“The mini planar surface gantry EXCM from Festo appeared on the market at exactly the right time”, says Risto Mäkelä, Chief Engineer at PKC Electronics. “With this compact, ready-to-install planar surface gantry, precise and fast positioning in tight installation conditions is now extremely easy.”
Jukka Merisalo, Key Account Manager at Festo Finland, adds: “The planar surface gantry EXCM really shows off its strengths in situations where every millimetre counts.” The compact planar surface gantry can travel to any position within its working space. It just needs an area equivalent to a DIN A4 sheet. The recirculating toothed belt moves the slide within a two-dimensional area (X- and Y-axes). The fixed motors are connected to the slide and thanks to the parallel-kinematic drive principle, the moving masses remain low. This allows fast positioning at speeds of up to 500 mm/s and repetition accuracies of the order of ±0.05 mm.
Together with the electric slide EGSL, the Z-axis is responsible for the correct functioning of the touch and swipe tests. The pneumatic slide DGSL is equipped with a microphone and light cube, allowing audio, camera and display tests to be performed.
Ready-to-install system solution
The gantry is quick to commission and can be integrated quickly into machines. The pre-parameterised drive and controller package gives users the security of knowing that they can concentrate on their own core competencies without having to concern themselves with the details of automation technology. “The fact that Festo could offer us a complete package consisting of hardware, software and a consultancy service is what tipped the balance in their favour”, says Mäkelä.