Bimba Manufacturing, an industry leading innovator of actuation technology, today announced that IntelliSense®, a one-of-its-kind technology platform that enables users to be proactive about maintenance and system optimization, has been named Plant Engineering Magazine’s Product of the Year for 2014, and winner of the Golden Mousetrap Award 2015 from Design News Magazine. In addition, IntelliSense® was named winner of Design World Magazine’s Leadership in Engineering 2014 Award.
The Plant Engineering 2014 Product of the Year program honors new ideas that help manufacturers improve their operations, better measure and manage their resources, and keep plant operations running at peak efficiency. IntelliSense® won in the Maintenance Software category, receiving votes from Plant Engineering subscribers who have the buy/specify authority in their plant.
UBM Canon and Design News selected IntelliSense® as a winner of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Award, which celebrates the companies, products and people who are energizing design, engineering and manufacturing. IntelliSense® was cited for excellence in the category Automation & Control: Sensors/Vision Systems/Feedback Devices and Peripherals.
Design World selected IntelliSense® as the winner of its 2014 Leadership in Engineering Award in the Fluid Power category. This industry recognition program acknowledges engineering leadership across several disciplines. More than 9,400 votes were tallied across all categories.
“We are proud and grateful to have been chosen by three such influential and respected publications for our introduction of IntelliSense®,” said Tom Wood, Director of Marketing & Product Development at Bimba. “The awards are universally recognized for their significance and Bimba is thrilled to receive these honors, particularly in light of the intense pressure manufacturers and OEMs face to meet their production targets and keep processes in control.”
IntelliSense® was also one of the few products selected for a presentation on the Innovation Stage during PackExpo where a discussion followed on the role smart technology can play increasing plant efficiency and improving uptime.
Finally, IntelliSense® participated in TechBrief’s “Create the Future” Design Contest 2014 in which a panel of judges placed it among the top 100 entries in the category Machinery Automation Robotics, which covers products that speed, improve and/or automate work, manufacturing, and R&D.
IntelliSense® deploys a remote monitoring device connected to sensors attached to Bimba cylinders using pneumatic fittings. The sensors can be easily installed in minutes, allowing the machine to be put back into service quickly. In addition IntelliSense® requires no programming; once operating limits are set IntelliSense® delivers operational insights about cylinder condition, cycle time, pressure, and temperatures. Furthermore, IntelliSense® delivers predictive intelligence for pneumatics in the form of up to date condition information that predicts when a cylinder will fail. IntelliSense® can also identify when a component is achieving its desired performance specification. Ultimately, this machine-to-machine technology enables users from a wide range of industries to move from repair to proactive maintenance, thus optimizing production as a whole.