Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required. It offers strength, ease of installation, and corrosion resistance making it the perfect linear motion solution across a broad range of applications such as automation, machine transfer, and material handling. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. Carriages are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particles. Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required.
This is one of several articles that explores the properties and features of Redi-Rail linear systems. In this article we offer a brief overview with focus on our new 4- and 5-wheel carriage options and their implications on cantilevered loads and cost. Redi-Rail linear guides consist of a slider or carriage riding along an extruded aluminum rail. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. They are also end joinable for long length applications, ensuring a sturdy design with rigidity and precision. Running parallelism is held to ±.001’’ (.025mm) for the length of the guide rail.
Red-Rail sliders or carriages consist of durable anodized aluminum with three, four, or five gothic arch rollers that are offset and trapped between the round inner races of the linear rail. They are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particulates along the rail. Redi-Rail linear guides are available in commercial-grade inch, or in higher precision metric systems that are equipped with wipers and patented side pre-load adjustment (wipers optional on inch series).
Eaton’s variable frequency drives are designed and manufactured for applications requiring ultra-compact solutions, clean power or future configurability in mind.
With a vast and comprehensive product offering Eaton drives are designed for industrial, HVAC, water/wastewater treatment, machinery OEM, continuous process and commercial application demands.
The breath of this technology includes the PowerXL DG1 general purpose variable frequency drives for demanding commercial and industrial applications to the sensorless vector control technology of the SVX industrial vfd.
HVAC Variable Frequency Drives
Micro, Compact and General Purpose Drives
Denso’s VS-050-S2 robots meet the strict hygienic demands to automation in medical device / medical product manufacturing processes and drug preparation. VS-S2 robots with sterility control for use in sterile and clean environments that employ H2O2 gas 35% density (dry/wet) and UV exposure. Cables and other connector panels are positioned on the bottom for easier installation in sealed and quarantine environments.
The robot offers a maximum payload of 4kg, a reach of 520mm and position repeatability of +/-0.02.
- Smooth surface prevents adherence of dust and dirt. The robot arm is constructed without screws to maintain high sanitation levels.
- Cleanliness: ISO Class 5
- Protection level: Wrist IP67, Unit IP65
EX500 is a gateway unit to connect EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, and Profibus DP® to SMC valves and digital inputs for sensors for distributed I/O system. With the EX500 decentralized I/O system valves can bee installed near the actuators reducing wiring, piping materials and space requirements. There is no need to set the address for the valve manifold and input units, making installation and commissioning easier.
Each gateway can control up to 8 valve manifolds and 8 input blocks, with a maximum of 128 outputs and 128 inputs.
EX500-GEN2 supports Device level Ring (DLR) and EtherNet/IP™ Quick Connect function. The gateway module has IP65 protection while valve modules and input blocks have IP67 protection ensuring protection against dust and washdown environment.
- Valve interface for EX500-GEN2
- Selectable 16 or 32 ouput by internal switch
- IP67 protection rating
- Compatible with New SY, VQC, SV and S0700 valve series
Complete Linear Motion Solution
Yaskawa’s expertly designed, manufactured, and tested Sigma Trac II mechatronic solutions give your machine a faster time to market and your engineering team more time to innovate.
Improve Machine Performance
Minimize cycle times and maximize productivity with speeds up to 5m/s, and peak force output up to 5040 N.
Coupling the load directly to the motor and encoder yields positioning repeatability of ±2 µm.
Wide Range of Sizes
With six motor sizes and 24 base lengths, there is a linear stage for nearly any application. Stages are available for use with 100 V, 200 V, or 400 V power.
Carefully controlling cable flex maximizes cable life. Use additional space in the cable carrier for cables and hoses to your payload.
