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| POWER BEAM THE COMPANY:
The original Power Beam [IA series) was designed and manufactured by
Ascolectric in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1986. Ascolectric acquired
U.S. and Canadian trademarks for the Power Beam name and proceeded to
market the product until December 2000. The Power Beam name, design,
trademarks, manufacturing equipment and inventory was purchased by
Lawrie Smith Mechanics Inc. February 2001.
Lawrie Smith Mechanics Inc. registered the company as "Power Beam" and
proceeded to relocate manufacturing and administration to Elora,
Ontario, Canada. Since that time, Power Beam has improved the original
design, streamlined production, reduced lead times, created a new motor
driven Power Beam (IM series) and added other linear products to
provide a variety of solutions to customers. Going forward, Power Beam
is building a reputation as a supplier of providing rugged, long-lasting product
| POWER BEAM THE PRODUCT:
Power Beam Linear Actuator
also known as: powerbeam, Asco power beam, Ascolectric power beam, Asco
powerbeam, Ascolectric powerbeam
|DESIGN EVOLUTION / HISTORY:
The following describes the design evolution from the original Power
Beam pneumatic model to the current models:
1986 Ascolectric designs and
trademarks original IA series Power Beam linear actuator in a pneumatic
version and low-pressure hydraulic version. Ascolectric introduces and
markets the original "Power Beam" linear actuator. This totally
enclosed, internally load supported linear actuator is adopted in
hundreds of applications worldwide.
1995 Ascolectric introduces "B"
series featuring lower carriage height, non-lube piston design, and
standard polyester dust belt.
February 2001 Lawrie Smith Mechanics (LSM
Inc.) purchases from Ascolectric the Power Beam name, design,
trademarks, manufacturing equipment and inventory. LSM Inc. registered
the company as "Power Beam" and successfully re-locates manufacturing
and administration to Elora, Ontario, Canada.
2001 Power Beam refines
production, reducing lead times and improving customer service.
2002 Power Beam introduces "C"
and "D" series featuring linear guidance system, incorporating modern
"THK" style linear bearings, standard external grease access and
standard purge port. This reduces lead times, improves product
longevity and eases repair and maintenance.
2003 Power Beam expands product
line to include linear guides, ball screws and rodless cylinder repairs.
Power Beam introduces new "IM" version featuring
the same rugged load supporting features of the original Power Beam,
plus the choice of toothed-belt or ball screw drive force.
Power Beam introduces new "IMC" version of rugged
motor driven actuator with compact external dimensions.
Power Beam introduces "double seal" option on
pneumatic actuator to increase longevity in harsh environments.
2004 Power Beam introduces "IM800
Integral" version of rugged ball screws driven actuator with integral,
Ongoing Building upon the solid original design of the Power Beam, the
best linear actuator will continue to get better.
Power Beam actuators have
been successfully installed in many challenging applications.
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