Application: Three Axis XYZ Gantry System
Industry: Packaging Automation & Material Handling
Problem: A client in the packaging automation market needed an XYZ gantry system to aid in its palletizing methods, but Macron’s standard, off-the-shelf Z axis actuator did not fit within the clients’ vertical spatial constraints. The client needed a system capable of deep reaching motion within a set height limitation.
Solution: Macron Telescopic Z-Axis
To provide the client with vertical motion in the tight special constraint, Macron Application Engineers designed a belt driven telescoping actuator consisting of profile rail guided nested frames. The actuator’s design features a drive belt which coils during retraction and lift, providing compact drive mechanics and utilized gravity to assist in downward or extension motion. The unique telescopic function of the Z-axis actuator allowed for controlled vertical motion necessary to palletize product cartons in a cube-like fashion, without breaking the spatial specifications to fit within the client’s fixed space.
System benefits: The heavy duty construction and guidance provide a rigid structure and robust function to the Z-axis motion capable of a deep reaching motion and carrying a variety of end effectors and payloads. Central drive belt and cable management is protected by the structural nested box design thus ensuring reduced maintenance.
The Macron system was very strong. Running a variety of end effectors and product types was effortless and the ability to fit within the confined headroom available has allowed the introduction of automation to a predominantly manual operation.