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SMAC makes Moving Coil electric actuators. These products are the fastest actuators in the world. Cycle life is well beyond 100M. They have the ability to softly land on surfaces and then apply a programmed specific force. SMAC’s new LDL series of linear actuators has a list price of around $300 making them the first real electric actuator alternative to air cylinders. This price is based on SMAC’s contstent cost down program featuring pointed coils, in-house manufactured encoders, and laser cut parts. SMAC invented the Linear Rotary actuator 25 years ago. These are widely used in Electronic Pick and Place, Quality Thread Check, Bottle Capping, and beginning to find wide use in Automatic Screw Driving and SMART Drilling and Tapping. Interestingly a number of companies are making an effort to copy SMAC - but are not able to match technology or price. SMAC also has stepped up its efforts in inspection by launching the MLA series - a direct challenge to old tech LVDT devices.

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Supply Chain Issues Create Opportunities for U.S. Encoder Manufacturer

POSTED 11/09/2021

Carlsbad, CA – Extensive slowdowns all along the supply chain are keeping electronics manufacturers from buying the components they need, when they need them, suggesting broader problems across the economy. However, for SMAC, a little encoder manufacturing group in Derry, New Hampshire, the crisis has led to record sales numbers in 2021.

Rapid initial design contributed to SMAC’s success. Application engineers respond to most inquiries within hours and, depending on the customer’s specifications, they produce prototypes in weeks. Take out the supply chain issues overseas competitors face and the US-based company has become an agile solution for encoders.

“No one else on the planet can create prototypes as quickly as we can,” claimed one SMAC Application Engineer. This statement may be difficult to verify, but certainly only a very select few can deliver price competitive encoder prototypes to U.S.-based companies as quickly as SMAC can.

SMAC setup their own Encoder manufacturing group SMAC-EMC, to design, build and test their own line of optical encoders. Their engineering and manufacturing staff have over 25 years’ experience designing and building optical encoders at SMAC and at other major optical encoder companies. This staff has designed large volume, optical encoder products for Markem, Brooks Automation, Varian Corp, HP, Universal Instruments, Delphi and other manufacturers from coast to coast.

Because SMAC developed and designed their own reflective and diffractive optical encoder in-house, it has given them the knowledge and understanding of all the attributes that go into choosing superior encoder optical components for their designs.