How To Choose The Best Linear Motion Solutions For Your Applications

Hi, my name is Jack Marsh with innovative IDM and I’d like to talk a little bit about the different ways there are to produce motion to move stuff back and forth in industrial applications.

People often ask “what is the best technology for me to use in my application?”

Should I be using a ball screw? Should I be using a belt drive? Should I be using a rack and pinion?What about linear motors? and my answer to them, really is “it doesn’t matter.”

The important thing for you to decide, is what is your application? What do you need out of the solution and there’s really four things you need to focus on.

One: What is the overall travel, how far do you need to move your load?

Two: What kinda time frame do you need to do that in? Does it need to get from point A to point B in 10 seconds? Or does it need to get from point A to point B in a tenth of a second.

Very big difference.

The third thing is how much weight is getting moved? If it’s a few grams or a couple tons that naturally is going to point you to different technologies for the solution.

The last thing to consider is the precision. If you’re dealing with getting from point A to point B and stopping within a 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch, well that’s going to be a very different solution then needing to get there and stop to a micron level precision.

So once you’ve defined those four things, travel, time, weight and precision. Manufacturers already have the solutions mapped out for you.

The easiest thing to do is go to the catalogs take a look at the information that’s available there’s almost always a matrix of the different solutions and based on that criteria of precision, travel, weight you get to pick what you want.

So, it doesn’t really matter whether its a belt drive or ball screw as long as it meets what you need in your application. it’s going to work for you.

If you’d like to get this information from Parker please visit our website at http://InnovativeIDM.com and keep in mind that Innovative IDM is the home of the legendary customer experience.

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