Festo extends its Optimised Motion Series

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Festo has added three actuators to its Optimised Motion Series (OMS) of electrical positioning systems. These cost-effective and simple-to-use products have been designed to allow machine builders and system integrators to improve both motion control and their profit margins for solutions such as light assembly applications, baggage inspection systems and handling of liquids and specimen in the laboratory.

The first is the guided EPCO electric cylinder, EPCO-G, which is said to provide simple positioning with strokes of up to 400mm. With an integrated guide unit, EPCO-G can withstand high axial and radial loads which means it can be utilised in a selection of handling systems.

The cylinder is available in three sizes (16, 25 and 40); it can achieve speeds up to 500mm/s and provides high stiffness in a low weight system, giving high performance over a long service life.Additionally, it has a life-time lubrication making it maintenance-free. The guide unit can also be ordered as a single unit and retrofitted to existing EPCO cylinders.

The second addition is the ERMO, an electric rotary drive. Suited for compact process stations and pick and place applications due to its angle flexibility and rotation capabilities, the ERMO ‘plugs and works’ instantly.

With a maximum angular velocity of 600°/sec, torque of 5Nm and repetition accuracy of between ±0.05° and ± 0.1°, the ERMO electric rotary drive can be used for a range of rotating, placing, turning and pivot drive handling systems.

Finally, the ELGR linear belt drive axis is now available with a corrosion resistant chrome rod and bearing material, providing a reliable and robust solution in demanding environments. The ELGR is a solution for feed forces up to 35kg and is available as a completely mounted sub assembly enabling machine builders to save time and costs with commissioning and set up. The system is suitable for a variety of handling applications, where simple linear movements are required.

All products in the OMS product family can be mounted together to create a complete 2, 3 or 4 axis handling system which can be best adapted for each engineer’s individual requirements.

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