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Zip Chain Actuator®

Zip chain was uniquely developed by Tsubaki.

ZCA product pic.

Two chains lock together like a zipper to form a single, strong column for pushing and pulling applications.

Features

Compactness

Achieved 1/4 to 1/5 sizes compared to conventional linear actuators as this product can compactly house the Zip Chain.

Compactness

High-speed performance

Capable of higher-speed operation compared to screw type, hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.

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  • ZCA125, ZCA135: Maximum speed = 1000mm/sec
  • ZCA145: Maximum speed = 500mm/sec
Multi-point stopping

Multi-point stopping at any desired position is possible by controlling the input rotation.

Free mounting direction

Vertical installation

Horizontal installation

Horizontal installation

Hanging installation

  • Be sure to always attach a linear guide in the direction of travel. For hanging installations, you will need to check safety.

Construction

Construction

The interlocked chains form a single column to push and pull. Chains that are not engaged can be compactly housed in the plastic case, allowing for installation in tighter spaces.

Reference Number System

ZCA 1 35 M 050 - 2G * *
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  • (1) ZCA = Zip Chain Actuator
  • (2) Model no: 1 = Frame number25, Frame number35, Frame number45
  • (3) Frame number: 25, 35, 45
  • (4) Motor*:
    • M = With motor (200V class)
    • N = Without motor (Only N: No motor is available for ZCA145)
  • (5) Stroke:
    • [Frame number25] 030 = 300mm, 050 = 500mm
    • [Frame number35] 050 = 500mm, 075 = 750mm, 100 = 1000mm
    • [Frame number45] 100 = 1000mm, 150 = 1500mm, 200 = 2000mm
  • (6) Motor capacity and reduction ratio: Contact a Tsubaki representative for motor specifications. (Frame number 25 and 35 only.)
  • (7) Installation direction
  • (8) Option
  • 400V class motors are made-to-order
  • Contact a Tsubaki representative for motor specifications.

Installation direction

U: Vertical installation

Vertical installation

YS: Horizontal installation

Vertical installation

YS: Maximum load operates when ZCA is extended.

YB: Horizontal installation

Vertical installation

YB: Maximum load operates when ZCA is retracted.

DB: Hanging installation

Vertical installation

*Be sure to always attach a linear guide in the direction of travel.

ZCA125 and ZCA135 options codes

Fig.: ZCA135

J: Bellows *for vertical or hanging installations

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R: Input shaft on opposite side

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B: Mounting base *for hanging installations

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F: Lubrication plate

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C: Cap *ZCA135 only

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T: Dual shafts

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S: Underside attachment base

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ZCA145 options codes

S: Underside attachment base

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B: Mounting base *for hanging installations

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C: Cap

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R: Input shaft on opposite side

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T: Dual shafts

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J: Bellows *for vertical or hanging installations

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F: Lubrication plate

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  • Y: Horizontal installation, B: Mounting base, and S: Floor mounting base combinations are standard.

Model list

Model no. *1 Basic capacity
N {kgf}*2
Stroke
mm
*3
Max. speed
mm/s
*4
Max. input rotation speed
r/min
Allowable input shaft torque
N・m
{kgf・m}
Allowable overhang load
N{kgf}
Movement amount per input shaft rotation
mm
Approx. weight
kg
ZCA125N030 400{40.8} 300 1000 630 9.41{0.96} 638{65.0} 95.3 1.9
ZCA125N050 330{33.6}*5 500 1000 630 9.41{0.96} 638{65.0} 95.3 2.5
ZCA135N050 1000{102.0} 500 1000 420 34.7{3.53} 946{96.4} 142.9 5.1
ZCA135N075 1000{102.0} 750 1000 420 34.7{3.53} 946{96.4} 142.9 6.5
ZCA135N100 600{61.2}*6 1000 1000 420 34.7{3.53} 946{96.4} 142.9 7.5
ZCA145N100 2000{204.0} 1000 500 125 116.6{11.9} 2065{210.5} 240 21
ZCA145N150 2000{204.0} 1500 500 125 116.6{11.9} 2065{210.5} 240 25
ZCA145N200 1200{122.5}*7 2000 500 125 116.6{11.9} 2065{210.5} 240 30
  • 1. Bold: stock item
  • 2. Values represent basic capacities with an end fixture attached. Contact a Tsubaki representative regarding any other installation fixture requirements. Values are obtained when operated at a maximum 0.35G (upper limit) acceleration. These values are applicable regardless of the type of installation (vartical, horizontal, hanging).
  • 3. Use within the stroke range. Always install a linear guide in the direction of travel.
  • 4. Limited torque models. The motor output shaft torque exceeds the generated thrust. Contact us separately for other combinations of generated thrust and speed.
  • 5. ZCA125: Models with 500mm stroke bellows are limited to a basic capacity of 300N{30.6kgf} or less.
  • 6. ZCA135: Models with 1000mm stroke bellows are limited to a basic capacity of 431N{44.0kgf} or less.
  • 7. ZCA145: Models with 2000mm stroke bellows are limited to a basic capacity of 900N{91.8kgf} or less.
  • Contact a Tsubaki representative for models with motors.
  • ZCA145: Not available with motors. Consider separately installing a motor.

Specifications

Usage temperature Without motor 0 to 60°C
With motor 0 to 40°C
Relative humidity 85% or lower (no condensation)
Altitude* 1000m or lower, but above sea level
Usage atmosphere Typical indoors away from rain or water, dust at a normal factory level
Mounting direction ZCAs can be used in vertical, horizontal, and hanging installations, but always provide a linear guide in the direction of travel . A mounting base is required for hanging installations. (Option codes:B)
  • For items with motors

Selection Chart

The following chart shows the relationship between stroke and basic capacity. Select a suitable model by confirming the required thrust per ZCA unit and stroke in the chart. Contact a Tsubaki representative if you require a more detailed selection.

Selection Chart

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