When it comes to the economics of production machines, faster is usually better. Every minute that it runs, a fast machine produces more goods—and more profits—than a similar, slower machine. But speed, for all its economic advantages, has some steep costs from an engineering perspective. Faster production lines typically suffer from resonance and vibration problems. Because they operate close to the critical speed of gears, they also tend to have more violent reciprocating movements and experience more wear. There is, however, a simple, economical way to improve line speeds. By upgrading motion components, such as cam followers, track rollers, gears, cams or linear actuators, you can improve the line speeds of many machines by typically 15 to 20 percent—sometimes more. Download the white paper to learn how engineers at Intech use a component based approach and advanced materials to offer economical performance upgrades across a wide range of packaging, medical, and automotive production machines.
Speed and reliability are usually expensive propositions, but do they have to be? Could a simple component change to a gear or cam follower really add any measurable productivity increases?
Oct. 30, 2017