AC Portable Compressors

Bet you didn't know Skeans sells portable compressors?  When you think Skeans you think industrial compressors and large SCFM applications, but we sell point of use portable units too!  A compressor of industrial strength and Gardner Denver quality and reliability for use in your  small caliber work shop or garage.

Pricing is comparable to the market - but with Gardner Denver quality you can count on long term. Before you think Home Depot or Princess Auto for your small HP portable compressor, think Skeans!  Unit pictured below is a recently sold 1.5HP unit.

 Key Features

• 120 Volt Single Phase, 60 Hz motors with 15 Amp plug
• Industrial OHV Honda Engines
• Oil-less and Lubricated Configurations Available
• Factory Filled with Heavy Duty Lubricants (where applicable)
• Fully Enclosed Belt Guard (where applicable)
• Industrial Grade Semi Pneumatic Tires (where applicable)
• Pressure Gauges
• Lift Handles with Rubber Grips
• Quick Connect Fitting
• Belt Tightener (where applicable)
• Auto Start/Stop on Electric Models
• Idle Control for Added Safety (Gas Models)
• Quality Pilot Valve (Gas Models)


• Industrial strength solid cast iron compressor pumps are designed for rugged applications.
• Low operating speeds reduce the wear and extend the life of the compressor package.
• Air-On-Line packages are backed with a one year warranty.

Now in STOCK @ Skeans Coquitlam location - call for details and pricing

Leuze New Safety Transponder

With the new RD800 safety transponders, Leuze electronic provides special safety systems with closed designs (IP67, IP69K) for extremely tough or challenging application cases. They work based on RFID technology and enable a very high level of safety up to and including category 4 and Performance Level PL e thanks to the clearness of the codes transferred by the actuator. This is in addition to very high protection against manipulation. Depending on the degree of risk, completely configured RD800 sensors with standard detection or unique code detection can be selected. If increased flexibility is required, teachable RD800s are an excellent choice, whereby one sensor can be used for nearly any application. To achieve maximum applicability, up to 32 safety transponders can be connected in series via an M12 connection, which can be located on the left or right side. This considerably minimizes the time and costs needed for installing. In daily operation, all RD800 sensors permanently signalize their exact status via four multi-color LEDs – a clear system availability optimization.

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Piab piGrip Bag Lips

Bag Lips (BG) and Hot Lips (HS) with Stronger bonding interface

Piab introduced the piGRIP® bag lips in September 2011. Developed to handle bags and pouches better than any other

available suction cup in the market. The special lip design in combination with the rigid and strong piGRIP® bellows/body allows for bag handling speeds and accelerations never used before in automation equipment for bags. As of April 2013 these proven products are being further improved to incorporate a stronger bonding surface.  Besides regular plastic bags for dry food (e.g. chips), the piGRIP bag lips have been designed to have an excellent grip on stand-up-pouches filled with liquid or dry/wet food/substances. In some situations it may be recommended to use a few cups on a bag to get the best grip and stability.

The bag lip can be combined with a flat, 1-bellows or 3-bellows piGRIP® cup as well as all fittings. It is recommended to use a fitting with a thread that offers at least a decent vacuum flow, in order to get maximum performance from the cup when lifting a bag.

visit for more information on these and other innovative Piab products.

Bimba expands air resorvoir product line

Bimba has announced the addition of three new styles of Air Reservoirs. Complementing the existing style which features a stainless steel body and aluminum end caps, two new similar products are now available designed for use where corrosion may be an issue. Stainless steel and plastic end caps will now be available in the traditional reservoir design.  





In addition to the three non-repairable round body styles, also available is an extruded aluminum body design that can be configured to act as a manifold by adding additional ports across the length of the body.

To view the new four page product section including How to Order and dimensional information, please click here.

This new information is available in Bimba's electronic Full Line catalog on and will be added to the printed catalog at the next printing.

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday February 27th our Coquitlam staff joined millions of people around the world  in support of the world wide effort known as Pink Shirt Day and the Anti-Bullying campaign that is now world wide.

