Actuators of multiple sizes, ball screws, gearheads and full linear motion systems combine to control the multiple stages in this application, where frozen dinner boxes are placed in a microwave and heated before being delivered to a hatch for the customer.
Here, as with a food packaging robot, ball screws can replace actuators in many cases, to provide more customizability at reasonable cost.
Linear Actuator and Linear-Motion System
The dinner box is pushed out of the freezer by a linear actuator and positioned sideways via a linear-motion system, which is driven by a motor and a gearhead.
Actuators push the dinner box onto a transport conveyor and also open the hatch for access by customer.