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> 

Trade fair novelty Motek 2011: 5-axis robot arm with drive unit NEMA23

At the Motek’11 in Stuttgart, a rotary joint was presented, which extends the operating range of the existing double-jointed arm. The new rotary joint can turn +/-90° and is intended as first axis in an articulated arm.
The arm is equipped with a single-piece pneumatic gripper made of PA2200 as a prototype. The entire moving 6-axis arm weighs significantly less than 1 kilo, and can handle about 0.5 kg.
Recommended price of 5-axis arm (without grippers, sensors) = € 1,700
Price for a complete drive unit based on step motor (NEMA23) with 5-axis articulated arm: € 5,934

 

5-axis robot arm with drive unit

In addition, other impressions from our fair stand with the following systems:

  • Underwater application with camera and compressed air (“Sewer inspection”)
  • Articulated arm with coolant hose and hand control (“Assistance in a harsh environment”)
  • 5 waving arms with moving robot hands (“Animatronics”)
  • 6-axis system with gripper

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!

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