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FIVE, Farnborough(GU14 6XL)
21/03/2017(09:30) - 23/03/2017
The UK's LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. (more)
Messe Stutgart, Germany
28/03/2017 - 30/03/2017
As the world’s leading exhibition for the fastener and fixing industry Fastener Fair Stuttgart (more)
Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)
04/04/2017 - 05/04/2017
Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)
Arena MK, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)
The new Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition gives you insight into the latest developments in (more)
Pick and place conveyor system makes tasks more efficientEnergy chain expert 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 is especially advantageous, enabling concurrent running tasks such as drilling, stacking, milling, de-stacking, coating, drying and sorting to be carried out much faster, enabling engineers to increase output by up to 30%.
Igus says the pikchain system is more efficient than conventional handling and conveyor applications because of its continuous circular motion. Other systems that use linear motions for pick-and-place tasks are inefficient, losing time to wasted start and return runs. The pikchain is vibration-free and can move smoothly at a continuous speed of between two and three metres per second. Maintenance-free travel of up to 30m can also be achieved with the maximum load per transport chain link being approximately 5kg. Each link can be controlled individually.
In addition, pikchain 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.
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