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LINEAR MOTION CONTROL

Technical Data Sheet

Precision Roller Pinion System
Premium and Standard Models
Nexen offers an advanced new technology that revolutionizes linear motion. The Roller Pinion System (RPS) provides zero backlash, very high positional accuracy, unlimited length, very high speeds, 99% efficiency, high rigidity, low noise, low maintenance, corrosion resistance, and long life. This opens up new design possibilities and provides the capability to achieve much higher levels of performance in machine designs.

Precision Operation Maintains Accurate Positioning The RPS line features an innovative rack and roller pinion technology that provides extremely accurate positioning. This design eliminates the cumulative error and thermal expansion error problems experienced with ball screw systems. The Roller Pinion System also offers backlash-free performance in both directions by maintaining opposing contact with two or more teeth at all times. This design eliminates the costly and complex split and dual pinion systems required by most traditional rack and pinion systems to achieve zero backlash. Rugged Design Capable of High Speeds The Roller Pinion System maintains accurate positioning at speeds as high as 11 m/sec (36.1 ft/sec). Even at these speeds, the extremely-low friction design does not create heat or wear on components. Segmented Rack Provides Easy Integration and Unlimited Travel Nexen offers the rack in standard segmented lengths, making it easy to accommodate your application requirements. Supplied in meter and half meter increments, length can also be custom cut as required. The basic system is comprised of just two parts, a rack and roller, making it easy to adapt to any application. Patented Tooth Design Ensures Quiet Operation The RPS line is designed with bearing supported rollers that move smoothly along the face of each tooth. This reduces noise levels often associated with other linear motion systems like tooth slap or ball return noise. This low friction design is more than 99% efficient in converting rotary to linear motion greatly reducing wear, and giving long life.

cost. and life. Unlimited Run Lengths Possible Alignment Tool The RPS system is modular in design with 1 meter and 1/2 meter segments (varies slightly by RPS size) that can be combined as needed to meet your application requirements. and more like belt drives and linear motors. Speed The RPS system can achieve speeds. and can require liquid cooling in demanding applications. • • • Zero Backlash/High Precision The RPS’s innovative meshing action provides backlash of less than 3. a light lubrication is required every 2 million pinion revolutions or 6 six months. maximum speed.1 ft/sec). Segments can also be cut to shorter lengths as needed. Both are zero backlash and share all of the same outstanding performance characteristics with the Premium Grade models offering the highest positional accuracy and includes the Raydent coating. the RPS system is very quiet with 62 db at low speeds and 75 db at full speed. Belt Drives: Limited by: Low load capacity. up to 11 m/sec (36.2 µm [0.The Nexen Advantage Overcomes the Limitations of Other Linear Motion Products The RPS’s unique design eliminates many of the limitations of current linear drive systems like: • Ball Screws: Limited by: Length. Grades The RPS is available in two grades Standard and Premium. Instead.  .00013 in] and due to the extremely precise manufacturing process provides positional accuracy up to ± 20 µm [± 0. noise. belt stretch. and chemical attack. vibration. This greatly improves availability. particle emissions. rigidity. Raydent will not flake off and is highly resistant to acids. critical speed. Due to the strong tooth and roller design the RPS is very rigid. and liquid cooling in demanding applications. and thermal expansion. particle emissions. Raydent is not like typical blackening or other surface treatments that coat surfaces and rely on adhesion that can break down and flake off. Also suffers from backlash. Surface Treatments The RPS system is available with the Raydent surface treatment that provides stainless steel like performance without the high cost and low wear surface hardness. rigidity. Also suffers from noise. low life. Noise Due to the smooth way the rollers engage the teeth. that can normally only be obtained by linear motors while providing high positional accuracy. Within the load rating of each size it can be considered perfectly rigid and is reflected in the positional accuracy ratings. and solvents. Backlash is a problem unless expensive dual or split pinion systems are employed but they tend to compound the other shortcomings. This is much lower than ball screws with their recirculating ball paths. the RPS can be run lubrication free with a small reduction in speed and life. length. Linear Motors: Limited by: Low load capacity and efficiency. alkalies. accuracy. and traditional rack and pinions with their tooth slap. Ball screws speed capabilities are much lower and diminish with length. Maintenance/Life The RPS system has very low maintenance. vibration. cumulative error. Raydent is a process that permeates the metal and permanently bonds with it forming an oxide ceramic surface layer 1 mm deep without adding surface buildup. In special applications. Traditional Rack and Pinion: Limited by: Low accuracy. high cost. high maintenance. Typically. and life. low efficiency. Also suffers from high maintenance. strong magnetic fields. speed. This surface treatment is included on the Premium grade RPS and optional on the Standard grade RPS. Segments are joined with a special tool that uses the rack teeth to transfer the positional accuracy of the previous rack to the next. Each tooth profile is precisely measured relative to the first to ensure that high positional accuracy is maintained and cumulative error is eliminated.00079 in]. and tooth fatigue. and replaceability. particle emissions.

