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Low Price Actuator

VLA

CATALOG No.320E

Low Price Actua


Two types of actuator are available.
Actuator Model VLA is offered in two types. You can select either type according to your
service conditions.

Slider Type: Model VLA-ST

Structural drawing of Model VLA-ST

Stainless steel cover

Slider
AC servomotor
* Note

Ball screw
QZ Lubricator

Caged Ball LM Guide model SRS

Cylinder Type: Model VLA-CT

Structural drawing of Model VLA-CT

Laminated Contact Scraper LaCS*3


Rod

AC servomotor
* Note

QZ Lubricator
Ball screw

Note) Ac servomotors are not included in VLA actuator.


Installation of the Motor need to be performed by customer.
1

ator Model

VLA

Features of Model VLA


Low Price with Simple Structure
Since model VLA uses an LM Guide as the direct
base of the actuator unit and has fewer
components, a simple structure, small weight and
compact design are achieved. As a result, a low
price actuator is realized.

Long-term Maintenance-free Operation


Lightweight, compact type LM Guide model SRS*1,
which provides a significantly high performance
through adoption of ball cages, is used in the linear
motion guide unit. In addition, the ball screw unit
is attached with QZ Lubricator*2, which is capable
of minimum and optimal lubrication. As a result,
long-term maintenance-free operation is achieved.

*1: Caged Ball LM Guide model SRS


LM rail
LM block

Endplate
End seal

Side seal
Ball
Ball cage

With model SRS, use of ball cages eliminates friction


between balls and allows the following effects to be
obtained.
1) Low noise, acceptable running sound 4) Excellent smoothness
2) Long-term maintenance-free operation 5) Low dust generation
3) High-speed response, long service life

*2: QZ Lubricator
Sealed casing

Highly oil-impregnated fiber net


Nut

Screw shaft

Applied directly to the raceway

Eco-friendly and Highly Energy-efficient


By replacing a conventional air cylinder with
Motored Actuator model VLA, the customer can
eliminate exhaust noise and achieve high energyefficiency and energy saving without contaminating
the environment with lubrication oil mist.

Productivity
Several manufacturers of motors can be assembled without additional flange according to your
control specifications.

A Motor of a Different Manufacturer Mountable


You can choose an AC servomotor to mount on
the actuator from several manufacturers according
to your control specifications.
Note: Mountable motors may be limited depending on the dimensions and the
capacity. See page 13-14 for details.

High density fiber net


Flow of lubricant

Oil controlling fiber net

1) Substantially extended maintenance interval


With ordinary grease lubrication for a ball screw, slight amount
of oil is lost as the ball screw travels. Attaching QZ Lubricator
supplements oil loss over a long period and allows the
maintenance intervals to be significantly extended.
2) Eco-friendly lubrication system
QZ Lubricator feeds the right amount of oil to the right location
with a high density fiber net, making itself an eco-friendly
lubrication system that dose not waste oil.

*3: Laminated Contact Scraper LaCS


Contact scraper

Liquid

Large amount of
foreign matter

With a laminated contact structure (2-layer scraper), LaCS


removes minute foreign matter adhering to the LM rail in
multiple stages to prevent it from entering the LM block.
Low noise, acceptable running sound
- Since 2-layer scrapers are in full contact with the LM rail,
LaCS is highly capable of removing minute foreign matter.
- Use of oil-impregnated expanded synthetic rubber with a
self-lubricating capability achieves a low frictional resistance.

Model VLA-ST
Example of the actuators model number coding

Model number
Type: ST
Classification in main unit size
45: 45-mm height
60: 60-mm height
Ball screw lead
06: 6 mm
12: 12 mm

Motor encoder specifications


N: no motor

Stroke
E.g., 0050: 50 mm
0200: 200 mm
Type (mounting method)
N: no motor
Motor wattage
000: no motor

