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  SMC rolls out new tie rod air cylinder

SMC, the world’s leading provider of pneumatics, has rolled out an upgraded version of its tie rod air cylinder which delivers market leading advantages to customers. With a new lightweight design, the next generation CA2-Z is up to 15% lighter than its predecessor thanks to re-shaped rod and head covers, demonstrating SMC’s ongoing commitment to provide customers with a competitive edge. Further design refinements to the CA2-Z that deliver improved performance and functionality, include a three turn adjustment range to the cushion valve. This delivers an easy air cushion control, a smoother operation at the stroke end and labour cost savings for setting the cylinder speed. Life has been made easier for installers and operators, thanks to the availability of a variety of mounting brackets, with either compact auto switches or magnetic field resistant auto switches which can be mounted on 4 tie-rods. In addition, small 2-colour indication solid state auto switches can also be mounted avoiding mistakes, as a green light is activated at the optimum operating range. With the combination of great performance and a broad range of standard and made to order options, the CA2-Z can be used across many sectors including general automation and car manufacturing, and for general applications such as transportation, clamping, lifting and pressing, even in special environments. Recognised as a global technology leader and voted for the third consecutive year as one of the world’s most innovative by leading business magazine, Forbes, SMC has a diverse customer base covering all automation industries. For more information about the CA2-Z, please visit SMC’s New Product Section at

  February 2014