Features

Linear Guide Kit

To simplify product selection of self-lubricating linear guides, igus (East Providence, RI) has developed a modular construction kit for belt-driven DryLin ZLW linear axes. The ZLW toolkit enables users to customize their solutions, including rail widths, system length, etc., even for small installation spaces. Cross beams, rails, and/or carriages are available in either aluminum or stainless steel to suit a wider range of application requirements. The ZLW system enables loads up to 165 lbf. to be lifted with stroke lengths of up to 3 meters (118"). Wide drive belts can also permit speeds of more than 5 m/s (16 ft./s), depending on the load. Underwater applications are possible via a special toothed belt.

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Actuators

Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Division (Gilbert, AZ) announced Exlar® brand FTX Series actuators. The high-force electric rod style actuators replace hydraulics in highforce, high-duty-cycle applications in harsh environments. Based on planetary roller screw technology, the actuators offer a compact form factor. With continuous force rating to 178 kN (40,000 lbf), speed to 875 mm/sec (34 in/sec), and stroke lengths from 150 mm (6 inches) to 900 mm (3 feet), the actuators can be applied across a range of linear motion applications.

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Automation Cables

Molex, LLC (Lisle, IL) offers Flamar industrial automation cables for signal and control equipment and servomotors. The cables are available in multiple jacket materials (PVC, WSOR, PUR, TPE). The standard cables range from 26 AWG to 10 AWG for applications in food and beverage, material handling, automotive lines, and other manufacturing operations. The cables are rated for temperature ranges down to -40 °C (-40 °F) and up to 105 °C (221 °F). They are compatible with all standard industrial connectors, including RJ45, the Brad® range of circular connectors (M8, M12, M23) for servomotors, and mPm® DIN valve and Molex Heavy Duty connectors.

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Precision Ball Screws

Thomson Industries (Radford, VA) has introduced miniature metric precision ball screws in three interface styles: flanged, threaded, and rounded. The FSI metric ball screws are flanged, and the RSI style is rounded. Both feature a multi-liner ball return system that provides smooth operation and increased load capacity. The miniature ball screws are available in a range of standardized diameters from Ø6 mm – Ø14 mm. Flexible ball nut mounting configurations and rapid prototyping are options for the ball screws.

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Servo Drives

The MR-J4-TM multi-network servo drives from Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) are available with Ether Net/IP™ and EtherCAT® interfaces. The drives feature dual 100BASE-TX Ethernet ports in line, tree, and star topologies; One-Touch Auto-Tuning; 2.5 kHz speed frequency response for short settling time; high-resolution 4,194,304 pulse/revolution absolute encoders; and Advanced Vibration Suppression Control II for vibration suppression on both the load and the machine base. The drives also come with add-on instructions for EtherNet/IP networks using ControlLogix® or Compact - Logix® controllers.

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Translation Stages

Thorlabs (Newton, NJ) announced XR-Series cross roller bearing, aluminum-bodied translation stages. The series includes rear- and side-actuated 1" travel stages and all components needed for left- or right-handed X, XY, XZ, YZ, and XYZ configurations. A dovetail feature is incorporated into the design for stacking; it could also be used to provide custom mounting options. When stacking two stages, coarse positional alignment in the axis perpendicular to stage travel is achieved by sliding the dovetail along the mating dovetail prior to lockdown. Features include less than 150 rad of angular deviation in pitch and yaw, side or end actuation with conversion between the two options, and deep and blind 1⁄4"-20 (M6) tapped holes on the moving world.

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Solid State Relays

The TS13102 and TS13103 solid state relays from Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) support the company’s Neo-Iso™ Platform, an isolated power/switch management technology. The TS13102 autonomously harvests energy, without the assistance of a microcontroller (and while the switch is closed). The harvested energy, stored in a system capacitor (Csys), can be shared across a system’s multiple channels, driving several loads simultaneously. The TS13103, outfitted with a Power Transfer Output pin (PTO), transfers the harvested energy on the other side of the isolation barrier to the system’s controller. Specific commands are sent through the control line (CLK) to perform a variety of functions, including receiving diagnostic information such as status, fault information, and voltage detection. The control and feedback lines can also be shared across multiple channels. Three address pins allow for up to eight switches on the same control line (CLK).

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