Now available from Drive Lines Technologies, Grob linear chain is suitable for use where space is limited. The full range of linear chain offers

thrust from 3KN to 35KN and, thanks to its locking design, can push as effectively as it pulls, then coil to be stored unobtrusively in a storage device. This design means the chain is

suitable for applications in which more traditional linear motion components, such as screw jacks or actuators, aren’t practical, the company states. Linear chain is already being used

in such applications as lifting tables, stage platforms, modern building systems, driverless transport systems, feeding furnaces, etc.

Drive Lines Technologies


Available from Megadyne, Spiraflex open mesh conveyor belts are manufactured with food contact approved materials and in full compliance with the hygiene rules that regulate food processing and manufacture. These

are therefore designed for the processing and transport of products in sectors such as food, hygiene products, wood processing, synthetic sheet metals manufacturing, and more. According to the company, due to specialised fabrication

techniques, the belts are safe and reliable, reducing any risk of product contamination. Said to be lighter and offering higher performance when compared to conveyor belts with a metal mesh, these are suitable for temperatures from -30˚ and +90˚C. Manufactured in white PET, the belts have sealed edges and

are available in rolls with a production width of 2000mm and a minimum pulley diameter of 25mm.

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New from igus is lokchain, an e-chain concept with dynamically locking pins and a compact guide trough for the guidance of all media types. The pins extend automatically to hold the e-chain securely in the guide trough, allowing completely new machine design concepts for vertical, hanging or circular applications, the company explains. Even long travels with a

moving lower run are possible by fixing the lokchain in the upper run trough. The system can also be used in vertical circular applications, such as


KABELSCHLEPP has produced a 700 page guide to drag chains, featuring technical information and explanations, making it suitable for customers who have not worked with cable carriers before. Included is a guide to specifying drag

chain, rules for installing cables and hoses, and installation variants. Information on the features of each series, with an overview of the characteristics of the respective drag chains, including the available dimensions, is also featured. This provides customers with initial information as to whether the product is suitable for the application in question. Also included is technical information on gliding drag chains and expanded sections on end connectors and guide channels.



on a rotating C-arm X-ray scanner. With lokchain, pins integrated into the side links

hold the energy chain firmly in the guide trough. When the chain link is bent into a radius, the pins retract automatically to release the chain from the guide. When the chain link comes out of the radius and engages the trough, the pins extend automatically to secure the chain back into the trough. The design is said to minimise abrasion and wear. The chain also operates safely and quietly, even with small bending radii and over long travel distances. The lokchain is currently in the prototype phase,

which gives machine builders the opportunity to help shape the required size and design.


For applications where goods need to be conveyed to the next stage of the production process – including where cleanliness is needed or for gently conveying sensitive or fragile goods – iwis is offering a range of transfer chains with durable plastic attachments. The functional sections of the chain are completely enclosed, meaning: the product stays clean and undamaged, no dust or dirt can build up on the chain; goods are conveyed on a flat surface; and there is no lifting of the load when the chain passes over the sprockets. The three attachment versions – for standard,

high-temperature and antistatic applications – are all made from extremely hard-wearing materials. Depending on the attachment and lubricant selected, the chains can be used in temperatures ranging from -50°C to +150°C.

Furthermore, after prior consultation with iwis, the chains can also fulfil food-grade (H1) or silicone-free (PWIS) requirements. In addition to the standard iwis base chain SL, special versions such as nickel-plated or maintenance-free chains from the MEGAlife brand range are also available. As a result of their features,

iwis transfer chains are suitable for all conveying, transport and metering applications that require the

gentle handling of sensitive goods, containers or workpiece carriers. Typical examples are foodstuff processing, the electronics and PCB manufacturing industries, medical technology and pharmaceutical production, and glass and ceramics processing.

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SGT (Société Générale des Techniques) produces preforms in PET, and bottlenecks and caps in HDPE, from its facilities in Rezé (France) and Rouïba near the port of Algiers. The Algeria facility has five

production lines, and production line changes are frequent as the moulds are changed once or twice a week on each of them. These are therefore lifted using VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR electric chain hoists and conveyed using a VERLINDE EUROBLOC VT single girder top running crane. The unit boasts a maximum load capacity of five tonnes and an 18m span. There are five overhead cranes. The VERLINDE equipment was

selected mainly because it provides great precision – the fragile but costly moulds need to be lifted with absolute safety and with the greatest precision as each weighs around two tonnes. The Verlinde EUROBLOC VT overhead cranes are fitted with the patented ESP automatic load swing correction system. ESP automatically corrects the to-and-fro movements of the load under the hook and allows the operator to use the whole work surface because correction takes place during the load travel distance as a whole, whatever its location and height. Equipment from VERLINDE was also

selected when SGT rolled out a third PET preform and HDPE cap production facility in Algeria.


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