Industry Focus: MEDICAL

From angioplasty to joint replacements, Bimba can keep your medical motion control applications moving in the right direction. Materials' compatibility and performance requirements pose unique design challenges in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. That’s why Bimba's expertise in built-to-order solutions enables them to deliver on even your most demanding engineering challenges. It’s no wonder that some of the most innovative medical companies around the world trust Bimba to provide state-of-the-art medical solutions for hospitals, laboratories and clean manufacturing facilities.

OL All Stainless — Bore Sizes Added

In the previous issue of Actuation Pneus, we highlighted the Bimba Original Line All Stainless Steel Cylinder, which was available in 4 bore sizes (3/4”, 1-1/16”, 1-1/2” and 2”). Designed for wash down applications, the OL All Stainless Steel Cylinder has been in high demand, not only in the food industry but also the medical industry. Due to this fact, Bimba is adding 8 additional bore sizes (5/16”, 7/16”, 9/16”, 7/8”, 1-1/4”, 1-3/4”, 2-1/2” and 3”), which will be kept in stock, ready to ship to meet your deadlines and requirements for a tough, reliable cylinder that operates consistently in harsh environments.

The stainless steel construction is excellent for medical hand tools, such as clamping, cutting or impacting. Fluoroelastomer seals rated for temperatures up to 400°F are available, but should be ordered for chemical compatibility only, and is our “V” option. We recommend contacting your local distributor for a custom design quote if you require a temperature rating of more than 200°F.

The OL All Stainless Steel Cylinder is also used by dental furniture manufacturers. Using proximity sensors, the cylinders detect hand motion and open and close a door, which leaves the dentist office more hygienic.
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Pinch Valves

In the medical industry, even the tiniest seams, seals and moving components in traditional valves can cause dead zones in the process fluid stream. Fluids can collect and stagnate, allowing microscopic contamination to grow. OEMs in the medical industry are therefore unable to use traditional valve designs to provide control of bio-fluids that are being processed through medical grade tubing. To solve these problems, Bimba integrated the pinching backstop surface as well as the plunger into one cylinder, reducing the number of parts, simplifying machine assembly and ensuring a consistent pinch force. By combining these in a manufacturing controlled environment, the challenges of setting up a properly functioning pinch valve assembly have been eliminated.
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  • Turnkey pinch valve eliminates costly labor and set-up time
  • Consistent pinching forces deliver high quality performance


Mini Pinch Valve:
able to “pinch” a tube with a diameter of 0.120”

Pinch Valve:
controls the flow of fluids by pinching a tube when extended and gives an on-off function to tubing

Custom Pinch Valve:
designed for dispensing smoothies, yogurt, beverages, etc., through a ¾” tube

Electric Pinch Valve:
works with tubing diameters up to .125", and has position sensing capabilities

Mead Isonic® V2 Valve

Mead offers a unique alternative to one of the most commoditized valve styles in the fluid power industry with its Isonic V2 Valve. Manufactured by a single injection molding process, the fluid paths are smooth, efficient and eliminate sharp corners and abrupt 90-degree shifts, which would cause turbulence and energy loss. Eliminating these problems allows the Isonic Valve to be more efficient than other valves in the industry.

The Isonic V2 also features built-in push-in fittings, corrosion-resistant construction materials and a lightweight body. It is used in a variety of applications, including hand held testing equipment, water purification processes, food equipment and medical industries. The Isonic V2 is advantageous to the medical industry because low voltage solenoids are available for safety concerns. Low power and low pressure solenoids consume less power, which is an added cost savings. Learn more >>

Click here to watch a video on how easy the snap-and-go manifolds are to use.