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Harnessed energy chains enable 20,000 movements per day


  • What was needed: Reliable system solution for medicine handling
  • Requirements: Durable, functionally reliable, low-abrasion, space-saving, quiet energy supply
  • Product: readychain® harnessed energy chain
  • Industry: Mechanical engineering
  • Success for the customer: Installation time is reduced and necessary machine adaptations can be carried out easily

About automatic picking systems for medicines: The modular systems are used to pick out and store medicines in chemists, hospitals or care homes and can be adapted on site to nearly all local space conditions. They must be compact and modular in order to enable problem-free extension and a reliable supply.

Medicine handling

The challenge

At the moment, there are almost 21,000 chemists in Germany. Demographic change is also making itself noticeable here. The number of chemist's shops has decreased by just under 2,000 in the last ten years. This is especially due to the competitive disadvantages compared to mail order business. An individual chemist's therefore has to be do more in the space it has available.
In this environment, automation plays an important role as layout and storage spaces vary considerably. The medicine handling systems must be compact but they must also be modular in order to enable problem-free expansion and a reliable supply.


In the article picking systems, between two and five completely harnessed readychain energy chain systems are being used which combine robustness and abrasion-resistance and operate quietly with low vibration. Moreover, they need little installation space due to the small bend radii. This is very important in order to be able to use the space available in a medicine storage space most effectively.
In addition, the highly effective energy chains and cables used come from the igus standard range of products. The different energy chains of the E2/000 series are openable on the inside and outside, and are characterised by their easy and variable means of installation. In this way, the necessary changes can be simply made when systems are expanded, for example

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