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MEAF Machinery - Thermoforming

MEAF - Thermoforming

MEAF - Thermoforming mould equipment uses Exlar FT60 actuators and one GSX60 integrated actuator.


Application: Thermoforming mould equipment
Objective: Achieving higher mould forces, smoother motion profile and long service life
Exlar components used: Two Exlar FT60 actuators and one GSX60 integrated actuator

Providing higher possible mould forces and a smoother motion profile along with long service life was the goal for MEAF Machinery while designing their new KSM600 high capacity thermoforming machine.  This machine, utilizing air and plug‐assisted forming, enables very accurate control of the wall thickness of the plastic to form ribs and contours, resulting in a final stable plastic product.

Exlar’s roller screw actuator technology was chosen over less capable linear motion solutions for this application.  Ball screw average life expectancy would not meet the service requirements of the KSM600 machine, whereas pneumatic cylinders could not produce a sufficiently high force and stiffness for pressing and rotating.   

By choosing two Exlar FT60 actuators and one GSX60 integrated actuator, MEAF replaced the pneumatic plug drive and the cam system for opening and closing the mould.  Not only were the objectives of long life and increased load were met, but an electric cam profile provided by the Exlar actuators resulted in a smoother motion profile.

Outcome:

  • Millions of cycles without re-lubrication or maintenance
  • Roller Screw driven with 15x the life of ball screws
  • Quieter than other motion technologies
  • Smoother motion
  • Less energy consumption than fluid power
  • Accurate and repeatable positioning
  • Wide variety of mounting styles
  • High cycle rates
  • Multiple stroke lengths

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The Exlar Linear Actuator Advantage with Planetary Roller Screw Technology

  • Millions of cyces without re-lubrication or maintenance
  • Roller Screw dirven with 15x the life of ball screws
  • Quieter than other motion technologies
  • Smoother motion
  • Less energy consumption than fluid power
  • Accurate and repeatable positioning
  • Wide variety of mounting styles
  • High cycle rates
  • Multiple stroke lengths

Optimize your application with Exlar actuators.  Visit www.exlar.com for complete product information or call us at 952‐368‐3434.  You may also email us at info@exlar.com.

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