Energy chain expert igus UK’s pikchain is a continually revolving chain with integrated cable and hose supply to drive and control actuators individually. In the woodworking industry pikchain is especially advantageous, enabling concurrent running tasks such as drilling, stacking, milling, de-stacking, coating, drying and sorting to be carried out much faster, enabling engineers to increase output by up to 30%.
pikchain is more efficient than conventional handling and conveyor applications because of its continuous circular motion. Other systems that use linear motions for pick-and-place tasks are inefficient, losing time to wasted start and return runs.
pikchain is vibration-free and can move smoothly at a continuous speed of between two and three m/s. Maintenance-free travel of up to 30 m can also be achieved with the maximum load per transport chain link being approximately five kg. Each link can be controlled individually.