Parker Hannifin Corp. (Highlands Ranch, CO) and Flexibility Engineering (Loveland, CO) have introduced the patented Anysize™ pneumatic-based positioning system. The Compact Anysize™ is designed specifically to fit into tighter spaces for conventional mechanical conveyors. Users need only input a desired guide rail width, and the technology automatically makes a thousand or more positioner adjustments to tolerances of a few millimeters from each other, down the entire length of the line. The technology is based on the pressure of a manufacturing plant’s compressed air system. The air pressure acts on a positioner to apply force (up to about 10 lbs.) on a heavy spring, which moves an exact distance for a given force. The system also includes a control component called the Regulated Air Distribution (RAD) box that regulates air pressure. The RAD box includes filters to ensure clean, dry air along with pneumatic components to smooth fluctuations in the plant air. The system has one moving part per positioner.

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This article first appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Motion Control & Automation Technology Magazine.

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