Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) has announced it has acquired Specialty Motions, Inc.’s (SMI) linear actuator product line. Complementing BWG’s existing line of linear actuators, the addition of the SMI4Motion product offering will enable BWG to expand the markets it serves by offering a wider range of linear actuators.
Located in Southern California, SMI has been creating and developing motion control and automation devices, components and systems since 1990 under the same owner and management. Its product line includes linear actuators from simple manual stages to ball screw actuators including push pull type, to multi-axis, miniature precision or high-performance customizable linear motor systems.
This product offering will complement BWG’s range of belt, chain, lead screw and ball screw actuators covering applications from low load to heavy duty and from fast to slow speeds, including corrosion-resistant versions to accommodate food and laboratory applications.
“This acquisition reaffirms BWG’s commitment to offer its customers the best and most comprehensive product lines, ultimately making it easier for them to do business with BWG,” said Pamela Kan, president of Bishop-Wisecarver Group. “We are proud to add the SMI4Motion linear actuators to our expansive product line-up as SMI has a long-standing reputation of delivering high quality, accuracy and performance in all of its products. SMI linear actuators are highly customizable and follow the BWG design methodology. This broadens our capability to offer and design the most complete linear motion solution regardless of the technology.”
As part of the agreement, BWG will acquire SMI’s designed and manufactured line of linear actuators, which includes the following products:
- Easy Slide™ Ball Slides Series
- ECO33™ Linear Actuator
- ECO60™ Linear Actuator
- MP™ Series Linear Actuators
- Simple Slide™ Linear Tables
- Slick Stick™ Linear Actuator
- Steady Rail™ Linear Stage Driven
- Steady Rail™ Linear Stage Manual
- TwinLite™ Linear Actuator
- XLA™ 9 Linear Actuator
- XLA™ 15 Linear Actuator
- X-TREME™ Nano-Precision Linear Actuator
SMI will also transfer to BWG its SMI4Motion machine tools, tooling, equipment, inventory, supplies, and intellectual property related to the SMI linear actuators. The SMI web site and toll free number will now redirect customers to www.bwc.com.
“To ensure a seamless transition, the SMI4Motion linear actuator product lines will be integrated immediately into the BWG product line and made available to all current and future customers,” said Aldo DeAmicis, vice president of operations at Bishop-Wisecarver Group.
The two companies expect to complete the initial transition in August 2015.