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The notion that any type of linear actuator can be chosen for any axis in an X-Y-Z system will be challenged by Hepcomotion at this year’s Machine Building Show on 27-28 April, 2010.

On a specially developed demonstration unit, Hepcomotion will show that, with the correct choice of linear actuator, each axis will operate optimally.

The company has developed a range of actuators to address the different characteristics in each axis.

If required, these elements can then be incorporated into a chassis made from its MCS machine-construction system and given intelligent control through Hepcomotion’s partnership with Smart Drive.

The demonstrator will show the Hepcomotion PDU2 linear actuator operating as the X-axis foundation of the system.

This product features the high-performance Herculane wheel technology in a compact and cost-effective belt-driven unit.

As a Y-axis typically requires high load capacity and stiffness against twisting loads, the PDU2M with high-moment-load capacity will feature.

The needs of the Z-axis are different again, with enhanced linear force and higher gearing a common requirement.

The PSD80 is suitable for this task, with drive from a smooth stainless-steel lead screw operating with a bearing polymer nut.

It too uses Herculane wheel technology in a unit that is matched to the other axes in terms of performance, size and cost.

Hepcomotion supplies its X-Y-Z systems as individual parts, in kit form or as fully assembled units.

Designing a unique engineering principle and making it a commercial success is quite an accomplishment.  Developing that concept and embracing complementary technologies to the point where the business becomes a world leader in its field takes that achievement into a different league.  HepcoMotion has achieved both and in 2009 celebrates 40th year of trading.   

Today HepcoMotion is one of the world’s foremost innovators and manufacturers of linear motion technology.  And this can be attributed to the important tenet – continued investment in its people processes and products.  This has allowed the company to grow even at times of economical difficulty.  

Although its range of individual, linear motion products remains an important part of its business the growth area for HepcoMotion in recent years is in specials and assemblies.  Almost one fifth of its shop floor space is devoted to assembly and the company has invested heavily in flexible manufacturing to ensure that even last minute changes can be accommodated to customer specification.  

Constantly re-assessing its strengths against changing market demands continues to provide HepcoMotion with the momentum for business growth.  The culture of ongoing investment has certainly worked well throughout its first 40 years and will continue to underpin its business in the decades to come.

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