Asymmetric pivot angle arrangement: Displacement of the pivot angle of +/-90° to +130°/-50°
This gives you a completely new area of operations with our robolink multi-axis joints.
All other properties do not change compared to the original version. Both versions can be freely combined as desired.
Get an overview in the following video.
Highly dynamic gantry robots can easily reach speeds of 10 Meters per seconds with an according acceleration performance. But all of them loose performance, because of the empty run.
The pikchain® drives continuously and can carry; on each link (every 112 mm), tools like a gripper, suction cups, sensors, a camera, etc. This is the main reason why the pikchain doesn’t have to run so fast, because there is no empty run to compensate for.
Please do not think now, that the pikchain has the speed of a snail. The top speed until now is limited to 3m/s, under certain circumstances the pikchain can be faster, but is this really necessary.
We have a small video here that shows a vertical pikchain® that runs at 2.5m/s. We think that this is pretty fast…
Smaller motors, less power and the same capacity as gantry robots. That’s the way to save costs and energy!!
The lifetime: Anything that rubs and slides is subject to wear and so limited lifetime. The pikchain®, too, doesn’t last for ever! The pikchain®-link slides within the guiding rails, the wear of the sliding runners depends on three main parameters:
Velocity, weight or pressure and the material of the friction partner.
igus® can’t determine the speed of your application or the pressure placed upon it, but we can choose the material of the friction partner. On one hand we have the hard ionized aluminium sliding rails and on the other hand we have the specialised plastic for plain bearings. Based on more than 40 years of experience and thousands of tests in our laboratory we are able to determine the best plastic for you application. The sliding components are a spare part and can be replaced quickly and easily in case of too much wear. This saves costs and time.
Most of the inventions that changed our world came by chance. The combination of two standard products and an additional idea was the ignition point that created the pikchain®.
The name pikchain® is based on “pick and place” Of course there are already machines like portal robots which are used for pick and place applications, but they have one thing in common: because of the back and forth motion the robot always has one empty run! The pikchain® has a continuous movement with no empty runs. This saves time and money.