 . a cycloidal curve is created when a point drawn on a circle at point P rolls on a flat plane to point P’ without slipping. 60 Positional Error (µm) 40 20 0 -20 -40 -60 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 Distance Traveled (mm) 16 -20 Regardless of the distance traveled. As the horizontal limits demonstrate. It behaves like a cam and follower versus the typical sliding spur gear used with traditional rack and pinion. Two or more rollers engage the rack teeth in opposition at all times eliminating backlash. and develop into a tooth-like profile. but a technical innovation was developed to modify the tooth geometry allowing two rollers to remain loaded in opposition at all times eliminating the backlash as the rollers engage the rack. low friction. positional accuracy remains constant with the RPS System. sliding friction. There is no tooth slap as with traditional rack and pinion. fatigue. P Rollers in Opposition P' Rotary to Linear Transmission Precision The variations shown in the graph below represent minor errors occurring throughout the pinion’s travel. even when crossing rack joints due to the way the RPS alignment tool sets the rack segment spacing. This provides a smooth. The rollers meet the rack smoothly and eliminate tooth slap. As illustrated in the figures below. The RPS tooth design is conceptually different from traditional rack and pinion designs. noise. quiet. Normally. and low precision associated with traditional rack and pinion. there is no cumulative error.How the RPS Works The RPS system achieves its incredible performance by using a pinion consisting of bearing supported rollers that engage a unique tooth profile. this concept will not provide zero backlash. This pattern continues regardless of distance. A roller then is placed at each point P to act as pinion teeth and modifies the tooth profile to create the rack teeth. high efficiency rotary to linear motion conversion. Both the rollers and tooth faces are hardened to the upper RC50’s for exceptionally long service life. When multiple points are placed on the circle at regular intervals. instead the RPS rollers approach the tooth face in a tangent path and then roll smoothly down the tooth face. fatigue free. The individual waves indicate meshing errors and larger wave patterns demonstrate pinion rotational error. the cycloidal curves are repeatedly created on the flat plane.

Applications Synchronized shaft Gantry loader Long run robots (Maintain alignment of wide carriages) Synchronized feeding Long stroke machining tool 〈 Applied to a slitter apparatus 〉 Multiple heads Measurement device Stocker transfer Semiconductor wafer transfer Robot transfer in clean room  .

18] 2.00] RPS01 14 643 1247.34] RPS0 10 1500 47.200.984] RPS 32 [1.26] [18.496.9 [46.37] [20.1 [9.37] [19.9 13.2 8.480.3 [7.2 6.63] 25.5 [226] 50.30] 8 [26.0 [0.47] 6 [19.3] 50.1 [4. Application and environmental conditions.800. and lubrication intervals will impact expected product life.09] [15.8 [0.34] 594 x 10-4 [203.24] 5 [16.81] 45 [1.000] RPS01 14000 [3147] 21000 [4721] 30.9 [2. The RPS system will continue to operate beyond this point with deteriorating accuracy.7 [422] 95. dry.5 [0.21] [29.Specifications General Specifications Common Specifications Maximum Dynamic Thrust Maximum Static Thrust Maximum Pressure Angle Module Maximum Speed System Life * mm [in] m/s [ft/s] N [lbf] N [lbf] RPS16 1000 [225] 2000 [450] 30.71 [1.260] RPS0 40 [1.9 [450] 160 [6.0 [0.0 [1558] 250 [9.59] RPS 10 1920 88.000 [49.  .7º 4.79] 0.2 8.5 x 10-4 [8.8 [6.71] RPS 12 1719 220.37] 32 62 25 2.5 [0.47] 6 [19.37] 11 [36.0630] RPS0 20 [0.1 [4.000.63] 2.08] 1180 x 10-4 [403.40] [37.1] 178.000 [94.6 ft] when properly installed and receiving recommended lubrication intervals while operated in a clean.47] [39.02] 60 [2. 20° C [68° F] environment.6 [16565] 560 [22.51] 25 [0.0º 12.5 [884] 200 [7.80] RPS0 12 750 458.63] 50 4.4 [14.3 [2.590.43] [4.7] 28.87] 10.575] RPS01 40 [1.000] RPS0 6000 [1349] 12000 [2698] 30.7 5.7 [2.06] [19.000 hours) over distances greater than 0.36] 20.1º 6.10] [19.16] [39.0 [774] 176.000] RPS 2200 [495] 4400 [990] 30.575] mm 512 992 500 1000 500 1000 512 992 520 1000 520 1000 [in] [20.7] 336.5 m [1.000 [39.0 [3894] 384 [15.000 [75.95] [16.102.69] [39.000] m 9.8 17.4 [4057] 916.6 [3.000 [1.8] 79.4] 12.370.9] 152.000 [ft] [31.1 2.1] 23.1 [lb] [2.4 4.8 [8119] 480 [18.93 x 10-4 [1.2] 15.7º 7.000 pinion revolutions (10.2 [4.37] [20.0 [5.787] RPS 25 [0.000.98] 1.230.000] RPS 3600 [809] 7200 [1618] 30.48] * Life rating is an estimate based on maintaining published accuracy specifications and operated with allowable dynamic loading at a constant 100 rpm for 60.040.600.90] [9.5 x 10-4 [3.1º 9.16] [39.13] 30 [1.0 [1946] 440.4 [27.1] 122.27] Rack Rack Tooth Pitch Standard Lengths Number of Teeth Rack Mass RPS16 16 [.36] 12.000.57] 3.00] 20 [0.02] 60 [2.1] RPS0 1500 [337] 3000 [674] 30.8 [11044] 1871.69] [39.04] 20 40 16 31 13 25 13 25 kg 1.47] [39.77] 6.000] Roller Pinion Number of Rollers Maximum RPM Maximum Nm Dynamic Torque [in-lb] Maximum Static Torque Linear Distance per Revolution Meshing Pitch Circle Diameter Bore Size Mass Moment of Inertia Nm [in-lb] mm [in] mm [in] mm [in] kg [lb] kg-m2 [lb-in2] mm [in] RPS16 10 1500 25.06] [20.0º 12.11] 169 x 10-4 [57.0 [0.000.9] 63.19] 4 [13.

