Posted at 24 January 2019

When Giving the Customer Less is More - IMI IVAC Cylinder

The requirements across all sectors can be summed up essentially as less energy use, less downtime and less ugly design – with the most predictable requirement being energy efficiency.

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Increases in energy costs show no sign of slowing down, and since increased energy-efficiency goes hand-in-hand with carbon footprint reduction, businesses are looking for ways to improve their environmental credentials at the same time as cutting bills.

IMI Norgren’s weight-optimised IVAC actuator with integrated valve can help reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared with conventional pneumatic systems. With fewer components, and a new patent-protected design, the IVAC reduces energy consumption by minimising dead volume.

The energy-efficient design not only optimises cylinder air consumption, but also reduces the overall cost per mm of stroke. kWh and CO2 emissions are also reduced – making a significant contribution to meeting energy targets and KPIs.

However, saving energy – and associated costs – weren’t the only thing customers wanted from the cylinder.

Time is money

IMI Precision Engineering’s conversations with customers revealed that time wasted through production downtime, as well as time on asset installation, are both of concern.

The IVAC cylinder is a modular design, which has only one electrical connection and one air supply. This means less tubing, less wiring, less time spent on installation, and, inevitably, less to go wrong.

Keep it clean

A more aesthetically pleasing production line not only creates a more pleasant and productive working environment, it also means that any underlying inefficiencies have nowhere to hide.

The Cleanline version of the IVAC are not just about aesthetics – they’re also easier and quicker to washdown effectively, making them ideal for food production applications.

More savings, more quickly

The simplicity of the IVAC cylinder range makes ordering easier too. All you have to do is specify bore size, strike length and valve functions.


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