Motion control: Actuators pack high power into small footprints


Parker Hannifin Corporation 's Actuator Division introduced the P5TT and P5TD Series Twin-Rod cylinders designed for light duty, non-rotational and bearing-guided linear motion applications. The series completes the company's family of compact, high-speed, short-stroke actuators that provide superior power in a smaller footprint.

Designed specifically for use on conveyor equipment, packaging machinery, and assembly systems, these cylinder series provide cost-effective, leading-edge technology to meet a wide range of application requirements. They feature dual-cylinder bores to deliver maximum force in a compact, lightweight package; direct mounting of multiple actuators to optimize cost-effectiveness in multi-axis systems; and unique engineering to provide economical solutions for light-duty, non-rotational tasks.

Series standard features include internal bumpers for extend stroke along with adjustable retract bumper stop. A unique T-slot allows for a wide range of mounting options including the ability to mount multiple-axis automated systems directly with no transition plate required. The T-slot also permits integration with all Parker IPS structural aluminum products. The complete series is available in single or dual tooling plate versions.

System porting enables maximum flow rates to each cylinder bore for high flow rates in high-speed applications, along with increased throughput. Side porting is standard, with optional rod porting also available on dual tooling plate models. Stroke adjusters in both directions are standard, while optional shock absorbers provide smooth deceleration even under extreme application conditions.

Integrated sensor grooves and a standard magnetic piston provide accurate position sensing while a unique groove offers maximum LED visibility even from extreme angles. For added flexibility, the series' housing/tooling plate orientation is designed for use as gantry or dual tooling plate slide. For significantly increased load capacity, bearings are separated to extreme ends of housing/carriage.

The Parker Hannifin Actuator Division combines pneumatic, electromechanical, hydraulic and structural aluminum technologies said to provide world-class automation system solutions across all industries.

—Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor

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