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Southern Manufacturing

FIVE, Farnborough(GU14 6XL)

21/03/2017(09:30) - 23/03/2017

The UK's LARGEST regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. (more)

Fastener Fair Stuttgart 2017

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)

Industry 4.0 Summit

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)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


The new Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition gives you insight into the latest developments in (more)

PPMA 2017 Show

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

26/09/2017 - 28/09/2017

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? VisitAre you involved in the buying, financing or maintaining of machinery? If so (more)

Pickchain helps make pick and place tasks more efficient

Pickchain helps make pick and place tasks more efficient
Conventional handling and conveyor applications in production use, which use linear motions for pick and place tasks, tend to be inefficient due to the continuous back and forth movements. By comparison, the Igus Pickchain operates with a continuous circular motion with no wasted start and return runs. By implementing pickchain into their equipment, machine and handling system builders can realise an increase in output by as much as 30 percent.

"The compact Pickchain concept gives engineers scope for new ideas in handling machine construction," says Justin Leonard of Igus UK. "Several beta-testers of our Pickchain already intend to integrate the innovative conveyor chain in their equipment soon." The new Pickchain system is vibration-free, moving smoothly at a continuous speed of between 2m/s and 3m/s. The conveyor chain has sturdy teeth and is driven by a double-toothed belt. 

Maintenance-free travel of up to 30m. The permissible load per transport chain link is around 5 kg and each link can be controlled individually. The Pickchain can be equipped with grippers, suction cups, sensors, cameras and any other tools that receive their respective signals to work accordingly. This allows transport, machining and control to be carried out in one movement, for example, with direction of movement and cycle times being controlled easily by the operator. 

Pickchain can be installed horizontally, vertically or side mounted according to the customer's requirements. Areas of application include; pick and place robots, feeders, packaging, tooling and woodworking machines, embossing presses and equipment used within the semiconductor and solar industries.
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