst Smith, Product Manager for SMC South Africa, the new IP69K manifold is available as part of the SY 5000 range and was originally developed with US food industry customers in mind. The US had various customer requests for such a manifold and it was developed using local market research.
The design means that the SY5000 series now offers a dedicated manifold with an IP69K rating. According to Smith, “This is yet another leading product that SMC has produced for the market. The focus on quality and performance of this product is second to none and once again demonstrates that SMC’s focus is on customer driven product development.”
The unit is now suitable for wet areas and can withstand wash down and cleaning. Customers have the ability to install valves outside of a protective box and close to the actuators for better control. The new device is lightweight and comes in a small package, is corrosion resistant, easy to clean and maintain. The manifold is also available from 2 to 16 stations with a variety of valve styles offered.
The manifold valves are available with options of rubber or metal seal valves. Pressures from – 1 bar to 7 bar is achievable in the rubber seal, with the metal seal operating at up to 10 bar. The compact unit also comes with an optional power saving coil which draws as little as 0.1 watt.
SMC Pneumatics, a company with traditional values of building relationships and servicing customers, prides itself on customer centric design. “This is just another example,” comments Smith. SMC has over 5,000 sales people worldwide, which means we have ample opportunity to come into contact with customers and experience first-hand their need for new innovation. This means we will design what the customer needs for a specific application. This was the case in the USA and now this innovative unit is available to the rest of the market as well.” he concludes.
The units come fully assembled from Japan where the complete manufacturing cycle is managed in-house. This gives SMC the assurance of quality in that they are hands on with the product from raw material to finished goods. The unit is thoroughly tested before it is shipped out.