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.