Pictured below left to right, Melissa Pratas, Jeff Klassen, Katherine Morgan, Chris Skeans, Tannis Michalsky, Luiza Ciobanu, Sandra Rodriguez, Denise Dowson & Tom Whittaker

Bimba wins 2012 "Leadership in Engineering" Award

University Park, IL – Dec 20, 2012 – Bimba Manufacturing, a provider of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric solutions, was named the winner of the 2012 Leadership in Engineering Award in the fluid power category. Leadership in Engineering is an industry recognition program presented by Design World Magazine and its online community, Design World Online (, to acknowledge engineering leadership across several disciplines, including motion control, software, and mechatronics among others. Winners for the Sixth Annual Program were chosen by Design World online users via a registration-based online voting system.

"We're proud and flattered that the readers of Design World named Bimba to the 2012 Leadership in Engineering program for fluid power," said Scott Meldeau, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bimba Manufacturing. "From our newest innovation, the Blue & Improved Original Line® cylinder, to our online design tools and our custom design team, everything we do at Bimba is focused on engineering a superior customer experience. This distinction is a reflection of that and we look forward to continuing to serve that role for years to come."

For a complete list of this year’s winners and more details on the Leadership in Engineering program, visit

Skeans Annual Sales Meeting

The last week of January is when Skeans traditionally holds our annual Sales Meeting, bringing together all our sales people from across Canada to complete training, share success stories and strategize for the new sales year.  During our meeting this year, several special awards where handed out.

First Michael Chung (right), Regional Manager Prairie Provinces was recognized by our General Manager Tim Skeans (left) for twenty years of dedicated service.

Additionally Jon Cochran (left) was awarded "Salesmen of the Year" by Tony Skeans (right) for achieving 125% target sales in his territory

Congratulations to both Michael and Jon, and to all our valued sale people for their dedication to Skeans.

2012 Movember Team

Congrats and thanks to our 2012 Mo-Skeaners Movember Team. Way to grow!


Hurry Skeans Safety Hinge Promo is almost over!

Have you checked out Skeans Safety Hinge Promotion from our October Pneusletter?

Our Safety Hinge will provide closing contact for any door or gate access.  The hinge will support up to 1100 Lbs.  With matching  (non switching) hinge, your application will be invisible and extremely tamperproof due to encapsulated internal actuator and covered screws.  They are IP69K rated and offer multiple wiring options.

In addition, Skeans offers our customers the following products:

  • Safety Light Curtains
  • Safety Laser Scanners
  • Safety Coded Sensors
  • Safety Single Beam Devices>
  • Safety Switches
  • Safety Locking Devices
  • Safety Command Devices
  • Safety Relays and Controllers
  • Safety Lockout Valves and Hose Fuses
  • Safety Structural Aluminum Guarding

Skeans can provide additional support by introducing Ian Rood from UB Safe.  Ian is available to our customers for group presentations on the following subjects:

  • Hazard Recognition
  • Risk Assessment
  • Design and Selection Criteria for Safeguards
  • CSA
  • Training

Don't wait another day to get your special priced Hinges and Switches, available until December 15th only. Please do not hesitate to give Paul Toering a call with your Safety requirements or for a group presentation.

Pneumadyne "Mini" System Solutions

Pneumatic Valves

Miniature pneumatic valvesControl valves are a fundamental component of any pneumatic system.  Selecting the right pneumatic valves to control system pressure, direction of flow and rate of flow is crucial when designing fluid power circuitry.  If the valve is too big for your application, you will be wasting air and money.  If it’s too small, the actuator will not function properly.

The Pneumadyne Advantage

Variety of porting options for plumbing convenience

  • Numerous configurations for added versatility
  • Flow rates range from 2.90 to 57 scfm at 125 psi
  • Poppet or spool designs
  • Operating pressures from 26” Hg to 150 psi
  • Miniature size is ideal for limited space applications
  • Colored nylon actuators for easy identification 
  • Long product life
  • Plated for corrosion resistance
  • PS.... In case you didn't know, Pneumadyne is another great Bimba owned company.

    See their website for more information