Worldwide leading expert in pneumatics, SMC, has pledged to increase its investment in R&D during 2013 by almost 2% to 144millon Euros.SMC, which was recently named as one of the world's most innovative companies by leading business magazine Forbes, launches around 40 new products to the European market every year.
And with its two technical centres in Europe, UK and Germany, as well as further locations in Japan, China and the USA, SMC is helping its customers gain a competitive advantage by improving their processes, cutting energy waste and environmental impact; ultimately adding to the bottom line.
SMC said: "At SMC we pride ourselves on delivering award winning innovation and design to meet the needs of customers by working in partnership and devising cost efficient process solutions. "To ensure we continue to deliver world leading customer service, we are increasing our R&D budget from 2.1% to 3.9% in 2013, further demonstrating our ongoing commitment to innovation."
From its original pneumatics roots 53 years ago, SMC now has a team of 1,400 R&D engineers and offers over 11,000 basic products with more than 600,000 variations. Over the years, it has extended its product range from basic pneumatic components through to specialist products such as dryer/chillers, easy to programme electric actuators, ionizers as well as process control and instrumentation components.Two new products proving popular in the European market are the PF3W Digital Flow Switch for water with Integrated Temperature Sensor and the IDK Moisture Control Tube.
The PF3W is designed to work with fluids up to 90°C and incorporates a built-in sensor which simultaneously monitors both flow and fluid temperature. Perfect for applications requiring a constantly monitored flow of cooling or cleaning water, it is up to 40% smaller in volume to standard products, offering improved piping space and flexibility.
The IDK is unique to the European market and is the ideal solution for small size pneumatic equipment that is prone to corrosion or operational breakdown as it diffuses water vapour from inside the piping thus eliminating water condensation.SMC added: "These products are just two examples where SMC takes every day production issues and provides easy to use, practical solutions; the key characteristics of great innovation and design."
To help its customers access details of its key products launched over the last 24 months, SMC has produced an Innovations Catalogue which is available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and English. It provides machine builders and designers with numerous cutting edge solutions for many advanced automation applications. For more information, please visit SMC's New Product Section at www.smc.eu.