Ewellix has launched an intelligent digital platform which will underpin a new and advanced generation of linear motion solutions. Called SmartX, the new digital platform has been designed to help engineers develop motion, robotic and automation systems that offer far greater levels of intelligence, connectivity and adaptability than are achievable from existing equipment. As a result, it will be possible to improve productivity, reliability, safety and functionality, providing a future-proof option that is compliant with Industry 4.0, smart factories and the Internet of things (IoT).
The new generation of SmartX linear motion products will have intelligent digital control, sensor and communication technologies integrated within the standard product envelope. By comparison, traditional linear motion devices generally require controllers and sensors, such as force and position sensors, to be mounted externally; these devices are often sourced from different suppliers, which can lead to issues with compatibility, functionality and maintenance.
A SmartX linear motion device will typically feature a dedicated, twin-CPU controller, with onboard software, electronics and internal and external bus connections. This makes programming, setup and subsequent adjustments to operating parameters quick and simple, while the twin-CPU configuration provides 100% redundancy. It also enables safety, measurement and control functions to be embedded to improve overall performance still further.
Similarly, the SmartX platform allows a range of sensors to be easily integrated. For example, Ewellix will be offering its first SmartX products with internal digital absolute position sensors. By comparison with traditional methods, these eliminate the need for recalibration, providing extremely precise and consistent positioning control. They also simplify installation and enable software functions such as synchronization, virtual end positions, tolerance elimination and force over position control.
Other sensor and software options will also help to improve safety, eliminate warranty claims, determine how the unit has been used over time, and provide extremely accurate feedback in a wide range of motion and automation systems.
The SmartX platform and products are ideal for a wide range of applications. The product range will be based on Ewellix’s proven linear motion technologies, which are widely recognized for their robust construction and precision manufacture. The company has already introduced three SmartX solutions: the new CAHB-2xS linear actuator, plus updated versions of the Liftkit and Slidekit, which are designed to extend the capabilities of robotics and automation systems.
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