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Hepco and Beckhoff: complementary products for XTS applications

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Hepco and Beckhoff: complementary products for XTS applicationsHepcoMotion is introducing a product that complements Beckhoff’s linear motor transport system. This offering utilises Hepco’s PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance systems to work with Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear system to meet the needs of higher-duty XTS applications where motion profiles and long-term durability requirements are particularly demanding.

Beckhoff’s XTS motion system consists of modular linear motors with integrated power electronics and displacement measurement for up to 40 wireless movers on one system. The length of the track and shape can be made to suit the application, making it highly versatile. The motion of each mover is independently controlled via Beckhoff’s TwinCAT software, allowing users to make product changes on the fly and to implement small lot sizes quickly and efficiently. Mechanical reconfiguration is not necessary as XTS replaces expensive mechanical devices with flexible software functionality.

HepcoMotion have developed special versions of its PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance systems to work with XTS. With a proven track record, Hepco’s guidance systems offer long life, precision and flexibility in a wide array of applications and industries. Featuring the V guide technology that Hepco originated over 35 years ago, the PRT2 is the ultimate product for combined circular and linear motion, while the highly innovative 1-Trak system re-writes what is possible with linear and rotary motion.

The use of Hepco’s advanced linear guidance system provides exceptional support and guidance for the movers, meeting the needs of higher duty XTS applications where motion profiles and long-term durability requirements are particularly demanding. All of this is possible without compromising positional accuracy over the life of the machine.

Whether the machine design is new or has to replace an existing installation, XTS can be configured to suit the space available. HepcoMotion’s patented 1-Trak guidance system can be configured to follow any 2-dimensional path, and this is consequently a good match for many of the XTS system configurations.

The XTS requires very little maintenance to achieve consistent high performance – users will be able to plan routine maintenance into the machine schedule. XTS benefits from monitoring software that detects any changes to the performance of the movers, such as play or excessive friction. This feature is very useful as an early warning for potential bearing wear.

HepcoMotion track systems are very hard wearing, and it would be typical in a system operating on a 24 hours per day, 6 days per week basis for the V bearings to have a design life of several years.

The combination of Beckhoff’s XTS circuit linear system and Hepco’s PRT2 and 1-Trak guidance systems is sure to provide users with a robust, high production and flexible system that will transform production processes in many manufacturing applications. For further information please visit www.hepcomotion.com.

 
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