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12/21/2004 | Danaher Motion Improves Movopart M50

WOOD DALE, IL - The new Danaher Motion M50 builds upon the original design specification, which was first introduced in 1995. The improved performance of the new M50 reflects the experience and expertise that resulted in the M50 being voted, “Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year Award for Power Transmission Products”. Now seven years later Danaher Motion has found that there is an even greater demand for a cost effective product in this size.

The simplicity of design and inherent reliability of this product has proven to be ideal for OEM-applications where a large volume of product is sold at competitive prices. The new M50 has found a niche market in scanning and printing equipment specifically in scanning paper/plastic film production. Another Danaher Motion M50 success is the product’s use in “cut to length” equipment in the window industry although the product is also being currently used in a wide variety of applications.

Following a detailed review of the original design together with a large amount of customer feedback a number of key design enhancements were incorporated in the new M50. One such example is the improvement in the saddle design, which is now produced as one piece instead of several components. As a consequence the saddle can be produced in high volumes at lower cost. The drive end design has been greatly improved to accommodate the installation of both the drive shaft and drive shaft bearings. It is improvements of this nature that has resulted in an overall reduction in parts and an increase in flexibility, particularly for customized shaft designs.

The M50 redesign has also resulted in a more rigid product, boasting the same or higher performance data than the original product but with and a longer life. Danaher Motion claims to have successfully consolidated the position of M50 as the leader in its market segment. Current customers should note that Danaher Motion has not changed any important dimensions, so the new M50 fits in the same size envelope as the original.

Linear Motion Systems, as part of Danaher Motion, provides standard and custom linear bearings, linear guides, ball and lead screws, gearheads, linear actuators, slides and systems, precision balls, moulded products, resolvers and feedback devices, brakes and clutches, AC and DC drives and stepper and servo motors. Its products are applied worldwide throughout a variety of motion applications in the medical, industrial, aerospace, and mobile off-highway markets. Its highly recognised brand names include: Thomson™, Thomson Tollo™, Micron™, and Deltran PT™.

About Danaher Motion
Danaher Motion is a leading global manufacturer of motion control products that improve the efficiency and productivity of complex manufacturing operations.  Danaher Motion’s product innovations have been revolutionizing the motion control industry for over 60 years through trusted brand names including Dover, Kollmorgen, MEI, Pacific Scientific, Portescap, and Thomson.  Danaher Motion is a strategic business platform of the Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), a manufacturer of process and environmental controls, tools and industrial components.

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