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A Custom Product Testing Rig - Powered By Electro-Mechanical Actuators

A Custom Product Testing Rig - Powered By Electro-Mechanical Actuators

By Kelston Actuation | Mar 7 2024 12:00AM | Electromechanical, Linear Actuators

The animation below shows a custom-designed rig that serves as an electro-mechanical alternative to a traditional hydraulic-powered press. This bespoke solution highlights several key advantages and features of electromechanical power that make it particularly appealing for industries requiring precise load-testing capabilities similar to what is shown in this example design.

Powered by Electromechanical Linear Actuators

The rig features two main types of electro-mechanical linear actuators, designed to convert the rotational motion of servo motors into linear motion. The setup includes:

2 Long Inverted Models: Two actuators adjust the positional height of a central actuator, allowing for several, versatile testing setups.

1 Central Actuator: The main central actuator is what is used to apply force to the test subject - simulating various load conditions.

Technological Components

The actuators themselves are powered by individual servo motors, well known for their efficiency and precision. These motors drive cycloidal gearboxes, enhancing torque output for the required force application. The motion is then transmitted via ball or roller screws, facilitating the conversion of rotational motion to linear. This system ensures high reliability and smooth operation during load testing.


A notable feature of this custom solution is its ability to integrate with existing control systems, making it adaptable to a wide range of industrial applications. Customisation options include:

Size and Speed: Tailoring the actuators' dimensions and movement speeds to meet specific test requirements.

Load Capacity: Adjusting the system to handle different forces, accommodating a broad spectrum of products and materials.

Orientation: Configuring the setup to align with the spatial and operational constraints of the testing environment.

Potential Applications

The versatility and precision of this particular rig make it suitable for a wide array of applications, from automotive and aerospace component testing to materials science and manufacturing quality control. Its’ ability to be customised for specific loads, speeds, and sizes enables it to meet the unique needs of various industries, offering a more efficient, precise, and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional hydraulic systems.


In summary, this custom rig provides a flexible alternative to traditional load-testing technology, offering businesses a customisable, precise, and eco-friendly solution for their product testing needs. For more information, contact us today on 0177 947 3100 and speak to one of our Design Engineers.

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