Thomson Industries, Inc. has extended the capability of its Electrak HD electromechanical linear actuator line to loads of up to 16 kilonewtons (kN) (3,600 lb.) This new offering delivers heavy load handling capacity comparable to hydraulic technologies but with greater controllability, smaller footprint and low maintenance. The Electrak HD expansion also sets a new stroke length and durability performance benchmark for electromechanical actuators.
Smart electromechanical actuators accomplish all operation and control functions with onboard electronics, dramatically reducing footprint, installation and maintenance costs. Electrak HD actuators simply connect to a power supply and PLC or other control source to bring the benefits of onboard electronics to high load applications for construction and agriculture, material handling, and factory automation.
By expanding from 10 kN (2,250 lb) to 16 kN and enabling that capability at stroke lengths up to 500 mm (20 in.), Thomson has also set a high performance and durability benchmark for electromechanical actuators with onboard intelligence. Its minimum duty cycle of 25 % among stroke lengths up to 500 mm is the highest in the industry, assuring maximum continuity of operation with minimum current draw. For 16 kN loads at those stroke lengths, Thomson also offers speed options up to at least 5 mm/sec (0.197 in./sec.)
With enhanced functionality provided by an advanced onboard Electrak Modular Control System (EMCS) and its optional functions, the Electrak HD line offers a simpler method of control and communication, which reduces operating costs, requires less space and simplifies setup and installation. Optional out-of-the-box J1939 CAN bus communication enables control and monitoring, while optional low-level switching, end-of-stroke indication output, choice of analog or digital feedback, and a customer control interface provide additional versatility.
Contributing to durability in high-load operations are unrivaled environmental resistance ratings of IP69K static, IP67 static and IP66 dynamic. Even with high loads, the actuators will operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to +85°C (-40 to +185°F), can withstand salt spray for 500 hours, and are CE, RoHS and REACH (EU) compliant.
For more information, visit www.thomsonlinear.com.