Safety First - SafeTopChain from Flexon

Indianapolis, USA – iwis drive systems is presenting SafeTopChain conveyor chains from Flexon for the first time at this year's CeMAT in Hanover, Germany. The closed upper surface of these plastic chains guarantees the safe transportation of individual items and workpiece carriers in conveyor systems. The chains can be used in industrial automation or logistics systems, the packaging industry, the manufacturing of food and bakery products, the pharmaceutical industry and the automotive industry, to name only a few examples.

In order to avoid the risk of damage to conveyed goods or injuries to line personnel, conveyor systems must comply with strict safety standards. At the same time, systems must also be highly flexible and capable of three-dimensional movement. iwis developed the new Flexon SafeTopChain to fulfil all of these requirements. The chain is designed so as to present a completely closed upper surface in curves, thus reducing the risk of crushing in curves or deflections and offering maximum stability for products and workpiece carrier systems. Thanks to this special surface, even the smallest parts can be transported risk-free.

The SafeTopChain runs in the same guides as the normal plastic multiflex chains from the 1700 Series. By using turning disks with a minimum radius of 123.5 mm, dynamic friction is replaced by rolling friction, which in turn allows longer conveyors with more curves, as well as vertical/spiral conveyor systems to overcome gradients and provide buffering. Wider sprockets with improved chain geometry reduce wear by lowering surface pressure when teeth engage. Flexon SafeTopChains are available with a pitch of 75 mm and a width of 55 mm.

iwis supplies a wide range of products for all drive and conveyor engineering applications. The comprehensive portfolio includes precision high-performance roller chains, conveyor chains, maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant chains, accumulator chains, conveyor chains for special applications, leaf chains, flat top chains and modular belts for industrial applications, chains and accessories for agricultural machinery and timing chains for the automotive industry.

Trade shows:

CeMAT 2014, 19 to 23 May 2014, Hanover, Germany: Hall 25 Stand G05

Motek 2014, 6 to 9 October 2014, Stuttgart, Germany

PackExpo 2014, 2 to 5 November 2014, Chicago, USA

About iwis:

With headquarters in Munich, Germany, iwis is a leading supplier of precision chain systems for power transmission and product conveying applications. The iwis Group comprises three divisions:

•Â iwis motorsysteme GmbH & Co KG, providing chains and engine timing drives for the automotive industry.

• iwis antriebssysteme GmbH & Co KG, supplying a wide range of precision roller and conveyor chains for industrial applications, including machine and plant engineering, material handling systems, and the packaging, printing and food industries. 

• iwis antriebssysteme GmbH specialising in roller, conveyor, special-purpose and flat top chains, modular belts, chains for agricultural machinery, sprockets and accessories.

Established in 1916, iwis is a family-run business which today employs more than 1000 people. In addition to production sites in Germany (Munich, Landsberg, Wilnsdorf and Sontra) and in the Czech Republic, in China and in the USA, iwis has subsidiaries in various countries in Europe and overseas, including Canada, England, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, South Africa and Switzerland. Altogether, the iwis Group has 45 business locations throughout the world.

Contact in the USA:

iwis drive systems, LLC

Building 100

8266 Zionsville Road

Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

Tel.: 317-821-3539

Fax: 317-821-3569



Contact in Canada:

iwis drive systems, LLC

Brian Walters, Canadian market manager

1-19349-94th Ave

Surrey BC

V4N 4E6, Canada

Tel.: 778-298-3622

Fax: 778-298-7219



Contact in Germany:

iwis antriebssysteme GmbH & Co KG

Albert-Roßhaupter-Str. 53

81369 Munich, Germany

Tel.: +49 89 76909 1500

Fax: +49 89 76909 1198



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