guide rail bearings. (F2) etc. and total force of the load.02 0. **** Gravitational Acceleration is a constant value.005 ~ 0. counter balances. In gu clu id din w e g co a m ll d po riv ne e nt & s This curve will select the smallest RPS size v Ff Fg 0 Degrees from Horizontal Required Specifications for Proper RPS Selection Weight to be Driven** (W) Maximum Velocity (V) Acceleration Time (t) Shock Factor (K) See table above Other Forces *** (F1).0 ~ 1.2 ft/s2 0.2 Velocity Shock Factor* (K) Shock-less Smooth Operation Normal Operation Operation with Impact 1. Use 9.2 1.01 60° (Examples on the next page) Imperial Units 500 lb 3 ft/s 0.5 t Time Fa F1 F2 etc. These specifications are needed to determine: load mass.PRECISION ROLLER PINION SELECTION PROCESS Proper RPS model size selection requires the application data listed below. gravity.91 m/s 0. Gravitational Acceleration **** (g) Frictional Coefficient (µ) See table above Angle from Horizontal (θ°) ° N [lbf] kg [lb] m/s [ft/s] seconds Customer Application Specifications Sample Data (Examples on the next page) Metric Units 226.5 1.2 0N 9. reducer.2 ~ 1. fluid dampening systems. platform.5 ~ 2. *** Other Forces may include springs. Friction Coefficient (µ) Rolling Guide Sliding Guide 0.81 m/s2 0. etc.5 s 1. when applicable.01 60° * Shock Factor indicates the smoothness of operation ** Weight to be Driven should include the servomotor.2 ft/s2 for imperial applications General Application Information Application Type Environmental Conditions Distance of Travel Cycles Per Day Required Positional Accuracy Other Application Data 6 . Sample calculations using both metric and imperial units are shown along with worksheet space to calculate your own application.1 ~ 0. wind resistance. force due to acceleration. load acceleration. etc.2 0 lbf 32.5 s 1.81 m/s2 for metric applications and 32. friction.8 kg 0.

