High efficiency pick-and-place conveyor system developed
Published: 24 June 2013 - Rachael Morling
igus UK’s pikchain is a continually revolving chain with integrated cable and hose supply to drive and control actuators individually. In the woodworking industry pikchain enables concurrent running tasks such as drilling, stacking, milling, de-stacking, coating, drying and sorting to be carried out much faster, helping increase output by up to 30%.
pikchain uses continuous circular motion, is vibration-free and can move smoothly at a continuous speed of between two and three m/s. Maintenance-free travel of up to 30 m can also be achieved with the maximum load per transport chain link being approximately five kg. Each link can be controlled individually.
In addition,it can be equipped with any type of tool that receive their respective signals to operate accordingly, for instance grippers, suction cups, sensors, depending on the customers’ requirements.
A short animated video can be seen at www.igus.co.uk/smartconveyorsystem