Telescopic pillars are faster for industrial applications

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SKF is launching a new and technically advanced family of telescopic pillars, called the Telemag CPI. Designed for use in industrial automation systems, including workstations, assembly lines, packing stations and despatch areas, the telescopic pillars are claimed by SKF to be stronger, faster and more powerful than competing devices. In addition, they combine a range of features that will help OEMs and end users improve performance, productivity and safety in many different production operations.

The Telemag CPI telescopic pillars are available as two- or three-section units and have been developed to enable workbenches, tables or platforms to be raised and lowered automatically to provide an ergonomic working environment that complies with the latest health and safety legislation.

Each CPI telescopic pillar incorporates a powerful 24V DC linear actuator within the body of the base section to give smooth, accurate and easily controlled movement of the columns, at operating speeds of between 0.6 and 1.86m/minute under full load. Control of the actuator can be provided by hand, foot or desk-mounted switches, with SKF also being able to offer the option of an encoder for applications that require greater levels of precision and repeatability.

Performance specifications

Depending on the model and application, the new Telemag CPI telescopic pillars produce stroke lengths of between 200 and 700mm and are capable of withstanding high bending and offset loads; for example, the three-section unit with a 700mm stroke will withstand 4000N when applied directly above the pillar and up to 1000N at a distance of 900mm from the centre of the unit.

In practice, this gives working heights of between 350 and 850mm, with each unit also being capable of delivering extremely high push and pull forces of up to 4000N, enabling heavy loads to be controlled safely. Perhaps as importantly, the concept of the new Telemag CPI family is to offer design and production engineers the optimum level of flexibility, with the ability to develop systems using multiple units. Typically, three or six Telemag CPI units can be integrated with a single controller to create large, stable and powerful workstations or production platforms that are easy to setup, operate and maintain.

The new Telemag CPI units incorporate both a standard T-slot in the outer section, to allow ancillary devices to be fitted, and a cable feed-through, plus, as an option, lifetime monitoring sensors. Telemag CPI telescopic pillars are backed by SKF's comprehensive technical and applications support services, with the company also offering a full range of complementary linear motion products.

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