How to Choose the Right Linear Motion Systems

Posted by Anwar Ali on July 9th, 2019

Linear motion systems are widely used in different stages in the manufacturing process. They are a must-have in any manufacturing unit that requires high precision positioning. Naturally, the choice of linear motion systems is a critical one for any business. Although it may seem a fairly easy decision to choose the right linear motion technology for your business you need to keep in mind a lot of things.

There are different components that make up these systems including stages, linear bearings, machine slides and drives. As an industrial unit choosing the right system involve taking into account the complex interactions between these components. This becomes all the more important given the fact that most Linear servo motion systems being used in the industry are combining speed with performance in smaller packages. Let us now look at some of the things that you should bear in mind when it comes to choosing linear motion systems for your manufacturing facility:

Price to Performance Ratio
Even if you have all the money in the world to spend it would be an expensive mistake to invest in over-sized linear motion bearings, roller stages, motors, and motion controls. The logic would always tell you to choose systems that are purely based on your needs with slight headroom for capacity expansion that meets your future needs. The idea here is to be able to achieve the best price to performance ratio. On the reverse side of it, you shouldn’t try and make compromises with an inadequate system that would force your engineers to regularly take fix-up jobs to have the system running.

Understand the Scale of Complexity
Not all industrial manufacturing jobs have the same levels of complexity. The linear motion system that you choose should be able to meet the complex challenges that your production process throws at you. This calls for a broad understanding of the whole production process and system requirements when you are working out the plan on the drawing board.

It would be wise to keep your eyes on something called LOSTPED, an acronym for load, orientation, speed, travel, precision, environment, and duty cycle of the system. If your production process is complex one of the parameters or more would have to be configured to the extreme level. Thus you need a clear idea of the linear motion system that you are planning to install in your facility.

Go for Nano Precision Linear Motion Systems
The industry is moving towards Nano precision motion and it goes without saying that you need to invest in them. Choose a system that can do away with the 6-dimensional errors that were associated with the simple linear motion system. Your system should be able to offer you traceable Nano results and offer uncompromised performance and reliability. You should have the option to choose motors and encoders that are based on your niche needs.

When you keep these things in mind you will be able to choose the right linear motion system and linear servo motion system for your manufacturing facility. Choose to buy these systems from a manufacturer with a proven track record in the market.

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