Reap the many benefits of converting to electric

Are you tired of the complex installation, noise, hazardous mess, high costs and other drawbacks commonly associated with hydraulic actuators? Making the switch to electric is not only simple but will introduce new benefits to your machine designs.

Possessing many of the same unique design characteristics that made hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders popular, Thomson T Series linear actuators benefit from cleaner, simpler and more energy-efficient power transmission. Available in three sizes, they combine durability, performance and ease of use with a large selection of factory engineered options and accessories.

Thomson - T Series
Thomson T Series
  • Simpler installation
  • Easier to integrate with modern programmable controls
  • Greater accuracy
  • Lower energy costs
  • Less maintenance
  • Less noise
  • Provide a cleaner, healthier and safer working environment
  • Designed for high speeds (up to 3 m/s), continuous operation (100% duty cycle) and high force (up to 60 kN)
  • IP65 protection rating as standard and S1 washdown protection option for harsh environments
  • Can be fitted with virtually any kind of motor using the Thomson RediMount™ motor mounting adapter kit (available as standard)

Application Examples

  • Material Handling (AGVs, lifts) Shock Absorber Testing
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Saw Cutter
  • Simulator Machines

 For more information on Thomson products contact our sales team on 01376 333333 or sales@micromech.co.uk for price and delivery or technical assistance.  

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Success Story from Kollmorgen – Reliable and Consistent Supply of Motion Systems

Kollmorgen Helps Rapidly Scale CT Scanner Production

Kollmorgen CT Scanner


Kollmorgen - CT Scanner

Challenge
When the world became aware of the COVID-19 outbreak first identified in Wuhan, China, it quickly became clear that greatly increased diagnostic capacity would be needed to understand the effects of the disease and guide treatment for an anticipated surge in patients. Over the next several weeks, that surge would spread around the world, and doctors would come to understand that the disease’s effects could be more widespread and unpredictable than initially thought.
A computerized tomography or CT scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around the body, digitally processed to create a 3D representation of organs and tissues throughout the body. CT scanners are an important tool in understanding how COVID-19 affects the lungs, circulatory system, kidneys, nervous system and more.
Early in the outbreak, one of the world’s largest producers of diagnostic equipment—and a leading supplier of CT scanning equipment in China—reached out to Kollmorgen for help ramping up production to address the rapidly growing crisis. It soon became clear that the pandemic would spread worldwide, and hospitals in every region would need to augment their diagnostic capabilities—creating even greater pressure to deliver on a rapidly growing volume of CT scanner orders.

Solution
The detail and clarity of CT images depends on the motion systems that control the positioning of the X-ray technology. This major producer of CT scanners has a reputation for achieving image resolution well beyond the competition while minimizing patient exposure to ionizing radiation. It has achieved these market-leading results in part through a long-standing relationship with Kollmorgen, relying on industry-leading servo systems and motion expertise to achieve superior speed, control and precision.
To meet the sudden and extreme increase in demand, a team of Kollmorgen sales and operations leaders from across Asia, Europe and North America convened in early 2020 to define the strategy and tactics for success.
The team quickly identified opportunities in both Asia and North America to adjust priorities and production schedules in order to supply the volume of AKM motors, AKD drives, cables and motion subassemblies required to meet the critical demand.

Results
Kollmorgen has supplied motion solutions to high-end medical device manufacturers for more than two decades. As the pandemic broadened in scope and intensity, many of these companies have relied on Kollmorgen’s expertise, global capabilities and can-do approach to help them mount an effective response. For this particular manufacturer of CT scanners:

  • Kollmorgen answered the call to increase supply of servo motors and other components globally, increasing production by 62% in just eight weeks.
  • With Kollmorgen’s support, the manufacturer was able to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in its very early stages, and in the region that was first affected by it.
  • As the pandemic spread across the globe, Kollmorgen has helped the manufacturer respond effectively in every region.

Kollmorgen has also supported a similar accelerated production schedule for a number of other key medical device manufacturers worldwide who provide CT scanners for both hospitals and mobile care.  

Kollmorgen - CT Scanner

As a Gold Partner, Micromech are able to supply and provide expertise on Kollmorgen products. Contact our sales team on 01376 333333 or sales@micromech.co.uk for price and delivery or technical assistance.     

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Sanyo Denki ‘SANMOTION F2’ Stepper Motors with encoders for when open loop control is not enough

Stepper systems provide precise positioning with easy control.
Adding an encoder to a stepper motor provides closed loop feedback. The controller can now monitor the motor position improving safety and reliability.

