The Kinitics Automation Test Stand 1 consists of a KLA05 actuator repetitively lifting 725 N (160 lb.) every 15-45 seconds. The setup is capable of various testing regimens including simple, repetitive lifts at short time intervals to the actuator’s End of Travel for reliability testing, or more elaborate functions.
The Linear Actuator is run via a Kinitics AC controller connected to standard 120 VAC line voltage, with a PLC that can be programmed with more complex control algorithms. Additionally, various parameters such as voltage, current, temperatures are logged for each lift, and this data can be analyzed to detect long-term characteristics in the actuator or controller.
The use of a PLC also allows testing of complex control and how the Kinitics controller interacts with the PLC. For example, rather than a simple lift, the actuator can be set to lift the weight to a specific height, and hold that position for a specific time. The test stand allows these control algorithms to be tested for accuracy and repeatability over time.
In this setup, a standard Kinitics Linear Actuator lifts a 725 (160 lb.) load. The actuator is connected to a Kinitics AC controller (running off 120 VAC line voltage) and a standard PLC, with a data logging system recording various parameters.