Power, control and information solutions company Rockwell Automation has announced the launch of a new line of linear stages for a range of load-carrying applications. The new lines offer machine builders substantial time and cost savings associated with design, programming and commissioning.
The Allen-Bradley MP-Series Linear Stages leverage programming tools familiar to most original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and machine builders, and provide seamless integration with other parts of the control system.
Linear stages, which are the mechanisms that direct input from an actuator along a linear axis, are critical for successful movement of linear functions on a range of machines.
Rockwell Automation marketing communications manager Jeff Sandison comments on the product that, "Machine builders who attempt to build their own linear stages spend an unjustifiable amount of time and money purchasing, assembling, programming and troubleshooting multiple components from different suppliers. These new, off-the-shelf stages eliminate the added cost and complexity for the OEM, and offer an improved level of performance and ease of use for the end user".
Using Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 programming software and Allen-Bradley Motion Analyzer, OEMs can specify load and movement profile parameters to automatically select, configure and program a linear stage and drive combination that best fits the application. A single-axis MP-Series Linear Stage is available in direct-drive and ballscrew versions, as well as various force levels, multiple frame sizes, lengths of up to 2 m and speeds of up to 5m/s.
Additional features include seamless integration with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture, delivering compatibility with Allen-Bradley controllers, interfaces and software, and improving commissioning times. The series also offers an exterior cable track that is easy to replace without device disassembly, durable IP67-rated connectors that can be subjected to water and contaminants, and pre-programmed over-travel limits.