Bimba Donates Pneumatic Cylinders to FIRST Robotics Competition

Bimba Donates Pneumatic Cylinders to FIRST Robotics Competition

University Park, IL – January 6, 2012 – Bimba proudly announced today its continued sponsorship of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an engineering contest that challenges teams of high school students nationwide to design, build and program a robot to perform specified tasks. 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit public charity, created the annual competition in an effort to encourage young people to explore science and technology. Volunteer mentors work with teams of 25 students or more in the weeks leading up to to the final three-day championship, where hundreds of teams compete for recognition in categories such as excellence in design, creativity and innovation.

For the past eight years, Bimba has donated thousands of cylinders to teams across the country. “Bimba participates in this program because we think it’s important to get kids interested in fields they might not otherwise be exposed to at an early age, like fluid power and engineering,” said Pat Ormsby, Bimba’s President. “The competition provides a great opportunity to inspire future scientists and engineers.” Teams can visit and click on the FIRST spotlight to choose up to three free cylinders available in four different bore sizes.

To learn more about FIRST and the FRC, visit

About Bimba: 

Bimba Manufacturing is a forward-thinking innovator of actuation technology, specializing in providing cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges. Its capabilities include an extensive line of industry-leading air cylinders, rotary actuators, linear thrusters, rodless cylinders, flow controls and position-sensing cylinders. In addition to its broad line of standard catalog products, nearly half of the company’s business consists of custom and semi-custom products designed for specific customers and applications. These products, used in machinery and automation, are sold to original equipment manufacturers and end-users throughout the world in an expanding variety of industries. For more information, visit