For food vending machine, Actuators of multiple sizes, ball screws, gearheads and full linear motion systems combine to control the multiple stages in this application, where frozen dinner boxes are placed in a microwave and heated before being delivered to a hatch for the customer.

Here, as with a food packaging robot, ball screws can replace actuators in many cases, to provide more customize ability at reasonable cost.

Linear Actuator and Linear-Motion System

The dinner box is pushed out of the freezer by a linear actuator and positioned sideways via a linear-motion  system, which is driven by a motor and a gearhead.


Actuators push the dinner box onto a transport conveyor and also open the hatch for access by customer.

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