Linear actuators drive a wide range of essential functions in the industrial and manufacturing fields. Discrete forces delivered along a defined linear axis can be applied to many areas within a single piece of machinery. Variations in the force, stroke, precision, and duty cycle of the actuated system are optimized to drive a single function, and these elements can vary greatly between different pieces of equipment.
A range of five (5) representative applications are shown below as reference:
A B C D E Moving mass (kg) 5500 6400 7900 10400 22100 Target Time to Stroke (msec) 640 730 900 950 1100 One-Way Stroke (mm) 645 730 975 975 1085
Traditional actuator technologies, such as hydromechanical, electromechanical, and pneumatic, all face limitations in functionality. These include one or more of the following: efficiency, accuracy, repeatability, contamination from the working fluid, high operating and maintenance costs, and high capital costs. Most often, one limitation is eliminated at the expense of another. This is especially true in high force and/or speed applications.
The client seeks partners with novel concepts to supplement systems in their existing infrastructure for delivering a payload. Technologies that improve upon the current state of the art, that make use of non-contact solutions, or that have cross-industry applicability are all of significant interest.
Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan
Phase 1 – Proof of concept
- In this phase, the proposed technology will be examined for compatibility with the client’s application and will include testing.
Phase 2 – Commercial development
- In this phase, the proposed technology will be integrated with the client’s equipment in preparation for sale.
Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2
- To continue from Phase 1 to Phase 2, it must be evident that the proposed technology is capable of meeting the performance requirements and brings value to the client’s customers in an economical way.