Rockwell Automation has come up with a modular, scalable motion control system iTRAK for packaging assembly lines in the medical industry as well as machine construction.
Capable of catering to different motion and speed requirements, the system integrates production or handling systems with assembly lines by means of a series of accurately positioned carriages.
As a result, iTRAK is capable of attaining speeds of up to seven m/s, along with a positioning accuracy (stops) of 0.05mm. It could also display accelerations of up to 10g, leading to a quick start from a stationary state.
The carriages, comprising a frame and a linear permanent magnet motor, align with straight and curved rails, run by powerful magnets and advanced digital control, the company said.
Backed by Rockwell Automation integrated architecture in line with Studio 5000 Logix Designer, iTRAK is said to offer a universal platform for movement within wide margins. Separate programming inputs could be instilled in every carriage to make way for additional flexibility.
For instance, Italy-based Cama Group has launched a new cartoning machine riding high on the iTRAK technology for food and non-food industries.
Cama Group operations director Riccardo Panepinto said: "Featuring 10% reduced floor space and an advanced control software system, the CL 175 uses less steel in its construction."