New Products

Introducing the Thinnest Moving Coil Linear Motor in the World, the LCA6

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators introduces the LCA6. At 6mm wide, SMAC Moving Coil Actuators claims that the LCA6 is the thinnest linear moving coil in the world. The LCA6 is cross roller guided, increasing accuracy. Flat coils are centred between cross rollers so deflection load is reduced and rigidity is increased. In addition, the LCA6 is small and stackable, conserving space.

LCA6 Specs:

  • Dimensions [mm]: 60x135x6
  • Linear Stroke [mm]: 10
  • Encoder resolution [µm]: 5 standard, 0.1 opitonal
  • Moving mass [kg]: 0.037
  • Total mass [kg]: 0.21 (w/o cable)
  • Peak Force [N]: 3.5 @ 1.2 amps (24V)
  • Vacuum and spring optional

The LCA6 is great for electronic pick-and-place, biomedical dispensing, and QC measurement. 

The LCA6 benefits include a compact and slim package, superior cross ruler guiding, ultra-low friction, ultra-smooth and rigid guiding, programmable position, force, velocity, Soft-Land capability, and feedback of position, force, and velocity.

SMAC’s built in sensor feedback system gives SMAC’s Moving Coil Actuators the unique mechatronic ability to “do work and verify its success at the same time.” This would allow the actuators to quality check key processes 100% in real time and feedback the results.

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators claim to be true “mechatronic solutions.” By that they mean their  actuators have unique capabilities such as programmable and controllable position, velocity, and force, high accelerations, cycle life well over 100M, and a patent-pending “Soft-Land” capability. The Soft-Land capability is very useful when performing fragile part assembly, measurement, moving objects, etc.

SMAC’s low friction guide system makes their actuators extremely repeatable from move to move - within 1 msec. SMAC’s product development group originated such models as the Linear/Rotary actuator, the 2 independent axis Gripper, the world’s first direct drive Robotic Finger, and advanced magnetic circuit designs that have more than doubled forces in the same sized mechanical packages.


SMAC Direct Drive Servo Motor Robotic Finger

At the Automate 2015 show in Chicago, SMAC Moving Coil Actuators introduced a prototype version of the world's first direct drive servo motor robotic finger, acknowledged as a technological breakthrough by a leading European technical university. It is shown here operating a Samsung Galaxy touchscreen phone. SMAC expects an early 2016 release to be shortly followed by a robotic thumb and ultimately the first true functional robotic hand capable of reproducing work done by human hands.

The first motor is a 25 mm-diameter servo "partial" motor and is equipped with an SMAC rotary encoder with 15.5K counts per revolution. It achieves a high torque/diameter ratio due to the proprietary magnetic circuit design as well as the coil design. Intellectual property rights have been addressed. This motor acts as the PIP joint.

Another larger motor, 35 mm diameter, acts as the 2nd joint (MCP FLex). It puts out a torque of 630 mNm and thus can exert a resultant force of 7N at the tip. Both motors move 45 degrees as the human joints do.

The 3rd motor operates as a third joint (MCP ab/ad). This is the joint that moves side to side. This motion is based on SMAC’s moving coil linear design and already meets the required parameters.

These motors have been integrated into a structure that allows them to operate and cover the same movement capability as a human’s finger. The structure weighs approximately 350 grams and is physically about 1.5 x larger than the average male finger.

Watch the presentation given at Hannover Messe 2015.

See the world's first direct drive servo motor robotic finger live.




CBL35C Series Electric Cylinder with Built-in Controller

Introducing the 35mm diameter CBL35C electric cylinder with built-in controller. The new CBL35C series electric cylinder with built-in controller in a single package enables the direct replacement of existing pneumatic cylinders and retro-fits without any machine modifications required. With our built-in controller, the CBL35C can control the force, speed and velocity profile. The CBL35C with built-in controller allows simple installation and effective use of space.  

The CBL35C provides significantly longer life, programmability, high speed, accuracy and energy efficiency while remaining price-competitive. The CBL35C also provides more sustainable solution by not requiring costly compressed air.

Our Graphical User Interface is also available for the built-in controller for easy, straightforward setup of parameters. It allows you to change product profiles on the fly and improves factory uptime.

  • Dimensions [mm]: Ø35 x 135 - 217(depending on stroke)
  • Stroke [mm]: 10, 25 (+1/-0)
  • Acceleration[G]: up to 50 (zero payload)
  • Peak Force [N]: up to 61
  • Encoder Resolution [µm]: 5 (standard) 1 & 0.1 (Options)
  • SMAC’s Patented: ‘Soft-Land’ Technology


CBL50 Series Electric Cylinder

The 50mm diameter CBL50, an addition to its CBL series of high performance electric cylinders, was designed to overcome problems presented by conventional devices in the packaging industry.

The CBL50 is designed to achieve high force, peak force 50N, at a low current of 2 amp, and acceleration up to 40G. With carriage-free designs and built-in linear bearings, the CBL50 offers a long cycle life of over 100 million cycles.

