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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

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NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)


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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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