An important, easily underestimated detail in the design of the pikchain® is the interface between the c-chain® and the slewing ring, or the rotary union. The c-chain® must be secured in such a manner that it does not bend or collapse at the point of directional rotation. igus® has designed a special component to address this issue. On the one hand, it gently guides the energy chain in the radius, and on the other, facilitates nearly friction-free rotation by using a PRT bearing from igus®, without generating significant torque. A hollow shaft then connects the slewing ring or the rotary union with this rotating bearing support.
As I already wrote in one of my earlier papers, the devil is truly in the details.
Back view PRT bearing
If you think now that our pikchain® is taking off with the Enterprise and James T. Kirk, I must disappoint you.
I still have something that you might like:
It is still in the study phase and the first models have already been implemented, but I’m pretty sure we will soon be able to offer pikchain® for theoretically infinite distances or widths. We are going to transfer the modular system of our energy chains® to the pikchain®. In the future, we can transfer this image of an energy chain® exactly to the pikchain®.
For you this means: A huge selection of sizes and widths for “your” pikchain®. You can find exactly what you need.
Planet igus® is waiting for your arrival!
Can you imagine that! A pikchain®, mounted on side, axis distance 35 meters and a height of 400 mm for the c-chain? No?
We do! But we have tested it before to be sure! See video.
You see, that this project has nothing to do with our tiny show pikchain®, which we have presented this year during so many trade shows. But the functional principle is absolutely the same.
We combine a slip ring/rotary union with an energy chain, which can now run, endless and continuously and which is connected to the conveyor chain, to say pikchain®. This principle works with small or big chains from igus®, or in this case for size XXL. Basically, any chain from igus can become a c-chain and so an important component for the pikchain®.
Shall it be a little bit more? I mean more information about that XXL pikchain? Just call me or write me an E-Mail. I will be happy to answer your questions.