The cylinder is available with a vacuum and spring option for pick and place applications. With the optional IP65 and IP67, dust-proof and waterproof feature, the CBL is ideal for demanding applications such as food and beverage processing, packaging and pharmaceutical industries. Stroke length 10 and 25 mm are now available, and 50 and 100 mm to follow in the coming months. They are offered with a choice of encoder resolutions 5 micron standard, 1 and 0.1 micron as optional, to satisfy a variety of packaging and general manufacturing applications.


  • Dimensions [mm]: Ø50 x 165 (10 mm stroke), Ø50 x 205 (25 mm stroke)
  • Stroke [mm]: 10, 25 (+1/-0)
  • Peak Force [N]: 50 @ 2A (10mm stroke, 48VDC), 28 @ 1.5A (25 mm stroke, 24VDC)
  • Linear Encoder Resolution [µm]: 5 standard, 1 optional
  • SMAC’s Patented: ‘Soft-Land’ Technology
  • IP65 / IP67 protection available


LCR13 Series Linear Rotary Actuator

Introducing a new range of electric linear rotary actuator with only 13mm in width. The LCR13 is compact direct-drive brushless servo motor. The precision Z-theta motion within one small actuator, providing a convenient pick, orient and place. The LCR13 has a light moving mass of 95 grams, which results in high accelerations. The vacuum-built-in shaft through the rotary motor is available to prevent dust build-up in the unit. The LCR13 can easily be programmed to control force/torque, position and velocity in all axes at the same time with feedback capability. Patented SMAC's unique "Soft-Land" function enables the unit to gently land on a delicate component with a controlled force to avoid damage of both the component and the pick and place head.


  • Dimensions [mm]: 75 x 155 x 13
  • Stroke [mm]: 25 (+1/-0)
  • Peak Force [N]: 7 @ 3A
  • Linear Encoder Resolution [µm]: 5 standard, 1 optional
  • Peak Torque [Nm]: 0.047 (24VDC)
  • Rotary Encoder Resolution: 24K/Rev
  • Combined linear and rotary motions in a single unit
  • Fully programmable in force/torque, position and velocity
  • SMAC’s Patented ‘Soft-Land’ Technology
  • Low shaft run-out, 30µm (Lower run-out optional)
  • Self-lubricated linear guide
  • Vacuum through shaft prevents dust accumulation
  • Spring option




CBC Controller - integrated Drive & Controller

CBC controller is based on an innovative SMAC design concept to fit into a minimum space using state-of-the art technology. This miniature servo drive/controller can be perfectly integrated in SMAC actuators in applications with limited space but requiring accurate control. Compact size, 20 mm W x 28 mm L x 16 mm H when folded, and 45.7 mm W x 28 mm L x 7 mm H when unfolded. Offering up to 200 W of peak power, the CBC combines controller, driver, and stand-alone programmability into single unit.

The CBC integrated with CBL35 series electric cylinder is now available. An electric cylinder with a built-in controller in a single package enables the direct replacement of existing pneumatic cylinders and retro-fits without any machine modifications required.

Built-in CBC controllers will be available for all CBL series as well as LCA and LAL series in the upcoming months. A Graphical User Interface (GUI) is also available for the CBC controller offering an easy, straightforward setup.



SLA Series Linear Slide Actuator

Designed for precision movement applications such as scanning found in the semiconductor, electronic and biotech industries.A very light moving mass results in high accelerations with no backlash. The SLA incorporates precision Cross Roller Guides with anti-creep protection for increased stiffness and lower friction. The Moving Coil drive is centered between Cross Rollers thus eliminating moment effects from the drive. The SLA is available with encoder resolution down to 50 nm. 


  • Dimensions [mm]: 40 x 60 x 25
  • Stroke [mm]: 10   +1/-0
  • Peak Force [N]: 4 @1.5A, 24VDC
  • Encoder Resolution [µm]: from 5 down to 0.05
  • SMAC’s Patented ‘Soft-Land’ Technology
  • Cross Roller Guide Integrated


CBL35 Series Electric Cylinder

Introducing a new range of Electric Cylinder designed to overcome problems with existing conventional devices in the packaging industry with improved cycle ate, uptime, work environment, etc. For end users and machine manufacturers.

The CBL35 offers cycle life well beyond 100million cycles. It achieves accelerations up to 50G, enabling the actuators to cycle at rate >2000CPM.

Fully programmable in force, position and velocity, it can be adjusted in seconds and does not require recalibration. Precise motion control has inherent force feedback capabilities. This results in a huge saving of time and cost, and increases throughput due to a significant reduction in machine down time. Cleaner and quieter operation with no exhaust air.


  • Dimensions [mm]: Ø35 x 95 (10mm stroke, single coil)
  • Stroke [mm]: 10, 15, 25 (+1/-0)
  • Acceleration[G]: up to 50 (zero payload)
  • Peak Force [N]: 8.5 - 18
  • Encoder Resolution [µm]: 5 standard, 1 optional
  • SMAC’s Patented: ‘Soft-Land’ Technology



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