RS Components introduces range of motion control solutions


Monday, 30 May, 2016

RS Components introduces range of motion control solutions

RS Components has announced a range of products and solutions to help companies involved in motion control applications to equip and maintain systems, such as conveyors, used in diverse industries including automotive, packaging, manufacturing and production or in the chemical or food and beverage processing sectors.

Budgetary constraint is an increasingly significant factor and many companies do not always have the luxury of purchasing completely new state-of-the-art motion control systems. They are more often than not faced with the challenge of keeping ageing conveyor systems operational and have key decisions to make about maintenance and partial system upgrades.

Conveyor system maintenance is key to ensuring that the life of expensive industrial systems is extended well beyond a manufacturer’s guarantee, safely and cost-effectively. RS is suggesting a series of tips for maintaining these systems while keeping downtime to a minimum, including: employing maintenance engineers to repair small problems before they become large enough to affect the quality of the manufactured goods or cause expensive downtime; keeping stock of obsolete critical parts or those with long lead times; and establishing a preventive maintenance procedure with regular system audits and documentation to reduce unexpected failures.

According to Heiko Luckhaupt, marketing manager at RS: “In an ideal world, the latest state-of-the-art technology would always be available to producers to enable them to manufacture, process or package products and materials to the highest specifications. However, it is often the case that the technology being used currently is actually more than adequate to do the job, plus there is often no additional budget available for significant upgrades. In many circumstances, the best course of action is to keep current systems up and running for as long as possible.”

RS offers a number of options from leading suppliers to provide solutions for maintaining mechanical parts such as bearings, belts, pulleys, couplings, gears, gaskets, seals, dampers, height mounts and ball transfer units, as well as pneumatic components such as adaptors, fittings and couplings. Also available are many options for maintaining electrical parts such as motors, drives, sensors, sounders, beacons, switches, cables, connectors and push-buttons. In addition, a range of supporting materials includes tools, safety signs, first-aid equipment, personal protection equipment, lubricants and sprays.

There are also motors, drives and starters from leading companies such as ABB, Eaton, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Faulhaber, as well as replacement linear and radial bearings from companies such as SKF and IGUS, and pneumatic and hydraulic components from SMC and Parker.

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