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Gearmotors for electrified monorail system

Second Quarter 2020 Editor's Choice Electrical switching & drive systems & components

A leading systems integrator for the automotive industry has adapted a Maxolution electrified monorail system (EMS) and 23 HK Series gear units for overhead trolley systems from SEW-Eurodrive for a major upgrade and expansion project. The major benefit for the client is that SEW-Eurodrive is able to supply the complete system, from the stationary control level to the sensors themselves. Maxolution allows for highly accurate simulation for trouble-free start-up, production support and project acceptance. The modular EMS is tailor-made for specific production requirements and is integrated seamlessly into the existing system.

McCormick Engineering system designer, Jaco Viljoen, points out that a great deal of control was needed on the hoist drives due to the high level of accuracy required. The HK Series consists of special gearmotors with integrated couplings, making them ideal for overhead trolley systems such as those deployed at automotive manufacturers.

The main project had two components, with one consisting of engine and gearbox delivery to the main line and the second a transfer system moving a half-built chassis overhead from one floor conveyor to another. Nine HK Series were used on the one part of the project and 14 on the other. The trolley and hoist units operate together seamlessly in terms of the total EMS at the plant.

When the automotive manufacturer called for secondary hoist brakes to be installed for added safety precautions, SEW-Eurodrive was again able to help. This resulted in a significant cost saving for the client.

For more information contact Jana Klut, SEW-Eurodrive, +27 11 248 7000, jklut@sew.co.za, www.sew-eurodrive.co.za


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