Adaptive's QuickLink is a linear drive system designed for manual loading or fully automated operation, as an alternative to the rotary table systems. It is designed to have the working tooling, feeders, and controls on one side of the machine, with operator access in the front.
Linear systems can be very accurate as needed (as low as +/- .002 inch positional repeatability), or can have looser tolerances to help lower cost. Tolerances can be different at different stations.
The system uses a double chain drive, indexed by a camcoô indexer, via a heavy duty drive system with an AC inverter and overload clutch. After the chain is indexed, a cam operated shot pin bar ascends and locks the pallets. The PLC now starts the independant stations. The chain drive will not advance until all the operations have completed.
Operations that can be performed on the base are:
2 Meter working zone
Over/Under style chain conveyor
Shot pin (CSM operated) for accuracy
Hardened steel shot pins & replaceable bores
Hardened steel universal loading pallets
Cam indexing positioning with safety clutch
Steel welded frame with aluminum work surface
Modular tooling supports
Modular pneumatic system
Modular sensor system
IEC specification PLC
Fully guarded with modular guards