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Macron Dynamics Large UC Series X/Z Gantry Robot

Macron Dynamics, Inc., a manufacturer of Linear Robotic motion systems and belt driven actuators, has recently introduced the UC gantry family, a new line of heavy-duty X/Z linear robots, to their product line. The UC gantry line consists of four pick and place linear robots, ranging in size from single X / single Z axes to dual X / dual Z axes and capable of moving heavy payloads in a growing number of large scale automation applications.


“As the demand for automation grows in all areas of production and packaging, Macron has created a line of stronger, scalable gantries to fit longer and heavier situations,” said Craig Marshall, Executive Vice President at Macron Dynamics. “Our UC gantry line features independently driven dual axes using our proven workhorse Macron 14 belt driven linear actuators.”


Macron’s new heavy duty X/Z linear robot line has been designed for heavy payload pick and place functionality, made possible by the integration of a new, stronger connection interface between the 2 axes. Varying in size and configuration to suit a range of uses, the UC gantries are available with 25mm and 50mm belts and feature both single and dual independently driven X and Z axes.


The new X/Z gantries are configured using heavy-duty MSA-14H actuators, the company’s most popular, flexible, and economical product to fit any length requirement. In comparison to popular articulated arm robots with limited reach and lifting capabilities, the Macron UC gantry line is designed to fit long distance linear traverse with heavy payload applications.


“By introducing this robust line of X/Z gantries, we’ve set out to solve some very common large scale pick and place problems in the automation world,” said Marshall. “We’re making it possible to move what you want, wherever you want it, with enough options to meet a variety of payload capacities.”


The entire UC gantry line is adaptable with the Macron CLAWS™ free-fall protection system. Macron Dynamics linear robots are available preconfigured and preassembled at standard and custom travels, as well as custom designed by Macron engineers for a modular solution to any linear motion challenge.


For more information about the new UC series, see the link below:



About Macron Dynamics, Inc.


Macron Dynamics is a manufacturer of linear robotics solutions and mechanical motion components found in automation systems through the U.S. and around the world. For more than 25, Macron has refined each component and every product through time-tested installations and experience. Macron products are built with the highest quality materials, assembled in the USA, and engineered to withstand the abuses of rigorous, daily usage. Macron specializes in delivering automation solutions including single-axis, long travel, gantries and multi-axis linear robotics systems for a wide range of industries. Macron's unique product designs consist of both standard and configurable models that can be quickly modified to meet most robotics and automation application.



Macron Dynamics releases vertical arrest system

Patent Pending for Arresting System in Vertically Positioned Belt Driven Actuators

CLAWS arresting system for vertical belt driven actuators

The new patent pending Macron CLAWS vertical arrest system alleviates one of your main concerns about belt driven actuators used in vertical motion applications; What if the belt brakes?

  • Belt-driven actuator now features built-in braking system
  • Protects payloads in vertical applications
  • Prevents damage to linear motion system components

Macron actuators are robust and constructed of durable materials, however there is potential for a belt to fail due to a variety of conditions including misuse, overloading, shock loading, crashes, jams, over torque from drive system, or contamination.

Proper actuator maintenance cannot prevent these conditions from causing a belt failure. The CLAWS system provides a level of assurance and peace of mind. If a belt does fail, there will be no dangerous free fall of the cart and load in a vertical application.

How does the CLAWS system work? The arresting mechanism is a carbon fiber reinforced rack. If a belt breaks and the load carriage begins to slip or fall, teeth on the CLAWS rack automatically engage the belt and stop it from moving.

What does this mean? CLAWS grabs and holds. Your products, materials, system components and even your workers all benefit. With the added assurance of CLAWS, the speed, accuracy, and travel offered by a belt driven actuator can be applied in vertical applications without hesitation.

CLAWS is a trademark of Macron Dynamics, Inc. Patent pending. CLAWS is available in all new belt driven actuators and retrofit kits.


Macron Dynamics - single belt pick/place gantries 

Macron Dynamics - TBG Single Belt Driven Gantries for Pick and Place

Croydon, Pa- Macron Dynamics Inc., a manufacturer of linear actuators and multi-axis automation systems, today announced the development of a product line featuring scalable, cost effective,  single belt driven robotic gantries suitable for pick and place applications.

“Macron has introduced a line of belt driven X/Z gantry systems with fixed motor mounting,” says Steve Evers, director of business development. “These gantry systems are perfect for pick and place processes requiring automated transfer of products from feed conveyors to final package assemblies,” he says.

With these gantries, a single belt provides range of motion throughout a dual axis envelope. The fixed motor design reduces the axis load and allows for a higher speed of operation, while also lowering overall system inertia. “With fixed mount motors your cables never move, so now there is no need for costly cable carriers in your design,” says Evers.

The architecture of the TBG line allows for smaller travel heights for the Z axis, because no motor is mounted on top. This design provides a more compact structure which is easier to integrate into existing designs. Macron highlights this gantry system with a video on their applications section of their website

Macron’s single belt driven gantries, and other automation solutions, allow for automation that can save companies time and money, often increasing production rates while driving down costs. Evers explains, “In traditional dual drive X-Z systems the weight of one motor is added to the Z axis decreasing speed and or payload capabilities. Resultant reduction in the weight of our Z axis increases payload capabilities and top speed.” For packing and production companies, increased speed amounts to higher throughput for manufacturers.

“A popular version of this line is our Macron TBG-12 X/Z gantry with a light duty single belt and a dual fixed motor multi-axis actuator,” says Evers. “This model features travel lengths on the X axis up to 1000 millimeters and Z axis up to 500 millimeters, repeatability and precision within .025 millimeters, and a speed of 3 meters per second,” he says.

The TBG gantries are particularly attractive for light duty X-Z pick and place applications in industries and markets such as packaging.  High speeds and the ability to mount very large motors to these gantries put these gantries in contest with dual axis linear motor systems, which are significantly more expensive.

“We had a client using one of our automated gantry systems that actually could outperform their conveyor.  They were getting an extra two cycles of product rotated, and they could have done even more, but their conveyor was limited by speed and couldn’t keep up with our gantry system,” says Evers. Macron had to slow the gantry down to fit the performance of the company’s conveyor.

Other systems available in the Macron TBG line include the Macron TBG-25, which allows for longer travel requirements, and the Macron TBG-50, which is suitable for heavy duty applications. All three systems rely on the MacFRAME line of aluminum extrusions and hardware, which allows for customized, configurable framing architecture to support any of Macron’s linear actuators and belt drives.

Macron’s motion and automation engineers can assist customers in building and selecting the correct gantry system for their application needs. Macron’s scalable single belt driven gantries are backed by Macron’s lifetime warranty. For additional information, visit or call Macron Dynamics, Inc. at 1-800-MACRON-1 (1-800-622-7661).


Macron Dynamics Large High Speed Gantry

This is actual running footage from a large format X-Z gantry that Macron Dynamics built for a government contractor. The details are classified, but it's used in some type of a missile defense calibration tester. Just to give you some perspective as to its sheer size, the entire system stands over 15ft high and is 16ft wide! The payload shown zipping around here is 35Lb but the entire Z axis weighs 135Lb. Both axis are belt driven with Macron Rail actuators and massive 480VAC servo motors.