Cylinders reduce commissioning and maintenance time

3rd January 2018
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Cylinders reduce commissioning and maintenance time

Two important new patents have been added to Parker Hannifin's series of ETH high-force electro-thrust cylinders. The patents are designed to reduce commissioning and maintenance time for users, as well as minimise machine downtime. The first patent sees the introduction of a lubrication port that allows the application of grease in seconds, without the need to disassemble any part of the cylinder. 

At the core of ETH cylinders is a high-quality, precision ballscrew that is designed to deliver smooth operation over the entire speed range. However, all ballscrews require occasional re-lubrication over the course of their operating life. In order to simplify this process and save time, Parker’s engineers have designed the integrated lubrication port. The patent-protected port is located on the rear bearing block/housing of the extrusion profile.

Parker’s second new patent for its ETH cylinders relates to the tensioning of the timing belt that couples the ballscrew to a parallel-mounted motor. To ensure optimum torque transfer, belt tension must be perfectly adjusted. Here, Parker has devised a clever tensioning principle in order to increase reliability and reduce the amount of time this process requires.

The company claims that the patent-protected tensioning principle, which is based on a simple system involving a toothed belt, threaded pins and lock nuts, allows perfect tension to be achieved. Another advantage of the process is simplified maintenance. For instance, if a customer ever needs to change the motor, the same belt tension is retained; there is no need for any adjustment.

Parker’s ETH electro-thrust cylinder is designed to close the gap between pneumatic and hydraulic actuators, providing a reliable and economic alternative to both in a range of industry applications.

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