Pneumatics & Hydraulics


The IP69K rated manifold

August 2016 Pneumatics & Hydraulics

A rare find in the food industry

SMC recently launched a new edition to the SY series of valve manifolds targeted at the food and packaging market. 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 USA food industry customers in mind. The USA 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 solution 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 and 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 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 W.

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 5000 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 world market as well.”

For more information contact SMC Pneumatics South Africa, +27 (0)11 568 2407, sales@smcpneumatics.co.za, www.smcpneumatics.co.za



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