By DE StaffFluid Power Machine Building
Festo’s EPCE cylinder integrates servo drive, controller and two control options.
Festo has added the EPCE electric cylinder to its Simplified Motion Series (SMS). The actuators in the series integrate a servo drive, controller, electronics and two on-board control options as standard: Digital I/O and IO-Link. It converts the rotary motion of the mounted motor into the linear motion of a piston rod or rods via an internal toothed belt drive. The EPCE line offers a number of variants, based on the location and number of piston rod(s), left or right, front or rear, etc. Units with 1-4 piston rods are available, and there are through-piston rod as well as dual opposite-direction piston rod variants as well. All parameters are set manually on board the device. No software or special expertise is required to get the unit up and running. Extended functions are possible with IO-Link.