MOTION CONTROL: Steinmeyer Inc. announced a new precision, miniature actuator. Due to its compact design, no external bearing and coupling are required! Also included is a high precision Steinmeyer ball screw, a Faulhaber DC motor with graphite commutation and a gearless coupling for high speed, backlash free positioning and high performance in drive motion controller. It is ideal for applications that require a need for ultra high precision and outstanding dynamic performance. Typical uses include:
- life sciences
- pick and place devices
- dispensing systems
- optics manipulation
The actuator is available in travels ranging from 10-300 mm, resolution of 1 micron with integrated rotary encoder, speeds up to 120 mm/s, axial loads up to 800N. Options include Steinmeyer ball screw with various ptiches and travel lengths and the drive is available with different voltages.
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