Motor lead line direction


N: no motor
Option
N: no option

Model VLA-ST Specifications


ST-45 (30W)
ST-60 (50W)
ST-60 (100W)
High speed type Medium speed type High speed type Medium speed type High speed type Medium speed type
Rated speed
mm/s
600
300
600
300
600
300
Stroke: 300 or less
1000
500
1000
500
1000
500
Stroke: 350
1000
500
800
400
800
400
Stroke: 400
1000
500
800
400
800
400
Stroke: 450
840
420
800
400
800
400
Maximum speed
mm/s
Stroke: 500
680
340
800
400
800
400
Stroke: 550
800
400
800
400
Stroke: 600
680
340
680
340
Stroke: 700
500
250
500
250
Rated thrust
N
40
80
67
133
134
267
Maximum thrust
N
117
235
201
402
398
796
Maximum acceleration
G
0.3
Horizontal mass capacity
kg
5
10
8
16
16
30
Vertical mass capacity
kg
1.5
3
2.5
5
5
10
Ball screw shaft diameter
mm
8
12
Ball screw lead
mm
12
6
12
6
12
6
Motor wattage *Note 2
W
30
50
100
Motor rated torque *Note 2
Nm
0.095
0.159
0.319
Positioning repeatability
mm
0.020
Backlash
mm
0.1
Permissible moment
Nm
Ma=Mb=12 Mc=31
Ma=Mb=25.7 Mc=58
Service life in distance traveled (note 1)
km
5000
Model No.

Unit

Note 1: The value applies when the actuator receives a load and operates at the rated speed and acceleration of 0.3 G
Note 2: The specifications apply to the actuator mounted with each size of a standard motor in page 13. If a different motor is used, the actuator's
specifications are different. Also note that the rated values of the actuator unit must not be exceeded.

Mb
Mc

Ma

Outline Drawing of Model VLA-ST-45


L1
29
10

10

L2
38
30
9

4-M4 depth 7.5

2-slotted hole through


4.5

45

R5

12
10
6.5

R5

36
9.5
4.5

36
100
4-4.5 drilled through

n x 100

st1

19

st2

81

2 x N-M4 depth 8
From rear face

14.5

25

D
50
42
32
26
20

45
(0.8)
25
14
24
45
D-D cross section

Dimensional Table

Unit : mm

Stroke

Effective
stroke

Mechanical stroke
st1+st2

L1

L2

Mass (kg)

0050
0100
0150
0200
0250
0300
0350
0400
0450
0500

50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
500

60
110
160
210
260
310
360
410
460
510

206
256
306
356
406
456
506
556
606
656

151
201
251
301
351
401
451
501
551
601

1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6

2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7

0.83
0.94
1.05
1.15
1.26
1.37
1.48
1.59
1.70
1.81
4

Outline Drawing of Model VLA-ST-60


L1
4-5.5 drilled through

35
12

L2
60
50

12
4-M5 depth 10

14
12

7.5
2-slotted hole through
52
6
12
5.5

R6

R6
52

2 x N-M5 depth 9
100

110

st1

From rear face

33

n x 100

16

st2

35

D
60

50
39
31
23

60
32
(0.8)

25
42
64
D-D cross section

Dimensional Table
Stroke
0050
0100
0150
0200
0250
0300
0350
0400
0450
0500
0550
0600
0700
5

Effective
stroke
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
400
450
500
550
600
700

Unit : mm
Mechanical stroke
st1+st2
60
110
160
210
260
310
360
410
460
510
560
610
710

L1

L2

Mass (kg)

237
287
337
387
437
487
537
587
637
687
737
787
887

171
221
271
321
371
421
471
521
571
621
671
721
821

1
2
2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
8

2
3
3
4
4
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
9

1.87
2.07
2.28
2.48
2.68
2.89
3.09
3.30
3.50
3.70
3.91
4.11
4.52

Model VLA-CT
Example of the actuator's model number coding

Model number
Type: CT
Classification in main unit size
35: 35-mm width
45: 45-mm width
55: 55-mm width
Ball screw lead
12: 12 mm

Motor encoder specifications


N: no motor

Stroke
E.g., 0050: 50 mm
0200: 200 mm

Motor lead line direction


N: no motor

Type (mounting method)


N: no motor

Option
N: no option

Motor wattage
000: no motor

Model VLA-CT Specifications


Item

Unit

CT-35 (30W)

CT-45 (50W)

CT-55 (100W)

Rated speed (note 1)

mm/s

600

600

600 (470 with 300-stroke type)

