In pneumatic rack and pinion actuators, the linear movement of a piston is converted into a swivel movement via a pinion. Drives with gear rack/pinion are used, for example, in custom handling systems where a swivel angle of up to 180° is required.
Rack and pinion actuators are characterized by their flat design, a continuous hollow flange shaft for cable or media through-feed as well as the simple attachment of the gripper to the actuator itself. This makes these rotary drives ideally suited, among other things, for pick & place applications or robot applications.
Festo is one of the world's leading manufacturers of rack and pinion actuators and offers the right solution for nearly every application with its various series. The bandwidth ranges from 0.2 to over 110 Nm torque. Various cushioning options enable suitable end-position cushioning for a wide range of applications. Depending on whether the focus is on the shortest possible swivel times or a high mass moment of inertia:
Numerous additional functions also extend Festo's total product range in a targeted manner. These include an intermediate position module, an integrated energy through-feed, and end-position locking.