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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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Electronic Assembly Technology Improves Packaging

POSTED 09/15/2017

On September 25, 2017, at 1pm PST, SMAC Moving Coil Actuators President, Edward Neff, and SMAC Moving Coil Actuators Sales Manager, Steve Curtiss, will return to Pack Expo Las Vegas to speak at the session, Applying “Zero Defect” Electronic Assembly Actuators to the Packaging Industry. During this session, Mr. Neff and Mr. Curtiss will explain how mechatronic advancements in Electronic Assembly can be applied to the Packaging Industry to maximize quality, uptime, and profits.

Attendees will learn about a great technological leap in important processing applications - like Capping, Filling, Leak Detection, and Ejection/Diversion.

In Capping, mechatronic actuators prevent cross threading while verifying cap height and torque with 100% feedback on quality. For Packaging professionals, this means faster and more efficient QA on all products requiring a cap, even child proof lids.

In Filling and Dispensing, actuators cycle 2 X faster than pneumatics with response time variation reduced by over 95%. In Packaging, this means never over-filling or under-filling a container.

In Ejection, Diversion, Sorting and Laning, moving coil actuators provide much higher speeds, much lower time variation, and the ability to perform a patented Soft-Land routine and push objects with programmable force. This can even be used on containers with greatly differing volumes. Both large and small containers will not tip over because of force and velocity control.

At Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017, the actuator and robotics manufacturer will be showing live demonstrations of advance robotic technology at Booth #C-1560. SMAC’s built in sensor feedback system gives SMAC’s Moving Coil Actuators the unique mechatronic ability to “do work and verify its success at the same time.” This would allow the actuators to quality check key processes 100% in real time and feedback the results.

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators claim to be true “mechatronic solutions.” By that they mean their  actuators have unique capabilities such as programmable and controllable position, velocity, and force, high accelerations, cycle life well over 100M, and a patent-pending “Soft-Land” capability. The Soft-Land capability is very useful when performing fragile part assembly, measurement, moving objects, etc.