Automation Blog

Robust Bearing Design Improves ServoBelt™ Rotary Stage Performance

When specifying rotary stages, you might find yourself concentrating first on the allowable payload. But for our ServoBelt rotary stages, you shouldn't make payload your primary focus. These stages are built around duplex angular contact bearings that can handle hundreds of pounds both statically and dynamically in the axial and radial directions.

Video: Long-Travel Transfer Robot

Used in an agricultural packaging plant, this long-travel Cartesian robot has a travel length over 50-ft and is based entirely on our ServoBelt™ Linear Heavy linear stages. To deliver sheets of corrugated cardboard into four tray-forming machines, The robot rides over the top of the tray formers, which turn out up to 35 trays per minute. This turnkey system included controls development and custom end-of-arm tooling capable of handling 50-kg payloads.

Low-Cost, Heavy-Duty Gimbal Made From Rotary Stages

Over the years, we’ve built and shipped hundreds of gimbal assemblies that perform precision positioning of medium to heavy payloads. These units have relied on several types of drivetrains, all of which differ from the direct drives used in light-duty drone camera gimbals.

Vertical Gantry With Rotary

While most x-y-z gantries have a horizontal orientation, sometimes the job calls for a vertical system. We recently produced just such a system for a test-and-measurement application. At 3-meters tall and 2.8-meters wide, this vertical gantry was constructed from ServoBelt™ Linear Medium stages with two different chassis sizes—90 x 180-mm on the horizontal linear stages and 45 x 90-mm on the vertical linear stage. A ServoBelt™ Rotary 100 unit provided an additional rotational axis at the end of the secondary horizontal axis—or what would have been the the z-axis in a horizontal x-y-z gantry.

Linear Motion Engineering Guide

New Linear Motion Engineering Guide

Get all the details you'll need to select and size our linear motion stages. Our new engineering guide features our entire lineup of ServoBelt™ Linear and LowBoyLinear stages, which are suited for a wide variety of high- and medium-precision positioning tasks.  These easy-to-integrate motion stages cover a wide variety of applications—including factory automation, packaging, semiconductor, lab automation and test-and-measurement systems. 

Agricultural Automation

First Steps Toward Agricultural Automation

With the emergence of self-driving tractors and other robotic systems capable of working the fields, the agriculture industry is ripe for automation. It may be some time before you see any robots wandering freely through a farm field near you, but there are related operations that can easily be automated right now.

New LowBoy Linear Motion Stages

Our new LowBoy Linear Stages are available in five different models—each with a different drive mechanism to address a range of precision, speed and force requirements. The drive choices include air- and iron-core linear motors, two ballscrew options and a lead screw drive. Watch the video to learn more.


LowBoy Linear Stage Features New Modular Design

With their modular design, LowBoy Linear Motion Stages let you choose the ideal price-to-performance ratio for a variety of applications, which include semiconductor, packaging, medical, assembly, lab automation and industrial machines.

New ServoBelt™ LoopTrack Linear Stage

Our latest ServoBelt™ linear stage features a new LoopTrack carriage design that allows the stage to span long travel distances in any orientation. This linear stage also allows multiple, independent carriages to share a chassis and bearing rails.

Rotary Stage Collet Closer

Collet Closer For Rotary Stages

The latest add-on for our ServoBelt™ and Direct Drive Theta rotary stages is an air-actuated collet closer that securely holds cylindrical goods for tasks such as laser marking, engraving and inspection. Watch the video to learn more.

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