SKF launches CASM 100 electromechnical actuator
October 20, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Oct. 20, 2017 – SKF has launched the CASM 100 electromechanical actuator with a range of modules, describing it as “exceptionally adaptable” to satisfy various applications in different sectors.
The technology can be used in the automation sector on applications including servo presses, test benches, plastic injection moulding, dosing machinery and conveyors, says SKF, as well as a range of applications including the control of robots, handling and packaging machines, sorting systems and cutting machines. Featuring a linear design that promises to withstand the harshest conditions, the CASM 100 boasts a force range up to 82kN and linear speed up to 890 mm/s. The standardized interface between modules – similar to the concept of Lego bricks – increases the unit’s flexibility and makes it backward compatible, says the company.
According to SKF, the actuator consumes up to 80 per cent less energy than pneumatic alternatives and 50 per cent compared to hydraulic solutions. It also uses fewer consumables because, in many applications, is virtually maintenance-free, only requiring re-lubrication using standard grease. There is also no need to change hydraulic fluids and seals and promises to be clean, leak-free, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.