More information link: https://www.yaskawa.com/delegate/getAttachment?documentId=BL.Sigma-7.03&cmd=documents&openNewTab=true&documentName=BL.Sigma-7.03.pdf
A robot that collaborates with everyone
Introducing the new collaborative robot “COBOTTA”. The human-friendly, compact, and portable design allows you to take COBOTTA anywhere, and automate tasks right away. No expert knowledge is required, making operation amazingly easy. COBOTTA will open infinite possibilities to address your needs, and realize creative, new ideas.
Collaborative robots do not require safety fences. The unique outer contour has no sharp edges, and consists of curves that prevent hands from getting caught. Sensors are built into the six moving parts for constant monitoring of speed and torque, to guar-antee safety from a function-al aspect (planning to obtain certification from a third-par-ty certification authority).
The main unit weighs approximately 4 kg providing easy portability, and offers a load capacity of 500 g. The integrated controller not only reduces wiring, but also allows consolidated control with other devices. ORiN is supported as standard.
Easy to Use
Equipped with a direct teaching function and an intuitive GUI for easy programming. An optional camera can be mounted to enable teaching using the camera.
The integrated controller is open, and COBOTTA’s control API is made public, allowing creators to develop their own applications in the environment they choose (055 version).
More information link: https://www.denso-wave.com/en/robot/product/collabo/cobotta.html
As your company ramps back up to full time operations, it can be a challenge to comply with the new COVID-19 health and safety requirements now in place. To help keep your employees and customers healthy, and your facility sanitized and safe, OTP has sourced some of the supplies that are most in-demand for manufacturing operations. Save time and avoid searching dozens of vendors — we’ve done the work for you and have ready access to large inventories of select supplies. All orders can be delivered quickly and on a short turnaround.
Many state and local governments now require employees and customers to wear face coverings while in public places or places of business. To ensure everyone in your facility always has a high-quality mask to wear, we can provide bulk quantities of standard surgical masks and the highly protective N95 respirator masks. OTP has two options:
- Surgical Masks – These three-ply standard ear-loop face masks offer protection from airborne particles. $66/box, 50 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.
- N95 Particulate Respirator Masks – As the most protective mask available, the N95 respirator mask with double headstraps protects from particles as small as 0.3 micron in size. These masks are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety. $133/box, 20 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.
Temperature Screening Cameras
Many companies are temperature-screening all individuals entering their building, as a precautionary measure. The SkyCop Thermal Camera can detect elevated body temperature, detect face masks, and can track headcount to comply with reduced capacity requirements. It measures temperature with no contact, registers the reading in one second and displays results on an LCD monitor. Call for pricing.
Clean hands and surfaces is a critical step to keep your facility safe and your employees and customers healthy. The hand sanitizer we offer is 80% antiseptic ethanol alcohol and can be ordered in large bulk quantities for high-volume users or resellers. Available in 5-gallon pail ($245/pail; 8 pail minimum order), 54-gallon drum ($2,274), or 250-gallon tote ($10,065).
Transparent Workstation Barriers
For open office workstations or customer service areas, a see-through physical barrier gives extra protection from respiratory droplets over and above the protection masks provide. OTP offers transparent dividers and shields made from durable acrylic, polycarbonate, clear PVC (choose rigid or flexible) or PETG. All workstation shields are lightweight, easily installed and cleaned, and have the option of an additional anti-scratch coating. Call for pricing.
To order, or for questions, call OTP today at 800-837-6827.
OTP’s featured vendor this month is Sumitomo. Sumitomo Drive Technologies, or Sumitomo Machinery
Corporation of America (SMA), is one of the largest manufacturers of machinery in Japan—and the
global leader in power transmission knowledge and innovation. OTP proudly distributes Sumitomo
products to our customers.
