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Article | April 12, 2012
Siko Products, Inc: Compact actuating drive
SIKO’s intelligent AG05 actuating drive increases efficiency and lowers cost by shortening cycle times, provides excellent power density for decentralised positioning tasks, and offers automatic adjustment of formats, stops, tools, and many other comparable positionings.
The AG05 can be flexibly integrated into various machine concepts. The start-up is done either at the drive itself or via the bus communication. No additional material is required for assembly. The programming effort and the set-up and setting times are minimal, facilitating rapid activation. The user is supported in an easy start-up by a two-line display that also facilitates the monitoring of target and actual values during operation. The AG05 has a stainless steel hollow shaft with a diameter of 14 mm. The robust, glass fiber-reinforced plastic housing with smooth surface is resistant to acid and leaches. The actuating drive is installed directly on the feed and auxiliary axles. In the compact housing, there is a brushless 24 V DC motor with planetary gears, controller, power electronics, and integrated field bus interface. The innovative drive runs smoothly with superior power density of 30 W/dm³.The integration into various safety concepts can be done easily with the AG05 because the power supply for the control and power electronics is separate. The workload of the higher-level PLC is substantially reduced by the integrated regulating electronics. Monitoring functions for temperature, power, and contouring errors are also already integrated in the drive. The charging status of the battery is continuously monitored so that any necessary change of battery, which can be carried out by the user, is indicated or reported early on. Through the battery buffering of the magnetic measurement system, position deviations are also recorded in a powerless state and repeat referencing is no longer needed. The AG05 can be flexibly integrated into new or existing machine concepts and the short cycle and set-up times quickly provide high productivity. Despite all the technical features, the DriveLine AG05 actuating drive is no larger than a regular pop can.
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