Innovation that gets things moving

Zip Chain—born from unique Tsubaki technology

This innovative technology is changing the way we make and distribute things

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Unrivalled high performance

Zip Chain

Tsubaki holds the world’s top market share in chains. Our unique chain technology allows two strands of chain to interlock like a zipper, forming a strong single chain for pushing and pulling applications.

Only possible with Zip Chain

The technology supporting this outstanding device

A unique structure that keeps two strands of chain meshed together.
Zip Chain can push and pull like no other device. It handles a wide thrust range and frequent, high-speed operation.

  • High speed, high frequency
    1,000 mm/sec
  • Durable
    Up to 6 million reciprocating motions
  • Compact
    Up to 90% smaller than the stroke
  • Simple maintenance
    Easy stroke adjustments
Compared to screw jacks and hydraulic/pneumatic mechanisms, Zip Chain offers incredibly superior performance

Comparison with conventional linear-motion mechanisms

  • Zip Chain
  • Screw jacks
  • Hydraulic/pneumatic mechanisms

Zip Chain meets your needs

  • Improves production efficiency

    Speed/frequency

    • Want to operate with short cycle times
    • Want to quickly determine multiple stop positions
    • Want to operate with short cycle times, even for high lifts
  • Longer-life equipment

    Durability

    • Want to reduce the cost and man-hours for replacement
    • Need the durability to withstand frequent, high-speed operation
    • Want a device that withstands high lifts and long travel distances
  • A more compact production line

    Compactness

    • Want low-height equipment that doesn’t need a pit below
    • Want a device that fits into a small space
    • Want to place lifters on transporters
  • Reduces maintenance

    Ease of use

    • Want easy periodic lubrications
    • Want easy operation to reduce the burden on workers
    • Want to avoid unsafe inspection procedures in high places

Tsubaki Zip Chain products

Zip Chain Actuator®

A versatile linear actuator that you can install in tight spaces

The ability to store Zip Chain in a compact case helps save overall space compared to conventional linear actuators. With support for high-speed, high-frequency operation, Zip Chain Actuators consume significantly less power than hydraulic/pneumatic cylinders. Multi-point stopping at high precision is also possible, and installation direction is not limited.

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