XY-tables enable the horizontal movement of automated machines such as assembly robots in production plants, milling tables or drilling tables. Robotic arms and other automated machines have limited range of motion while their bases remain fixed; XY-tables allow these bases to move horizontally in the X and Y directions. Also known as cross slides, these XY-tables are both manual and motorised positioning tables with linear motion based on bearings set in motion by a drive mechanism. Typically, the drive is implemented by a linear motor or a hand wheel. XY-tables are designed to enable powerful positioning along multiple axes.
For example, XY-tables are suitable for the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and semiconductor industries and offer precision-controlled automated movements. XY-tables are widely used in mechanical processes and applications, including material handling, industrial automation, mechanical engineering, and automated measuring technology.
For various requirements, igus has a wide range of hand wheels available from stock; from small compact sizes up to 125 Ø with/without handles in different designs.
The position indicator for linear axes is used for setting and direct reading of the carriage position. This can reduce downtime, perform adjustments quickly and accurately, and reproduce values.
Linear modules with trapezoidal threads are equipped with a self-locking mechanism. Many applications call for an additional clamping option as an extra safeguard against unintentional movement of the lead screw.
igus provides a product range of continuously rotatable angular drives for adjustment options from a defined direction. For manual adjustments, the angular drives can also be configured with position indicator, clamp and hand wheel, and are shipped pre-assembled. Angular drives with keyed/grooved shafts are available for motor interfaces with increased torque transfers.