Features:

  • Hybrid steppers, 2 phase (1.8°and 0.9°/step)
  • Holding torque: 0.195 Nm to 9 Nm
  • Current/phase: 0.48 A to 6 A
  • Unipolar, Bipolar connection
  • Motor frame sizes 35, 42, 56, 60, 86
  • Encoder types
    Type R, 200 CPR. Compact, cost effective, simple interface.
    Type S, 400 CPR. Medium resolution, pulse index option, simple interface.
    Type M, 1000 & 1024 CPR High resolution, pulse index option, simple interface.
    Type L, 400 CPR, Noise immunity, transmit encoder signal over long distance

Benefits:

  • Adding an encoder is a simple solution for safety sensitive applications requiring position verification and position maintenance, such as medical instrumentation.
  • Stall detection improves machine reliability.
  • Close loop control with the benefits of a stepper motor.
  • Encoders with index pulse option can be used to achieve precise homing.

For more information on Sanyo Denki products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or email sales@micromech.co.uk

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Success Story from Kollmorgen – Rapidly Scaling Production of Critical Equipment

Kollmorgen Motion System Enables Quick Response to COVID-19

Rapidly Scaling Production of Critical Equipment

Challenge

Rapidly Scaling Production of Critical Equipment

In the fight against COVID-19, the soaring demand for face masks has led to a severe undersupply. Driven by market demand and requests from governmental bodies, many companies have shifted their typical production focus and retooled to produce this essential personal protective equipment. Beckmann Automation GmbH, a German machine builder that has traditionally manufactured machines for mattress and belt production, quickly stepped in to meet this urgent need.
Beckmann’s primary challenge has been an extremely short timeframe for designing and building new face mask production equipment coupled with the challenges of working under COVID-19 restrictions. To streamline the design of its new machine, Beckmann has sought partners able to provide complete subsystems, rather than individual components, in order to significantly reduce the number of integration points and accelerate speed to market.

These considerations are particularly important with regard to the new machine’s motion system: the motor, gearbox, drive and cable. Beckmann chose to significantly speed design and production while reducing risk by sourcing the motion system from a trusted partner who has already confirmed the required performance and can ensure a reliable supply of all elements.
Solution

Based on many years of close collaboration, Beckmann chose Kollmorgen as its motion partner for the new breathing mask machine. Kollmorgen is providing a motion subsystem consisting of an AKM servo motor mounted with a gearbox, an AKD servo drive and a single power/feedback cable—all perfectly matched to ensure optimal performance.
This subsystem has already been proven to offer multiple advantages in other Beckmann machines. First and foremost, the servo system delivers the high performance that Beckmann needs to consistently exceed its customers’ expectations and outperform the market. Second, Kollmorgen’s single-cable and SFD (smart feedback device), optimized for the AKD drive, enables Beckmann’s customers to quickly set up the whole system, saving a tremendous amount of time.

Time to market for face mask production was especially critical. To help Beckmann meet the need, Kollmorgen mobilized a large cross-functional team encompassing sales, applications support, production operations, supply chain and customer service. This team quickly identified the appropriate motion solution and has ensured that the supply of each subsystem component is synchronized and meets Beckmann’s lead time requirements.
Results

An integrated motion solution from a single partner eliminated the performance risks, coordination difficulties and delivery uncertainties that are practically inevitable when working with multiple suppliers. Kollmorgen’s cross-functional team reduced the normal delivery time for a full motion sub-system design by 70%. This quick response has helped Beckmann deliver machines to their customers in the shortest possible time.

The motion system and support from Kollmorgen enabled Beckmann to ship their first batch of machines within 6 weeks from design.
Beckmann successfully transitioned into a completely new market segment, from which they are expecting to generate incremental sales in the years to come.
The new Beckmann machine offers breathing mask producers ultimate flexibility. Its modular design enables easy and quick shifts from partial to full automation, the addition of packing stations, and the ability to change over from production of masks to filters and other textile products for a range of applications.
Powered by the Kollmorgen subsystem, the face mask production line is able to produce 70 parts per minute, and up to 100,000 parts per day.

Kollmorgen has also supported a similar accelerated production schedule for a number of other key medical device manufacturers worldwide who provide CT scanners for both hospitals and mobile care  

Rapidly Scaling Production of Critical Equipment

As a Gold Partner, Micromech are able to supply and provide expertise on Kollmorgen products. Contact our sales team on 01376 333333 or sales@micromech.co.uk for price and delivery or technical assistance.     

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Check out the Akribis DGL Linear Motor Position System

The Akribis DGL series is a range of modular direct drive linear motor systems. The DGL utilises the Akribis range of ironless and iron core motors along with encoder feedback and aluminium housing to form a compact footprint, high performance module.
The linear motors used in the DGL are the Akribis patented AUM series ironless linear motor or the AJM and AKM series iron core linear motor. 
The AUM linear motor is cogging free, allowing for velocity control, scanning applications. The AJM and AKM linear motors are iron core, suitable for point-to-point motion and provide a more cost-effective solution.
Whichever motor option you chose, excellent force to size ration and precise homing is standard.  

