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At Southern Manufacturing 2013, Hepcomotion will introduce the PRT2 1-Trak continuous motion system, which offers freedom in 2D bearing track design to designers working on light commercial and heavy-duty applications in a range of industries.

Systems developed using 1-Trak are seamless and free running, with no possibility of misalignment during installation or in service. Smoother, quieter motion is also achieved.

The three-bearing geometry, combined with the track shape, ensures carriages exhibit zero play. Because of this, Hepcomotion said its 1-Trak circuits can accommodate much tighter bends than competing systems.

Key features and benefits

  • 1-Trak is manufactured from a single piece of material, providing high strength and accuracy.
  • The system saves on space and costs, allowing production layout to be optimised and more processes to be automated effectively.
  • The overall PRT2 precision ring track system provides circular motion control at the periphery, where it is needed; this leaves a large hollow centre to accommodate other components and services.
  • The PRT2 system includes stainless steel and corrosion-resistant products as standard elements.

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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