Compact linear drive uses few parts

Jan. 20, 2005
Engineers at Schneeberger Inc., Bedford, Mass. have designed their linear-motion module and come up with a smaller version with high stiffness and accuracy.

Engineers at Schneeberger Inc., Bedford, Mass. (www.schneeberger.com), have designed their linear-motion module and come up with a smaller version with high stiffness and accuracy. Its height (22 mm) is less than any similar device on the market. To keep the device compact, it uses a tooth-belt drive. The rail and carriage, which form the main structure, are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel with no aluminum parts between the structure and rail. Maximum speed is about 5 m/sec, and repeatability in the lab has been shown to be better than ±0.03 mm. The device is available in sizes 9, 15, and 42, and all installation and connection dimensions meet DIN standards.

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