The digitization of Linear Motion technology

All the so-called “more traditional” technologies are starting a progressive adaptation to the Factory of the Future. This also applies to the Linear Technique, whose recent developments in digitization have radically denied the assumption that until recently attributed a primarily mechanical role to this technology.

The digitization of Linear Motion technology:

The linear technology chain is divided into 5 phases: configuration, order, commissioning, operation and maintenance. Far from being a purely mechanical technology, today and in the near future, Linear Motion will follow manufacturers along the entire chain allowing them to acquire data, optimize processes and predict wear earlier and more accurately than ever before through software, online services and intelligent systems. All with the macro objective of maximizing production and reducing time-to-market.

How to reduce time to market in 5 steps:

PHASE 1 - Choice and sizing of components:

Time is money. This is why we have greatly simplified this step with perfectly integrated online tools, which allow the configuration not only of axes and linear components but, in the future, even of entire multi-axis systems, with greater speed and simplicity. Once the constraints such as the stroke, the transported mass and the cycle time have been set, the tools provide suggestions that the user can check in their CAD environment. In the future, components and systems will be accompanied throughout their life cycle by a "digital twin" integrated into a virtual environment which, for example, will allow users to upload simulations directly to the control system.

STEP 2 - Order and delivery:

Knowing the availability of all products, they can be ordered with just a few clicks. We are able to receive orders, perform plant commissioning and ship quickly. In the future, order tracking will be available throughout the entire process.

STEP 3 - Commissioning:

The axis parameters can be stored in digital format in various ways, both in the motor encoder, in the integrated measurement system or in the digital data plate. All system data, including commissioning data, will be available resulting in significant time savings.

STEP 4 - Operation:

Linear Motion technology will play a key role in the operation of the Factory of the Future. Data such as temperature or vibrations will be captured by sensors, which can be integrated, for example, into the sliding blocks of linear guides or connected externally to the axes and connected via open interfaces. Information regarding the availability, quality and efficiency of the machines will always be visible to allow operators to be informed wherever they are and, if necessary, to react promptly.

STEP 5 - Assistance and maintenance:

The motion control sensors will record operating conditions and will be able to communicate the type of intervention required in terms of maintenance, repairs or spare parts of machine. The spare parts in question will be displayed directly in the online store and ordered in a few clicks.

Ease and speed:

So whether it's linear axes, actuators, guides or drive units, our ever-expanding eTool portfolio will allow you to efficiently design, size and order virtually any component.

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