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Igus has developed a conveyor chain called Pickchain, which can be integrated into handling and conveyor equipment so that tasks such as loading and unloading, stacking, gluing, clamping, turning, drilling can be carried out concurrently.

Areas of application include: pick-and-place robots; feeders; packaging; tooling and woodworking machines; embossing presses; and equipment used within the semiconductor and solar industries.

Pickchain is a continually revolving chain with integrated cable and hose supply to drive and control actuators individually.

In comparison with conveyor and handlers that use linear motions, the Pickchain operates with a continuous circular motion with no wasted start and return runs.

Product features

  • The Pickchain system is vibration free, moving smoothly at a continuous speed of between 2–3m/sec
  • The conveyor chain has sturdy teeth and is driven by a double-toothed belt
  • Maintenance-free travel of up to 30m
  • Permissible load per transport chain link is around 5kg and each link can be controlled individually
  • Pickchain can be equipped with grippers, suction cups, sensors, cameras and any other tools that receive their respective signals to work accordingly
  • Can be installed horizontally, vertically or side mounted according to a customer’s requirements

Igus

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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