8 kg • 9.0 lbf Fg = Slug • ft/s2 • sin(θ°) = lbf 15.0 lbf + 432.2 lbf Ff = Slug • μ • ft/s2 • cos(θ°) = lbf 15.8 m/s2 = 408.2 N Fg = kg • m/s2 • sin(θ°) = N 226.1 N • 1.2 RPM Imperial Worksheet with Example Ft • Meshing Pitch Circle Diameter ÷ 2 527.5 Slug • 0.8 inlb • 143.2 N + 1926.0 RPM T • RPM ÷ 63025 = Hp 1263.2 ft/s2 • sin(60°) = 432.8 Nm • 142.81 m/s2 • sin(60°) = 1926. Calculations Load Mass Metric: m = w Imperial: m = w ÷ g Load Acceleration A=v÷t Force Due to Acceleration Fa = m • A Force Due to Gravity Fg = m • g • sin (θ°) Force Due to Friction Ff = m • µ • g • cos (θ°) Total Force of the Load Ft = Fa+ Fg+ Ff+ F1 Metric Worksheet with Example m = kg 226.2 = 6.SELECTING AN RPS MODEL If the acceleration and deceleration times are different or or there are other changes in velocity over the run.0 ft/s2 = 93. lbf The sample application requires an RPS32 which can accommodate a maximum total load force of 3600 N [809 lbf] (See SPECIFICATIONS table).91 m/s ÷ 384 mm = 142.1 N • 121.7 lbf • 4.7 lbf Total Force with Shock FS = Ft • K = N Factor FS = Ft • K 2346.1 in = 143. Compare the “Total Force with Shock Factor” calculation to the “Maximum Dynamic Thrust” ratings in the Specifications table on page 5 to select the ideal RPS size.5 Slug A = (ft/s) ÷ s = ft/s2 3.2 ft/s2 = 15. N 527.5 Slug • 32.01 • 32.1 N Ft = N + N + N + N = N Imperial Worksheet with Example m = lb ÷ (ft/s2) = Slug 500 lb ÷ 32.0 RPM ÷ 63025 = 2.8 kg A = (m/s) ÷ s = m/s2 0.1 N + 0 N = 2346.8 m/s2 Fa = kg • m/s2 = N 226.01 • 9.91 m/s ÷ 0.0 ft/s2 Fa= Slug • ft/s2 = lbf 15.8 kg • 1.8 N + 11.81 m/s2 • cos(60°) = 11.5 s = 6.2 lbf + 2.2 RPM ÷ 9549 = 2.5 Slug • 6.5 lbf Ft = lbf + lbf + lbf + lbf = lbf FS = Ft • K = lbf 408. Determine the applications speed and refer to the Maximum Speed listed in the Specifications table.1 N 93.7 lbf • 1.5 lbf + 0 lbf = 527.8 in-lb 720 • v ÷ Linear Distance Per Revolution 720 • 3 ft/s ÷ 15.2 = 81.8 N Ff = kg • μ • m/s2 • cos(θ°) = N 226.0 ft/s ÷ 0.8 kg • 0.13 kW * Motor power is an estimate that does not include reduction inefficiencies or non-linear acceleration curves  .9 Hp RPM: Motor Power T • RPM ÷ 9549 = kW Required* P = T • RPM ÷ Factor 142.79 in ÷ 2 = 263. Then verify maximum speed.7 mm ÷ 2000 = 42.5 s = 1. calculate the acceleration forces for each interval and use the highest one for RPS selection purposes.8 Nm 60000 • v ÷ Linear Distance Per Revolution 60000 • 0. RPS32 SELECTING THE DRIVE MOTOR/REDUCER SIZE Refer to the calculations above and the SPECIFICATIONS table on page 5 to perform the following calculations: Calculations Required Torque: Metric Worksheet with Example Ft • Meshing Pitch Circle Diameter ÷ 2000 2346.2 ft/s2 • cos(60°)= 2.

** For applications outside of this temperature range or with wide temperature swings within this range contact Nexen.00013] 62 .36 in] 1000 mm [39.37 in] 520 mm [20.68 in] Bore: 45 mm [1. and operated at 20ºC [68º F]. proper maintenance. Product Numbers Model Roller Pinion RPS16 Rack Length Component Bore: 20 mm [0.18 in] 1000 mm [39.37 in] 500 mm [19. installed.2 [0.98 in] 1000 mm [39.06 in] 512 mm [20.00039] 3. * Dependent on machine design and difficult to isolate from other drive and guiding component noise. and ambient temperature.00079] 10 [0.36 in] 1000 mm [39.37 in] 520 mm [20.00128] 20 [0.77 in] 992 mm [39.00197] 30 [0.79 in] 992 mm [39.68 in] Bore: 30 mm [1.47 in] Product Number Premium 966650 966651 966652 966503 966660 966661 966662 966513 966670 966671 966672 966523 966680 966681 966682 966533 966690 966691 966692 966543 966693 966694 966695 966543 8 Standard 966600 966601 966602 966503 966610 966611 966612 966513 966620 966621 966622 966523 966630 966631 966632 966533 966640 966641 966642 966543 966645 966646 966647 966543 Alignment Tool Roller Pinion RPS0 Rack Length Alignment Tool Roller Pinion RPS Rack Length Alignment Tool Roller Pinion RPS Rack Length Alignment Tool Roller Pinion RPS0 Rack Length Alignment Tool Roller Pinion RPS01 Rack Length Alignment Tool . installation accuracy.Specifications Premium Grade Transmitting Accuracy Meshing Error per Pitch Repetitive Positioning Precision Maximum Backlash Noise Operating Temperature Range** µm [in] µm [in] µm [in] µm [in] db C F ± 20 [0.00079] 20 [0.16 in] Bore: 25 mm [0.37 in] 500 mm [19.47 in] Bore: 60 mm [2. Specifications are subject to variations due to drive and guiding system rigidity.00079] Specifications are with systems properly selected.16 in] Bore: 60 mm [2.06 in] 512 mm [20.75* -5 to 40º [23 to 104º] Standard Grade ± 50 [0.

