Reducing automation costs with igus belt drive axes

Vending machines are commonly found in diverse environments
from railway platforms to swimming pools and hospitals and even in industrial
production, disbursing everything from chocolates, crisp bags and cold drinks
to the right tool at the push of a button.

igus has added to its range, the drylin ZLW eco, a new
line of lubrication-free and maintenance-free toothed belt drive axes that
significantly reduce the costs of transport and handling tasks in different
applications.

In light tasks such as moving bottles in a beverage
machine, mechanical engineers often need a linear guide that is simple as well
as space-saving in design. Though such applications don’t require high loads,
high speeds or high positioning accuracy, many solutions available in the
market are oversized. Manufacturers have the choice either to pay for features
and functions they do not need or develop their own time-consuming
alternatives.

The new drylin eco from igus is a ready-to-install
entry-level series product designed to make simple positioning and adjustment
tasks extremely efficient and cost-effective. The carriage and shaft end
supports are injection moulded, which is more cost-effective than the
time-consuming production of metal components by mechanical milling. Without
compromising smooth running and durability compared to the standard series,
users can simply install the eco axes and save time and money with the
maintenance-free, dry operating Tribo polymer bearings.

Key features of the entry-level drylin ZLW eco include
two installation sizes 0630 and 1040; anodised drylin W profile made of clear
anodised aluminium with plastic shaft end supports for drive technology; and neoprene
toothed belt tensioned between the shaft end supports to advance and retract a
solid plastic carriage with a positioning accuracy of 0.3mm.

The stroke lengths can be individually determined by
the user. Thanks to lightweight construction, the toothed belt axes weigh only
0.3kg and 0.7kg and can move loads up to 3kg or 10kg respectively. Matching
motor kits are available optionally.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 02 9907 1788.

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