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IP67 or IP69K rated

J1939 actuator for harsh environments

Thomson (US) introduced the Electrak MD electromechanical linear actuators with embedded J1939 interface. It is suited for mobile off-highway, material handling, and factory automation applications.

Electrak MD actuators with lengths from 50 mm to 300 mm require less space as its predecessor Electrak HD (Source: Thomson)

The integrated features eliminate space consumption by keeping external equipment (e.g. encoders, switches) within the actuator housing. This functionality provides simpler control and communication methods as its predecessor Electrak HD, said the company. “Traditionally, motion control users looking for a higher load handling system are using hydraulic actuators,” said Chad Carlberg, product line manager for industrial actuators at Thomson. “However, these actuators are costly to maintain and use a lot of space. With our new compact Electrak MD, designers can now achieve high precision and greater flexibility while reducing costs.”

Beside the CAN connectivity, the actuators with up to 2 kN of force offer such functions as feedback on position, low-current switching (PLC compatibility), and end-of-stroke indication output. Open loop speed control, overload protection, voltage and current monitoring, dynamic motor braking, and temperature compensation are provided as well.

Power supply of 12 VDC (9 VDC to 16 VDC) or 24 VDC (18 VDC to 32 VDC) is required. The operating temperature can range from -40 °C to +85 °C. Together with the maximal IP69K/IP66 (static/dynamic) protection, the use of the actuator in very harsh environments is possible. The main application fields include automated guided vehicles, logistics trains, workstations, packaging machines, and agricultural vehicles. The latter include gardening and landscaping vehicles, as well as seeding, watering, and fertilizing machines.


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