Rated thrust

40

67

134

Maximum thrust

120

201

402

Horizontal mass capacity (note 2, 3)

kg

25

Vertical mass capacity (note 3)

kg

1.9

3.1

6.5

Ball screw lead

mm

12

Positioning repeatability

mm

0.020

Ball screw shaft diameter

mm

Motor wattage *Note 5

30

50

100

Motor rated torque *Note 5

Nm

0.095

0.158

0.319

Rod diameter

mm

16

20

25

Stroke

mm

50/100/150

50/100/150/200

50/100/150/200/250/300

Service life in distance traveled (note 4)

km

12

5000

Note 1: With the 300-stroke type of CT55, the rated speed is 470 mm/s as calculated from the critical speed of the ball screw. If the stroke is shorter, the
actuator can be operated at 1,000 mm/s at a maximum. However, the service life may be shortened.
Note 2: Model CT is capable of receiving only an axial load. The horizontal mass capacity is the value when an LM Guide is also used and no axial load is
applied to the rod. When making a selection, take into account the sliding resistance of the LM Guide. For specific sliding resistances of LM Guides,
see the general catalog.
Note 3: The values apply at acceleration of 0.3 G.
Note 4: The value applies when the actuator receives a load and operates at the rated speed and acceleration of 0.3 G.
Note 5: The specifications apply to the actuator mounted with each size of a standard motor in page 13. If a different motor is used, the actuator's
specifications are different. Also note that the rated values of the actuator unit must not be exceeded.

Outline Drawing of Model VLA-CT-35


1.5

8
18

10

7.5 (width across flat point)


M8 X 1.25

16

(5)

(37.5)

Ball screw greasing hole

Effective stroke: S

(5)

Zero position

Ball screw lubrication position


73 or longer

16.5

L1

25

K-M3 depth 4

50
H x 50=J

D2

PC

(0.5)

35
11

41

13

M8 x 1.25

11
(15)

21

38.5

Provided nut dimensions

4-M3 depth 10
(90 equidistant)

Dimensional Table
Stroke
0050
0100
0150

Effective stroke
50
100
150

Unit : mm
L1
161
211
261

H
2
3
4

J
100
150
200

K
6
8
10

Mass (kg)
0.7
0.9
1.0

Outline Drawing of Model VLA-CT-45


1.5
10 9

22
8.5 (width across flat point)
M10 x 1.25

20

Ball screw greasing hole

(5)

(42.5)

Effective stroke: S

(5)

Zero position
Ball screw lubrication position
75 or longer

16.5

L1

D5

PC

45
25
14

4-M4 depth 10
(90 equidistant)

45

14
25
45
D
T groove for M3 (8 grooves)
Angle A

2.4

(7.8)
5.
5

3.5

5.8

Detail view of D

M3 x 0.5
Square nut (provided)
dimensions

17

M10 x 1.25
(19.6)

1.5

3.3

Provided nut dimensions

Dimensional Table
Stroke
0050
0100
0150
0200

Unit : mm
Effective stroke
50
100
150
200

L1
162.5
212.5
262.5
312.5

Mass (kg)
1.1
1.4
1.6
1.9

Outline Drawing of Model VLA-CT-55


1.5
10 10

24

25

Ball screw greasing hole

9.5 (width across flat point)


M12 x 1.25

(5)
Effective stroke: S

(45.5)

(5)

Zero position

Ball screw lubrication position


83 or longer

L1

16.5

D6

PC

55
30
17

4-M5 depth 12
(90 equidistant)

45

17
30
55
D

T groove for M4 (8 grooves)

Angle A

M12 x 1.25
4.5
1.5

M4 x 0.7
Square nut (provided)
dimensions

19

(21.9)

(9.9)

3.2

Provided nut dimensions

7.3

4.3

Detail view of D

Dimensional Table
Stroke
0050
0100
0150
0200
0250
0300
9

Unit : mm
Effective stroke
50
100
150
200
250
300

L1
183
233
283
333
383
433

Mass (kg)
1.7
2.1
2.5
2.8
3.2
3.6

Options for Model VLA-CT


Bracket Base

CT-35

55

45

12

38.5
M3

46.5

35

CT-45

67

55

45

45

M3

10

57

15

10

CT-55

80

68

20

M4

11

12

67

55

Flange

35

CT-35

34

M3

24

38.5

45
55

45

CT-45

45

44.5

33

M6

57
68

55

CT-55

10

54.5

40

55

M5

70
85

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Specifications of Mountable Motors


With model VLA, any of the motors indicated in the table below can be mounted without an intermediate
flange.
* For details of the motor mounting area, see the corresponding drawing page 14.
* For the specifications and options of a motor of a particular manufacturer, see the manufacturers
catalog and select and purchase one.
Motor model number

