World's Flattest and Most Compact Direct Drive Motor with
IP66 Rating*1 in Watertight and Dust-tight Performance
Tokyo, Japan, June 15, 2010 – NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Norio Otsuka) announced the release of Megatorque Motor Z Series with High Environmental Resistance, joining the Megatorque Motor family that has earned a strong reputation in the semiconductor and liquid crystal display (LCD) sectors. The new Z Series motors achieve an IP66 rating for dust and water ingress protection, making them the world's flattest and most compact direct drive motors to attain the rating. The high speed and high precision of Megatorque motors will contribute significantly to the improvement in productivity of foods and automotive components, where there is exposure to water and oil. NSK released three models of the Megatorque Motor Z Series in July 2010.
Rotary positioning mechanisms currently used in manufacturing exposed to water, oil and other liquids give priority to waterproofness, so mechanical indexing machines are widely used. However, mechanical indexing mechanisms offer limited flexibility in their installation, and have a significant environmental impact from waste oil disposal, increasing the demand for alternative solutions.
NSK developed the Megatorque Motor Z Series with high environmental resistance in order to reliably withstand manufacturing settings that involve exposure to water, oil and other liquids, as well as dust and particulates. The new Z Series motors deliver the same performance as our other Megatorque Motors, while achieving an IP66 rating for dust and water ingress protection, enabling manufacturers to significantly improve positioning speed and accuracy in a wide range of manufacturing environments.
NSK will offer expanded after-sales service to ensure the long and reliable use of the motors by customers. The service includes the assessment of waterproof seal life, in addition to a range of maintenance, replacement and repair services.
The Megatorque Motor Z Series with high environmental resistance has been available since July 2010. NSK expects the sales of this product to reach one billion yen by 2012. NSK showcased the Megatorque Motor Z Series in Tokyo at the 23rd Interphex Japan trade show held from June 30 to July 2, 2010, and at the Techno-Frontier 2010 trade show held from July 21 to 24, 2010.
Original waterproof construction protects the direct drive motor from ingress against high pressure water jets, achieving an IP66 rating for ingress protection under IEC standards.
Technologies for high precision and high torque of Megatorque Motors are integrated with a flat design and excellent sealing to set a standard as the world's flattest and most compact (based on volume/torque ratio) direct drive motor with water ingress protection.
The motor is available in three models rated for a maximum output torque of 40 N・m, 130 N・m and
175N·m respectively, to support a wide range of load. All models deliver a repeatability of ±2 seconds (1/1800 degrees) with a position sensor resolution of 2.62 million pulses/revolution.
NSK first introduced a line of direct drive motors using the Megatorque Motor trade name in 1985. Direct drive motors eliminate the vibration and backlash that is associated with a servo motor and reducer, or a mechanical indexing machine. Compared with other direct drive motors, Megatorque Motors are compact and flat, combined with their high torque and high accuracy, Megatorque Motors deliver unique value that customers have come to rely on. Megatorque Motors are used in a wide range of applications, such as actuators in factory automation ranging from semiconductor, LCD, and CD/DVD manufacturing machines to assembly and inspection equipment.
*1 The IP66 rating, defined by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), classifies the degree of protection against ingress of foreign material (dirt, dust and water). Megatorque Motor Z Series is the flattest and most compact direct drive motor to be certified with IP66 rating (as of June 2010, based on data collected by NSK)
*2 Certified by third party testing agency TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd. under IEC 60529 and IEC 60034-5 standards.
|Motor outer diameter||[mm]||φ220||φ286|
|Maximum output torque||[N·m]||40||130||175|
|Motor hollow diameter||[mm]||φ44||φ37|
|Maximum rotational speed||[s-1]||3|
|Resolution of position sensor||[counts/rev]||2,621,440|
|Absolute positioning accuracy||[arc sec]||90 (interchangeable type, ambient temperature: 25±5[°C])|
|Allowable axial load||[N]||4,500||9,500|
|Allowable moment load||[N·m]||80||160||200|
|Environmental conditions||Ambient temperature 0-40[°C]; use indoors, free from corrosive gas|
|Degree of Protection||IP65, IP66 (IEC/EN 60529, IEC/EN 60034-5)|
IP codes are defined in IEC 60529, which classifies the degree of protection against the ingress of foreign material (dirt and dust, water) into the enclosure of electrical and mechanical products. The first digit (0 to 6) indicates the level of protection against ingress of solid objects such as dust, and the second digit (0 to 8) indicates the level of protection against water ingress (waterproofness).
IP6X: Totally protected against dust, after eight hours in talc powder (75μm filter) and internal pressure reduced to 2kPa.
IPX5: Protected against a low-pressure jet of water, must withstand for at least three minutes while being subjected to the jet using a φ6.5 spray nozzle diameter at a rate of 12.5ℓ/min from all directions, using a φ6.5 spray nozzle diameter at a rate of 12.5ℓ/min.
IPX6: Protected against temporary flooding with water, must withstand for at least three minutes while being subjected to a powerful jet of water using a φ12.5 spray nozzle diameter at a rate of 100ℓ/min from all directions.
Dust and water resistance testing do not constitute a guarantee against malfunction or accident, or a guarantee of the product life. IP classifications specified by the IEC constitute indexes for protective performance under fixed conditions, and do not constitute a guarantee of ingress or ingress protection in all conditions and for all liquids and solids.
(1) Reduces the overall equipment size and weight, compared with using a mechanical indexing machine.
Example: (Oil used for processing work)
A table measuring φ800 mm due to the size of indexing machine can be reduced to φ550 mm, and the weight reduced by 30 kg. The transfer time can also be reduced by 60%, from 1.5 seconds to 0.6 seconds.
(2) The Megatorque Motor provides contained water protection, to significantly improve reliability when compared with a non-contained unit.
World's flattest design enables drop-in replacement for existing machinery.