At SMC we have 'rolled' out an upgrade of our MGP Series guide cylinder, which is now smaller and boasts new features. The new MGP-Z is testament to our commitment to invest in ongoing research and development to refine and improve the performance and functionality of SMC products. The MGP-Z is up to 17% lighter and offers space savings thanks to shorter guide rods, without impacting on the variety of functions, robustness and quality performance of the original series. Another recent key development feature is that round auto switches can now be fitted directly onto the MGP-Z cylinder, removing the need for mounting brackets and reducing labour costs. The common issue of incorrectly positioned auto switches is also mitigated when using SMC's two colour indication solid state auto switch, D-M9*W. The MGP-Z has many standard feature options including three types of bearings, four mount designs, piping from two directions and offers cooper and fluorine free versions. Suitable for many industries including General Automation and Car, it has several applications including smooth pusher and lifter, lateral load by acting as a stopper where shock is applied, or minimising plate displacement.