With its new Gortrac Articulated Roller Support (ARS) long travel system, Dynatect’s latest cable carrier solution eliminates traditional guide troughs, reducing system weight and costs. The ARS responds to the needs of the crane, machine tool, and automation industries for long travel cable carrier solutions. It is intended for applications up to 300 ft and eliminates the expense, potential damage, and depot storage area of a traditional trough. “Dynatect brings a revolutionary long travel system that eliminates wear and tow force spikes from alignment or failure of guide troughs, glide shoes, and push plates,” said Mark Thurman, CEO of Dynatect. “This solution eliminates up to 50% of the force required to push and pull in most applications.”
For decades in long travel applications, the default solution has been to allow the cable carrier to glide on itself within a guide trough. Non-gliding long travel applications are limited by the unsupported span of the cable carrier and number of support rollers that can be applied (fixed rollers cannot be placed in the area where the curve travels).
Dynatect’s ARS solution features articulating roller supports that are mechanically actuated by the curve of the cable carrier as it passes through the supports. These supports allow passage of the cable carrier as it travels and in turn provide support throughout the travel of the system.
Thurman added that the ARS “costs less, eliminates 20% of the weight, and significantly improves safety factors for long travel applications.” The ARS Long Travel System supports high load, high acceleration, high speed (greater than 5 ft/sec) applications and has been tested through millions of cycles. Installation is faster than traditional trough systems and accommodates many styles of plastic cable carrier.
See a video of the ARS’ dynamic support and protection at info.dynatect.com/ars