Akribis - DGL Series

The DGL series is available in range of body widths: 150mm, 180mm, 200mm and 260mm with useable strokes between 100mm to 1200mm in 100m increments
Options:

  • Encoder type
  • Housing finish
  • Ironcore or ironless linear motor
  • Flying leads or DSUB termination

For more information on Akribis products call us on 01376 333333 or email sales@micromech.co.uk

New From Micromech: Designed for Medical Ventilators…The new Brushless DC Servo Drive Module from Trinamic.

With the TMC4671 TMC6100-TOSV-REF, Trinamic introduces an open-source reference design for medical ventilators. Combining the TMC4671 and TMC6100, the compact module is the ideal solution for shortening time-to-market of crucial equipment.

Trinamic - TMC4671-TMC6100

Combining the TMC4671 and TMC6100-TOSV-REF board creates a BLDC servo driver capable of 12…36V with up to 6A RMS to accommodate medical ventilators or respiratory systems. To speed up design cycles even further, the open-source module features an SBC connector in Raspberry Pi style and space for a pressure sensor add-on board.

As automatic ventilators must be equipped with appropriate sensor technology for monitoring and reacting to changes such as pressure flow, volume, and respiration rate, the module comes with a HALL sensor interface and connectors for an optional pressure sensor add-on board. This important data can directly be visualized on a Raspberry Pi with touch screen using the free, open-source firmware developed for the reference design module by Trinamic.Providing fast and dynamic control of low-induction BLDC motors can be exceptionally challenging. It requires careful consideration of the trade-off between high switching frequency and current ripples and their consequent switching and stator losses, respectively. Thanks to the embedded TMC4671 servo controller IC, the module generates a PWM frequency and current controller clock of 100 kHz independent of the microcontroller. With this, the current consumption of the system is reduced, with no performance penalty, by up to 15 percent when compared to a frequency of 25 kHz.

As previously mentioned, an add-on board for I2C and analog sensors allows support for pressure sensors from various manufacturers. The TMC4671 TMC6100-TOSV-REF can be plugged into a single-board computer to access the user interface and high-level control functions. 

All hardware, firmware, and software is open-source under the MIT license.

Features and Benefits:

  • Single-axis BLDC servo driver for up to 6A RMS / phase
  • Supply Voltage 12V..36V
  • Integrated overvoltage protection
  • HALL sensor interface
  • Onboard temperature sensor
  • Digital I/O and analog inputs
  • Add-on board connector for standard or custom sensor interface board
  • Raspberry Pi connector for external SBC

For more information on the TMC4671 TMC6100-TOSV-REF or any other Trinamic products contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or sales@micromech.co.uk

Success Story from Kollmorgen – Rapid Scale-Up of Blood Gas Analyzer Production

Kollmorgen Motion Powers the Fight Against COVID-19

Kollmorgen Motion Powers the Fight Against COVID-19

Kollmorgen Motion Powers the Fight Against COVID-19Challenge
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive spike in the demand for medical equipment in every region of the world, including personal protective equipment, laboratory test systems, ventilators and more.
Blood gas analyzers are among the equipment critically needed in the fight against COVID-19. In emergency rooms, hospital wards and ICUs, these machines provide a quick evaluation of blood oxygen, carbon dioxide, pH, glucose and electrolyte levels. This information is critical for evaluating the function of organs commonly affected by the disease, including the lungs, heart and kidneys.
For a major global supplier of blood gas analyzers, the pandemic of 2020 brought both a major opportunity and a major challenge. The company wanted to fill the dramatically growing need for its equipment, helping doctors worldwide make lifesaving decisions. But quickly achieving the needed production throughput would depend on a reliable supply of high-quality motion systems—in particular, the stepper motors that control the analyzer’s metered pumps.
In March 2020, the company reached out to Kollmorgen—its motion partner of 15 years—with an urgent request to more than quadruple production of the specialized steppers that are all-important to blood gas analyzer accuracy, reliability and efficiency.
Solution
Eager to meet the challenge and contribute to the opportunity, a Kollmorgen operations leader in Radford, Virginia assembled a cross-functional team of manufacturing and quality engineers, production cell leaders, buyers and motor builders. While workshopping a solution, the team quickly determined that more production shifts and an expanded production crew would be needed to meet the increased demand.
The team also identified production bottlenecks and provisioned duplicate equipment—such as a crimping machine, microscope inspection station and automated tester—to ensure full-speed production. And Kollmorgen implemented visual management tools to track production output against established goals on a daily basis.
Results
The Kollmorgen team made an all-out effort to meet an extraordinary need for the benefit of a valued customer and a distressed world. It was a successful demonstration of the power of partnership and commitment to achievement when in the face of a critical challenge.
Within four weeks, the team increased motor production and delivery fourfold, with no compromise to quality.
The customer has been exceptionally pleased with the results, encouraging Kollmorgen to do more. Their mantra is, “We’ll take every motor we can get.”
Kollmorgen Motion Powers the Fight Against COVID-19

