SMC believes that worker safety and increased productivity go hand-in-hand. It is not mutually exclusive. You can have both. Through efficient design, you can reduce risk and increase productivity at the same time. SMC has developed a variety of safety related components that can be used in a safe pneumatic system.
The EtherNet/IP™ network provides plant-wide network systems using open, industry-standard networking technologies. It enables real-time control and information in discrete, continuous process, batch, safety, drive, motion, and high availability applications. It supports non-industrial and industrial communications on a common network infrastructure.
SMC has numerous products with EtherNet/IP™ connectivity.
Custom Add-On Profile (AOP) for RSLogix™ 5000 are available for EX250, EX260, EX500 products. AOP enable users to easily configure SMC fieldbus products with Logix based PLC
The goal during development of EtherCAT was to apply Ethernet for automation applications requiring short data update times (also called cycle times; ≤ 100 µs) with low communication jitter (for precise synchronization purposes; ≤ 1 µs) and reduced hardware costs.
SMC has several products with EtherCAT connectivity. Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) - is an Ethernet-based fieldbus system, invented by Beckhoff Automation. The protocol is standardized in IEC 61158 and is suitable for both hard and soft real-time requirements in automation technology.
Welding cells are a tough environment. Heat, weld spatter, high magnetic fields and dust can cause problems with pneumatic components. SMC has created an extensive line of pneumatic components that are well suited for welding environments.
Accumulated static electricity causes problems in the manufacturing environment. Plastic wrap, foam packing, or labels cling and attract dust and dirt, causing misapplication or contamination. Excess static charge damages sensitive electronic components. Even comfort and safety of personnel can be compromised.
AP Tech, also known as Advanced Pressure Technology, manufactures a wide assortment of gas delivery components. Founded in 1987, AP Tech has grown to be a global leader in pressure regulators and valves used for semiconductor wafer fabrication and other clean industries such as solar and flat panel displays. AP Tech also services many other industries delivering specialty and bulk gases for a wide variety of applications.
The company was acquired by SMC in May 2007 and continues to operate independently, though now a member of the SMC family.
In response to the latest demands in process control, SMC has incorporated leading edge product innovations and engineering excellence to develop a high purity product suite. These high purity solutions strive to continually advance the technology of minimizing contaminates. Achieving success as a quality leader by minimizing both particulate and chemical contamination to levels compatible with the most demanding requirements.
Pick and place applications comprise both primary handling—putting individual pieces of product into a tray or carton—and case packing. SMC has a variety of products that can be used for moving work pieces of all different shapes and materials.
SMC offers the benefit of offering a wide range of products that are well suited in Analyzer applications in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Industry. SMC can be a single source supplier for components like fluid isolation valves, electric actuators, liquid pumps and ionizers.
Pneumatic components used in “extreme” temperature applications require a different design mindset. SMC has products that are specifically designed to be used in high temperature and low temperature applications.
Pneumatic components used in a dusty environment require a different design mindset. The designs must incorporate a method of sealing the dusty outside from the internal pneumatic components as well as limiting electrical and thermal energy. Static electricity control is also a consideration in bulk and powder applications. SMC has products that are specifically designed to be used these types of applications.
SMC has a range of standard, made to order, and specialized cylinders with a combination of stainless steel construction, water resistant seals, and special rod scrapers designed to prevent corrosion from exposure to water or coolant.