Actuators are the unsung heroes of the manufacturing industry to provide essential linear motion in fabrication processes. Thanks to their low cost and simple technology, pneumatic actuators have remained the industry standard since 1920’s. But, like other archaic technologies, pneumatic actuators lack flexibility, must be adjusted often, have a short lifetime, and they consume a great deal of energy.
To put this in perspective, every single pneumatic actuator on the planet is responsible for producing more CO2 emissions than a passenger car (between 1.3 and 15 Tons per year)! In the world, there are over 40 million actuators (estimated) running 24 hours a day.
In the domain of assembling, packaging and conditioning machines, linear fast movements are required, mainly realized by pneumatic devices with low efficiency and poor flexibility.
Today tubular linear motor technologies are the best candidates for pneumatic replacements; however, they are commercialized only by very few suppliers worldwide and are offered at very high price with respect to pneumatics, limiting the widespread transition to a fully electric machinery industry.
KOMP-ACT has developed a patented solution proving better performances in terms of speed-cycling rate & efficiency than pneumatic devices and other electric solutions.
The solution comprises an enhanced electromagnetic design technology (more compact), proprietary electronics and software control which allows machines programmability & data monitoring system to prevent inadvertent downtime; KOMP-ACT products are produced with novel manufacturing and assembly technologies developed in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Lausanne (The EPFL).
KOMP-ACT uses electromagnetic technology which does not require mechanical transmission elements like ball screws, toothed belts, or gearboxes to move the shaft, unlike other traditional electromechanical actuators.
Our main innovation consists in the use of tubular linear motion technology with an iron core 3-phase stator which provides higher continuous force density and better heat dissipation with respect to ironless technology, thus enabling higher dynamic performance.
In addition, the use of iron core technology reduces the amount of copper needed to produce force, resulting in lower ohmic resistance and high energy efficiency due to low power losses (copper losses).
As an integral part of our “Pneumatic Zero” initiative, KOMP-ACT aims to replace expensive electric and poor pneumatic performance with clean, lean and green technology.
Thanks to their independence from external compressed air tanks or integrated motors, our actuator’s small footprints can fit the most space-restrained applications.
Our actuators reach peak force between 1 and 2,5 milliseconds and have been implemented on machine applications running at 170 cycles/min at full stroke.
Our intelligent embedded sensors guarantee that motion profiles stay constant throughout their entire lifespan, resulting in virtually no maintenance required.
Our solution can slash up to 95% in direct and indirect energy costs.
Thanks to their complete built-in design, KOMP-ACT actuators do not require any additional accessories like other similar electric solutions, which enable customers to achieve significant space and assembly time savings.
KOMP-ACT electric actuators have two cables: power and command which are connected to the electronic controllers.
Two electric actuators can be connected and manage to one single controller. The actuators settings can be done through the web server interface, accessible by connecting a Windows laptop to the controller with a USB cable or directly with field bus (require Controller with Field Bus).
Pneumatic linear actuators use compressed air from an external compressor to move the piston inside the cylinder. As the pressure increases, the cylinder moves along the axis of the piston, creating a linear force.
While the main advantage of pneumatic actuators is their high force density and small footprint, below are some disadvantages related to the use of pneumatic actuators:
Hydraulic linear actuators work similarly to pneumatic actuators, but instead of compressed air, an incompressible fluid from a pump moves the piston inside the cylinder.
Although they are much more efficient than pneumatic and traditional electric actuators, hydraulic actuators leak, resulting in lower efficiency and cleanliness issues, which in turn can cause damage to surrounding components and areas.
In addition, hydraulic actuators require many complementary parts, including a fluid reservoir, motor, pump, drain valves, and heat exchangers, as well as noise reduction devices that significantly increase the cost of their implementation.
Electric linear actuators use a mechanically connected electric motor to turn a threaded spindle. A threaded nut or ball nut with corresponding threads to those of the screw is prevented from rotating with the screw. As the spindle rotates, the nut is carried along the thread. The direction in which the nut moves depends on the direction in which the spindle rotates, and also returns the actuator to its original position.
Here are some disadvantages related to the sue of traditional electric actuators:
In contrast, KOMP-ACT direct drive actuators and linear motors’ movement is provided by an electromagnetic interaction between the iron core stator containing the coils and the rotor containing the permanent magnets.
Here are some of their main advantages:
Unlike most grippers that use electromechanical force, KOMP-ACT grippers use integrated linear motors that provide greater force and faster maneuverability. In addition, the absence of mechanics makes the fingers particularly small and light, similar to a pneumatic gripper.
No, our actuators are linear motors.
Linear motors are often classified as ironless or iron-cored, referring to the type of construction of their primary parts. In ironless linear motors, the primary consists of windings embedded in epoxy resin. In iron-cored linear motors, the windings are mounted in an iron laminated core.
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KOMP-ACT products can be shipped worldwide.
All KOMP-ACT products are precision-designed, engineered and manufactured in Switzerland.
Any machine equipped with digital input/ouput Programmable Logic Controller (or “PLC”) can be retrofitted with our actuators. Compatible PLC brands include:
KOMP-ACT electric actuators can reduce up to 95% of energy expenses related to the op traditional pneumatic actuators.
Aside from replacement at the end of their lifespan, KOMP-ACT actuators require virtually no maintenance throughout their lifespan.
Our actuators work best for applications requiring displacing objects horizontally or vertically at given speeds and cycling rates. However, is also possible to use them for applying a certain level of pressure within certain duty cycles. Contact our team to verify your application.
Any machine equipped with a PLC with digital input/outputs can be retrofitted with our actuators. While our actuators are compact in size and generally fit on almost any machine, it is best to contact us at the beginning of your project prior to designing the machine.
KOMP-ACT actuators can be installed on your machine in minutes. All actuator settings are programmable via an end-user software interface that can be accessed by any Windows-based computer by simply entering the IP address.
While factors such as temperature, speed and applied mass influence the lifespan of different applications, our actuators get over 20 million cycles in typical load condition, which means 40 million strokes with load.
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Three KOMP-ACT technologies are under patent pending status:
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