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Festo introduces Optimized Motion Series of linear & rotary axes solutions

Festo introduces Optimized Motion Series of linear & rotary axes solutions

June 21, 2016 — The Optimized Motion Series (OMS) of packaged linear and rotary electrical axes solutions, introduced today by Festo, is designed to help lower OEM overhead by speeding up specification, assembly, and commissioning of axes. Fast delivery reduces inventory requirements and makes it easier to support electrical axes in the field.

Along with the Festo Fast Mobile App for easy access to the company’s Fast Products catalog, and the Handling System Online configurator for fast specifying of gantry systems, OMS is the third productivity enhancing solution for OEMs launched by Festo in 2016.  

OMS axes are targeted towards lightweight assembly, laboratory automation, packaging, and other applications where the loads and speeds are moderate. Typically, the mass to be moved is under 25 pounds (12 kilograms), linear speeds are less than 12 inches/sec (300 mm/sec), and rotary speeds are less than 100 rotations per minute. Higher loads and speeds are possible.

Complete OMS axes, including actuator with mounted motor, drive cables, and assembly hardware, are ordered using a single order code and delivered in a single box. To simplify the process, OEMs use the same OMS code for repeat orders.

Electrical axes in the OMS product range can also be mounted together to create gantries with one, two, and three directions of motion. OMS gantries are simple to assemble, commission, and operate. Applications include picking, placing, lifting, rotating, assembling, and packaging small components. OMS axes are controlled via Modbus TCP, IO-Link, Ethernet TCP/IP, or digital I/O control protocols.

Engineers can use the payload and positioning time graphs in the online catalog to size a given OMS product. Or, for more detailed sizing and selection, engineers can use PositioningDrives, the Festo sizing software.

Axes are configured and monitored via a web browser on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The web browser can be used to:

  • Specify or teach the position set points and motion profiles when commissioning the axis
  • Remotely monitor the drive status, including actuator position, drive enabled, and output stage temperature
  • Detect and clear faults

For a higher level of control capabilities, OEM personnel can configure the OMS closed loop drive using the Festo Configuration Tool (FCT). FCT is used for force and speed set point control; configuration of up to 64 set points and motion profiles; sophisticated sequencing between movements; and position, force, speed and time comparators to monitor and react to the state of the axis.

OMS offers a choice of three actuators with built in motors along with a paired closed loop drive:

  • Electric cylinder EPCO: The EPCO is available in three sizes with two ball screw pitches per size, and stroke lengths up to 15.7 inches (400 mm). The optional guide unit makes the EPCO even more powerful and versatile.  And with a running performance of 6,000 miles (10,000 km), the EPCO is built to last.
  • Toothed belt axis ELGR: The ELGR is ideal for a broad range of simple motion applications that require a cost-effective solution. Available in three sizes, in stroke lengths up to 4.9 feet (1.5 m), and capable of speeds up to 3.6 feet/second (1.1 m/s).  The use of recirculating ball bearing guides ensure a service life of up to 3,000 miles (5,000 km).
  • Rotary actuator ERMO: The ERMO offers a complete solution for turning and aligning parts and workpieces even when subject to heavy loads.  A rugged design gives it a long service life of more than 5 million cycles. The ERMO is also suitable for simple rotary indexing table applications such as found in assembly operations.  The flexibility of the ERMO and its diverse range of possible uses make it ideal for simpler applications requiring a cost-effective solution.
  • Closed loop drive CMMO-ST: The CMMO-ST is a closed-loop servo controller for stepper motors. This drive uses a sophisticated control algorithm to create smooth motions and minimize motor noise. Additionally, as a fully-fledged closed-loop servo system, the CMMO-ST uses an optimized motor characteristic curve for the highest degree of operational reliability and fast dynamic response.

About Festo

Festo is a manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components, and controls for process and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, Festo Corporation works to elevate the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performing automated manufacturing and processing equipment.