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Zip Chain Actuator®

THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMPACT, HIGH-SPEED LINEAR ACTUATORS

The patented Tsubaki Zip Chain Actuator® (ZCA) is the solution to your linear actuator application problems. The ZCA utilizes 100+ years of Tsubaki Roller Chain manufacturing expertise to create a linear actuator that “zips” together chain segments, creating a rigid actuating arm that offers high speed, multi-point stopping, efficient operation, and long life — all in a compact footprint.

Zip Chain Actuator

SIMPLE AND EASY MAINTENANCE

Features:

High Speed

MAX SPEED 1,000 MM/SEC

Multi-Point Stopping

DUTY FACTOR 100%ED

Longer Life

EXPECTED TRAVEL DISTANCE 4,000 KM

Installs in Any Direction

NO LIMIT ON INSTALL DIRECTION

Compact Design

UP TO 90% SMALLER THAN THE STROKE

APPLICATIONS

HS High SpeedHF High FrequencyC CompactHP High PrecisionE Economical

COMPACT DESIGN IDEAL FOR LOW HEIGHT APPLICATION

The compact structure of the ZIP CHAIN ACTUATOR® enables various installation options — including lifting, horizontal, and suspending installation. Use for a wide range of applications requiring linear operation.

Click the different application types below.

  • Pallet Transfer Device

    Pallet Transfer Device

    HSHFC

    Workpieces are raised and lowered for transferring, using an arm powered by the Zip Chain Actuator.

    Benefit:

    • Can be installed in the small space on the ceiling side
    • Reduces the cycle time for conveyance by allowing for lifting at high speed
  • CONTAINER SORTING EQUIPMENT

    Container Sorting Equipment

    HSC

    Zip Chain Actuators can be used to move traversers horizontally and to raise or lower chucking units vertically.

    Benefit:

    • Horizontal and suspending installation are possible without protruding parts, enabling a lower height layout
    • Accurate multi-point stopping even with horizontal transfers
  • AGV (AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE)

    AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle)

    HPC

    Workpieces are transferred between conveyors at different heights using the Zip Chain Actuator mounted on AGV.

    Benefit:

    • Lift unit can be accommodated compactly in the AGV
    • Height can be adjusted according to the conveyor height of the next process
  • FURNACE DOOR

    Furnace Door

    HSCE

    Zip Chain Actuators can be used to push up and close furnace doors.

    Benefit:

    • Can be installed without protruding from equipment
    • Higher speed operation prevents temperatures inside the furnace from changing

MODEL

ZCASERIES
35SIZE
NDRIVE
SECTION
050STROKE
EMOUNTING
L -SHAFT
ARRANGEMENT
J1OPTIONS

Size

  • 25
  • 35
  • 45

Drive Section

  • NWith No Drive Section
  • MWith Integrated Hypoid Gear Motor*
  • KWith Integrate TERVO Hypoid Reducer for Servo Motors*

stroke

Sizes 25 35 45
Code 020 050 050 075 100 100 150 200
Allowable Stroke (mm) 300 500 500 750 1000 1000 1500 2000

MOUNTING

E D*
Lifting Installation Horizontal Installation Suspending Installation (MTO)

SHAFT ARRANGEMENT

L: Input shaft R: Input shaft on opposite side T: Dual Input shaft*

options

Bellows*
J1: For lifting, suspending | J2: For horizontal

DRIVE SECTION

M K
With Integrated Hypoid Gear Motor* With Integrated TERVO Hypoid Reducer for Servo Motors*

Attachable options

Upper Mounting Base Lower Mounting Base

Click the different characteristics and specifications to learn more.

  • CHARACTERISTICS (WITHOUT BELLOWS)
    Model Allowable stroke*1 Allowable thrust*2 Input shaft Maximum speed Zip Chain travel distance per input shaft rotation Approximate mass
    Allowable torque Allowable OHL Thrust direction Input shaft rotation Input shaft Standard/reverse shaft Input shaft Dual shafts Suspending Installation
    mm N {kgf} N•m {kgf•m} N {kgf} mm/sec (r/min) mm kg
    ZCA25N 030 300 400 {40.8} 9.41 {0.96} 638 {65} 1000 630 95.3 1.9 2.0 2.5
    050 500 300 {33.6} 2.5 2.6 3.1
    ZCA35N 050 500 1000 {102} 34.7 {3.53} 946 {96.4} 1000 420 142.9 5.1 5.5 6.0
    075 750 6.5 7.0 7.5
    100 1000 600 {61.2} 7.5 8.0 8.5
    ZCA45N 100 1000 2000 {204} 116.6 {11.9} 2065 {210.5} 500 125 240 21 21 22
    150 1500 25 25 27
    200 2000 1200 {122.5} 30 30 31
  • CHARACTERISTICS (WITH BELLOWS)
    Model Allowable stroke*1 Allowable thrust*2 Input shaft Maximum speed Zip Chain travel distance per input shaft rotation Approximate mass
    Allowable torque Allowable OHL Thrust direction Input shaft rotation Input shaft Standard/reverse shaft Input shaft Dual shafts Suspending Installation
    mm N {kgf} N•m {kgf•m} N {kgf} mm/sec (r/min) mm kg
    ZCA25N 030 300 400 {40.8} 9.41 {0.96} 638 {65} 1000 630 95.3 2.5 2.6 3.1
    050 500 300 {30.6} 3.1 3.2 3.7
    ZCA35N 050 500 1000 {102} 34.7 {3.53} 946 {96.4} 1000 420 142.9 5.5 6.0 6.5
    075 750 7.0 7.5 8.0
    100 1000 431 {44} 8.0 8.5 9.0
    ZCA45N 100 1000 2000 {204} 116.6 {11.9} 2065 {210.5} 500 125 240 22 22 23
    150 1500 27 27 28
    200 2000 900 {91.8} 32 32 33
  • SPECIFICATIONS AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
    ZCA main unit ZCA25N ZCA35N ZCA45N
    Drive section Material Forged steel
    Coating Color Black, Munsell N2.0 equivalent
    Housing section Material Polyacetal Iron
    Coating Color Purple grey Munsell 0.8P6.3/3.0 equivalent (molded) Black, Munsell N2.0 equivalent
    Chain Material Iron
    Lubricant Shell Alvania EP Grease 2 [Showa Shell Sekiyu K. K.] * This grease is applied before shipment.
    Environmental requirements Operating temperature 0 to 60°C
    Relative humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
    Ambient atmosphere Typical rain-free indoor environment with dust levels kept at a general factory level.
    Installation direction ZCA can be installed with any direction, be sure to mount a linear guide in the direction of travel. A mounting base is required to suspending installation.

*1 Use the unit within the allowable stroke range. Also, be sure to always attach a linear guide in the direction of travel.

*2 Values are obtained when operated at a maximum acceleration of 0.35 G (upper limit) with the end fitting attached.These values are applicable regardless of the type of installation (vertical, horizontal, suspending).

*Made-to-order options

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