Ewellix launches intelligent SmartX platform for linear motion
Ewellix, the leading global innovator and manufacturer of advanced linear motion technologies, has launched an intelligent digital platform, which will underpin a new and advanced generation of linear motion solutions.
Called SmartX, the new digital platform has been designed to help engineers develop motion, robotic and automation systems that offer far greater levels of intelligence, connectivity and adaptability than are achievable from existing equipment. As a result, it will be possible to improve productivity, reliability, safety and functionality, providing a future-proof option that is compliant with i4.0, smart factories and the Internet of things (IoT).
The new generation of SmartX linear motion products will have intelligent digital control, sensor and communication technologies integrated within the standard product envelope. By comparison, traditional linear motion devices generally require controllers and sensors, such as force and position sensors, to be mounted externally; these devices are often sourced from different suppliers, which can lead to issues with compatibility, functionality and maintenance.
A SmartX linear motion device will typically feature a dedicated, twin-CPU controller, with onboard software, electronics and internal and external bus connections. This makes programming, setup and subsequent adjustments to operating parameters quick and simple, while the twin-CPU configuration provides 100% redundancy. It also enables safety, measurement and control functions to be embedded to improve overall performance still further.