Bosch Rexroth modified its CKK and CKR Compact Modules for damp environment applications in the food and packaging industries. Key modifications for operating in damp environments include chrome plating of internal components. To reduce the likelihood of corrosion, all external hardware is stainless steel. In addition, holes can be drilled into the anodized aluminum housing to allow fluids to drain safely. The CKK uses a ball screw for system rigidity for heavy payloads or complex end-of-axis tooling. The belt-driven CKR uses a steel-reinforced polyurethane belt with aluminum pulleys. Both models have dual-ball rail system guides. With a load capacity up to 56,530N, the CKR operates at speeds up to 5 m/s. Full-contact seals retain the food-grade grease lubricant for both the ball rail and ball screw. Target applications include cartoners, laners, product sorting or diverting, filling and dispensing machines. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4931-510.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.