Robotics linear motion modules

Robotics linear motion modules

October 29, 2019

SKF Linear Motion & Precision Technologies
Motion Control

Ewellix, formerly SKF Motion Technologies, has launched a new series of linear motion modules designed to increase significantly the capability of small industrial automation robots and cobots. The company’s new LIFTKIT and SLIDEKIT can extend the reach and mobility of standard robots without the need for expensive upgrades or complex accessories and programming. The new modules are supplied ready to install and can typically be fully operational in 30 minutes.

The LIFTKIT comprises a telescopic pillar, capable of raising and lowering a standard robot or cobot by up to 900mm; in some applications, this can be extended still further. Three versions of the LIFTKIT are available: the TLT for light loads and long distances; the CPMT for heavier loads; and the CPSM for high speeds and positional accuracy to within ±0.01mm. These are for all pick and place and palletizing applications where additional height is required.

For applications where extended horizontal movement is required, the SLIDEKIT enables the reach of each robot to be increased by up to 1,800mm. The SLIDEKIT is based on a standard Evellix’ profile rail guide, combined with an advanced ball screw in a single integrated unit, to ensure extremely accurate positioning and repeatability.

The LIFTKIT and SLIDEKIT can also be combined to create a versatile system at competitive cost. Ewellix also offers the option to build customized versions. The KITS are also available as plug-and-play solutions for use with all robots manufactured by Universal Robots (UR). These versions are supplied with all hardware, attachments, control units and interfaces for quick and simple installation.