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Olsen Actuation announces new partnership with Anca Motion

Olsen Actuation announces new partnership with Anca Motion

Olsen Actuation has agreed a partnership with Australian company Anca Motion to become a distribution partner for its LinX range of tubular linear motors. Anca Motion is a leading supplier of flexible control systems, excelling in high speed and precision automation solutions.

Anca Motion’s LinX M-Series tubular linear motors are designed to improve on and replace inefficient, leaky and bulky pneumatics, as well as ballscrew and linear flatbed options. These highly dynamic tubular linear motors are said to be perfectly suited to industries such as food and beverage and packaging.

LinX M-Series tubular linear motors provide velocities up to 10m/s, a continuous force range of 80N to 287N and peak force up to 1200N. Servo controlled, they provide integrate position feedback and provide 30µm repeatability.

They provide a simple retrofit option in pneumatics installations where air leaks can hamper efficiency. According to a leading compressor technology company, one leak in one unit costing 8 pence/kW/hr to operate will represent an addition of well over £1,000 a year to a power bill. Maintaining pressure is also a challenge: when multiple actuators’ movements synchronise in a system, pressure drops occur. And with a single point of failure – for example, air leakage at one location – the air pressure of the whole plant will drop, and operations will be affected.

A further benefit of switching to electric automation is the noise reduction, which Heng Luo, production manager at Anca Motion, says is a relief for operators. “If you are working in or visiting a factory, you will usually hear a lot of noise. And that’s one big advantage servo-controlled linear motors have against pneumatics.”

Pneumatics can move quickly and forcefully from one point to another but with little positional control along the stroke. The LinX M-Series linear motor features an integrated position sensor with 10µm of resolution, eliminating the need for an external encoder, thus simplifying the system design and reducing overall cost. The modular design, reduced footprint, and flexible mounting options enable flexibility in system integration. The M-Series motors are compatible with standard pneumatics making retrofit simple.

Compared with a pneumatic system, the LinX motor reduces operating costs due to reduced energy consumption and maintenance. An estimated payback period versus pneumatic cylinders is claimed to be just 18 months. While there is no denying a marginally higher up-front cost, the short payback period makes a compelling economic case, in addition to the long term environmental benefits, greater accuracy and higher levels of flexibility.

Another area of obvious advantage over pneumatics is the ease of reprogramming between jobs. A recent application for a customer’s forming machine substituted LinX motors for pneumatics to move a cutting bed. Changes for different workpiece lengths could take six to eight hours for the painstaking recalibration of air pressure. Such adjustments now are a quick change in servo drive parameters – a matter of seconds. The improved positional control has boosted throughput by 50%, with the massively improved precision allowing the process to be confidently sped up.

The M-Series is very flexible with more than 37 different shaft lengths from 330mm to 2.1m, five variants of forcer and different cooling mechanisms such as surface cooled, fan-forced cooling and water-cooled.


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