the fully automated igus puppet show: 1 pikchain (in front), 6 drylin E slidingtables, 2 robolink 3DOF arms (the salesmen) and 1 camera arm (made by Tobias Abstreiter with 2 robolink joints underneath the camera):
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
Well, what does the pikchain® have in common with a low cost automation cell
You don’t know the answer? That means that you don’t know our pikchain® good enough, the intelligent conveyor belt from igus.
The best way to improve your knowledge about pikchain is to come to Hannover and visit us at the Hannover fair HMI, which takes place between 23rd und 27th of April
Of course we are participating and among other new products (120 in total) we will show a complete low cost automation cell. .
The igus parts used to build this cell cost about 13.500 Euro.
Experienced machine engineers can design this cell for about 22.000 to 27.000€
What do you see on our booth?: What are pikchain®, Robolink and Drylin E doing?
-selective providing to robolink
– optical control by moving camera
-precise storing of work piece
– …the installation of more actuators is always possible
Briefly: Intelligent, flexible pick and place in the smallest space
Hello out there,
Today I just want to come back to the following topic: The drive.
In one of my last Blogs from 10th of December I wrote you that we have changed the rear sprockets. At this time I could show you only a drawing of the new design. You remember? If not, just take a quick look of it again.
Today I add for you 2 photos which show the reality of the new drive system. This concept has very important advantages:
- This drive system engages with the chain at many different places at the same time. So you have a very smooth start.
- The belt can be retensioned.
- Because of the innovative design the bending radius of the pikchain® doesn’t have any longer an influence to the size of the rear sprockets. Now you have one standard rear sprocket for every pikchain®-radius and you don’t have to think about pitches etc. anymore.
Of course there is still the other way to drive the pikchain®: One of the rear sprockets is connected directly to the servo motor, which is located at the backside of the pikchain®. See photo. If you like to have detail drawings, please contact me.
Of course you are free to drive the pikchain® directly by on e of the main pikchain® pulleys: See also my Blog “Driven by passion” But you need a special design for the pulleys. It has to have a profile that fits to the outer gliding elements of the pikchain® in this way, that the pulley is working like a sprocket. Again: If you wish detail drawings, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Don’t waste you time with the drive: Drive yourself to the real challenges to design your pikchain®.. If you have questions how to design the pikchain® drive: Just call us!
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!