0.354] 50.0 [37.370 -.0 [3.0 [15.0 [35.0 [Ø 0.0 [Ø .780] 16.969] mm [in]  .012] 16.354] 50.898] 96 [3.0 [.630] Ø 7.0 -0.0 [0.Dimensions RPS16 ~ ~ [ ] [ ] [ [ [ ] ] [ ] ] [ ] [ [ ] ] [ [ [ ] [ ] [ ] ] ] [ ] [ ] 30.0 -.0 [1.0 [.0 [1.01 / -.630] mm [in] RPS0 ~ ~ [ ] [ [ ] [ ] [ ] ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ [ [ ] [ 42.0 [0.006 / -.1 / -0.0 .969] 500.012] Ø 9.276] 512.748] 50.201] [0.006 / -.630] Ø 7.937] ] [ ] [ ] ] [ ] ] 42.0 [3.0 [Ø 0.394] 400.276] 992.0 [Ø 0.0 [1.0 [1.012] 50.201] 480.006 / -.0 [18.433] 10.394] 900.0 [1.654] 100.969] Ø 9.157 -.3 [20.0 [39.276] 960.630] 16.5 7.1 / -0.055] 16.3 [39.0 [1.795] 96.0 [0.654] 10.3 [19.969] 1000.0.780] 30.5 [1.685 -.0 [0.0 [1.

685 -.055] 16.006 / -.969] 500.780] 16.3 [19.012] 50.552] 512.0 [2.370 -.473] 48.1 / -0.1 / -0.3 [20.01 / -.0 [3.0 [3.969] Ø 11.630] mm [in] 10 .780] 14.3 [39.969] 1000.0 [1.0 [Ø 0.630] Ø 14.891] 400.0 [0.006 / -.0 [0.630] 16.0 [0.0 [1.0 [1.0.552] 960.552] 57.0 [1.0 [0.0 -.0 .0 [37.552] 992.012] 16.0 [2.Dimensions RPS ~ ~ [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ [ ] ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ [ ] ] [ ] [ ] 12.473] 48.012] Ø 11.0 [1.0 [18.748] 50.0 [35.891] 100.0 [Ø 0.969] RPS ~ ~ [ ] mm [in] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ [ ] ] [ [ ] ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 57.006 / -.0.433] 50.157 -.937] 900.246] 480.0 [0.0 [1.0 [Ø 0.0 14.795] 96.0 [39.433] 50.630] Ø 14.0 -0.246] [0.433] 12.0 [15.0 [0.898] 96.0 [0.0 [Ø 0.0 [3.

0 [3.1 / -0.860] 16.370 -.488 -.0 [33.0.006 / -.1 / -0.0.0 [3.728] 840.Dimensions RPS0 [ ] [ ] [ [ [ [ ] ] ] ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 16.1 / -0.006 / -.0 .0 [3.630] 120.0 [Ø 0.0 [3.0 [4.630] 72.012] 80.0 [33.0 [0.860] 120.152] Ø 18.0 [4.0 [0.488 -.006 / -.0 [3.709] 80.0 [Ø 0.1 / -0.860] 360.0 [3.152] mm [in] 11 .0 -0.0 [Ø 0.0 [3.152] RPS01 mm [in] [ ] [ [ ] ] [ [ ] ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ 72.3 [20.6 [2.728] 840. [0.0 [14.152] 1000.630] 72.152] 1000.370 -.630] ] [ ] 72.3 [39.184] Ø 18.096] 16.6 [2.012] 80.709] 80.0 [Ø 0.709] 80.152] 520.152] 520.6 [2.0 [0.0 [14.012] 80.096] 360.709] 80.0 .6 [2.152] Ø 18.0.860] 16.3 [20.006 / -.184] Ø 18.0 -0.0 [3.3 [39.012] 80.

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