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12/16/2004 | Telescopic column raises Danaher Motion profile

WOOD DALE, IL - The very low retracted height of the new Thomson Movoact TC 16 is a feature, which will be of interest to engineers looking for a compact, electrically actuated, lifting column to be utilized in a space critical environment. That is what Danaher Motion hopes as they launch this product into the medical, disability, rehabilitation and fitness OEM markets.

The Movoact TC16 has an extremely low retracted versus stroke length ratio. This makes the product particularly suitable for applications that demand a high load in a space critical environment. To date OEM’s have had to compromise product design due to the size of standard linear motion products, but now, by specifying the Movoact TC16 a more compact design can be developed.

In fact the innovative and aesthetic design of the aluminum extrusions allows the Movoact TC16 to be a visible component. This will eliminate the need for cover plates or enclosures, and therefore reduces material cost and assembly time. Service time is also reduced, but the manufacturers claim that the product should have a long maintenance free life due to the use of quality component parts.

The Movoact TC16 is built around a special combination of double-telescoping lead screws with a belt driven gear and the latest in motor technology which has been developed by Thomson, the Danaher Motion business that specializes in linear actuation. This design ensures quiet operation in a highly efficient package, giving a high load capacity (max. 2000N) with minimum current consumption. An optional encoder can be used to determine the precise position of a load, giving feedback directly to a PLC or control system.

The guiding technology between the aluminum extrusions offers fast, (up to 19 mm/s) smooth, quiet, rigid and maintenance free operation. Incorporated within the design is the latest anti-friction material, which gives a high moment load capability in a very small envelope.

Safety is always an important consideration when lifting any load and so the Movoact TC16 has an integral self locking mechanism for static load holding together with dynamic braking.

Movoact TC16 is designed to be used in domestic, medical and office environments, as well as in disability equipment. Some typical applications are among reclining beds, dental chairs, adjustable computer tables, X-ray equipment, wheelchairs, and fitness equipment and in the adaptation of vehicles for the disabled.

About Danaher Motion
Danaher Motion is a leading global manufacturer of motion control products that improve the efficiency and productivity of complex manufacturing operations.  Danaher Motion’s product innovations have been revolutionizing the motion control industry for over 60 years through trusted brand names including Dover, Kollmorgen, MEI, Pacific Scientific, Portescap, and Thomson.  Danaher Motion is a strategic business platform of the Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), a manufacturer of process and environmental controls, tools and industrial components.

Thomson, 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1-540-633-0294 (fax); Thomson@thomsonlinear.com; www.thomsonlinear.com.

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