Easy automation is the main focus of the HepcoMotion stand at Machine Building 2009. The linear motion technology company is now also known as a designer and manufacturer of complete linear systems; all customers have to do is provide an outline specification. HepcoMotion will then design it on 3D CAD, accommodate any modifications that need to be made, assemble and thoroughly test the system before despatching it for integration.
HepcoMotion has many standard products to suit a variety of applications from fully automated pick-and-place to manual assembly operations. Common products used are its GV3 linear motion system, DLS driven linear system, HDS2 heavy duty and the MCS machine construction system, but the company says that any of its products can be incorporated. At this year's show, additional products will be introduced to provide extra choice for simple and effective automation. The new products will expand the company's driven system range.
For customers who require a standalone unit either belt-, screw- or pneumatically operated, the HepcoMotion driven range covers applications from low to high load and slow to fast speed. Where exceptional positioning accuracy is a prerequisite, its ball screw drives are recommended. If the application is in an aggressive environment or if hygiene is paramount, corrosion-resistant and stainless steel products are available within the standard range.
Complementing these elements are HepcoMotion continuous motion products. These provide low-friction movement for a multitude of tasks and are useful where space is at a premium. Complete systems are available with the drive and machine base as in the DTS Driven Track System or as a ring and track system with assembled carriages, the drive then being incorporated within the machine design.
Fixings and frames
In addition to the mechanical guidance elements, HepcoMotion systems include the necessary fixing plates and machine framework, which can be either supplied completely assembled or in kit form, ready for reassembly on site. Systems range from simple single-axis to multi-motion configurations, but typically provide x, y and z lifting motion. To complete the package, HepcoMotion also offers an excellent choice of motors and control options.
Engineers from HepcoMotion will be on the company's stand (number 1010) at the Machine Building & Automation Exhibition 2009, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 25 and 26 March 2009.