For example, a Rollon customer is building an assembly to raise and lower a flying cage above an amphitheater stage at a theme park. The cageweighs 13,000 pounds and will be driven by a cable and guide system. Most of the weight will be concentrated on the front portion of the cage. Another challenge: the cables can onlyprovidevertical lift; theycannot support a swing load if the cage moves around such as during windyconditions. The assembly needed a linear guide that could take care of both the offset loads caused by the uneven weight of the cage, as well as the swing loads, so the cables can lift the cage directly from its center as part of a partiallycantilevered assembly.
After researching the potential offset load requirements, the engineering firm determined that the slider assemblies will need to handle between 65 and 70 pounds of radial force, nominal, and 177 pounds of force in the event of an e-stop condition. The cage has to travel a 16-foot vertical stroke, and with sliders space dapart for control, each rail must be 32feet in length. Other requirements for the linear guide include:
Setting the Stage for Reliable Performance
The customer chose Rollon’s Speedy Rail self-supporting linear rails because they were pleased with the performance in a previous amusement park application. Theyinstalled the Speedy Rail linear guide along the back of the cage assemblybehind the cable drive. The rails — made from hard anodized extruded aluminum profiles and steel bearings coated with a plastic compound — absorb the moment forces whenever the 13,000-pound cage tilts, while the rails and sliders support the offset loads thanks to their good rigidity. And the rails can be joined for potentially infinite strokes. Speedy Rail also stands up to harsh, dirtyenvironments and resist swear, whileachieving a long travel life of 80,000 kilometers without lubrication or maintenance.
Speedy Rail features and benefits include:
Not onlydid the engineering firm benefit from a high-performance structural guide, it also tapped intoRollon’s technicalexpertise. Rollon engineers helped select the right Speedy Rail size for the application, and theyhelped address variou stechnica lconcerns, including:
The result: The firm found an optimal structural guide to use with the flying cage assembly, and Rollon technical support ensured optimal performance. Plus Speedy Rail requires nearly zero maintenance or lubrication over the guide’s long operating life cycle, so the show can go on and on.
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