Schaeffler launches drives and mechatronics (IDAM) in UK

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Schaeffler launches drives and mechatronics (IDAM) in UKVisitors to the Schaeffler stand at the 2008 Machine Building, Drives & Automation exhibition saw the company's latest range of direct drive positioning systems from INA's Drives & Mechatronics (IDAM) division.

IDAM’s product portfolio covers linear, rotary and two-co-ordinate direct drive systems, all fully inclusive of the necessary control technology. The range consists of linear AC synchronous motors (ironless, slotless, slotted and reluctance), rotary (torque) motors, air bearing planar drives, servo amplifiers, motor filters, interpolators, regulators, power units and compact controls.

In addition, IDAM supplies precision X-Y positioning tables, elevator engine transmission units and complete systems.

According to Schaeffler, IDAM has considerable expertise in a range of industry sectors in which high positioning accuracy and precision are critical. Machine tools, special-purpose machinery, automation technology, electronics manufacturing, metrology and medical engineering technology, elevators and optical equipment are just some sectors to have benefited from IDAM's offerings.

Customised systems

IDAM works very closely with the customer to provide custom-engineered direct- and rotary-drive systems that are both cost-effective and technically advanced. IDAM systems also benefit from Schaeffler's INA and FAG linear guide and bearing assembly expertise. A variety of disciplines at Schaeffler Group Industrial contribute to overall system design and development, including mechanical design, control engineering, metrology and systems integration specialists.

The following are examples of customised systems from IDAM: transfer systems for notching machines; high-speed linear axis for materials handling and automation; flexible receivers for accurate positioning of parts; linear axis machines for packaging machinery; air bearing, single-axis systems for the optical industry; a five-axis manipulator for an X-ray measuring machine; and precision linear stages for milling and grinding machines.

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