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World’s first continuous rotating chain

15-02-2011
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Treotham Automation now offers the perfect solution to avoid “wasted runs” or non-productive return runs for applications such as pick and place, fast press feeders, large shelf-operating units or classic conveyer belts.

For such applications, igus has developed the first continually rotating energy chain in the world.

It is a complete ready-to-install module that opens up completely new directions for machine construction – whether it’s small units on robots or pick and place applications.

The chains are also ideal for conventional handling and transport applications.

Without superfluous start and return runs, the next position can now be directly approached in a continual movement, where loading and unloading, adhesion and drilling can take place. 

The chains are lightweight and reliable, with speeds of up to 8m/s, enabling super fast machine cycle times.

The new “C-Chain” is made up of a low friction plastic energy chain with rotary table guidance connections. This moves easily and without vibration, with a supported upper run where necessary. The new system provides sufficient filling space for a servo/motor cable, a control, bus or fibre optic cable and the like. It also protects fluids.

The carriages are supplied with data, energy and information by an energy chain with connected rotary table guidance.

Different carriages can be connected to the continuously rotating chain. These can supply rotating grippers, suction cups or electro magnets, which can pick up workpieces, hold them, adjust them and set them down again.

Regulation and control technology can also be on the carriage, supplied with data and power from a stable guidance system – designed for barcode or color detection readers through to RFID reading units.

Treotham Automation Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 9907 1778
www.treotham.com.au

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