The development of photovoltaic and thermal solar energy—along with China’s rapidly growing capacity to manufacture them—has opened many new opportunities for sustainable energy production in international markets. At the same time, the demand for efficient energy production creates a new market need to optimize heliostat performance.
A company that specializes in creating cutting, placing and packaging machines looked to Kollmorgen for an innovative motor design. See how the AKMH motor met the strictest hygienic requirements and integrated with a third-party drive.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a massive spike in the demand for medical equipment in every region of the world, including personal protective equipment, laboratory test systems, ventilators and more. A major global supplier of blood gas analyzers reached out to Kollmorgen—its motion partner of 15 years—with an urgent request to more than quadruple production of the specialized steppers that are all-important to blood gas analyzer accuracy, reliability and efficiency.
In the fight against COVID-19, the soaring demand for face masks has led to a severe undersupply. Beckmann Automation GmbH, a German machine builder that has traditionally manufactured machines for mattress and belt production, quickly stepped in to meet this urgent need.
When the world became aware of the COVID-19 outbreak first identified in Wuhan, China, it quickly became clear that greatly increased diagnostic capacity would be needed. Early in the outbreak, one of the world’s largest producers of diagnostic equipment—and a leading supplier of CT scanning equipment in China—reached out to Kollmorgen for help ramping up production.
An Italian-based machine builder, supporting over 1,500 factories worldwide with manufacturing solutions for chimney pipes, air conditioning, automotive, and medical-pharmaceutical applications, wanted to position their new machine to take advantage of the growing market trend of increasing variation in pipe shapes and sizes. Kollmorgen engineers suggested a direct drive approach to eliminate the productivity limitations of the gears and belts, including the resulting system compliance that prevents quicker moves and reduces cut quality.
A Turkish-based company was looking to improve the cost, cut quality and machine serviceability of their flagship plasma cutting machine. Kollmorgen engineers implemented an AKM/AKD system solution to provide faster indexing and settle times. By implementing advanced tuning, the machine dramatically improved cut quality.
Since 1992, an Italian-based company has specialized in the design and manufacture of laser machine systems that are used around the world to cut a variety of materials, including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, glass, methacrylate and composite materials. Key to the success of these machines is the ability to produce complex parts with consistent accuracy. Kollmorgen, working in conjunction with the customer, implemented a water-cooled IC Series direct drive linear motor to enhance continuous force capabilities.
The market for plasma cutting machines in North America is highly competitive, with customers looking for a variety of solutions—from big machines with high capacity and throughput to smaller machines for fabrication shops with more limited resources. A machine builder in Mexico looked for new ideas to successfully grow in this challenging environment. Success with the small, large, upgraded and custom machines all depended on precise motion, achieved quickly, affordably and reliably. That’s where Kollmorgen came in.
A major manufacturer of advanced laser-cutting machines engaged Kollmorgen in the early 1980s, recognizing the importance of precision motion to meet the unique and varied requirements of the machine builder's customer base. Kollmorgen designed a customized winding that worked with a specialized, high-density magnet material to deliver the needed power with no need to change the installation footprint.
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