Compact actuator with multi-point stopping capability uses just 1/30th the energy of
equivalent hydraulic actuators.
Tsubakimoto Chain (Headquarters: Osaka, Japan. President: Isamu Osa) recently announced the June
1, 2011 release of its "Tsubaki Zip Chain Actuator," a new linear actuator that incorporates a drive unit using Tsubakimoto Chain's proprietary Zip Chain technology.
Tsubaki Zip Chain Actuator
Originally developed by Tsubakimoto Chain, the "Zip Chain" is comprised of two lengths of chain
that can lock together like a zipper to create a single rigid column capable of both pushing and pulling. Tsubakimoto Chain began marketing its "Tsubaki Zip Chain Lifter," which utilizes the Zip
Chain, in June 2008. The improved productivity and reduced energy usage made possible by its high-speed, high-frequency operation has proved ideal for use in auto assembly lines and in a variety
of other industrial fields.
The new Tsubaki Zip Chain Actuator is a Zip Chain-based linear actuator. The two chains lock
together to form a rigid column capable of both pushing and pulling, and when they withdraw and uncouple they coil back compactly into their plastic storage cases, a design that offers
significant installation space savings compared to conventional linear actuator mechanisms. In addition to high-speed, high-frequency operation, the Zip Chain Actuator offers multi-point stopping
capability and multi-level position setting for easy position control, and it uses less than 1/30 the energy consumed by hydraulic linear actuators.