Parker Hannifin’s Electromechanical & Drives Division now offers a motion-control design tool for engineers to help with proper selection of electromechanical linear motion. Virtual Engineer presents an intuitive interface where users can easily enter their application specifications (for example — speed, load, external forces) and then quickly navigate to accurately sized product options. The tool delivers a custom specification report, CAD models, and seamlessly creates a ready-to-issue request for quote (RFQ).
By connecting directly with Parker motion control experts, Virtual Engineer takes collaboration to a whole new level, and by doing so, helps to increase the efficiency of OEMs’ valuable engineering resources.
Virtual Engineer includes many great features, including product life estimation, Compare function for multiple products, CAD model availability, and a My Projects area, allowing engineers to create, save, and share projects, which means the user can conveniently return to a project at a later date.
The simple graphical interface allows the user to input details of payload position, external forces, and moments, as well as axis orientation and motion profiles. It also allows for filtering by key attributes or exploring all setups without excessive needed inputs.
As application parameters are applied, a list of possible setups is presented on screen. If any specification exceeds a setup’s capability, it is eliminated from the available options in real time. After completing all specifications, Virtual Engineer’s Compare feature will clearly display the differences between the most suitable products, including expected life and relative cost. This information can then be saved, downloaded, or submitted to Parker for a price quote.
Virtual Engineer currently supports Parker Electromechanical and Pneumatic products. For more information (and to access Virtual Engineer for free) visit solutions.parker.com/virtualengineer.