Motion Control

Positioning Tables and Stages

Positioning tables and nano-precision stages from Primatics (Vaughan, ON, Canada) are used in applications where high accuracy and repeatability and/or smoothness are critical. The PCL50 and PCL65 linear stages offer micron-level repeatability and integrate a precision ball-screw drive with recirculating ball linear bearings. PCR32/43 Series positioning stages are designed for applications such as high-precision alignment, attachment, and inspection. They utilize anti-cage creep precision cross roller bearings and a center-driven brushless linear motor. PLG stages are flexible, all-purpose compact linear positioning stages featuring strokes to 800 mm for payloads up to 100 Kg. Available with aluminum or cast iron base, the stages also offer a Class 10 cleanroom option. PO Series stages are two-axis, large-travel center-aperture positioning stages featuring single or dual linear motors per axis and high-resolution linear encoders. PXL stages are low-profile, small-footprint linear motor stages with cross roller bearings offering < 2 nm incremental motion. Models are directly stackable in XY configurations.

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Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PRO series industrial linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages, including two new sizes of the PRO-LM (linear motor) series stage line: the PRO115LM and PRO190LM. New features include a linear encoder option on PRO-SLE ball-screw stages, absolute encoder options on both the linear motor and ball-screw stages, and direct mounting to English and metric optical tables. All stages employ a recirculating linear guide bearing system and a low-friction sealing solution. The design provides protection from debris while side seals prevent dirt and particulates from entering the stage.

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Slides

NB Corporation of America (Hanover Park, IL) released TOPBALL® slide products that self-align. The floating wiper seal makes unrestricted self-alignment possible. A floating load plate adjusts clearance, and tolerances are achieved by grinding the raceways and load plates. Applications include automation equipment, machinery, and optical and measuring instruments. They also are suited for new designs and are interchangeable for retrofitting. The slide products are available as total systems or as individual components such as slide bushings, housings, slide shafts, and supports in metric or inch.

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Clutch-Brake

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the Flange Mounted Clutch-Brake Enclosed (FMCBE) for any environment where cleanliness is a primary concern. A single, double-acting piston prevents simultaneous clutch and brake engagement. It features a nickel-plated finish to resist corrosion, and stainless steel, hex-head bolts with no exposed threads or sockets. All machined mating surfaces are sealed with O-rings to prevent ingress of fluids. The clutch-brake has no indentations, allowing easy cleaning and eliminating areas of possible build-up and contamination.

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Variable Frequency Drive

American Control Electronics (South Beloit, IL) introduced the ACF Series of open chassis microprocessor-based variable frequency drives that offers the simplicity of a DC drive. ACF700 drives are designed for setup without any programming. The drives are equipped with user-adjustable trim pots to set Max/Min Speeds, Slip Comp, Boost, Torque Limit, Accel, and Decel/Injection Braking parameters. The 115V/230V single-phase input can provide single- or three-phase outputs of 115V or 230V for sub-fractional HP motors and gearmotors. An onboard microprocessor allows custom programming for a variety of OEM applications. Other features include 1/60 to 1 HP, carrier frequency of 1.6 or 16 kHz, adjustable base frequency, DC injection braking, and protection against overheating as a result of frequent overload.

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Servomotors

Siemens Industry (Elk Grove Village, IL) offers Simotics 1FK7 Generation II servomotors with seven shaft heights, quick-connect power connectors, and 20- and 24-bit field-replaceable encoders. The series offers three inertia versions — standard, high-dynamic for rapid acceleration jobs, and high-inertia for maximum smooth running. The motors are designed for operation without external cooling; heat is dissipated through the motor surface. The encoders are mechanically and thermally decoupled from the motor, making them more resistant to vibration conditions on the machine. The servomotors provide cross-profiling for mounting, Drive-Cliq interface for field commissioning and unit recognition with the Siemens Sinamics S120 drive family, plain shaft or keyway design, and three IP ratings.

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Linear Actuator

Midwest Motion Products (Howard Lake, MN) offers the Model MMP LA3-12V-5-A-SP- 100 linear actuator that utilizes an all-steel drive pinion while maintaining a 5:1 reduction ratio that allows the unit to maintain a 2"- per-second stroke speed. The stroke length for the design is 4" overall, but the same design is available with 2, 6, 8, 10, and 12" stroke lengths. The actuator features 8-mm-diameter clevis mounts on both ends, and built-in limit switches for both (full extend and full retract) ends of travel. The operating temperature rating range is from –26 °C to +65 °C. An acme screw drive allows for 517 pounds of static load.

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