Combining mechanical drive, guidance, and control in a single, compact component, the motorized SplineRail linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions uses a size 17 single stack or double stack stepper motor with an integrated Haydon IDEA drive. The IDEA Drive technology incorporates a custom designed graphic user interface (GUI) for easy programming through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command sets typically seen in programmable drive architectures. The GUI also allows the program to be “tested,” using a line by line execution feature, for easy troubleshooting and modification. The 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 high torsional stability. KerKote TFE coating and self-lubricating Kerkite nut/bushing material ensure long life and zero maintenance. When mounted vertically, the programmable actuator 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 1.27 to 30.5 mm per revolution providing a wide range of performance profiles, including self-locking threads that can support a load without external power or breaks. Typical 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. Combined with the company’s broad offering of motion control components, the programmable SplineRail can be used to create custom systems for many types of motion.
Edited by: Teoman Tugsuz