Fanuc

Model ST

M0.2
SGMAS-A5

ST-60

SGMAS-01
SGMAH-A3

-II

ST-45

SGMAH-A5

HC-MFS053
HC-MFS13

Electric

ST-60

CT-45
CT-55
CT-45

HC-KFS13

CT-55

HC-PQ053
HC-PQ13
P30B04003
P30B04005
P30B04010
R88M-W03030
R88M-W05030
Omron

CT-55

HC-KFS053

HC-PQ033

Sanyo Electric

CT-55

CT-55

SGMAH-01

Mitsubishi

Model CT
CT-45

M0.3
-III

Yaskawa
Electric

Available actuator

R88M-W10030
R88M-U03030
R88M-U05030
R88M-U10030

ST-45
ST-60

CT-35
CT-45
CT-55

ST-45
ST-60

CT-45
CT-55

ST-45
ST-60

CT-55

ST-45
ST-60

CT-55

* Installation of the motor and the adjustment of the driver need to be performed by the customer.
* An OT sensor, origin sensor and their dogs cannot be attached inside the actuator unit. The customer
must prepare and install an OT sensor, origin sensor and their dogs outside the actuator as necessary.

13

Model VLA-ST
* When mounting the coupling, remove the low-head screws and
the steel tape.
When reattaching the steel tape,
be sure not to bend the tape.

Steel tape
Low-head screw

A
9
8

ST-45
ST-60

B
27
30

C
3
3

D
5
6

E
22
28

F
30
30

G
PCD46
PCD46

H
4-M4 depth 8
4-M4 depth 8

Model VLA-CT
* When mounting the motor, remove the lid from the
hole (hexagon socket screw I).
Move the rod back and forth to align the hexagon
socket bolt with the hole position.

B
C

45

CT-35
CT-45
CT-55

A
27.5
27.5
28.5

B
3.5
3.5
3.5

C
7
7
7

D
8
8
8

E
31
31
32

F
G
H
I
PCD46 2-M4 depth 12 Hexagon socket bolt M2.5 Hexagon socket screw M4 X 4L
PCD46 2-M4 depth 12 Hexagon socket bolt M2.5 Hexagon socket screw M4 X 4L
PCD46 4-M4 depth 12 Hexagon socket bolt M2.5 Hexagon socket screw M4 X 4L
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Low Price Actuator Model VLA


Precautions on Use
Handling
When using the actuator, carefully read and fully understand the Instructions Manual for Low Price Actuator Model VLA, and be sure to observe the
precautions on use.
Dropping or hitting the product may damage it. Take much care in handling the product.
Disassembling the product may cause entrance of foreign matter or deterioration of accuracy. Do not disassemble the product unless it is inevitable.

Installation Site
Do not install the actuator and the driver in the following places.
Where ambient temperature is out of the 0 to 40C range, ambient humidity is out of the 20 to 80% RH range, condensation occurs, or corrosive gas
or flammable gas is produced.
Where dielectric powders such as iron powder, dust, oil mist, cutting fluid, water, salt or organic solvent is produced or flies.
Where the product may be exposed to direct sunlight or radiant heat.
Where strong electric field or strong magnetic field is generated.
Where vibrations or impacts transmit.
Where inspection or cleaning is difficult to perform.

Actuator Mounting Surface


The actuator must be mounted on a machined plane or on a plane with accuracy equivalent to that of a machined plane. The flatness of the
mounting surface must be within 0.1 mm.

Instructions Manual
The Instructions Manual for Low Price Actuator Model VLA can be downloaded from
URL: http://thk.co.jp/
The CAD data of the actuator can be downloaded from the Technical Support Site of
Technical Support Site: http://www.lmsystem.com/

s homepage.
.

Safety Precautions
Never touch the moving member of the actuator while it is energized.
Do not enter the operating range of the actuator when it is operating or operable.
When installing, adjusting, inspecting or maintaining the actuator, driver or related equipment connected to either of them, be sure to disconnect all
power plugs from outlets, and lock them or prepare safety plugs in order to prevent non-operators from turning the power. Additionally, place a notice
indicating that the product is in operation in a place where it is easily visible.
When two or more persons operate the actuator, confirm the steps, signs and anomaly handling in advance, and have another person observe the
operation.
Thoroughly read the JIS standard General Safety Rule for Industrial Robots (JISB8433) and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfares Ordinance
on Labor Safety and Hygiene before operating the product, and strictly observe these rules when operating the product.
Carefully read and fully understand the Instructions Manual for Low Price Actuator Model VLA, and be sure to observe the precautions on safety.
LM Guide, Ball Cage,
and QZ are the registered trademarks of THK Co., Ltd.
The photo may differ slightly in appearance from the actual product.
The appearance and specifications of the product are subject to change without notice. Contact THK before placing an order.
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For the export of our products or technologies and for the sale for exports, THK in principle complies with the foreign exchange law and the Foreign Exchange and
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