Linear Motion | Automation Notes

Linear motion actuators are used in factories for pick and place operations, CNC lasers and routers, complex adhesive application or whenever super-precise and accurate positioning is required. So whether you need one axis of motion, two axes of motion or even control in all three directions – look to linear actuators for smooth accurate conversion of rotary to linear motion.

suremotion_linear_slide_actuators_300 AutomationDirect offers three distinct families of motor-ready electric actuator assemblies and an assortment of sliding components and accessories to provide a wide variety of X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning solutions. Units are complete except for a drive motor (our SureStep stepper motors are recommended).

Value Line

SureMotion low-cost linear actuators use the latest in sliding element technology; hard-coated aluminum guide shafts and can be mounted horizontally, vertically, or inverted without loss of load capacity. These value line actuators can handle loads up to 110 lbs., at speeds of 15 in/s, and are offered in 6, 12, 18, & 24-inch lengths.

Compact Slide

SureMotion self-contained linear actuator designed for light loads in harsh or wet conditions in a very small package. A stainless steel lead screw is embedded in a hard-coated aluminum shaft specially machined to match sliding elements. These compact slides can handle loads up to125 lbs., at speeds of 20 in/s, and are offered in 6, 12, 24, & 36 inch lengths.

Twin Round Shafts

SureMotion continuously-supported round rail slide with ball screw actuation provides a very robust precision linear motion. These twin round shaft slides can handle loads up to 920 lbs., at speeds of 6 in/s, and are offered in 12, & 24 inch lengths.

But how do you know which linear motion slide series to use? How do you know what to watch out for to avoid the common mistakes? Where do you go to see demos of how to configure/repair the slides, how to determine the various load factors, and how to configure multi-axis systems?

Easy! You can check out the Linear Motion chapter in our Automation VIDEO Cookbook. Learn about each type of slide series and its suitable applications.

“Tech Tip” videos start with an overview of the various kinds of linier motion slides and provide insight into the cost vs. performance info that you need to know, along with a quick start video for each series. Then we break down each technology, explaining how to use it, what mounting options are available, things to watch out for, and when it’s appropriate to use each.

The “How To” videos show step-by-step how to program various motion control tasks with each of the Automation Direct PLC families: CLICK, Do-more or Productivity series PLCs.

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