Application examples LinearChain

The LinearChain series push/pull actuators consist of specially designed mechanical links that can move heavy loads by pulling or pushing them. Thanks to their special profile, the links are continuously interlinking, which winds the push/pull actuator in one direction and forms a rigid structure in the other direction.

The transfer of shearing forces or tractive forces of a few kilograms to several tonnes occurs with low-backlash and with high levels of positioning accuracy, even where long strokes are needed. To do so, the chain can also be secured against kinks using profile guides. Parallel coupling of multiple chains is also possible if this is required to achieve the desired shearing force, displacement or spatial conditions. As a result, the machine is synchronized mechanically without requiring complex electronic regulation.

In the magazine, the chain can be stored in the narrowest of spaces while in a spiral shape to ensure that only a very small amount of space is required for bridging large transport routes. This makes the LinearChain an interesting alternative to traditional systems like racks, winches, hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and it is oftentimes the only possible solution when there are space limitations. Due to their versatility, LinearChain series push/pull actuators are used in many different industries, including storage and materials handling technology, mechanical engineering and in the woodworking industry.

Industrial furnaces

Linearchain60PS_150_133The insertion and removal of charges for heat treatment take place with the help of a LinearChain push-pull chain system. This permits retention of the vacuum in the furnace when changing chambers.

Handling and warehousing systems

AG160_PSG60-300x131[1]A push-pull LinearChain, driven by a Compacta slip-on geared motor, is used as a drive unit for the elevating platform on automated guided vehicles (AGVs).

The “Container Mover”

Linearchain60PS_150_133The Container Mover shunts containers from railway wagons to truck trailers or vice versa. The container can be loaded onto the train within three minutes using the same truck that transported the container – without the help of a crane or fork-lift.

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