The latest version of a company’s web-based linear motion-system sizing and selection software, Linear Motioneering 2.0, lets OEM and factory automation users optimize machine design and operation by walking them through an intuitive process that delivers the data necessary to make a logical system selection in minutes. The software includes Thomson products along with enhanced graphics and a streamlined user-interface. Also new to V2.0 is a sort-and-filter feature that lets users quickly and easily organize and compare all the products that fit the specific application requirements.
“With Linear Motioneering 2.0, users simply enter information on system orientation, positioning requirements, environmental conditions, load and force, and move profile requirements. The program then provides a list of recommended and linear system equipment by technology type to satisfy specific application needs,” says Jim Marek, Business Unit Manager, Thomson Systems. Outputs include 2D and 3D CAD models in multiple formats, pricing, delivery times and ordering information with a single part number.
The developer says the software is the most comprehensive system sizing and selection tool available, and offers several benefits that help users select the ideal product for their application. For instance, a motor-interface selector lets users enter motor dimensions, or major manufacturer’s motor model number, and the system configures the mating flange and coupling. The software also provides safety factors for critical system components letting users make a decision based on price and the safety margin of the selection. Users can change the move profile and calculate resulting loads and safety factors on the fly, and an environmental screen guides users to the base system selection and displays appropriate options such as material and coatings that are suitable for that environment.
The product recommended by the software, including accessories and motor mounts, is assigned a “Smart Part Number” machine builders can use to order the linear motion system with all accessories pre-mounted and ready to build into the machine. The software provides a detailed specification of the system and a summary of the loading and motion profiles, as well as an instant download of a complete 2D and 3D CAD model provided in all of the most common CAD formats. This lets the user select and specify the best linear-motion system, and then load it into his machine design in a matter of minutes. Users can also view list prices and lead-time information, and even request a quote online.
Linear Motioneering lets users configure a system based on system type or from an existing part number, thus providing three different function modes. The Sizing and Selection mode accepts information and delivers a product along with commercial and technical information. The Configure-Your-Solution mode provides the same deliverables as the Sizing and Selection mode, but is intended for those who are familiar with Thomson products and want to quickly configure a part number. The Lookup by Part Number module is a way for repeat customers to confirm current pricing and part number configuration.
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