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Hepcomotion has added the SBD 30-100XL to its sealed belt drive (SBD) linear motion product programme, offering high loads and long spans for bespoke machines and handling systems.

The SBD 30-100XL is 2.5 times stiffer than its standard counterpart and has greater load-bearing capabilities.

The Hepcomotion SBD is described as a high-performing yet cost-competitive product that provides a compact and clean solution.

Because it is sealed, it keeps on working in applications where other systems can fail.

A stainless steel cover strip runs the entire length of the high-strength aluminium beam, houses the linear guide and belt and provides good protection against dirt and debris.

It is this anodised aluminium beam that is the differentiator on the SBD 30-100XL, according to Hepcomotion.

The greater stiffness of the 100m-wide beam on the product makes it suitable for any application where underside support is limited or even non-existent.

It can also be used to span two parallel X axes – subject to load – with no further support.

This will enable one unit to be used as opposed to two smaller units fitted together.

The SBD 30-100XL is suitable for high-speed operation, generally up to 4m/sec, and driven by a polyurethane, steel-reinforced, 50mm-wide toothed belt.

Its tension is factory set but adjustments can easily be made via tensioning screws.

The linear guide featured in the product is of a re-circulating type from the Hepcomotion LBG caged and silent range, which combines both higher loads with quiet and smooth movement.

The product is provided with re-lubrication points and can be specified with a choice of drive options to suit the application.

Supplied in lengths up to 6m in one piece as standard, SBD 30-100XL units can also be joined together to achieve virtually unlimited length systems.

The beam profiles and T-slots are compatible with the Hepcomotion MCS machine construction system and its range of accessories.

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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