What is a LinearChain? 

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A LinearChain is a specially made mechanical chain which, when interlocked, uses push and pull strategies to move heavy loads. The combination of the push and pull forces creating the rigid locking design is what differentiates a LinearChain from other linear drive technologies.

How does a LinearChain work?

The drive housing of a LinearChain contains a gear wheel. When this drive house is engaged with the chain it encourages the linear chain to move both forwards and backwards to create a force of push and pull. The chain actuator is made up of two loose ends, one is attached to the load and the other is guided freely, typically rolled up in a storage device to save space.

How does the LinearChain push?

The chain can be operated by an electric motor or a hand winch to create a pushing force. This allows the shoulder of each chain to lock together and also push against each other to create a rigid unit. In turn, this creates a lifting solution or pushing force on the heavy object attached.

How does the LinearChain pull?

The LinearChain is similar to a normal chain in the sense that it can still be wound up in one direction and stored in a magazine, to save space. Pairing this mechanism with a drive element will result in a chain pull on the load, causing the attached load to be pulled.

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