We reported earlier this year in Design News that
magnetoresistive devices are becoming prevalent in pneumatic products. Bimba
recently provided more proof of that by introducing a new giant magnetoresistive
(GMR) switch with a patented auto-detect feature that configures switch
The switch is used with pneumatic actuators and cylinders. The
4-mm round sensor does not protrude from actuators. Rather, it slides in a track
in the company's actuators. It's available with built-in fault protection and
two pigtail lead lengths or quick-connect cable lengths. Response time is 0.10
For more information, contact Bimba Manufacturing Co., Rte. 50 N,
Monee, IL 60449, or visit www.bimba.com.
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