Press Release: Kinitics Automation Introduces the KLA05 Linear Actuator

Linear actuator utilizes shape memory alloy and offers high force and precision in small package

Richmond, BC, Jan. 16, 2018: Kinitics Automation announces the availability of the first product in the company’s line of high-force, short-throw Linear Actuators, the KLA05. The KLA05 Linear Actuator is a shape memory alloy-based actuator that uses proprietary Bundled Wire technology to deliver high force and actuation speed in a small package. The product is the first commercially available linear actuator using shape memory alloy to provide precise linear motion without the use of motors, and requires only electrical power to operate. This breakthrough product allows users to upgrade and improve existing systems, while also enabling the automation and control of processes that were previously unfeasible using conventional equipment.

The new Kinitics KLA05 Linear Actuator provides forces up to 650 N (146 lbf) and strokes up to 6.7 mm (0.264″), can be easily configured to supply a pushing or pulling force, and fits in a variety of applications. Due to its use of shape memory alloy and Kinitics’ proprietary Bundled Wire technology, the KLA05 Linear Actuator offers a number of features and benefits that distinguish it from other types of actuators:

  • Positional accuracy of +/-5um.
  • Requires minimal infrastructure to operate.
  • Has only one moving part and no backlash.

The KLA05 Linear Actuator is available with a variety of accessories, including rod-end attachments, a range of mounting brackets and an adjustable home position switch. Potential applications for the Kinitics Automation KLA05 Linear Actuator include gripping, pressing, punching, and positioning.

Also introduced with the KLA05 Linear Actuator is the Kinitics KCA020 Controller, which allows the actuator to be used in anything from the simplest to the most elaborate of control strategies. The Kinitics KCA020 Controller utilizes single-phase 120 VAC 60 Hz power and interfaces with standard control hardware using discrete I/O. A 4-20 ma input is provided for complex control using position and/or force feedback strategies.

Dean Pick, President, Kinitics Automation: “The new Kinitics Linear Actuators are suitable for a wide variety of applications, thanks to their combination of high force, precision and minimal infrastructure requirements. The KLA05 is the only actuator on the market offering high positional accuracy without backlash or the use of electric motors, opening up new opportunities in the automation and motion control industry.”

For more information about the Kinitics Automation KLA05 Linear Actuator, please visit www.kiniticsautomation.com.

 

About Kinitics Automation

Kinitics Automation has roots in the automotive and power-generation industry and manufactures a family of high-force, short-throw Linear Actuators based on SMA (shape memory alloy) materials. Using Bundled Wire technology, Kinitics redefines what’s possible by producing pure linear motion in an electrically operated small package that requires little infrastructure to implement.

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A Kinitics Automation KLA05 Linear Actuator