 

As a Gold Partner, Micromech are able to supply and provide expertise on Kollmorgen products. Contact our sales team on 01376 333333 or sales@micromech.co.uk for price and delivery or technical assistance or visit our website www.micromech.co.uk
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New from Micromech: Sanyo Denki ‘SANMOTION F2’ Stepper Motors

Sanyo Denki is a Japanese company founded in 1927 now employing over 3500 personnel around the globe. Sanyo Denki is the largest manufacturer of high performance stepper motors.

SANMOTION F2 motors feature high performance for their package size and are available with a wide range of options.

Sanyo Denki - F2 Sanmotion Stepper Motors

Features:

  • High performance for package size
  • High resolution
  • Low vibration
  • Low noise
  • High torque
  • CE/UL approved
  • Sizes 14 to 106
  • RoHS

Options:

  • Encoders
  • Brakes
  • Decelerators
  • Vacuum variants (size 56)
  • IP65 splash and dust proof variants (sizes 56 and 86)
  • Single or dual shaft
  • Custom shafts
  • Harnesses/connectors

Markets

SANMOTION F2 motors are suited to OEM volume sales in a wide range of industries including:

  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Labelling
  • Packaging.

For stepper drives to suit SANMOTION F2 motors, take a look at our RTA and Trinamic ranges where you will find products for the ideal combination.

For more information on Sanyo Denki products contact Micromech on 01376 333313 or email sales@micromech.co.uk.

Available from Micromech….. The New Trinamic TMCM-1617. The World’s Smallest and Lightest Servo Controller Module.

The TMCM-1617 is an extremely lightweight, miniaturized single-axis servo drive for 3-phase BLDC motors with up to 18A RMS and 24V supply. Customization and different casing options are possible.
Trinamic - TMCM-1617
Trinamic has announced their robust and highly qualified single-axis servo controller module. Designed for servo drives with 18A RMS and 8…28V DC, it’s equipped with TMCL, EtherCAT, or CAN and RS485 interface. The ultra-lightweight aluminum housing, which is conform DIN EN 60529, and cutting-edge feature set make the TMCM-1617 a key enabler for medical, aerospace, and robotics.
Trinamic’s Founder and CEO Michael Randt explains the idea behind the remarkable product: “Technology is changing at an increasing pace. New applications and markets like cobots and New Space have risen over the past few years, driven by miniaturization and higher accessibility of components. To push innovation further, engineers need to have access to master keys. Small building blocks providing easy access to industry-leading features and sophisticated functions already embedded in hardware. Our TMCM-1617 is such a master key. Designed especially for medical, robotics and logistics systems in need of smaller and lighter drives, the potted module features our hardware-based field oriented control, supporting low-inductance and highly dynamic motors.”
Capable of previously unachieved high-current loop frequencies to keep the current ripple low, the potted module enables ever-smaller electric drives with extremely high dynamics. It supports a wide range of encoders for position feedback, including incremental encoders, analog encoders, and digital hall sensors as position feedback. This, together with the integrated field oriented control in hardware and customization options, makes it a highly efficient solution for rugged servo drives across the board.
Trinamic’s potted servo controller module executed a highly accelerated life test (HALT) with ambient temperature from -40°C up to 85°C operational temperature and mechanical vibrations up to 30GRMS.
The drive is configured to be soldered on the TMCM-1617-BB baseboard. Trinamic also offers customization of the TMCM-1617 carrier board or integration services to meet application-specific designs.
Features and benefits:
  • Servo drive for 3-phase BLDC motors
  • 8…28V DC supply voltage
  • Up to 18A RMS motor current
  • RS485, CAN and EtherCAT® interfaces
  • CANopen and TMCL protocol
  • Incremental and analog encoder feedback
  • Digital HALL sensor feedback
  • Reference Switch Inputs
  • Cooling via aluminum housing
  • L/W/H: 36.8mm x 26.8mm x 11.1mm
  • Weight: ca. 24g
  • Customization options
For more information on the new TMCM-1617 and other Trinamic Products please contact Micromech on 01376 333333 or Email sales@micromech.co.uk