Better-performing diagnostic and lab equipment with NSK’s linear motion systems
In order for medical facilities to deliver the most accurate and efficient care possible, engineers who design diagnostic and laboratory equipment need to take every detail into account. Motion control solutions from NSK – which include linear actuators, ball-screw actuators and linear guides – are proving how they can make a huge difference when it comes to delivering clear and consistent real-time results.
Diagnostic equipment frequently requires the use of motorised linear actuators, for example. These components must deliver greater rigidity and smoother movement than that offered by lead-screw or belt-type actuators. In addition, motorised linear actuators need to meet the travel requirements, load conditions and envelope dimensions that are specific to the individual designs of diagnostic equipment.
Among further prerequisites for parts deployed in diagnostic equipment is the ability to deliver extended operating life, as this will ensure uninterrupted operations. Any failure on this count means that medical facilities may not be able to meet patient demands or provide diagnostic information in a timely manner, both of which are essential in such a sensitive environment.
To ensure these factors are comprehensively addressed, NSK’s team designs and assembles a completely customised solution that matches the exact needs of the application. The company’s expert engineers create linear actuators (both standard and custom) that are pre-assembled with stepper or servo motors and accessories. Additionally, lubrication units and surface treatments are used to deliver smooth motion, even after consistent, long-term use.
Smooth movement also means that components will experience less long-term wear and, in turn, less maintenance. Since diagnostic and laboratory equipment needs to function efficiently and consistently without downtime, these features are essential for delivering operational longevity.
It is notable that NSK’s automation technology can provide real, tangible benefits in terms of how diagnostic machines operate. Smooth motion typically leads to increased precision, which can subsequently make diagnostic results more accurate and ultimately lead to improvements in patient care. Ease-of-use is a further contributor to efficient operations, saving time for laboratory and medical facilities, and keeping costs under control. Each system developed by NSK is of course fully tested to ensure it meets customer requirements.
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