Motor modules enhance production line flexibility

Posted By : Barney Scott
Motor modules enhance production line flexibility

Beckhoff has added modules to its eXtended Transport System (XTS), increasing flexibility. The straight and curved motor modules (180°) are supplemented by variants with a radius of 22.5°, making new track geometries possible, such as full circles, inside or outside curves, or squares with rounded corners. The range of applications can now be further extended, for example, by a flexible rotary indexing table and individual track layouts.

The XTS linear transport system consists of modular linear motors with integrated power electronics and displacement measurement as well as 1 to n wireless movers and mechanical guide rails. The most diverse applications, geometries, lengths and radii can be implemented with these high performance components.

The AT2020-0250 motor modules (+22.5°, outside curve) and AT2025-0250 (-22.5°, inside curve) greatly expand the possibilities of the XTS system with regard to track layouts. With a combination of different radii and straight sections, the track layout can be easily adapted to meet the broadest range of application requirements. Matching guide rails are also available for the motor modules.

The XTS offers the possibility to change products and formats and to implement small lot sizes in very little time, all without mechanical reconfiguration. Complex and expensive mechanical systems are replaced by flexible software functionalities.

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