Web-based sizing and selection tool helps optimize linear motion solutions

Danaher Motion [www.danahermotion.com] introduced a free web-based linear-motion-system sizing and selection tool that enables OEM and factory automation users to optimize machine design and operation in five simple steps.
By Control Engineering Staff August 23, 2007

Wood Dale, IL Danaher Motion introduced a free web-based linear-motion-system sizing and selection tool that enables OEM and factory automation users to optimize machine design and operation in five simple steps. The tool, called Linear Motioneering , walks users through an intuitive process to deliver all data necessary to make a quick, logical system selection for a slide table application. Deliverables include immediate 3D CAD models in multiple formats, motor requirements, life and safety factor calculations, lead time and pricing information with options listed by price point, an automated email of the inquiry and quote documenting the application, and a single part number to order from that includes all specified options.

The software also provides safety factors for critical system components that allows users to make a decision based not just on price, but on the safety margin of his or her selection. Users can change the move profile and calculate the resulting loads and safety factors on the fly, and an environmental screen guides the user not only to the base system selection, but also displays appropriate options such as material and coatings that are suitable for that environment,” he says.

Linear Motioneering software helps with linear motion component sizing and selection. Source: Danaher Motion

Users simply key in application parameters, including mounting configuration, environmental conditions, positioning, loading, and move requirements. With that information, the software recommends a choice of specific linear motion systems optimized to meet the demands of the particular application. The solution, including any accessories and motor mounts, is assigned a “Smart Part Number” that the machine builder can use to order the linear motion system with all accessories pre-mounted and ready for integration into the machine.

The software provides a detailed specification of the system and a summary of the loading and motion profiles, as well as an instant download of a complete 3D CAD model provided in all of the most common CAD formats. This enables the user to select and specify the optimum linear motion system, and then load it into his machine design in a matter of minutes. In addition, the user can view the list price and lead-time information, and request a quote online.

The software also allows users to configure a system based on system type or from an existing part number, thus providing three different modes of functionality. The Sizing and Selection mode is the all-encompassing process that accepts information and delivers a solution, along with commercial and technical collateral information. The Configure Your Solution mode provides all of the same deliverables as the Sizing and Selection mode, but is intended for those who are familiar with Danaher Motion products and want to quickly configure a part number. The Lookup by Part Number module is a way for repeat customers to confirm current pricing and part number configuration.

—Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor, Control Engineering