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Rexroth's new small actuator for precise positioning tasks

The new, ready-to-install MSC-EL mini-slide with integrated electrical drive from Rexroth dramatically reduces the time required to plan, install and start-up customized handling systems.


January 25, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

The new, ready-to-install MSC-EL mini-slide with integrated electrical drive from Rexroth dramatically reduces the time required to plan, install and start-up customized handling systems.

Designed for small pick-and-place applications, the new MSC-EL offers the user precision and performance in applications requiring multi-point positioning control in the same size package as the pneumatic MSC version.

Available initially in two sizes, the MSC-EL-12 and MSC-EL-16 travel travel to any position between 50 mm and 150 mm (size 12 = 80 mm). Each module has the same mounting and cross-section dimensions as the pneumatically driven MSC mini-slide. The mini-slide can be used with CamoLINE connectivity resulting from the Easy-2-Combine interface provides for quick connection without the need for auxiliary adapter plates and extensive adjustment.

A brushless, 24V DC motor efficiently powers the new MSC-EL and uses an integrated belt drive gear as well as a ball screw assembly and ball rail system lubricated for life, all to provide high performance and maintenance-free useage.

Data

  • Maximum load for size 12 is 4.0 kilograms for horizontal motion
  • Maximum load for size 12 is 2.0 kilograms for vertical motion applications.
  • Maximum load for size 16 is 5.0 kilograms for horizontal motion
  • Maximum load for size 16 is 2.5 kilograms for vertical applications.
  • Optional holding brake is available for vertical installation.

To save time and simplify start-up, basic axis-specific parameters have been pre-programmed in the sequence control system for the drive amplifier. Parameterization of up to 15 positions takes place conveniently via PC. With its precision ball screw drive, the mini-slide is able to achieve repeatable positioning of 0.01 mm and can be integrated into many automated structures with its digital I/Os. The drive controller also features a CANopen interface. Pre-assembled cable sets and standard electrical components reduce start-up time substantially.

The enclosed unit improves safety and cleanliness in the work area, which is particularly important for applications in the semiconductor, automation, automotive, medical equipment, and electronics industries. Easy attachment of Rexroth rotary modules and mechanical grippers allows for a wide range of handling tasks.

For more information, contact Bosch Rexroth Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth AG, one of the world’s leading specialists in the field of drive and control technologies. Visit: www.boschrexroth.ca.