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PRODUCTS BELTS, PULLEYS & CHAINS


LINEAR CHAIN FOR COMPACT SPACES


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 www.drivelines.co.uk


BELTS FOR HYGIENIC AREAS


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.


Megadyne Group www.megadynegroup.com


E-CHAIN CONCEPT NOW IN PROTOTYPE PHASE


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


SELECTING THE RIGHT DRAG CHAIN


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.


KABELSCHLEPP www.kabelschlepp.co.uk


30 OCTOBER 2018 | DESIGN SOLUTIONS


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.


igus www.igus.co.uk/lokchain CONVEY GENTLY WITH TRANSFER CHAINS


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.


iwis www.iwisuk.com 


PRODUCING PREFORMS


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.


VERLINDE www.verlinde.com


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