Learn more about Sumitomo from one of their recent case studies:
Companies need efficient, compact equipment to operate their facilities effectively. Changes to existing
designs can prove to be costly. With limited space and pricing as major factors, facilities need to bring
in machinery that does not disrupt the current design’s integrity. When existing equipment is obsolete
or in need of upgrading, one of the best solutions for companies is to retrofit new equipment into pre-
Sumitomo manufactures reducers that offer optimized gear tooth geometry. Its Paramax® series
reducer features a 25-degree pressure angle and compact housing design, which generates more
torque out of a smaller package—whether it is horizontal, vertical or an upright installation. More torque
from a smaller package makes the Paramax reducer an ideal choice for retrofitting older, obsolete
The Paramax® series is a heavy-duty line of reducers that assists in chemical, mining, paper
manufacturing, plastic and rubber, and power generation, saving larger industries from costly changes,
while keeping equipment running smoothly.
Contact OTP today to learn more or request a quote for a Sumitomo product.
U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC’s new Tsubaki SMART TOOTH™ sprockets use its patented Wear Indicator Technology, allowing OTP customers to identify and schedule drive system maintenance before critical component failure occurs.
When non-scheduled downtime costs are not acceptable, implementation of SMART TOOTH™ technology is the only answer. When maintenance personnel strategically places one of Tsubaki’s patented Wear Indicator pins on one or more sprocket teeth, it is easier than ever to visually identify if a sprocket is still within allowable wear tolerance or if it needs to be replaced.
Understanding when to replace a SMART TOOTH™ sprocket is simple. Friction from chain pressure wears down the material of a sprocket tooth, and when the Wear Indicator pin becomes visible, it is time to replace the sprocket.
Tsubaki SMART TOOTH™ sprockets stand apart from all other sprockets in the industry. Wear Indicator pins come standard on three sprocket teeth, ensuring they are visible on any application—no matter which part of the sprocket is covered. Tsubaki has also included the latest laser etching technology in which Tsubaki “SMART TOOTH™” will be etched directly below each indicator pin, providing even more visibility for the end user. All Tsubaki SMART TOOTH™ sprockets are shipped with a special blue coating, making it easy to identify which sprockets have wear indicators so that when you see the blue, you know Tsubaki is working hard for you.
U.S. Tsubaki offers SMART TOOTH™ on a wide variety of engineering class and roller chain sprockets for a variety of applications including mining, cement, asphalt, oil and gas and many more. Please contact OTP Industrial Solutions to see if your sprockets qualify for this high-value option.
To learn more about SMART TOOTH™, download the brochure or contact the OTP experts. They can answer all of your questions about Tsubaki products.
By Rob Hucker, Product Manager; Rexnord
Do you ever face minutes to hours of downtime due to torque overload in industries such as energy, metal processing, mining, aggregates, automotive, food processing or pulp and paper?
Reduce Downtime with New Torque Limiter Option
A new torque limiter option is newly available from Rexnord for applications that are susceptible to torque overload. The Autogard® 820 Remote-Reset Torque Limiter is a first-of-its-kind option, allowing users to reset the device from a distance and eliminate traditional, hands-on labor requirements. This innovation can reduce downtime by anywhere from minutes to hours for manufacturers.
Mechanical torque limiters play an important role in limiting damage that can be caused by jams and overloads. However, the downtime caused by a disengaged torque limiter still causes work stoppage until a support person is available to take on what can be a time-consuming, manual reset process. The Autogard® 820 Remote-Reset Torque Limiter changes that. It was developed based on customers’ requests for a speedier, easier reset option for high-torque applications. We’ve solved the problem with a remote-reset feature, meaning personnel can quickly reset the torque limiter can from anywhere onsite or offsite with the touch of a button, flip of a switch, or click of a mouse.
It no longer takes manpower to physically reset a unit. This new offering can translate to more-immediate uptime, a value to any user of torque limiters. No special tools are required. Speeds are supported up to 2,400 rpm.
The Autogard® 820 Series Remote-Reset Torque Limiter can be installed independently or as a retrofit upgrade to existing Autogard 820 Series Torque Limiters.
To learn more about the Autogard® 820 Series, view a video demonstration or contact the OTP experts for all of your Rexnord product needs!