Product novelty 19. September 2023

Three ways to the optimum linear application

Machine and system manufacturers are under pressure: They have to hold their own in international competition and are expected to implement high-performance, profitable solutions in a short time – solutions that are future-proof, low-maintenance and sustainable. The following tips show how linear motion technology can help to meet these complex requirements.

1. Reducing the time to market with digital processes

Machines and systems should be planned, constructed and put into operation in a short time. Digital aids such as design tools, selectors and configurators significantly speed up engineering processes. With the help of e-tools, linear axes or multi-axis systems can be designed in a very short space of time – simply by entering the application parameters. A particularly futuristic e-tool is the selector for electromechanical cylinders from Bosch Rexroth which covers the entire selection and configuration process on one website. The previous time required for seamless order processing via EDI or online shop can thus be reduced by up to 90 percent.

A significant amount of time can also be saved when commissioning linear and gantry robots – up to 80 percent – if they are ordered from Bosch Rexroth as mechatronic subsystems with pre-installed operating software. The so-called Smart Function Kits comprising linear motion technology components and suitable automation hardware are available for pressing and joining, handing or dispensing applications. A wizard guides users intuitively and reliably through the commissioning process including automatic drive parameterization. Graphical sequencing replaces complex PLC programming. The connection to a higher-level control system can also be achieved quickly and easily with the help of ready-made programming modules.

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