pikchain®: Driven by passion. Really?

No, let’s keep technical, not lyrical.

igus® doesn’t produce machines. We produce components which help you to build your pikchain®.

The drive is not part of our delivery program for the pikchain®. The choice of the drive is yours. The drive may consist of a motor, gearbox, toothed belt, transmission chain etc.

Question: What kind of drive is the best for me. Of course, we can’t answer this question. It depends on…!

Perhaps you have already seen our show pikchain® during a trade show here in Europe. This machine is equipped with a double side toothed belt drive. We selected this drive for the following reasons:

This drive is relatively space saving, and for the most part inside the pikchain®.

The transmission of the drive force happens via the belt, which engages on many places in same time. So very smooth starting of the chain is possible.

This type of drive is uncomplicated and reasonable in price

Another solution for the drive is a direct drive at one end. But, due to the pikchain® design two separate drive pulleys and so two separate shafts are necessary which must be connected on each side. In general, a little bit more complicated.

Advantage for this system: Especially for long pikchains® this drive should be less expensive than a long belt with guides and due to the toothed pulley, higher torques and accelerations are possible.

Anyway, the choice is yours, but we can help you.

[forcecaption]1) Belt drive<br>2) Toothed belt

[forcecaption]1) Direct Drive<br> 

What goes around, comes around!

…and our pikchain® goes and comes around again, and again, and again: Endless!

What goes around, comes around!

We are going to place an add in 3 German technical journals. You see the pikchain® and a couple of words around the pikchain®. These words describe what the pikchain® is able to do, all automatically, all continuously, without empty strokes, without waste of energy, without waste of time and without waste of costs:

Stacking, picking and placing, cleaning, screening, recognizing, sorting, measuring, securing, laser, tagging, labelling, verifying, drilling, hoisting, lifting, filming, heating, cutting, weighing, branding, packing, etc. Probably, you have your own idea what the pikchain® can do for your application.

Of course, other machines can do the same. But, these machines don’t move. ‘The process of production is loosing time.
Time is money!
Why don’t you bring your tool on the pikchain®, for instance as moveable handling The smart combination of all components of the pikchain® allows to bring all energy, data and other medias to the tool, and it can run, and run, and run, in both directions, endless, stop and go, as you need it.Cool running, no idle running!

No slippery questions concerning slip rings


One of the important parts of the pikchain® is the slip ring and the rotary union or a combination of both. This part establishes the contact between the c-chain and the let’s say “outside world”

We got a lot of questions concerning this issue. We want publish some answers here:

Does igus® produce slip rings or rotary unions?  No!

Does the delivery package of the pikchain® also contains the slip ring or rotary union? As an option: Yes. igus® recommends buying the part yourself. We will tell you what and where you can buy the best part for you application.

Do rotary unions exist for Air, Water, and Hydraulics? Yes, nearly everything is possible. Most of time it’s only a question of space and price

Can I also transmit data with slip rings? Yes there are Slip Rings for all bus types on the market. We are pleased to consult you.

What about fibre optics? Are there existing also slip rings for this media? Yes, this is also available on the market.

What does a slip ring or a rotary union costs? This question is not possible to answer. Sorry. From a couple of hundred Euro up to several hundred thousands of Euros. It really depends on your application.

Are there combination of Slip Ring and Rotary Unions available? Yes, there are companies which harness your part according to your requirements.

Are there rotary unions on the market which are made for fiber optics? Yes, even for fiber optics.

How do I connect the slip ring to the c-chain? We will design and produce for you the connection.

You don’t find the answer to your questions? Don’t worry. Just call or E-Mail me. I am pleased to find the right answer for you. Christian Strauch +49 2203 96 49 7208.

Vacuum: Turn it on , turn it off!


You have a vacuum conveyor? You produce vacuum conveyors? Well, I am pretty sure that you know that: Either the vacuum power is on for all stations or off for all stations.

What would you say if igus® can offer you components which allow you to produce a vacuum conveyor where all stations can be controlled individually? That would mean: for each single suction cup: Vacuum on, vacuum off, instead of for the whole conveyor. That would be real fantastic, wouldn’t it?

And there are much more benefits.
You save energy
Only a couple of suction cups need their vacuum instead of the whole conveyor.
Less noise

The conveyor needs always only a certain volume of vacuum, never the maximum, or let’s say never all suction cups.
Flexibility: Because of the modular structure of the pikchain® you can change the numbers of suction cups or to add other tools (grippers, cameras, sensors, etc) on the pikchain® without having to perform time consuming conversion work. The same: Extending or shortening of existing pikchain®.
Price: The modular structure allows igus also to offer the pikchain® components to a very reasonable price.

What do you think?


Last week: Please don’t stop the dog!

WHAT? No, no, we don’t have a dog!

But the pikchain® links have now also a stop dog like our e.chains® The first prototype links didn’t have a defined radius.

Because of the stop dog, the pikchain® is now running much smoother and more exactly. And this has also a positive effect on the tools mounted on the pikchain®. The pikchain® has now even a slight pretension. A low noise operation and a higher accuracy are the nice positive side effects of this change. Well, all important tiny details that make the big difference. The pikchain®: Save time, save energy and costs down!


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