Motion Solutions Inc.'s
Programmable Motorized SplineRail Linear Actuator combines mechanical drive, guidance and
control. The system uses a Size 17 single stack or double stack stepper motor
with the integrated Haydon IDEA Drive.
Drive technology incorporates a custom designed graphic user interface for
programming through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command
sets typically seen in programmable drive architectures. The graphic user
interface also allows the program to be "tested" using a line by line execution
feature for easy troubleshooting and modification.
SplineRail technology utilizes a Kerk precision rolled lead screw, supported by
bearings and contained within a concentric aluminum spline, driving an
integrated Kerkite composite polymer nut/bushing. The extruded aluminum spline
offers excellent torsional stability.
vertically, the programmable SplineRail can also be used to simultaneously lift
and rotate (Z-theta motion). With one motor driving the screw and a second
rotating the rail, a compact, self-supporting pick and place mechanism can be
created. Screw leads are available from 0.05 to 1.2 inch per revolution
providing a wide range of performance profiles, including self-locking threads
that can support a load without external power or breaks.
applications include pick-and-place mechanisms and robotic assemblies in life
sciences instrumentation, semiconductor equipment, business machines, packaging
and assembly and a wide range of factory automation applications.
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