By Nicholas Novotny, product line manager, Nook Industries
The use of electromechanical, or mechatronic, solutions in automated industrial systems continues to grow. This technology is developed via multidisciplinary branches of engineering with focus on both electrical and mechanical systems to create a complete integrated design. Emphasis has expanded to include combinations of robotics, electronics, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems and controls.
Some of the many applications include machine tool, packaging, material handling, assembly, test and measurement, medical, robotics and automation.
Modular linear actuators are flexible high-speed/precision positioning systems that provide motion using a drive and guidance device. They can be used as a single axis solution or configured for a multitude of gantry XY and XYZ positioning duties, including pick-and-place, part transfer, dispensing, handling, packing and palletizing.
This technology is ideal for many electromechanical automated systems in terms of cost, performance, reliability, efficiency, and environmental benefits. Linear motion components are a core mechanical factor of many electromechanical systems; about half of the Rockwell Automation servo motors in use are connected to linear solutions.
Mechanical Criteria First
When designing automated industrial systems, first consider the functionality of mechanical components. They’re designed before electrical in about 90% of applications, because mechanical engineers need to define the initial requirements before the ideal electrical components can be specified.